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Suu Kyi kicks off advance voting for elderly in Myanmar election

Nay Pyi Taw - Myanmar's civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi cast her ballot Thursday ahead of Election Day next week with hundreds of thousands of elderly voters across the country expected to follow suit to reduce the risk of coronavirus.

Suu Kyi and old guard frustrate young Myanmar politicians

Once celebrated as democracy champions, a tight elite of elderly former political prisoners at the helm of Myanmar's ruling party now stand accused of oppression, discrimination and censorship.

Myanmar vote ban extinguishes hope for ethnic minorities

For many marginalised ethnic minority groups in conflict-plagued regions of Myanmar, next month's national elections had at least offered a glimmer of hope for empowerment.

'I don't want to lie': Gay pioneer stands in Myanmar election

Outraged over ongoing discrimination in Myanmar, Myo Min Tun decided to stand as the first openly gay election candidate in a country where same-sex relations are illegal.

Ousted and outspoken: the lady taking on The Lady in Myanmar

Booted from Aung San Suu Kyi's "chaotic and autocratic" party, one female MP is now taking on Myanmar's national heroine in the upcoming election, claiming the country needs to work with, not against, a military accused of genocide.

Scientists find world's oldest sperm in Myanmar amber

Berlin - A team of palaeontologists have discovered what they believe is the world's oldest animal sperm, frozen 100 million years ago inside a tiny crustacean in tree resin in Myanmar.

Calls grow for Myanmar election delay as coronavirus cases spike

Opposition parties in Myanmar are calling for November's election to be postponed as the country scrambles to control a coronavirus surge.

Terror at sea: Rohingya migrants tell of 200-day ordeal

Lhokseumawe - When hundreds of Rohingya refugees paid traffickers to escape their squalid camp in Bangladesh, they were promised a new life in Malaysia after just one week at sea.

Myanmar army tries to discredit Rohingya abuse confessions

Myanmar's military has sought to undermine the confessions of two soldiers who said they were ordered to "exterminate" Rohingya Muslims before taking part in the massacre of scores of men, women and children.

Election countdown starts in Myanmar under virus shadow

Myanmar's election campaign began Tuesday with Aung San Suu Kyi, who remains widely admired and respected at home despite her tarnished image abroad, hoping for a landslide win to further cement her status as the country's civilian leader.

Nearly 300 Rohingya migrants reach Indonesia 'after seven months at sea'

Lhokseumawe - Nearly 300 Rohingya migrants reached Indonesia early Monday claiming to have been at sea for seven months, United Nations officials said, in one of the biggest landings by the persecuted Myanmar minority in years.

Rohingya arrested at sea shunted back to Myanmar camps

Myanmar has returned dozens of Rohingya to camps in conflict-wracked Rakhine state, officials said Thursday, after arresting them at sea as they tried to flee what rights groups brand as "apartheid" conditions.

'I want to vote': Myanmar's Muslims, Hindus sidelined in election

Meiktila - One of Myanmar's five million young adults, May Thandar Maung had been excited to cast her ballot for the very first time in November's election.But the 18-year-old is Muslim and says that means she will remain voiceless.

Myanmar expands Rakhine virus lockdown to cover one million

Yangon - Myanmar expanded a lockdown in conflict-wracked Rakhine state to cover four more townships on Wednesday, halting the movement of about 1 million people as the number of coronavirus cases climbs steadily.

Coronavirus keeps Rohingya indoors on 'genocide' anniversary

Cox's Bazar - Almost a million Rohingya refugees stuck in Bangladesh marked three years since escaping from Myanmar on Tuesday, with coronavirus forcing them to hold a day-long "silent protest" inside their flimsy, leaky huts.

Bangladesh to lift Rohingya internet ban 'very soon'

Cox's Bazar - Bangladesh will restore internet access to nearly a million Rohingya stuck in refugee camps "very soon", the government said Monday, on the eve of the third anniversary of their escape from Myanmar.

Local virus outbreak in Myanmar sparks fears for Rohingya camps

Akyab - Rohingya in Myanmar's conflict-wracked Rakhine state expressed fears Sunday of a coronavirus outbreak reaching their overcrowded camps, after a spate of infections sent the state capital into lockdown.

'We want our mountains back': the fight over Myanmar's marble hills

Kyauktada - Faces covered in white dust and chisels in hand, marble sculptors in Myanmar say the hills that have given them a livelihood for generations are disappearing, as large companies reap the rewards of the prized white rock.

Death sentence of Myanmar men commuted in Brit murder case

Bangkok - Two Myanmar migrant workers on death row for the brutal murder of a pair of British backpackers in Thailand have had their sentences commuted to life imprisonment following a mass royal pardon.

Canadian pastor jailed in Myanmar for defying coronavirus ban

Yangon - A Canadian preacher who claimed Christians were safe from coronavirus was on Thursday jailed for three months in Myanmar after he and dozens of his followers became infected when he held a banned service.

Myanmar joins band of Asian nations launching satellites

Meiktila - Myanmar is preparing to launch its first-ever satellite, joining an unlikely coalition of nascent space nations aiming to protect millions from environmental disasters.

Asia's garment workers say virus used as cover to smash unions

Bangkok - From factory floors in India to the warehouses of Cambodia, garment workers for global brands say the collapse in demand triggered by the coronavirus is being used as a cover to break their unions.

Tiger, pangolin farming in Myanmar risks 'boosting demand'

Yangon - Conservationists have warned a sudden change in Myanmar's law allowing the commercial farming of tigers, pangolins and other endangered species risks further fuelling demand in China for rare wildlife products.

Myanmar army sacks officers over landslide tragedy

Two high-ranking officers were fired for having "failed their responsibilities" after a landslide in Myanmar killed at least 174 jade miners, the country's military said on Monday in a rare public sanctioning.

Looters target Myanmar temple treasures in tourist slump

Bagan - A squad of armed police patrol Myanmar's sacred site of Bagan under the cover of night, taking on plunderers snatching relics from temples forsaken by tourists due to coronavirus restrictions.

Dreams of Myanmar's 'unwashed' jade miners buried by disaster

Chen - Five Yay Ma Hsay -- or 'unwashed' as the jade miners of northern Myanmar are known -- arrived early Thursday at the pit to scrape out a living on a scraggy hillside, lured by the prospect of finding a stone that could transform their lives.

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.
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The Asian Elephant is quickly disappearing from the jungles of Myanmar.
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View from Golden Hill Towers, Yangon Myanmar
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Bago ci outlined with a red box to show the location where the Jerdon's Babbler was last seen in 1941.
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Jerdon's Babbler, rediscovered after the bird was thought to be extinct since 1941.
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Heho airport in Burma
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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 spread of artemisinin resistant malaria parasites is becoming a great concern in Myanmar,
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Bats coming out from Linno Gu -bat cave, Hpa An, Myanmar. Image dated December 10, 2019.
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The tragedy of the Muslim Rohingya boat people continues
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