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YANGON, April 22 (Xinhua) -- Myanmar State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi's two-day official visit to Vietnam has contributed to boosting relations between Myanmar and Vietnam, said a statement of Myanmar's Foreign Ministry Sunday. Aung San Suu Kyi paid an official visit to Vietnam on April 19-20 at the ...
BEIJING, April 22 (Xinhua) -- Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Sunday met with former Myanmar President U Thein Sein, vowing to promote the development of the China-Myanmar economic corridor. Wang said the comprehensive strategic cooperation between the two countries ...

The briefing was jointly conducted by U Kyaw Tint Swe, Union Minister for the Office of the State Counsellor, U Thaung Tun, Union Minister for the Office of Union Government, Dr. Win Myat Aye, Union Minister for Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement and the members of Myanmar delegation – Dr. Aung ...
Forced disappearances of lawyers and intensified repression of Tibetans and Uyghurs in China, ethnic cleansing of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar, arbitrary arrests of politicians in Cambodia, and mistreatment of prisoners in Vietnam topped the list of human rights problems in Asia in 2017, according to an ...
Hours later, they found the mutilated bodies, hastily buried five miles from their homes at the Maihkawng internal displacement camp in Myanmar's conflict-torn Kachin state. They suspected that soldiers from Myanmar's army were responsible, but they didn't expect anything to happen to the perpetrators.
Almost 2,000 civilians from Myanmar's Kachin community, trapped in a jungle while escaping clashes between the army and the guerrillas, are in urgent need of medical attention, the community leaders said. The latest fighting in the northern state's Tanai town started earlier this month with government ...

NAY PYI TAW, April 19 (Xinhua) -- Myanmar State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi left Nay Pyi Taw Thursday on an official visit to Vietnam at the invitation of Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, according to official sources. During the two-day visit, Suu Kyi is expected to have talks with the ...
Barely six months after the fastest exodus of Rohingya refugees since the genocide began out of Myanmar, and the feeling of urgency is already waning. The United States needs to increase pressure on Myanmar, ensure that refugees are safe and secure, and work to find a durable solution. It will not get ...
Militant attacks last August in Myanmar's Rakhine state sparked a military crackdown, forcing some 700,000 Rohingya Muslims to flee to Bangladesh. ... Mr Phil Robertson, deputy director of Human Rights Watch's Asia division, that while Facebook is dominant as a source of news in Myanmar, the country is ...
Myanmar has sought the help of its allies in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to solve the crisis in northern Rakhine State through the help of a panel of experts that advises the ... “If agreed, as the chair of ASEAN, Singapore will talk with other member states and ask for help for Myanmar.
Shanaka Jay Peiris, the International Monetary Fund's (IMF) mission chief to Myanmar, said in a recent interview that initial data reviewed by the IMF ... Both the United States and Canada imposed sanctions against a general in Myanmar's military for his role in the crackdown against the Muslim Rohingya.
State Counsellor and Union Minister for Foreign Affairs Daw Aung San Suu Kyi received Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Deputy ... capacity building, education, the empowerment of women and ways and means to enhance cooperation between Myanmar and the United Nations.
Decades of conflict left nine out of the 14 Myanmar states and regions heavily contaminated with antipersonnel mines, with serious effects on the socio-economic development in affected areas. Landmines indeed mostly affect civilians and rural communities where farmers are forced to risk their lives ...
YANGON — Myanmar's military chief has called on the country to unite against what he said were opposition forces attempting to “disintegrate the union”, ... at a time when the Tatmadaw is facing widespread international criticism for its handling of the crisis in Rakhine State, which has seen an estimated ...
MyTel, the fourth operator in Myanmar, launched service in capital city Nay Pyi Taw, the eastern Bago Region and Kayin State, with plans to target rural customers and compete on price, The Myanmar Times ... It plans to expand coverage to all 15 states and regions next month, the newspaper reported.
The Trump administration has slapped sanctions on companies across the globe to punish illicit trade with nuclear-armed North Korea, yet Myanmar, which is suspected of acquiring ballistic missile systems from the pariah state, has escaped the full force of the “maximum pressure” campaign.
Two fishermen accused of stealing money and supplies from a warehouse in Myanmar's Irrawaddy division have been tortured under questioning by ... 16, police in Myanmar's northwestern Rakhine state shot dead seven ethnic Rakhine protesters and wounded 13 others after thousands of members of the ...

