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Outgoing Myanmar president cancels U.S. visit to monitor political transition

Yangon - Myanmar's outgoing president has scrapped a planned trip to the US next week in order to oversee the power hand-off to Aung San Suu Kyi's new government, a presidential spokesman told AFP Saturday.

Four dead in Myanmar military plane crash

Nay Pyi Taw - Four Myanmar military personnel were killed and one was seriously injured after a small air force propeller plane crashed shortly after take off in the capital Naypyidaw on Wednesday, officials said.

Myanmar presidential nominees to be named March 17

Nay Pyi Taw - Myanmar will not discover who its new president will be until at least mid-March, an official said Monday, as speculation swirls over who will serve as proxy for democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

Suu Kyi's party strides into Myanmar parliament as new era dawns

Nay Pyi Taw - Myanmar entered a new political era Monday as Aung San Suu Kyi's pro-democracy MPs took their seats in parliament, bearing the hopes of a nation subjugated for decades by the military.

New era as Suu Kyi's novice MPs brace for office

Nay Pyi Taw - In a modest dormitory in Myanmar's capital Naypyidaw, novice MP Tin Thit recites a poem he has penned called "No Retreat", steeling himself to enter Myanmar's parliament carrying the dreams of a nation left traumatised by army rule.

Curtain falls on Myanmar's army-led parliament

Nay Pyi Taw - Myanmar's pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi applauded the military-stacked parliament on its final day in office Friday, as one-time enemies welcomed a power transition that will loosen the army's 50-year grip on power.

Myanmar president hails 'triumph' of democratic transition

Nay Pyi Taw - President Thein Sein hailed the "triumph" of Myanmar's transition of power Thursday, in a last address to a military-dominated parliament before it makes way for a historic new legislature led by Aung San Suu Kyi's pro-democracy party.

Myanmar police force hundreds from factory area slums

Yangon - Hundreds of Myanmar families were left destitute Tuesday after government workers used mechanical diggers to flatten swathes of Yangon slum housing as the bitter competition for land intensifies in the fast-industrialising city.

Suu Kyi meets Myanmar army chief as power transition looms

Yangon - Aung San Suu Kyi and Myanmar's powerful army chief held fresh talks Monday on the country's dramatic political transition, days before a military-dominated legislature hands over to the most democratic parliament in generations.

New Zealander among 34 political prisoners pardoned in Myanmar

Yangon - Myanmar pardoned more than 100 prisoners Friday, including a New Zealander and 34 others jailed on political charges, officials said, days before a historic political transition that will see Aung San Suu Kyi's pro-democracy party take power.

Myanmar's Suu Kyi bemoans youth 'wasting time' online

Yangon - Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi, who was forced to spend years of solitude under house arrest, has hit out at young people "wasting time" on computer games and social networking.

Rampaging elephants force Myanmar villagers to tree-top refuge

Kamayut - Pushed from their forest home by encroaching farm land, wild elephants are driving fearful villagers in a Myanmar township to seek refuge in tree houses while the animals storm their rice paddies looking for food.

Myanmar cartoonists sharpen pencils as satire makes a comeback

Yangon - With a flourish of his pencil, cartoonist Maung Maung Aung skewers a pampered politician in a sketch, an image that just a few years ago would have been unthinkable.

Suu Kyi's victorious party to join parliament on February 1

Yangon - Members of Aung San Suu Kyi's victorious pro-democracy party will take their seats in parliament on February 1, Myanmar's speaker said Wednesday, beginning a new era for a nation under army rule for decades.

Strong quake kills five in northeast India

Guwahati - At least five people were killed in northeast India when a 6.7-magnitude quake struck early on Monday, the government said."Five people are confirmed dead and 33 have been injured," Anurag Gupta of the National Disaster Management Authority told AFP.

Strong 6.7 quake hits near India-Myanmar border: USGS

Guwahati - A strong 6.7 magnitude earthquake struck northeast India near the country's borders with Myanmar and Bangladesh early Monday, sending people fleeing into the streets with dozens injured in the panic.

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Myanmar army chief asks Thailand for death sentence review

Yangon - Myanmar's army chief has called on Thailand to review the sentencing of two countrymen to death for murdering a pair of British backpackers after a controversial trial that sparked protests.

Search ends for Myanmar jade mine landslide victims

Yangon - Rescuers in northern Myanmar called off their search for workers feared buried in a jade mine landslide, police said Sunday, with no missing people or bodies recovered.

New landslide sweeps through Myanmar jade mine

Yangon - Rescuers were searching through mud and rubble on Saturday after a new landslide buried workers -- possibly dozens -- in a remote jade mining region in northern Myanmar, the second such incident in just over a month.

Protest outside Thai embassy in Myanmar against murder verdict

Yangon - Hundreds of protesters demonstrated outside Thailand's embassy in Yangon Friday after two Myanmar migrants were sentenced to death by a Thai court for murdering two British backpackers, in a verdict that has sparked anger in their homeland.

Thai court hands Myanmar men death penalty for British tourist murders

Ko Samui - Two Myanmar migrants were sentenced to death Thursday for murdering a pair of British holidaymakers on a Thai island, in a case that sullied the kingdom's reputation as a tourist haven and raised questions over its justice system.

Myanmar men face verdict over murder of British pair on Thai resort

Ko Samui - Two Myanmar migrant workers accused of murdering a pair of British backpackers on a Thai island face a verdict Thursday in a case that sullied the kingdom's reputation as a tourist haven and raised questions over its justice system.

Suu Kyi meets Myanmar president, army chief for power shift talks

Nay Pyi Taw - Myanmar's democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi held talks Wednesday with the president and military chief about the handover of power, the first such discussions since her opposition party's election triumph.

Myanmar's top leaders to hold talks with Suu Kyi

Yangon - Myanmar's top leaders will hold talks this week with opposition chief Aung San Suu Kyi, the first since her party's landmark election success, officials said Monday.

Suu Kyi lays down law on party discipline to new Myanmar MPs

Yangon - Aung San Suu Kyi has warned newly minted MPs she will not tolerate poor discipline or wrongdoing, party members said Saturday, as Myanmar's democracy champion began marshalling her opposition for government amid sky-high expectations.

Grim search for bodies after Myanmar mine disaster

Yangon - Search teams said Tuesday they had abandoned hope of finding survivors from a landslide in north Myanmar's jade mining heartland which killed more than 100 people.

Hopes fade as Myanmar mine landslide toll tops 100

Yangon - Rescuers were searching for victims of a huge mine landslide in northern Myanmar Monday as the toll passed 100 in a disaster highlighting the perils of the country's secretive billion-dollar jade trade.

Scores killed in Myanmar jade mine landslide: officials

Yangon - Around 100 people have died in a huge landslide in a remote jade mining area of northern Myanmar, officials said Sunday, as search teams continued to find bodies in one of the deadliest disasters to strike the country's shadowy jade industry.

Suu Kyi begins 'reconciliation' talks amid Myanmar transition jitters

Nay Pyi Taw - Aung San Suu Kyi met Myanmar's influential parliamentary speaker Thursday for key talks as the country moves from decades of military rule toward democracy after landmark polls this month.
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