Conflict and candlelight: Myanmar's energy conundrum

2014-11-24 12:13

70% of Myanmar's population still does not have access to power, so the once pariah state, which already relies on hydropower to generate half of its electricity, is again turning to its rivers in new plans to harness energy from dams.

Obama's assessment of reforms in Myanmar

2014-11-14 16:03

President Obama gave a blunt assessment of the need for further reform in Myanmar's move toward democracy, weighing into sensitive controversies over the treatment of religious minorities and opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

Myanmar curfew returns calm, Muslims pray in peace

2014-07-04 09:54

Muslims in Myanmar's second-largest city have said early morning prayers in peace after an overnight curfew restored calm following two nights of violent rampages by extremist Buddhists.

Myanmar frees 44 political prisoners

2013-12-11 11:49

Myanmar has freed 44 political detainees, a presidential adviser says, the latest in a series of prisoner amnesties by the country's reformist regime.

Myanmar frees 69 political prisoners

2013-11-15 19:23

Myanmar has released dozens of detained activists as the fast-changing former pariah state hosts top-level international visitors.

Myanmar frees prisoners ahead of Asean summit

2013-10-08 13:03

Myanmar's president has pardoned 56 political prisoners, an amnesty apparently timed to highlight the government's reforms ahead of a regional summit.

Gas flows from Myanmar-China pipeline

2013-07-29 10:27

Gas has started flowing to energy-hungry China through a pipeline from Myanmar, in a project highlighting their economic links despite political pressure.

UK raises human rights with Myanmar

2013-07-15 18:10

The UK's Cameron has expressed concerns to Myanmar's president about human rights.

Myanmar: Coalition possible for Suu Kyi

2013-06-14 12:00

Myanmar's pro-military party has said it is not ruling out a coalition government with the opposition party of Aung San Suu Kyi after elections in 2015 if it's in the national interest.

Mosque, shops razed in Myanmar violence

2013-05-29 08:00

Violence spread to a new region of Myanmar, with a mob burning down a mosque, orphanage and shops after rumours that a Muslim man had set fire to a Buddhist woman, authorities say.

Myanmar urged to stop using child soldiers

2013-05-22 14:08

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says Myanmar's government has made progress in reducing the recruitment of children into the armed forces but still needs to stamp out the practice.

Obama urges Myanmar to stop violence

2013-05-21 07:57

President Barack Obama has urged the president of Myanmar to take steps to halt violence against Muslims in his country and move ahead with economic and political reforms.

Myanmar panel recommends security boost

2013-04-29 16:27

A government-appointed commission investigating sectarian violence in western Myanmar last year, has issued proposals to ease tensions there — including doubling the number of security.

'Chaos' unavoidable in Myanmar

2013-04-05 13:01

A degree of "chaos" is inevitable as Myanmar undergoes a transition to democracy, says President Thein Sein's spokesperson, appealing for unity in the wake of deadly religious violence.

Myanmar police call deadly fire 'accident'

2013-04-02 09:10

A fire has engulfed a mosque housing Muslim schoolchildren in Myanmar's largest city, killing at least 13. Authorities, anxious over sectarian violence that has shaken the nation, quickly blamed the blaze on an accidental electrical short.

Myanmar won't allow religious extremists

2013-03-28 14:40

Myanmar President Thein Sein says that his reformist government would not tolerate religious extremism, following a wave of deadly Buddhist-Muslim clashes.

Tougher curfews for Myanmar

2013-03-26 20:52

Authorities in Myanmar have imposed a dusk-to-dawn curfew in three townships after anti-Muslim religious violence touched new parts of the country, edging closer to the main city of Yangon.

Myanmar aid may hinder, not help: Experts

2013-03-15 12:02

Governments and agencies must be wary of drowning Myanmar with well-intentioned but ill-targeted aid, experts have warned, admonishing the global community to "first do no harm".

Myanmar to 'grant liberty' to dissidents

2013-02-07 14:03

Myanmar's leader has set up a committee to review political prisoner cases "to grant them liberty", in a rare direct acknowledgement of dissidents in the nation's jails.

Myanmar denies chemical weapon attack

2013-01-10 10:44

Myanmar has denied accusations it had used chemical weapons against ethnic minority rebels in the northern state of Kachin.

Thein Sein calls for corruption fight

2012-12-26 13:35

Myanmar's president has voiced public criticism of his government, saying that rampant corruption and bribery are getting in the way of the country's reform process..

Burma or Myanmar? Obama says both

2012-11-19 15:01

Some call the country Myanmar, others call it Burma. On his historic trip to the former army-ruled nation, Barack Obama has called it both.

Praise, pressure as Obama visits Myanmar

2012-11-19 08:21

Barack Obama has become the first serving US president to visit Myanmar, trying to strike a balance between praising the government's progress in democracy and pressing for more reform.

Myanmar government criticised over clashes

2012-10-30 12:07

Victims of ethnic clashes in western Myanmar have lashed out at the government for failing to prevent violence between Muslims and Buddhists.

SA democracy gets nod from Suu Kyi

2012-10-03 09:05

Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi has wrapped up a landmark US trip praising South Africa and eastern Europe's democratic transitions - but saying Myanmar must find its own path.