Chinese authorities have frozen seven bank accounts owned by Myanmar traders who do business along the border in northern Shan state, claiming that the funds they contain are linked to illegal gambling activities, a Myanmar government official said Monday. The banks began freezing the accounts of ...
A delegation of Indian CEOs visiting Myanmar and the launch of a new India-Myanmar business chamber in Yangon have sought to inject life into stagnant ... eastern seaport of Kolkata to its landlocked northeastern states via ports, inland water terminals and roads in Myanmar's Rakhine and Chin states.
In its strongest statement yet against the quasi-military regime, Australia condemned Myanmar's violence at the United Nations Human Rights Council, saying anyone guilty of human rights abuses “must be held to account”. “Australia reiterates its deep concern about events in Rakhine state, including ...
Basking in the golden light of the setting sun, the village located in a valley in Karen State's mountainous Papun District (or Mutraw, as it is known in Karen) was ... They were running from the Tatmadaw (Myanmar Army) after large numbers of troops were deployed in Lu Thaw Township without warning.
More than 100 people in south-central Myanmar's Bago region staged a protest on Tuesday calling for the abolishment of the country's 2008 constitution, in a reprise of grassroots demonstrations demanding the scrapping of the military-drafted charter that filled the streets before Aung San Suu Kyi's civilian ...
In a statement to mark World Wildlife Day on Saturday, more than two dozen ambassadors of the European Union and its member states warned that Myanmar's wild elephant population would be wiped out in a matter of years as poaching for tusks and other parts remains a huge challenge globally with ...
There are currently two state-owned steel factories in Myanmar. The second factory is in Pang Pet, Taunggyi township in Shan State. ... The government will make the necessary announcements once further details of the Myanmar-Korea-Thai joint venture are ironed out and made available, said U Kan ...
Myanmar's State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi holds speech during a ceremony for the singing of a Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA) at the Myanmar ... The trio, Tawakkol Karman, Shirin Ebadi and Mairead Maguire implored the embattled Myanmar leader to wake up to the atrocities after visiting ...
DES MOINES, Iowa — The Burma refugee community is feeling nervous after several members, including refugees who have become legal U.S. citizens received a mysterious letter ... Thousands of refugees from Burma, many an ethnic minority who escaped a bloody civil war, settled in the United States.
One of several bombs targeting government offices and other places in Myanmar's troubled Rakhine state exploded on Saturday morning, injuring a police officer, authorities said. In all, three bombs exploded and three unexploded devices were seized in Sittwe, the state capital. One of the explosions was ...
YANGON, Feb. 23 (Xinhua) -- Myanmar State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi on Friday said the deadly bomb attacks at two banks in Lashio, Shan State on Wednesday affected government's efforts for national reconciliation. The explosion hit Yoma bank, affecting nearby AYA bank, killing two female staffs of ...
Ambassadors from more than 10 countries and United National officials visited troubled Maungdaw township in Myanmar's Rakhine state on Thursday to observe the Myanmar government's repatriation process for returning Rohingya refugees. The group included ambassadors from Egypt, Germany, the ...
But when this year's Cobra Gold exercises kicked off Tuesday in eastern Thailand, there was a particularly controversial attendee: Myanmar's military, known ... Recent military violence in Myanmar's western state of Rakhine has displaced nearly 690,000 Rohingya, a mostly stateless Muslim minority, into ...
For Myanmar, the historic evolution of state formation affects the outcome of the federal-unitary division. ... of 1947 is a historic marker that formed the basis for the territorial-demographic integration of Burma proper and the Frontier Areas Administration and then paved the way for the new state formation.
(Rangoon) – The Burmese military should ensure that humanitarian aid reaches all civilians in need in northern Burma's Kachin State, Human Rights Watch said today. On February 5, 2018, approximately 5,000 people demonstrated in Myitkyina, the state capital, against the Burmese military operations in ...
The site lies in Rakhine state, an isolated region at the western corner of Myanmar, with poor infrastructure and, in recent years, terrible headlines. Mrauk U's history helps ... Forty-two years later it was the British who occupied Arakan, in the first of three stages of colonising all of Burma. Under British rule ...
