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In Syrian riverside camp, ISIS clings to last scrap of 'caliphate'

Mar 08, 2019 - 6:35 PM

The Syrian Democratic Forces are waiting for all civilians to be evacuated before moving in to retake the last scrap of ISIS-held territory

SCREENING AREA. Civilians evacuated from the Islamic State group's embattled holdout of Baghouz wait at a screening area held by the US-backed Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), in the eastern Syrian province of Deir Ezzor, on March 5, 2019. File photo by Bulent Kilic/AFP

U.S. sanctions Myanmar military commanders over Rohingya abuses

Aug 17, 2018 - 11:42 PM

Four Myanmar military and border guard commanders are accused by the US of leading violent campaigns against the Muslim Rohingya

Rohingya refugees from Myanmar's Rakhine state wait for aid at Kutupalong refugee camp in the Bangladeshi town of Teknaf on September 5, 2017. Nearly 125,000 mostly Rohingya refugees have entered Bangladesh since a fresh upsurge of violence in Myanmar on August 25, the United Nations said September 5, as fears grow of a humanitarian crisis in the overstretched camps. The UN said 123,600 had crossed the border in the past 11 days from Myanmar's violence-wracked Rakhine state. / AFP PHOTO / K M Asad

[OPINION] Myanmar is now erasing the Rohingya's very name

Jun 17, 2018 - 2:00 PM

News organizations are being prohibited from using the word 'Rohingya' in their shows

ROHINGYA. This picture taken on November 26, 2017 shows Rohingya Muslim refugees looking on near Kutupalong refugee camp in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh. File photo by Ed Jones/AFP

U.S. condemns 'ethnic cleansing' of Rohingya in Myanmar

Nov 22, 2017 - 10:26 PM

The latest comments of US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson are the strongest condemnation yet by the United States of the Myanmar military's crackdown against the Rohingya

Bangladesh braces for new surge as Rohingya exodus nears 300,000

Sep 09, 2017 - 6:45 PM

Bangladesh authorities plan to build a camp that could house a quarter of a million people

POVERTY. The widespread persecution of the impoverished community in Myanmar's Rakhine state is one of the primary causes for the current regional exodus, alongside growing numbers trying to escape poverty in neighbouring Bangladesh. AFP File Photo

Myanmar 'to provide aid' to displaced Rohingya inside country

Sep 09, 2017 - 3:48 PM

Tens of thousands more are believed to be on the move inside Rakhine fleeing burning villages the army and ethnic Rakhine mobs only to become stranded in hills without food water shelter or medical care

PROTESTS. Ethnic Rohingya Muslim refugees hold placards and shout slogans during a protest against the persecution of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar, outside the Myanmar Embassy in Kuala Lumpur on November 25, 2016. Photo by AFP

Sketsatorial: Tragedi kemanusiaan Rohingya di Myanmar

Sep 08, 2017 - 2:45 PM

Siapakah kaum Rohingya? Mengapa mereka termajinalkan?

#ThewRap: Videos you need to watch this week, March 20-26, 2017

Mar 26, 2017 - 1:37 PM

Hello Here s a round up of videos from the past week you need to watch

Duterte meets Suu Kyi, gives $300,000 for Rohingya crisis

Mar 20, 2017 - 9:20 PM

Malacañang says the donation is the biggest made this year by an ASEAN country to Myanmar s Rakhine State so far

MEETING DAW SUU. President Rodrigo Duterte meets State Counsellor and Foreign Minister Aung San Suu Kyi. Presidential photo

Suu Kyi must stop Rohingya 'genocide' – Malaysia PM

Dec 04, 2016 - 2:41 PM

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak criticizes the Myanmar democracy icon of keeping silent on the plight of Rohingya genocide

Myanmar's Suu Kyi 'angry at being interviewed by Muslim'

Mar 26, 2016 - 12:11 PM

Peter Popham writes about the outburst in an article for The Independent published online Friday March 25 and says it was relayed to him by a reliable source