Myanmar students protest over education law

2014-11-18 10:21

Students in Myanmar are threatening to hold nationwide protests unless the government amends an education law that they say restricts their academic freedom.

Myanmar's president, army chief meet Suu Kyi

2014-10-31 09:37

Myanmar's president is holding a rare meeting with opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi that also includes the country's political and military heavyweights.

Myanmar: No more political prisoners

2013-12-31 13:21

Myanmar has announced there were "no more political prisoners" after issuing a sweeping amnesty order aimed at fulfilling a presidential pledge to free all dissidents.

Aung San Suu Kyi: I'm no saint or icon

2013-11-28 12:08

Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi insists she is no saint and no icon, saying she dislikes the titles and has always seen herself as an honest politician.

Time bomb caused Myanmar hotel blast: Police

2013-10-15 08:11

An explosion that struck one of the most prestigious hotels in Myanmar's main city has been caused by a small, homemade time bomb, police say.

6 Buddhists face trial over bus killings

2013-08-15 14:07

Six Buddhist men will face trial this month over the lynching of 10 Muslim bus passengers as sectarian unrest convulsed western Myanmar last year, officials say.

Myanmar to free more political prisoners

2013-07-23 14:00

Myanmar has agreed to release about 70 political prisoners, says an official, with President Thein Sein vowing to free all dissidents by the end of the year.

Myanmar slams Time over 'Buddhist terror'

2013-06-24 10:00

Myanmar's president has lashed out against Time magazine's cover story on "Buddhist terror" for undermining government efforts to ease sectarian tensions in the country.

Ceasefire agreement reached in Myanmar

2013-05-30 14:00

Myanmar has reached a preliminary ceasefire deal with ethnic minority Kachin rebels, the last major armed group to agree to stop fighting after decades of civil war.

Religious unrest flares-up in Myanmar

2013-05-28 21:22

New sectarian violence has flared in north-eastern Myanmar, with a mob burning some shops after unconfirmed rumours spread that a Muslim man had set fire to a Buddhist woman.

Myanmar Muslims jailed for killing Buddhist

2013-05-21 13:09

A court in Myanmar has sentenced seven Muslims to terms ranging from life to two years in prison for the killing of a Buddhist monk during sectarian violence.

Cyclone: Myanmar works to evacuate camps

2013-05-15 10:08

Authorities in Myanmar are struggling to evacuate tens of thousands of people, most of them Rohingya Muslims fleeing religious unrest, before a cyclone reaches camps in low-lying regions.

Myanmar frees 56 political prisoners

2013-04-23 16:04

Myanmar's president has announced an amnesty for about 100 prisoners, says a senior official, of whom 56 have been confirmed as political detainees.

Mosque officials probed in Myanmar fire

2013-04-02 17:04

Police in Myanmar say they were investigating the head of a mosque and a Muslim teacher for possible negligence after a pre-dawn fire has swept a religious dormitory, killing 13 children.

43 dead in Myanmar sectarian clashes

2013-03-30 09:23

Sectarian riots in central Myanmar have claimed 43 dead, 86 injured and have left 11 376 homeless.

Suu Kyi in symbolic debut at army parade

2013-03-27 11:12

Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi has made a symbol-laden appearance at an annual military parade for the first time, underscoring the country's startling transformation.

Buddhist-Muslim clashes spread in Myanmar

2013-03-25 09:03

Sectarian clashes between Buddhists and Muslims in Myanmar have spread to at least two other towns in the country's heartland over the weekend, undermining government efforts.

Myanmar opposition party to hold congress

2013-03-04 11:03

In another sign of political reform, Myanmar's biggest party led by opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi will hold its first-ever congress in the country's former capital.

Media group urges further Myanmar reform

2013-01-17 11:56

Myanmar should repeal laws and develop a code of conduct for journalists to ensure further progress amid an opening in the country's long-closed media, Reporters Without Borders says.

Myanmar to allow daily private newspapers

2012-12-28 13:05

Myanmar will allow private daily newspapers starting in April for the first time since 1964, in the latest step toward allowing freedom of expression in the long-repressed nation.

Myanmar police break up mine protest

2012-11-29 09:09

Riot police in Myanmar have fired water cannon at villagers and monks protesting against a Chinese-backed copper mine, in a pre-dawn crackdown that left dozens injured, activists say.

Obama to Myanmar: America 'is with you'

2012-11-19 12:03

In an historic visit, US President Barack Obama has told the people of Myanmar that the US will befriend any nation that respects human rights.

Obama to make landmark visit to Myanmar

2012-11-09 09:04

President Barack Obama is set to become the first US leader to visit Myanmar, marking the strongest international endorsement so far of the country's fragile democratic transition.

Suu Kyi willing to be president

2012-10-08 14:04

Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi has declared her willingness to serve as her country's president and her party's intention to amend the constitution to allow her to do so.

US eases Myanmar import ban

2012-09-27 07:57

The political party of Myanmar's democracy champion Aung San Suu Kyi has welcomed US moves to ease a ban on imports from the nation, hailing it as a positive long term step.

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