A new international airport in Myanmar, the south-east Asian nation facing condemnation over the ongoing persecution of the Rohingya minority group ... in the north, the Yangon region in the south, the Gulf of Martaban in the east and the Rakhine State (which has been the centre of the current conflict, and ...
But after the country began a halting transition to democracy in 2010—and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton visited in 2011—the destination quickly became a must-visit darling of intrepid travelers as well as the media: “Burma, whose official name is Myanmar, may finally be emerging from half a century of ...
The two journalists face 14 years in prison if they are convicted under the law, which dates back to 1923 when Myanmar was known as Burma and ruled ... State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said the United States found the report of new mass graves "deeply troubling" and added that the new ...
“While the Russian Federation says it favors constructive dialogue to resolve the crisis in Burma, the reports of plans to sell advanced military technology, if true, show otherwise,” she said. The crisis she was referring to was the Myanmar military's crackdown in northern Rakhine State, which has seen ...
FILE PHOTO: A Myanmar policeman stands outside of a camp set up by Myanmar's Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement Minister to prepare for the repatriation of displaced Rohingyas, who fled to Bangladesh, outside Maungdaw in the state of Rakhine, Myanmar January 24, 2018. REUTERS/Stringer ...
The graves are the newest piece of evidence of what looks increasingly like a genocide in Myanmar's western Rakhine state against the Rohingya, a long-persecuted ethnic Muslim minority in the predominantly Buddhist country formerly known as Burma. Repeated calls to Myanmar's military ...
Clockwise from top left: Kyaw Myint, former administrator of Mrauk U's Tein Nyo village, his wife Kyi Kyi Win, son Ko Min Than Htay, and daughter-in-law Ma Khine Zar Hlaing are suspects in the killing of Bo Bo Min Thein, a former official of Mrauk U township in western Myanmar's Rakhine state, Feb.
The US state department has said it is “deeply, deeply troubled” by new reports of mass graves in Myanmar's Rakhine State, where the military has been accused of atrocities against minority Rohingya Muslims. The Associated Press reported earlier it had confirmed the existence of more than five ...
A judge has refused bail to two Reuters reporters charged with illegal possession of state secrets while reporting on the ongoing Rohingya crisis in Rakhine state. Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, reporters with Reuters, have been charged under the colonial-era Official Secrets Act for possessing confidential ...
Myanmar's northwestern Chin state government has vowed to crack down on carrying illegal firearms due to excessive hunting across the state, the official Global New Light of Myanmar reported Wednesday. The Chin state government called for wildlife conservation in the state while stressing the need to ...
The exodus of an estimated 650,000 Rohingya Muslim refugees caused by the Myanmar army's brutal “clearance operations” in response to Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) attacks in the state's north has made global headlines and put the elected government on the defensive against charges of ...
NAY PYI TAW, Jan. 19 (Xinhua) -- Myanmar State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi has called on the folks of the country to join hands to build a democratic federal republic in unity with new thoughts and new opinions. In her message to the ongoing Ethnic Sustainable Development Forum which began in Nay ...
The UNODC estimated that Myanmar's Shan and Kachin states cultivated 41,000 hectares of opium poppy in 2017, a 25 percent drop from the 54,500 hectares reported in its last survey in 2015. Myanmar is the source of most of Southeast Asia's methamphetamine, which is mostly produced in lawless ...
The petition is the latest indication of the challenges ahead for Bangladesh and Myanmar as they try to engineer the return of refugees who fear continued military operations in Rakhine State and are dismayed about the prospect of a prolonged stay in "temporary camps" in Myanmar when they go back.
The United States also uses the term ethnic cleansing to describe the military's campaign against the Rohingya. But ethnic Rakhine and Myanmar's government accuse the Rohingya of being illegal immigrants from Bangladesh, despite the Muslim group's deep roots in the region. Rakhine State, with its ...
Seven people have been shot dead by police in Myanmar's troubled Rakhine state. Officials say at least 4,000 people surrounded a government building late Tuesday in the town of Mrauk U, shortly after an annual ceremony marking the end of the Arakan kingdom more than two centuries ago. Tin Maung ...
Ye is a town in the southern end of Mon State and the principal town of Ye township of Mawlamyine. The town is on the Ye River which drains into the Gulf of Martaban, and is surrounded by the Tenasserim Hills in the east. The town's economy is mainly based on betel nut, rubber, fisheries, and trade.


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