 Myanmar democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi leaves after meeting with newly-appointed minister from National League of Democracy party at the parliament building in Naypyitaw, Myanmar, March 25, 2016. Photo by Hein Htet/EPA

Hari ini, warga Myanmar ikuti pemilu bersejarah menuju demokrasi

Nov 08, 2015 - 11:57 AM

Pemilu Myanmar tahun ini merupakan kesempatan besar bagi perubahan jarang terjadi dalam sejarah Bagaimana kesempatan Aung San Suu Kyi?

Ketua Liga Nasional Demokrasi (NLD) Aung San Suu Kyi saat menjawab pertanyaan wartawan dalam konferensi pers menjelang Pemilihan Umum Myanmar, pada 5 November 2015. Pemilu diadakan pada 8 November. Foto oleh Rungroj Yongrit/EPA

UN chief hits out at Myanmar election 'hate speech'

Nov 02, 2015 - 11:40 PM

At the core of their ideology is the belief that Myanmar s Buddhist identity is under attack from Muslims and other ethnic minorities

Photo by Evan Schneider/UN Photo

Myanmar to sign peace deal with 8 rebel groups on October 15

Oct 04, 2015 - 10:43 PM

Myanmar s government agrees to allow 15 ethnic armed groups to sign the deal but rejects some half a dozen organizations

CONFLICT OVER? Kachin Independence Army soldiers in Loije township near Mai Ja Yang, outside Laiza, a town in Myanmar's northern Kachin state home to the ethnic Kachin rebels' headquarters. File photo by AFP

Aung San Suu Kyi registers for Myanmar polls

Jul 29, 2015 - 9:14 PM

But Suu Kyi herself remains excluded from the presidency because of a clause in the junta drafted 2008 constitution which bans candidates with foreign children

EU slams Myanmar inter-marriage bill

Jul 10, 2015 - 4:18 AM

A draft of the bill published in December laid out a web of rules governing marriage between Buddhist women and men of other faiths

Timeline of major political events in Myanmar

Jul 09, 2015 - 12:03 AM

Here is a chronology of key recent political events in Myanmar:

Dr. Ashin Nyanissara (L), chancellor of the Sitagu International Buddhist Acedamy(SIBA) talks with Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi (R) during the opening ceremony of the centennial anniversary of her father General Aung San in NatMauk township (birthplace of General Aung San), Magwe division, central Myanmar, 13 February 2015. Photo by Pyae Sone Aung/EPA

'Rohingya issue needs careful handling' – Aung San Suu Kyi

Jun 18, 2015 - 12:37 AM

But pro democracy icon and Nobel peace laureate Suu Kyi who became a beacon of hope during decades of house arrest under the military junta has been accused of failing to speak up for the country s powerless

ROHINGYA MATTERS. Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi talks to media representatives as she leaves after Myanmar's Union Parliament regular assembly in Naypyitaw, Myanmar, 26 March 2015. Photo by Lynn Bo Bo/EPA

'Majority of 700 migrants on boat are Bangladeshi' – Myanmar

Jun 04, 2015 - 9:30 PM

The exodus is made up of Rohingya Muslims fleeing persecution in Myanmar s western Rakhine State and economic migrants from neighbouring Bangladesh

MIGRANTS. A Police officer stands guard in front of migrants at a temporary shelter in Kuala Langsa, Aceh, Indonesia. Photo by Hotli Simanjuntak/EPA

FAST FACTS: Who are the Rohingya?

