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Myanmar tries New Zealand man for Buddha ad

2014-12-18 16:11

A New Zealand bar manager and two Myanmar men plead innocent to charges they insulted religion by posting an advertisement with an image of a pink Buddha wearing headphones.

Australia won’t kick out asylum babies

2014-12-18 13:19

Thirty one babies born to asylum-seeking parents in Australia will be allowed to stay in the country in a 'one-off' arrangement, the immigration minister says.

Malaysia arrests 20 over Myanmar murders

2014-12-11 12:04

Police in Malaysia have arrested 20 people in a widening investigation into the murder of at least 18 Myanmar nationals in the northern state of Penang since January.

Malaysia: 18 deaths may be linked to Myanmar unrest

2014-12-05 13:41

Police have detained 15 people from Myanmar over a string of gruesome murders in a popular Malaysian tourist destination, and believe the killings are linked to ethnic unrest in their country.

Myanmar's energy conundrum

2014-11-24 09:52

When a village in conflict-torn eastern Myanmar was asked to pay authorities to plug into an electricity grid, families put themselves in debt to find the cash.

Aung San Suu Kyi's presidential chances dwindle

2014-11-19 12:04

Myanmar's constitution cannot be changed until after next year's general election, the speaker of parliament says, casting doubt on the chances of Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi becoming president.

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.

Diving for treasured coal in Myanmar

2014-10-31 10:13

Gripping a rubber hose between their teeth divers in Myanmar take one last gulp of relatively untainted air before plunging into the Yangon River in search for coal.

Crisis over fleeing Rohingya Muslims

2014-10-26 07:27

A growing sense of desperation is fuelling a mass exodus of Rohingya Muslims from western Myanmar.

5 Myanmar journos jailed for defaming state

2014-10-16 14:32

Five Myanmar journalists have been handed two years in prison each for reporting on allegations that opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi and other politicians had formed an alternative government.

3 from missing Thai helicopter survive

2014-10-08 10:26

A passenger onboard a helicopter that disappeared 10 days ago has walked into Myanmar village, saying both pilots also survived but were injured and needed help, organisers of the search say.

US issues warning after clashes in Myanmar

2014-10-01 15:02

The US embassy in Myanmar has issued a warning to its citizens travelling in eastern Myanmar after clashes between the military and ethnic minority rebels.

Myanmar releases more than 100 child soldiers

2014-09-25 15:57

Myanmar's army has released 109 children from its military ranks in its single biggest discharge of child soldiers, but boys are still being illegally recruited from poor families, the UN says.

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.

 

Myanmar: Workers innocent of murdering UK tourists

2014-12-18 14:09

Myanmar investigators say they believe two Myanmar men accused of murdering two UK tourists in Thailand are innocent, but witnesses who might be able to prove their innocence will not testify as they fear the Thai police.

Bar manager held for insulting Buddhism

2014-12-12 09:45

A New Zealand bar manager in Myanmar has been held for allegedly insulting Buddhism after posting an online advertisement showing a psychedelic image of Buddha wearing headphones, police say.

Myanmar officer jailed for criticising army role in politics

2014-12-08 14:15

Myanmar's military has jailed an officer for two years for signing a petition supporting a constitutional amendment to reduce the army's role in politics, the officer's wife says.

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.

Suu Kyi party admits 'can’t win' fight to change charter

2014-11-19 19:46

Aung San Suu Kyi's opposition party has admitted it “cannot win” its battle to scrap parts of a junta-era constitution that bars her from Myanmar’s presidency.

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 to exhume slain journalist

2014-11-03 16:33

Police in Myanmar have been ordered to exhume the body of a journalist who was shot dead by the Army last month, the victim's wife told Reuters.

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 jails ex-minister over pagoda

2014-10-17 13:40

Myanmar's former religion minister has been jailed for 13 years, after he was convicted of using state funds to build a pagoda in his family name, and of sedition.

Pilot of missing chopper found alive

2014-10-09 13:49

The Thai pilot of a helicopter that went missing in a mountainous part of Myanmar almost two weeks ago has been found.

Foreign banks in Myanmar will bide time

2014-10-08 09:50

Myanmar has thrown open the door to foreign banks, but weak credit protection and tight restrictions on lending mean it's not a warm welcome, at least not yet.

Battle for Myanmar mobile market heats up

2014-09-26 14:50

Norway-based telecoms giant Telenor has announced that it would start mobile services in Myanmar's second-largest city Mandalay.

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.

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