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Mass burial for scores killed in Myanmar jade mine disaster

Chen - Dozens of jade miners were buried Friday in a mass grave after a landslide in northern Myanmar killed over 170, most of them migrant workers seeking their fortune in treacherous open-cast mines near the China border.

More bodies found at Myanmar jade mine disaster

Chen - Rescuers Friday pulled several bodies from the scene of a landslide which killed over 160 jade miners in northern Myanmar, many of them migrant workers seeking their fortune in treacherous open-cast mines near the China border.

More than 160 dead in Myanmar jade mine landslide

Chen - The battered bodies of more than 160 jade miners were pulled from a sea of mud after a landslide in northern Myanmar on Thursday, after one of the worst-ever accidents to hit the treacherous industry.

Myanmar finds soldiers guilty in Rohingya atrocities court martial

Yangon - Three Myanmar military officers were found guilty by a court martial investigating atrocities against Rohingya Muslims in conflict-ridden Rakhine state, the army announced Tuesday.

UN warns of 'intensified fighting' in Myanmar's Rakhine state

Yangon - The United Nations called for "urgent measures to spare civilians" in Myanmar's conflict-wracked northwest on Sunday, saying fighting has intensified between the army and insurgents.

Death and despair: Rescued Rohingya describe high-seas terror

Lhokseumawe - A group of Rohingya say they were beaten by traffickers and drank their own urine to stay alive on a perilous four-month journey at sea until their dramatic rescue near the Indonesian coast.

Stranded Rohingya pulled to shore by sympathetic Indonesians

Lhokseumawe - Nearly 100 Rohingya asylum seekers stranded off the coast of Indonesia were pulled to shore Thursday by locals angered at the refusal of authorities to give them shelter over coronavirus fears.

Internet blackout in Myanmar's Rakhine enters second year

Yangon - The internet shutdown in Myanmar's conflict-ridden northwest, described by rights groups as the world's longest, entered a second year Sunday with locals and campaigners appealing for an end to the blackout as coronavirus fears grip the region.

'Don't call me Kalar': BLM-inspired message reaches Myanmar

Myanmar activists inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement have launched their own anti-racism campaign in a country where many Muslims and people of Indian heritage are made to feel like outsiders.

'Little Chef' charms Myanmar with lockdown cooking classes

From boiled catfish soup to spicy fried frog, an eight-year-old in pyjamas and a chef's hat is delighting Myanmar with her culinary prowess in a nation still being told to stay at home due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Canadian preacher arrested in Myanmar for breaking coronavirus ban

Yangon - Myanmar police arrested a Canadian pastor Wednesday for allegedly holding a service in defiance of a coronavirus ban on mass gatherings -- after which he and dozens of his followers and their families became infected.

Fears grow as pandemic reaches Rohingya camps

Cox's Bazar - Emergency teams raced Friday to prevent a coronavirus "nightmare" in the world's largest refugee settlement after the first reported cases in the giant shanties housing nearly one million Rohingya.

Race to prevent coronavirus 'nightmare' in Rohingya camps

Cox's Bazar - Emergency teams raced Friday to prevent a coronavirus "nightmare" in the world's largest refugee settlement after the first confirmed cases in a sprawling city of shacks housing nearly a million Rohingya.

Myanmar army admits prisoner abuse after beating video emerges

Myanmar's military has conceded its troops abused prisoners in Rakhine State after a video of soldiers battering blindfolded detainees spread on social media -- a rare admission of wrongdoing by a force often accused of acting with impunity.

UN Security Council to discuss violence, coronavirus in Myanmar

New York - The UN Security Council will hold a videoconference to discuss the escalation of violence in Myanmar's Rakhine state and the effect of the coronavirus pandemic in the country, diplomatic sources said Monday.

Myanmar army again guilty of abuses, possible war crimes: UN expert

Myanmar's military must be investigated for possible "war crimes and crimes against humanity" as a conflict with rebels in the country's northwest ramps up, a UN rights expert said Wednesday.

Malaysia arrests Rohingya in trafficking crackdown

Kuala Lumpur - Malaysia has arrested two Rohingya for alleged human-trafficking, authorities said Tuesday, as they ramp up efforts to stop members of the Muslim minority coming to the country amid coronavirus fears.

Driver killed in attack on UN vehicle in Myanmar's Rakhine

A Myanmar government health worker was injured and his driver killed when their United Nations-marked vehicle was ambushed as they carried COVID-19 test samples in conflict-ridden Rakhine state, the UN said Tuesday.

Malaysia turns back Rohingya boat over virus fears

Kuala Lumpur - Malaysia has denied entry to a boat carrying about 200 Rohingya due to coronavirus fears, the air force said, after news emerged this week that scores died on another crowded vessel.

Myanmar releases 25,000 prisoners amid virus fears

More than a quarter of Myanmar's prison population is being released, the president's office announced Friday, after calls grew to ease pressure on overcrowded jails with coronavirus fears gripping the country.

Silent streets for water festival in Myanmar lockdown

Myanmar’s New Year festival of Thingyan is the country’s biggest public holiday -- normally a week of nation-wide celebration and water-fights, with soaked revellers partying late into the night.

Scientists discover six new coronaviruses in bats in Myanmar

Researchers with the Smithsonian’s Global Health Program have discovered six new coronaviruses in bats in Myanmar. Future studies will evaluate the potential for transmission across species to better understand the risks to human health.

Scores of detained Rohingya freed in Myanmar as virus fears mount

Pathein - Cases against scores of Rohingya Muslims detained after fleeing Myanmar's restive Rakhine state have been dropped, as fears grow of a potential coronavirus outbreak in the country's overcrowded prisons.

Isolation blues? Myanmar's ex-political prisoners share survival tips

From meditation to memory games, former political prisoners in Myanmar are dishing out tips on surviving isolation in a pandemic as the country once severed from the world again closes its borders.

Myanmar journalist hit with terrorism charges over insurgents interview

Mandalay - A Myanmar journalist faces up to life in prison for publishing an interview with a rebel group operating in the country's restive Rakhine state a week after the insurgents were classified as a terrorist organisation.

Virus panic grips Rohingya camps in Bangladesh

Cox's Bazar - The sewage-soaked alleys and cramped canvas and bamboo shacks that house one million Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh are a horrifying scene for experts watching the coronavirus pandemic creep closer.

Science and shamanism: Medicine meets Myanmar's far-flung Naga tribes

- With Malaria and tuberculosis screening out front and sacrifices to jungle gods out back, health worker Htan Pi and her shaman mother are an unlikely double-act in their isolated Myanmar village.

Myanmar army blocks bid to slash parliamentary power base

Nay Pyi Taw - Myanmar's military on Tuesday quashed proposals in parliament that would mean its MPs relinquish power, in a vote pitting the armed forces in open opposition against Aung San Suu Kyi as elections loom.

No country for young women? Myanmar's battle against rape

Yangon - Officially, rape hardly happens in Myanmar and domestic abuse is non-existent. The reality? Violence against women is so pervasive it is regarded as normal -- and as a result -- woefully underreported, says lawyer and activist Hla Hla Yee.

Seven Rohingya shot dead near Bangladesh refugee camp

Cox's Bazar - Bangladeshi elite police on Monday shot dead seven suspected Rohingya gangsters involved in drug and people smuggling, a spokesman for the force said.
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