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Myanmar army admits villagers killed during interrogation

Yangon - Myanmar's military said Wednesday it was investigating the death of five villagers during an interrogation by soldiers and would punish wrongdoers, a rare admission from an army long accused of rights abuses.

Myanmar's Suu Kyi holds landmark rebel talks

Yangon - Myanmar's de facto premier Aung San Suu Kyi held landmark talks with senior rebel leaders on Sunday, as she strives to seal a ceasefire with a patchwork of ethnic minority militias that have battled the national army for decades.

19 Myanmar trafficking victims rescued in Thailand

Yangon - Nineteen Myanmar human trafficking victims have been rescued in Thailand, state media and an activist group said Tuesday, a rare policing success against criminal networks that dominate the region.

Myanmar to deport Spanish tourist for Buddha tattoo: police

Yangon - A Spanish tourist faces deportation from Myanmar over a Buddha leg tattoo that offended monks, police said Monday, in a country where the influence of religious hardliners is growing.

Restless Myanmar state sees mass anti-Muslim protests

Myanmar's bitterly-divided Rakhine State saw mass protests Sunday as thousands of Buddhists, including monks, demonstrated in a show of opposition to a government edict referring to Muslim communities in the restive province, organisers told AFP.

Myanmar mob torches mosque as religious tensions spike

Yangon - Nearly 100 police guarded a northern Myanmar village Saturday after a Buddhist mob burned down a mosque, a police officer said, in the second attack of its kind in just over a week as anti-Muslim sentiment swells in the Southeast Asian nation.

Promised work, Myanmar women instead forced to marry in China

Enticed by work in China, hundreds of poor young Myanmar women are instead being forced into marriage, and left to scramble to get back across remote borders before they are compelled into life with husbands they have never met.

Religious tensions in Myanmar village after mosque destroyed

Yangon - Scores of police have been deployed to guard a village in central Myanmar where religious tensions are running high after a Buddhist mob destroyed a mosque, authorities said Saturday.

Myanmar's Suu Kyi visits troubled diaspora in Thailand

Bangkok - Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi arrived Thursday in Thailand where she is expected to be garlanded by her adoring compatriots, hundreds of thousands of whom have sought work and sanctuary from war across the border.

Myanmar bars officials from saying 'Rohingya' as UN envoy visits

Myanmar officials must refer to the oppressed Rohingya Muslim minority as "people who believe in Islam" rather than by their name, according to a letter seen by AFP Tuesday, as a UN rights envoy prepares to visit the benighted group.

Myanmar's Rohingya may be victims of 'crimes against humanity': UN

Geneva - Widespread and ongoing violations against Myanmar's Muslim Rohingya minority, including denial of citizenship, forced labour and sexual violence, could amount to crimes against humanity, the United Nations warned Monday.

Myanmar's hardline monks regroup after political change

Yangon - Over a thousand hardline Buddhists gathered on the outskirts of Yangon for the annual summit of their ulta-nationalist group Saturday, as the anti-Muslim network looks to stay relevant under Myanmar's new civilian leadership.

12 dead in Myanmar jade mine landslide, many feared missing

Yangon - A landslide in Myanmar's northern jade mining region has killed at least 12 people and many more are missing, officials said Tuesday, the latest deadly accident to hit the shadowy but lucrative industry.

Myanmar fans get fleeting glimpse of Foxes

Myanmar football fans flocked Sunday to see newly-crowned English Premier League champions Leicester City as they made a whirlwind visit to Yangon and took in the city's stunning Shwedagon Pagoda.

Kerry hails 'remarkable' Myanmar changes after Suu Kyi talks

Nay Pyi Taw - US Secretary of State John Kerry Sunday hailed Myanmar's transition from army rule to a civilian government steered by Aung San Suu Kyi as a "remarkable statement" of support for global democracy.

Kerry hails 'remarkable' Myanmar changes after Suu Kyi talks

Nay Pyi Taw - US Secretary of State John Kerry Sunday hailed Myanmar's transition to a civilian government steered by Aung San Suu Kyi as a "remarkable statement" that furthers the cause of global democracy.

