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Global wild tiger population to be counted by 2016

2014-09-16 19:29

Thirteen countries with wild tiger populations have agreed to take part in a global count to establish how many of the critically endangered big cats are left and improve policies to protect them.

$480m solar power project planned for Myanmar

2014-08-28 22:11

US investors will help finance a $480m solar power project in Myanmar's northeastern Mandalay region, which will ultimately provide up to 12% of the country's power generation.

Myanmar struggles with ancient scourge - leprosy

2014-08-21 12:08

High in the hills of Myanmar's war-torn borderlands, a clutch of new leprosy cases among communities virtually cut off from medical help is a sign that the country's battle with the ancient disease is far from over.

5 Myanmar journalists jailed for 10 years

2014-07-10 13:34

Four reporters and the chief executive officer of a magazine in Myanmar have been sentenced to 10 years hard labour in prison on a national security charge for investigative stories about a weapons factory.

Police fire shots to stop Buddhist mob in Myanmar

2014-07-02 13:36

Police fired warning shots to stop a Buddhist mob that damaged a mosque and tried to set fire to several Muslim-owned shops in Myanmar's second-largest city, authorities say.

Death in the long grass: Myanmar's snake bite menace

2014-06-11 15:29

Swaying with the hypnotic rhythm of the king cobra rearing up in front of him, Myanmar snake charmer Sein Tin feels protected from the venom by an intricate array of "magical" tattoos.

Typewriters, telegrams cling to life in Myanmar

2014-06-05 14:26

Reminders of a bygone era cling stubbornly and quaintly in Myanmar, a country that was in many ways frozen in time during a half-century of dictatorship and self-imposed isolation.

Sea row dominates Southeast Asian summit

2014-05-11 18:56

Surging maritime tensions have dominated a meeting of Southeast Asian leaders, with Vietnam calling on its neighbours for support in its worsening territorial dispute with China.

Envoy raises alarm over Myanmar persecution

2014-04-07 19:12

Acute shortages of water and medical treatment in Myanmar following attacks on humanitarian groups are the latest hardships imposed on Rohingya Muslims, a UN expert has said.

Ban urges Myanmar to ensure safety of workers

2014-03-31 22:02

Secretary General Ban Ki-moon is urging Myanmar's government to ensure the safety of UN and international aid workers following attacks in the troubled Rakhine state.

Aid group forced out of Myanmar state

2014-02-28 17:17

Doctors Without Borders is being forced to stop caring for sick people in a Myanmar state torn by sectarian violence, in a move linked to the humanitarian group's work with the long-persecuted Rohingya Muslim minority.

UN urges Myanmar to probe sectarian killings

2014-01-24 15:38

The UN has called on Myanmar to investigate reports that dozens of men, women and children who have been killed in attacks on Rohingya Muslims.

Myanmar denies Buddhist mob kills villagers

2014-01-18 06:00

Myanmar has denied that a Buddhist mob has killed Muslims, but villagers and a rights group fear dozens may be dead.

Myanmar army linked to over 100 rapes

2014-01-15 16:09

The Women's League of Burma has released a report documenting more than 100 rapes allegedly by soldiers, almost all in townships plagued by stubborn ethnic insurgencies.

 

Thai PM to visit Myanmar on first official trip

2014-09-12 14:01

Thailand's coup leader and premier Prayut Chan-O-Cha will visit Myanmar on his first official overseas trip, an official says, as the junta seeks to strengthen ties with its former military-ruled neighbour.

Myanmar divers find bell with dragon help

2014-08-26 22:14

A team of Myanmar divers claim to have discovered a legendary bell in the murky depths of the Yangon river, with the help of dragon spirits.

Myanmar military releases 91 child soldiers

2014-08-02 07:15

Myanmar's military released 91 children and young people from military service, as the UN encouraged the army to speed up demobilisation to ensure it has no under-age soldiers in its ranks.

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 warns students away from politics

2014-06-14 14:32

The Myanmar government has warned university students to keep away from politics, local reports say.

Dozens of new flora, fauna species in Myanmar

2014-06-05 15:01

A dragon fish with intricate, maze-like markings on every scale, a toad with rough, chocolate-coloured skin and a ginger plant were among more than two dozen new flora and fauna species found in Myanmar.

14 dead in Myanmar bus crash

2014-05-13 09:32

At least 14 people have been killed and dozens injured after an intercity bus crashed in heavy rain on an accident-prone highway in Myanmar.

Extinction stalks Myanmar's forests

2014-05-07 12:03

Large swathes of the undulating landscape of the Bago Mountains have been stripped bare by logging firms over recent years and the last remnants of wood are being burnt.

Dire crisis for Rohingya in Myanmar - aid groups

2014-04-01 11:49

Relief organisations forced to flee western Myanmar after being targeted by Buddhist mobs say they cannot return unless diplomatic pressure makes the government depoliticise aid distribution.

Girl killed by Myanmar forces amid mob attacks

2014-03-28 09:58

An 11-year-old girl has been accidentally killed after Myanmar security forces fired warning shots to disperse mobs targeting international aid groups in a strife-hit western state, police say.

Myanmar blasted over Rohinga policies

2014-02-25 11:03

A human rights group says it has obtained official documents that directly implicate the Myanmar government in abusive and discriminatory policies targeting the Rohingya Muslim community.

UN: Myanmar Buddhists killed over 40 Muslims

2014-01-24 09:21

At least 48 Muslims have been killed after Buddhist mobs attacked a village in an isolated corner of western Myanmar earlier this month, the United Nations says.

Several dead in Myanmar sectarian unrest

2014-01-17 14:55

Several people including women and a child have been killed in an attack on Rohingya Muslims in western Myanmar, as the US embassy voices alarm.

US uses 'Myanmar' as 'diplomatic courtesy'

2014-01-07 11:30

The US sometimes uses the official name Myanmar instead of Burma as a "diplomatic courtesy" to the Asian country, the state department says.

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