May 20, 2015 - 3:10 PM

Who are the Rohingya? Why are they at sea? Here s a quick read to understand the plight of these state less people

RESCUED. Rohingya Muslim migrants take shelter after being rescued, in Matang Raya Village, North Aceh, Indonesia, on May 10, 2015. Photo by Zikri Maulana/EPA

Travel docs 'not expected' from boat people – PH

May 18, 2015 - 6:48 PM

Justice Secretary Leila de Lima says nearly 3 000 Rohingya boat people in search for a home are stateless and may not have passports

IN PROTEST. Tears roll down the face of an ethnic Myanmar Rohingya refugee during a demonstration outside the United Nations offices in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on July 16, 2014. File photo by Manan Vatsyayana/AFP

Ditolak TNI AL, pengungsi Rohingya ditolong nelayan Aceh

May 15, 2015 - 7:13 PM

Di tengah laut nelayan memasak untuk para pengungsi Semua stok air minum dan makanan pun habis

Seorang ibu dan anaknya di kamp pengungsi Bangladesh-Myanmar di Kuala Langsa, Aceh. Foto oleh EPA.

Myanmar army deepens offensive on ethnic rebels near China border

Feb 20, 2015 - 9:20 PM

The conflict renews doubts over government attempts to forge nationwide ceasefire in a country peppered with bitter ethnic insurgencies

Tens of thousands flee Myanmar conflict as aid curbed

Feb 18, 2015 - 9:53 PM

There is no official civilian death toll

Kerry vows support for Myanmar as it faces 'challenges'

Aug 10, 2014 - 11:09 PM

With elections approaching eyes are on Myanmar to see whether the former pariah state can make a full transition into a democracy

CHALLENGES AHEAD. Myanmar President Thein Sein speaks to the media during a press conference at the presidential residence in Naypyidaw on October 21, 2012. Photo by Soe Than Win/Agence France-Presse

Independence and national days of ASEAN countries

Jun 14, 2014 - 8:15 AM

Get to know how each ASEAN country achieved independence and when they commemorate and celebrate Independence Day

ASEAN FLAGS. The national flags of ASEAN members in front of the Myanmar International Convention Center in Naypyitaw. File photo by Lynn Bo Bo/EPA

Myanmar showcases reforms at ASEAN diplomatic debut

May 10, 2014 - 12:43 PM

The country prepares to host the ASEAN Summit on Sunday May 11

SUMMIT PREPS. A motorbike passes under the gateway decorated for 24th ASEAN Summit in Naypyitaw, Myanmar on May 9, 2014. Photo by EPA/Lynn Bo Bo

Q and A: Myanmar’s Win Tin on Suu Kyi and the military

Apr 21, 2014 - 11:13 PM

One of Myanmar s leading thinkers and democracy activists talks about the difficulty of forgiving and forgetting years of dictatorship

FORGIVE, FORGET? Myanmar's late pro-democracy campaigner says it's not easy to forgive an unrepentant military. August 2013 photo by Ayee Macaraig/Rappler

Myanmar media: In sweet spot of transition

Mar 16, 2014 - 9:09 PM

A framework of responsibility and accountability should not be imposed by government It must be adopted by a free press community

Suu Kyi and leapfrogging Myanmar

Mar 09, 2014 - 11:00 PM

A boom in development will allow the past and the future to co exist in the same space

Suu Kyi to media: Greater freedom demands greater responsibility

Mar 09, 2014 - 6:18 PM

The press must teach us to understand what democratic responsibilities are by themselves exercising the responsibility

US uses 'Myanmar' name as 'diplomatic courtesy'

Jan 07, 2014 - 9:57 AM

The State Department says it continues to be US government policy to refer to the country as Burma

Myanmar declares 'no more political prisoners' after amnesty

Dec 31, 2013 - 1:12 PM

Myanmar announces there will be no more political prisoners after President Thein Sein promised to free all dissidents this year

Suu Kyi's party to contest Myanmar election

Dec 28, 2013 - 8:24 PM

A spokesman for the National League for Democracy NLD says the opposition would take part even without a constitutional amendment

JOINING THE POLLS. In this photo, Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi delivers a speech at the National League for Democracy (NLD) headquarters in Yangon on September 27, 2013. Photo by AFP/Soe Than Win