Dozens of Myanmar workers arrested in rally clampdown

Nay Pyi Taw - Myanmar police on Wednesday arrested dozens of activists and factory workers as they broke up a labour rights march on the capital, the latest rally to test freedoms under Aung San Suu Kyi's new civilian government.

Dozens of Myanmar workers arrested in rally clampdown

Nay Pyi Taw - Myanmar police on Wednesday arrested dozens of activists and factory workers as they broke up a labour rights march on the capital, the latest rally to test freedoms under Aung San Suu Kyi's new civilian government.

Dozens of Myanmar workers arrested in rally clampdown

Nay Pyi Taw - Myanmar police on Wednesday arrested dozens of activists and factory workers as they broke up a labour rights march on the capital, the latest rally to test freedoms under Aung San Suu Kyi's new civilian government.

Myanmar welcomes U.S. move to ease more sanctions

Yangon - A US decision to pare back economic sanctions on Myanmar could unclog investment as the country claws its way out of poverty, Aung San Suu Kyi's civilian government said Wednesday, welcoming the move.

Attackers kill guard at Bangladesh Rohingya refugee camp

Dhaka - A group of armed attackers stormed a security post at a camp for Rohingya refugees in southern Bangladesh near the Myanmar border on Friday, killing the post commander and looting weapons, police said.

U.S. weighs remaining Myanmar sanctions under Suu Kyi administration

Yangon - Washington's new ambassador to Myanmar on Tuesday said remaining sanctions had taken an "unintended" toll on the nation's delicate economic development, as the US re-evaluates its embargoes on the former pariah state.

Myanmar president proposes new ministry for Suu Kyi

Yangon - Myanmar's president has urged the creation of a new ministry for Aung San Suu Kyi's state advisor position, official media reported on Friday, a move that will deepen her influence and likely rile the powerful army.

Blaze destroys hundreds of homes in Myanmar Rohingya camp

Yangon - A major fire on Tuesday damaged or destroyed the homes of nearly 450 Rohingya Muslim families living in a camp for people displaced by 2012 communal fighting in western Myanmar.

Myanmar monk builds pagodas in church and Muslim area

Yangon - A Myanmar Christian leader appealed for calm Wednesday after an influential Buddhist monk built pagodas within the compound of a church and near a mosque, in a country beset with religious tensions.

Rohingya found abandoned in forest a year on from Thai crackdown

Bangkok - More than a dozen Rohingya refugees abandoned by people smugglers have been found in a southern Thai forest, police said Wednesday, almost a year on from a crackdown which has forced traffickers to find new routes.

Myanmar landmine blast wounds German tourists, guide

Yangon - Two German travellers and their local guide were wounded by shrapnel from a landmine in north Myanmar, close to an area of recent heavy fighting between ethnic minority rebel groups, officials said on Wednesday.

Former Myanmar monk protest leader sentenced to six months

Yangon - A former leader of Myanmar's 2007 monk protests against the then-ruling junta said Tuesday he had been sentenced to six months in prison with hard labour on an immigration charge, in a case slammed by rights groups as politically motivated.

Myanmar Rohingya boat dead 'forced' to travel by sea: witnesses

Witnesses to a boat capsize off Myanmar that left some 20 people dead, including children, say the victims were from the persecuted Rohingya Muslim minority and blamed the tragedy on travel restrictions that forced them to journey by sea.

Myanmar's 'long-necked' women hope to turn tourism into homecoming

- Wearing a stack of bronze neck coils -- a sign of beauty for her Kayan tribe -- Mu Par dreams of a time when all "long-necked" women can return to Myanmar from Thailand where they are a tourist attraction.
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Buddhist monks welcoming Muslims refugee
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Myanmar's major agricultural product is rice, which covers about 60% of the country's total cultivated land area
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The tragedy of the Muslim Rohingya boat people continues
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