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Myanmar man jailed for calling president 'crazy' on Facebook

Yangon - A man has been jailed for nine months after calling Myanmar's president "crazy" in a Facebook post, his wife said Friday, in the latest use of a junta-era defamation law under the new civilian government.

Fresh child abuse case exposes Myanmar's broken system

Yangon - Scars lace across 16-year-old Than Than Ei's face, each line bearing testimony to the abuse she says she suffered at the hands of her adoptive family, the latest case of child abuse piling pressure on Myanmar's government.

Foreign passport forgers charged with hiding body in Bangkok: police

Bangkok - Three foreign men belonging to a suspected passport forgery ring were charged Saturday after police found them with drugs, guns and a dismembered body stashed in the freezer of a Bangkok building.

Beaten and burnt: Myanmar's invisible child servants

Tamwe - San Kay Khine stares at her burnt, scarred hands, her twisted fingers a reminder of her years as a child slave in Myanmar, one of thousands of young domestic workers feared to be at risk of exploitation and abuse.

Deadly clashes in Myanmar threaten rebel peace bid

At least eight people have been killed and thousands displaced by clashes in southeast Myanmar, rebels and border forces said Monday, violence that threatens to undercut the new government's push for peace.

Obama vows to lift Myanmar sanctions as Suu Kyi visits

Washington - President Barack Obama moved to restore trade benefits to Myanmar, saying broader sanctions would soon be scrapped as he hosted the country's de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi at the White House Wednesday.

The sanctions game: US mulls rewriting Myanmar blacklist

Yangon - Rolling back US sanctions on Myanmar will top the agenda Wednesday as President Barack Obama hosts democracy champion Aung San Suu Kyi, with American firms desperate to tap millions of consumers once cut off by the former junta.

Myanmar's Suu Kyi to visit US next week

Vientiane - Myanmar's newly installed civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi will meet President Barack Obama in the United States next week, a senior White House official said Tuesday.Plans for a visit had been announced in July but no date had been given.

Myanmar Buddhists jeer ex-UN chief on peace mission

Cox's Bazar - Hundreds of Buddhists jeered former UN chief Kofi Annan as he arrived in Myanmar's troubled Rakhine state Tuesday to examine a bitter religious conflict that has displaced tens of thousands of Muslim Rohingya.

Myanmar peace summit ends with long road ahead

Nay Pyi Taw - Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi concluded a landmark summit with ethnic rebels on Saturday, calling it the first step on what promises to be a tough road to peace.

Quills, coins and dragons: Myanmar's tribal fashions

Nay Pyi Taw - From porcupine quills and fruit, to silver coins and beads, the ethnic costumes on parade in Myanmar's capital this week showed off the country's diversity and added sartorial splendour to the cold detail of talks to end decades of rebellion.

Thai kingpin jailed for Rohingya trafficking

Bangkok - A Thai man accused of masterminding the smuggling and trafficking of Rohingya migrants fleeing Myanmar has been jailed for 35 years, a court said Thursday.

Ethnic peace talks seek to pave new path for Myanmar

Nay Pyi Taw - Peace talks between Myanmar's government and warring ethnic minorities kicked off Wednesday in a bid to end decades of conflict that have claimed thousands of lives and kept the country mired in poverty.

Fresh violence overshadows Myanmar peace talks

Nay Pyi Taw - Fresh fighting between ethnic minority rebels and Myanmar's military is overshadowing an upcoming peace conference led by Aung San Suu Kyi's new civilian government, people involved in the talks said Tuesday.

UN chief urges Myanmar to respect human rights

Singapore - Myanmar's new leadership must overcome discrimination and promote inclusive development with "full respect" for human rights, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Monday on the eve of a visit to the country.

Myanmar weighs damage after earthquake rattles Bagan pagodas

Bagan - Myanmar took stock of toppled spires and crumbling temple walls in the ancient capital Bagan Thursday after a powerful earthquake hit the country, killing three and damaging the top tourist destination.

Powerful quake hits Myanmar, damaging famed Bagan temples

Yangon - A powerful 6.8 magnitude earthquake struck central Myanmar Wednesday, killing at least three people and damaging nearly 200 pagodas in the famous ancient capital of Bagan, officials said.

Myanmar's Suu Kyi says China to support peace talks with armed groups

Beijing - Myanmar's de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi expects China to support historic peace talks with armed groups near the countries' troubled joint border, she said Friday during a landmark visit overshadowed by a stalled dam project.

Myanmar's Suu Kyi in China with dam project on agenda

Beijing - Myanmar’s de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Thursday met with China's premier, discussing a stalled dam project and the prospect of building a bridge near the countries' troubled joint-border.

Disease kills over 30 children in remote Myanmar

Yangon - An undiagnosed disease has killed more than 30 children in a remote part of Myanmar, officials said Thursday, with health authorities struggling to treat victims.

Suu Kyi meets leaders of notorious Myanmar rebel group

Nay Pyi Taw - Myanmar's most heavily armed ethnic group held "positive" talks Friday with the country's de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi, a spokesman for her office said, in a major boost for peace prospects.

Myanmar rebels hold rare meet as Suu Kyi yearns for peace

Tamwe - Leaders of Myanmar rebel armies held talks in a war-hit border town Wednesday, state media reported, as they prepare for a major peace conference with a government desperate to end insurgencies that have plagued the country.

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.
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