Rohingya trafficking victims endure stress of limbo, stranded in Thailand


RATTAPHUM, Thailand (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The strapping 23-year-old Rohingya Muslim was matter of fact as he described being forced onto a boat in Myanmar for a tortuous two-month-long journey, beaten and kicked by traffickers as he watched scores die of starvation and thirst along the way.

In Myanmar, young programmers launch first-ever election app

YANGON - Huddled in an open-plan office atop a tower block in Yangon's scruffy downtown, a group of teenagers in jeans and T-shirts sifts through the list of candidates in Myanmar's election and stares at their computer screens and mobile phones.

World, 07 Oct 2015

Suu Kyi says hopes to lead Myanmar despite constitutional ban

YANGON - Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi has said she plans to lead the next government if her National League for Democracy (NLD) comes to power in the Nov. 8 election, despite being barred from becoming president.

World, 07 Oct 2015

Myanmar nationalist monks stage large rally as religious tensions grow

YANGON - Thousands of Myanmar's nationalist monks and their supporters prayed, clapped and held speeches at a large rally in the country's biggest city on Sunday, in a show of growing clout of radical Buddhists ahead of a Nov. 8 election.

World, 04 Oct 2015

Myanmar radical monk endorses ruling party in election, raps opposition

YANGON - Myanmar's firebrand Buddhist monk Wirathu has openly endorsed President Thein Sein's ruling party in the Nov. 8 general election, saying Aung San Suu Kyi's opposition party was "full of themselves" and unlikely to win the vote.

World, 04 Oct 2015

Myanmar president is sued in U.S. over alleged abuses of Rohingya Muslims

YANGON/NEW YORK - Muslim rights activists have filed a lawsuit in the United States against Myanmar President Thein Sein, accusing him and several ministers of human rights abuses against minority Rohingyas, just a few weeks before an historic general election.

World, 02 Oct 2015

Hardline monks and Myanmar's opposition clash in social media row

YANGON - A war of words is being fought in Myanmar, largely over social media, between nationalist Buddhist monks and opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi's party, highlighting divisions in the run-up to a general election on Nov. 8.

World, 01 Oct 2015

Myanmar truce talks hit snag as many groups not ready to sign

YANGON - A ceasefire agreement soon to be signed by Myanmar's armed rebel groups and the government is likely to fall short of its goals and will exclude a major group, officials involved in the talks said on Wednesday.

World, 30 Sep 2015

Myanmar firm and Puma Energy create jet fuel joint venture

YANGON, Sept 26 - Myanmar's state-owned Myanma Petroleum Products Enterprise (MPPE) has agreed to a joint venture with Puma Energy Group Pte Ltd to distribute jet fuel, the state-owned Myanma Alinn daily reported on Saturday.

Industrials, 26 Sep 2015

Defense asks Thai court for more time in British backpacker murders

KOH SAMUI, Thailand - Lawyers for two Myanmar migrant workers accused of killing two British tourists on a Thai island appealed for more time on Thursday to prove they were scapegoats innocent of the brutal, high-profile murders.

World, Thailand, 24 Sep 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