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'People were hiding': Bangladesh bid to repatriate Rohingya stalls as refugees refuse

Aug 22 2019

COX'S BAZAR, Bangladesh An attempt to begin repatriating thousands of Rohingya Muslims living in camps in Bangladesh stalled on Thursday after nearly 300 refugee families refused to go back to Myanmar, almost a year after a similar effort failed amid protests.

More than 2,000 people displaced, 19 killed in Myanmar fighting

Aug 21 2019

YANGON More than 2,000 people have been forced to flee from their homes, and 19 have been killed, since fighting broke out between government troops and ethnic minority insurgents in northern Myanmar last week, government officials said Wednesday.

Rescue worker killed in attack on ambulance in northern Myanmar - army

Aug 17 2019

YANGON One rescue worker was killed and several others were wounded when an ambulance came under fire in northern Myanmar amid clashes between troops and ethnic rebels in the region, an army spokesman and a witness said on Saturday.

Silk Road sweeteners: China woos Myanmar's NLD with junkets

Aug 07 2019

YANGON The National League for Democracy was forged in an uprising against one-party rule. Its activists spent years in jail under Myanmar's military junta. But since taking power three years ago, the party led by Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi has found an unlikely ally – the Chinese Communist Party.

Royal capital to 'smart city': Myanmar's Mandalay gets high-tech makeover, sparks 'spy' fears

Aug 05 2019

YANGON Once a seat of kings, the city of Mandalay in northern Myanmar has seen turbulent chapters in its 162-year history – the fall of Burma's last royal dynasty and decades of colonial rule. Now, officials are attempting to transform the former royal capital into Myanmar's first "smart city".

Myanmar lawmakers debate proposals to curb military political power

Jul 30 2019

NAYPYITAW Myanmar’s parliament on Tuesday began debating amendments to the constitution aimed at reducing the military’s role in politics, amid objections from army lawmakers.

Myanmar filmmaker charged over Facebook posts about military

Jul 18 2019

YANGON A Myanmar judge on Thursday charged filmmaker Min Htin Ko Ko Gyi for Facebook posts he made about the powerful military, meaning he will stand trial despite concern over his health and an outcry from human rights groups.

Monsoon flooding forces thousands from their homes in Myanmar

Jul 15 2019

YANGON Days of heavy monsoon rain and dangerously high river levels in Myanmar have forced more than 18,000 people from their homes and flooded at least one camp for people displaced by recent fighting, authorities and a politician said on Monday.

Thousands protest amid outcry over Myanmar child-rape case

Jul 06 2019

YANGON Thousands of protesters marched to a police office in the north of Myanmar's largest city, Yangon, on Saturday, demanding speedy and transparent justice in a child-rape case that has sparked national outrage.

Myanmar orders internet shutdown in conflict-torn Rakhine state: telco operator

Jun 22 2019

YANGON Myanmar authorities ordered telecoms companies to shut down internet services in conflict-torn western Myanmar, a leading operator said on Saturday, amid heightening tensions in the region, where government troops are fighting ethnic rebels.

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