Aung San Suu Kyi now honorary Rome citizen

Oct 28, 2013 - 8:02 AM

The Nobel peace laureate was given the citizenship in 1994 but she was unable to collect her award

PRESSURE FOR REFORM. Democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi. AFP file photo/Soe Than Win

Patterns of military behavior in Myanmar legislature

Sep 25, 2013 - 11:45 AM

All indications are that there is a long way to go before the Myanmar military fully returns to the barracks

In digital age, Myanmar gets to know the newspaper

Sep 22, 2013 - 9:01 AM

Private daily newspapers begin publishing in Myanmar but some readers are still used to the propaganda of old

Suu Kyi says constitution changes 'crucial' for Myanmar transition

Sep 14, 2013 - 12:27 AM

In Hungary 2015 presidential candidate Aung San Suu Kyi said If the government does not support moves to amend the constitution then we can conclude that the government is not interested in genuine democracy

Forward, back goes Myanmar transition

Sep 08, 2013 - 11:16 PM

The controversy over a media bill in Myanmar reflects the country s unfinished democratic transition

Battling Myanmar's outdated cyberspace laws

Sep 07, 2013 - 7:15 AM

Myanmar s cyberspace is opening up but the former junta s old bad habits are proving hard to break

Myanmar: Prison, parliament and the Internet

Sep 06, 2013 - 12:48 PM

In Myanmar netizens turn to cyberspace to fight the draconian laws from its dark past

Bar topnotcher chooses Myanmar for practice

Jul 20, 2013 - 6:07 PM

Sometimes the best laid plans turn out differently as in the case of lawyer PJ Bernardo s Burmese adventure

FROM HARVARD LAW TO MYANMAR. Lawyer PJ Bernardo found himself pioneering in a new milieu. Photos courtesy of Peter Imbong

Aung San Suu Kyi: ‘The Lady’ and the presidency

Jun 15, 2013 - 10:58 AM

The Lady wants the presidency and speaking on the issue of Rohingyas described by the UN as the most oppressed in the world may be political suicide

Myanmar readmitted to EU trade scheme

Jun 13, 2013 - 5:47 AM

The European Union readmits Myanmar to its trade preference scheme saying it wanted to support reform in the once pariah state through economic development

Myanmar, Kachin rebels agree ceasefire

May 30, 2013 - 6:07 PM

It s a 7 point plan which includes an agreement to stop fighting

ETHNIC CONFLICT. Kachin Independence Army (KIA) soldiers patroling in Loije township near Mai Ja Yang, outside Laiza, a town in Myanmar's northern Kachin state home to the ethnic Kachin rebels' headquarters. AFP PHOTO/ Soe Than WIN

Myanmar leader plans landmark US visit

May 03, 2013 - 12:07 PM

An AFP source says President Thein Sein plans to visit Washington on May 20 or 21

THEIN SEIN TALKS. Obama meets with Myanmar's President Thein Sein. Photo by Pete Souza from whitehouse.gov

Myanmar Buddhist-Muslim brawl in Indonesia rages on

Apr 05, 2013 - 12:19 PM

Fighting breaks out at the Belawan Port immigration detention center

13 dead in fire at Muslim school in Myanmar

Apr 02, 2013 - 8:49 AM

Most of the casualties are children

Sri Lankan navy rescues 138 people from sinking fishing boat

Feb 03, 2013 - 2:34 PM

This is not the first time the Sri Lankan navy had to rescue stranded migrants

Suu Kyi hopeful on ending Myanmar presidency ban

Jan 27, 2013 - 8:51 AM

The Nobel Peace Prize winner who spent most of two decades under house arrest until recent reforms said she was hopeful that parliament will approve constitutional revisions even though the army controls a vital number of seats

Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi (C) arrives at Yangon International Airport before departing on an overseas trip to Hawaii and South Korea on January 24, 2013. AFP PHOTO / Ye Aung THU