Forced labor shows back-breaking lack of reform in Myanmar military


BUTHIDAUNG, Myanmar - In the fertile river valleys near Myanmar's border with Bangladesh, stateless Rohingya Muslims say there is no let-up in soldiers forcing them into hard labor, despite the government launching a campaign three years ago to end the practice.

Bangladesh, Kenya, Myanmar move up income ranks: World Bank

DHAKA - The World Bank has upgraded Bangladesh, Kenya, Myanmar, and Tajikistan to its lower middle income classification from least developed countries (LDCs) while South Sudan has fallen back into the low-income group.

02 Jul 2015

Myanmar students in peaceful march to protest political role of military

YANGON - Students in Myanmar led a peaceful march of between 50 and 200 protesters on Tuesday, urging Myanmar’s military to remove itself from politics, days after lawmakers voted down a measure to scrap the military's effective legislative veto.

World, 30 Jun 2015

Myanmar replaces senior air force officer after stray China bomb

YANGON - Myanmar has replaced a high ranking air force officer, officials said on Monday, in a move that was seen as a response to China's anger over stray bomb that fell in Chinese territory and killed four farmers three months ago.

World, China, 29 Jun 2015

Tin price bulls coming out of hibernation

LONDON - Shrinking tin stocks, dwindling supplies from Myanmar and new Indonesian rules to curb exports are at last creating conditions for bulls who for some time have expected to see higher prices.

28 Jun 2015

U.S. criticizes Myanmar military veto after law change fails

YANGON - The United States said on Friday that an effective legislative veto held by Myanmar's military was undemocratic and reiterated calls for changes to the constitution, a day after lawmakers from the armed forces bloc rejected any significant amendments to the charter. | Video

World, 26 Jun 2015

China's aviation boom drives airport building frenzy

BEIJING - When Mangshi opened its airport two decades ago, the small tropical city on China's border with Myanmar was served by few airlines. China's recent travel boom has changed that - seven carriers brought in more than 1 million visitors last year.

China, Aerospace & Defense, 26 Jun 2015

U.S. rights report slams Cuba and Iran, despite greater links

WASHINGTON - The United States released its annual human rights report on Thursday, with strong words for countries such as Iran, Cuba, Myanmar and Vietnam, even as it seeks to improve relations with them.

World, Cuba 25 Jun 2015

Myanmar frees Bangladeshi soldier after ministry protest

DHAKA - Myanmar on Thursday freed a Bangladeshi paramilitary soldier whose capture this month had become a diplomatic sore point between the two countries, a Bangladesh border guard official said.

World, 25 Jun 2015

Myanmar military retains veto after constitution change vote fails

NAYPYITAW - A move to amend Myanmar's constitution to remove the military's legislative veto on key decisions fell short of the required 75 percent support in parliament on Thursday, preserving the armed forces' powerful political role in the Asian nation.

World, 25 Jun 2015

Images from Myanmar

A patient from Myanmar looks through the window of the Mae Tao clinic in Mae Sot, in northwest Thailand October 13, 2010.  REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

An uncertain fate

Myanmar's long standing political crisis has forced millions of refugees across the border.  Slideshow