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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.

Myanmar’s temple city Bagan awarded UNESCO World Heritage status

Jul 06 2019

YANGON UNESCO inscribed Myanmar’s ancient capital of Bagan as a World Heritage Site on Saturday, nearly a quarter of a century after the complex of Buddhist temples was first nominated for listing.

Exclusive: Myanmar soldiers jailed for Rohingya killings freed after less than a year

May 27 2019

YANGON Myanmar has granted early release to seven soldiers jailed for the killing of 10 Rohingya Muslim men and boys during a 2017 military crackdown in the western state of Rakhine, two prison officials, two former fellow inmates and one of the soldiers told Reuters.

World Bank under fire for development plan in Myanmar's divided Rakhine

May 17 2019

YANGON Aid groups and human rights advocates have warned the World Bank that a $100 million development project it is planning for Myanmar’s conflict-riven Rakhine State could worsen tension there.

'Lives are cheap': Grief, anger as landslide rocks Myanmar's jade hills

May 17 2019

HPAKANT, Myanmar/YANGON When Brang Aung left home in early April, his wife pleaded for him to stay for their newborn son's naming ceremony, just a few weeks later.

U.N. investigators urge nations to snap financial ties with Myanmar military

May 14 2019

YANGON The world must cut off financial and other support for Myanmar's armed forces, a U.N. fact-finding mission said on Tuesday, repeating a call for top generals to be prosecuted for abuses against the Rohingya Muslim minority.

In exile in Bangladesh, a bittersweet revival of Rohingya culture

May 08 2019

KUTUPALONG REFUGEE CAMP, Bangladesh Chain-smoking singer Gudar Mia, who recently turned 80 in a refugee camp in Bangladesh, lit another cigarette, closed his eyes, and crooned the opening words of a Rohingya folk song. | Video

Two Reuters reporters freed in Myanmar after more than 500 days in jail

May 08 2019

YANGON Two Reuters journalists jailed in Myanmar after they were convicted of breaking the Official Secrets Act walked free from prison on Tuesday after more than 500 days behind bars. | Video

Reuters-Reporter kommen nach über 500 Tagen Haft in Myanmar frei

May 07 2019

Rangun Nach mehr als 500 Tagen Haft hat Myanmar zwei Reporter der Nachrichtenagentur Reuters freigelassen.

Myanmar's top court rejects final appeal by jailed Reuters journalists

May 06 2019

NAYPYITAW Myanmar's top court on Tuesday rejected the appeal of two Reuters reporters sentenced to seven years in jail for breaking the Official Secrets Act, in a landmark case that has raised questions about the country's transition to democracy. | Video

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