Myanmar bans parties from criticising army in state media


YANGON - Myanmar has banned political parties from criticising the army or the military-dominated constitution in state media during campaigning for elections seen as a test of the country's transition from military rule.

New Asian 'boat people' crisis feared when rains end - UNHCR 28 Aug 2015

GENEVA - A fresh surge of refugees and migrants from Myanmar and Bangladesh is expected to set out in smugglers' rickety boats for southeast Asia when the monsoon season ends in about a month, the United Nations said on Friday.

Myanmar's military chief says armed forces will respect vote 25 Aug 2015

NAYPYITAW - Myanmar's powerful commander-in-chief has reiterated that the military will respect the outcome of the country's Nov. 8 election, seen as a crucial test of Myanmar's reform process.

Sitting Rohingya MP in Myanmar plans to appeal election ban 24 Aug 2015

YANGON - A Rohingya member of Myanmar's parliament barred from contesting Nov. 8 elections on the basis that his parents were not Myanmar citizens at the time of his birth said on Monday he would appeal the decision and hoped to stand in the vote.


Insight - After failed attempts to remove rival, Myanmar's president used force 23 Aug 2015

NAYPYITAW/YANGON - Myanmar President Thein Sein had tried and failed at least twice before to topple his arch-rival Shwe Mann, but when armed police burst into the headquarters of the country's ruling party late on Aug. 12 he finally succeeded.


Myanmar ruling party sends message of unity after vote exposes rift 22 Aug 2015

YANGON - Myanmar's ruling party on Saturday appealed for unity, saying its ousted party chief would stay 'faithful', after a parliamentary vote exposed a rift in the ruling bloc, amid the biggest political shake-up since the end of military rule.


Ousted Myanmar ruling party boss survives parliament vote 20 Aug 2015

YANGON - Myanmar's ousted ruling party chief narrowly survived a critical test on Thursday, when lawmakers voted to suspend discussion of a controversial bill that could have hastened his downfall amid the biggest political shake-up since the end of military rule.


Shake-up in Myanmar as Suu Kyi allies with ousted ruling party boss 18 Aug 2015

NAYPYITAW - Myanmar's Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi said on Tuesday her opposition would ally with powerful ousted ruling party leader Shwe Mann, as the country's political forces re-align in the biggest shake-up since the end of military rule.


Myanmar's parliament extends martial law along Chinese border 18 Aug 2015

NAYPYITAW - Myanmar's parliament voted on Tuesday to again extend martial law for three months in a restive area along the country's border with China, where there have been clashes between the military and an armed ethnic group since February.


Myanmar's Suu Kyi meets ousted leader ahead of showdown in parliament 17 Aug 2015

NAYPYITAW - Myanmar's ousted ruling party chief Shwe Mann met Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi on Monday as the country's political leaders manoeuvred ahead of a showdown in parliament days after he was sacked by President Thein Sein.

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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

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