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Myanmar student protesters defy deadline to disperse

- Student protesters calling for education reform on Tuesday defied an order to disperse in a tense standoff with hundreds of riot police in central Myanmar.

Exhibit on Buddhist art from Myanmar opens in Asia Society

New York - The Asia Society will be displaying a series of sacred art pieces from Myanmar, for the first time ever on American soil. The exhibit titled "Buddhist Art of Myanmar" began on February 10 and will end on May 10.

Myanmar says more than 130 dead in fighting near China border

Inya - Myanmar's army Saturday said more than 130 people had died in a deepening battle with rebels in the northeast, declaring it would not rest until stability was restored to the border area which tens of thousands have fled.

Tens of thousands flee Myanmar conflict as aid curbed

- Nearly 90,000 civilians in northeastern Myanmar are believed to have fled clashes between troops and ethnic rebels, an official said Wednesday, as sporadic violence hampered efforts to evacuate those still trapped.

Myanmar declares state of emergency in war-torn region

- Myanmar declared a state of emergency on Tuesday in a conflict-torn border region where ferocious fighting between the army and ethnic rebels has forced thousands of civilians to flee.

Myanmar declares emergency in war-torn region as fighting rages

- Myanmar on Tuesday declared a state of emergency in a conflict-torn border region, where ferocious fighting between the army and ethnic rebels has sent thousands fleeing airstrikes and fierce gun battles.

Death toll rises in Myanmar unrest, China warns of instability

Growing fighting between Myanmar's army and ethnic Kokang fighters in a region bordering China has killed dozens in the past week and sent tens of thousands fleeing across the frontier, reports said Monday.

Myanmar army kills a dozen ethnic rebels in firefight

Around a dozen ethnic rebels have been killed in a firefight with Myanmar troops and a further eight captured after renewed clashes in northern Myanmar near the Chinese border, state media said on Sunday.

Myanmar in fresh airstrikes against northern rebels

Mandalay - Myanmar rebels Saturday said the national army had launched fresh air strikes following the government's rare admission that dozens of its soldiers had died in a dramatic resurgence of conflict in a remote region bordering China.

As polls loom, Myanmar's Suu Kyi leads rally honouring hero father

- Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi addressed a crowd of thousands Friday in the biggest celebrations honouring her independence hero father in memory, underscoring her legacy months before leading the opposition to momentous elections.

Dozens of Myanmar troops killed fighting northern rebels

Heavy fighting between Myanmar's army and rebels has killed 47 soldiers, state media said Friday, sending a flood of people across the border with China and overshadowing hopes for a national ceasefire as a crucial election looms.

Myanmar vows probe into teacher deaths

Myanmar on Thursday said it would investigate the deaths of two teachers who activists claim were raped and murdered by government troops, as crowds gathered in the country's far north amid rising anger over the killings.

Myanmar to look into monk 'whore' slur after UN reproach

Myanmar Thursday said it would look into incendiary comments by the country's most notorious hardline monk who branded a UN envoy a "whore" after strong condemnation from the United Nation's, but indicated it was unlikely to act against the cleric.

Myanmar extremist monk calls U.N. envoy 'whore' at public rally

Yangon - An ultra-nationalist Burmese Buddhist monk has drawn a sharp rebuke from the United Nations after he called a visiting UN envoy who called for greater Muslim rights a "bitch" and a "whore" at a public rally.

U.S., UN warn Myanmar over growing religious tensions

A top American diplomat Friday decried growing religious intolerance in Myanmar and warned the use of faith for political ends was "playing with fire" in a crunch election year for the former junta-run country.

Hundreds protest against China-backed mine in Myanmar

Yangon - Around 500 people including dozens of Buddhist monks protested near the Chinese consulate in Myanmar's central city of Mandalay on Saturday demanding the closure of a flashpoint copper mine.

Myanmar city to hold rare but 'flawed' polls

Yangon - Myanmar's main city is poised to go to the polls on Saturday for the first municipal vote in six decades, but observers warn the process is riddled with flaws and could cast a shadow over crucial 2015 general elections.

Move over Ebola- Malaria next big health crisis

The World Health Organization recently reported the number of people dying from Malaria has dropped 47 percent in Sub-Saharan Africa since 2000. WHO attributed the success in reducing the number of deaths, in large part, to better diagnosis and treatment.

Suu Kyi party admits cannot win fight to change constitution

Yangon - Aung San Suu Kyi's opposition party admitted Wednesday it cannot win its fight to change a constitutional provision barring her from Myanmar's presidency, as the powerful military signalled strong opposition to such amendments.

Myanmar rules out constitutional change before 2015 polls

Inya - Myanmar's parliament speaker said Tuesday the current junta-drafted constitution, which bars opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi from becoming president, cannot be changed before elections in November 2015.

Myanmar army bristles against constitutional change for Suu Kyi

Yangon - Myanmar's powerful army has told parliament it opposes changing a junta-drafted constitution that bars opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi from becoming president, days after US President Barack Obama called for it to be amended.

Myanmar students stage illegal education protest in Yangon

Yangon - Scores of Myanmar students rallied illegally in Yangon Monday against a new education bill they describe as undemocratic, the latest in a series of protests that began during a visit by US President Barack Obama.

Obama backs Suu Kyi bid to change constitution

Yangon - US President Barack Obama urged Myanmar Friday to hold "free, fair and inclusive" elections as he threw his weight behind a bid by opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi to change a constitution that bars her from the presidency.

Obama optimistic on Myanmar democracy despite concerns

Inya - US President Barack Obama voiced optimism Thursday that Myanmar was on the right path to democracy despite worrying "backsliding" on its much celebrated reform process.

Obama to press reform progress on Myanmar visit

Inya - Fears that Myanmar's reforms are stagnating are in the spotlight as it hosts US President Barack Obama Thursday during major regional summits showcasing the country's giddying transition from army-led isolation to international player.

Myanmar hosts biggest cast of world leaders since reforms

Inya - Myanmar welcomes its biggest gathering of global leaders Wednesday since the start of reforms which have seen it shed pariah status despite deepening worries over the direction of its transition from decades of junta rule.

Myanmar moots changing constitution barring Suu Kyi from presidency

Inya - Myanmar's parliament will consider amending the country's constitution -- which currently bars opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi from becoming president -- ahead of elections next year, an official said Friday.

Myanmar migrants retract British tourist murders confession

Bangkok - Two Myanmar migrant workers accused of murdering a pair of British tourists on a Thai island have retracted their confessions and alleged they were tortured, lawyers said on Wednesday.

Thailand holds 53 Rohingya migrants heading for Malaysia

Phangnga - Thai authorities on Saturday arrested 53 Rohingya migrants and two suspected Thai traffickers en route to neighbouring Malaysia, an official said.

Myanmar frees 3,000 prisoners, including ex-military figures

Yangon - Myanmar began releasing hundreds of prisoners -- including a political detainee and former military intelligence figures -- on "humanitarian" grounds, officials said Tuesday, in the latest large-scale amnesty in the once pariah nation.
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