Hardline Buddhists in Myanmar, Sri Lanka strike anti-Islamist pact


COLOMBO - A Myanmar monk accused of inciting violence against Muslims and a hardline Buddhist group in Sri Lanka said on Tuesday they would work together to rally other Buddhist groups and defend their faith against militant Islamists.

Myanmar confirms controversial Rohingya plan at United Nations

YANGON - Myanmar has confirmed to the United Nations it is finalizing a plan that will offer minority Rohingya Muslims citizenship if they change their ethnicity to suggest Bangladeshi origin, a move rights groups say could force thousands into detention camps.

World, United Nations 7:42am EDT

Radical Myanmar monk joins hands with Sri Lankan Buddhists

COLOMBO - A radical monk who heads a movement accused of stirring violence against Muslims in Myanmar has announced a partnership with a hardline Buddhist group in Sri Lanka to defend their religion.

World, 29 Sep 2014

Exclusive: Rohingya could face detention under Myanmar draft plan

YANGON/BANGKOK - Myanmar's national government has drafted a plan that will give around a million members of the persecuted Rohingya Muslim ethnic minority a bleak choice: accept ethnic reclassification and the prospect of citizenship, or be detained.

World, United Nations, 27 Sep 2014

Beauty pageants expose dreams and dangers in modern Myanmar

YANGON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Sparkling in a red, sequined dress, Htet Htet Htun spins around the stage rehearsing a traditional Burmese dance that she hopes will make her stand out from 18 other young hopefuls competing in the first Miss Myanmar World pageant this month.

Entertainment 26 Sep 2014

Ex-BBC DJ Travis given suspended jail term for sex attack

LONDON - Dave Lee Travis, a leading BBC radio DJ in the 1970s and 1980s whose shows once delighted Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi, escaped jail on Friday despite being convicted of a "nasty" indecent assault on a television researcher.

People, Entertainment 26 Sep 2014

Myanmar army releases more than 100 child soldiers

YANGON - Myanmar's army released 109 children from its military ranks on Thursday in its single biggest discharge of child soldiers, but boys are still being illegally recruited from poor families, the United Nations said.

World, United Nations, 25 Sep 2014

Myanmar investment message undermined by politics, sanctions

NEW YORK, Sept 24 - The rapid economic transformation of Myanmar, less than two years after transitioning from military control and opening itself to the world, is not without its rough patches, the nation's top economic minister said on Wednesday.

Financials, 24 Sep 2014

Myanmar to issue foreign bank licenses by end-Sept: central bank

NEW YORK - Myanmar will announce an offer by the end this month for between five and 10 foreign banks to open branches in its rapidly expanding economy, the deputy central bank governor told Reuters on Wednesday.

24 Sep 2014

With Suu Kyi blocked, her Myanmar party eyes ex-general for president

YANGON - Aung San Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy (NLD) will go into next year's parliamentary election in Myanmar with no candidate for president, NLD officials said, and one said it might even support a former general from the pro-military ruling party.

World, 24 Sep 2014

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