Myanmar

Myanmar health and information ministers step down

YANGON - Myanmar's ministers of information and health have resigned, state media reported on Wednesday, the latest changes in a cabinet that has been grappling with a host of problems as the country presses on with reforms after decades of military rule.

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U.N. envoy warns of deepening ethnic divisions in Myanmar 27 Jul 2014

YANGON - A senior U.N. official on Saturday warned of a growing polarization between Buddhist and Muslim communities in Myanmar and said the living conditions in camps housing displaced Muslims were deplorable.

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U.N. envoy warns of deepening ethnic divisions in Myanmar 26 Jul 2014

YANGON - A senior U.N. official on Saturday warned of a growing polarization between Buddhist and Muslim communities in Myanmar and said the living conditions in camps housing displaced Muslims were deplorable.

Myanmar opposition party says five million sign petition to change constitution 22 Jul 2014

YANGON - Myanmar's main opposition party says it has collected about five million signatures seeking reduced powers for unelected military members of parliament as the country, which emerged from dictatorship in 2011, moves towards an election next year.

U.S. says Myanmar journalists' sentences 'send wrong message' 18 Jul 2014

WASHINGTON - The United States, which has made a priority of improving relations with Myanmar, said on Friday it was "very concerned" by reports that four journalists and a newspaper boss were sentenced to 10 years' hard labour there this month.

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Thai junta's pledge to send back Myanmar refugees sparks concern 14 Jul 2014

BANGKOK - Thailand's military government said on Monday it would send home 100,000 refugees who have been living in camps for two decades and more along the border with Myanmar, a move rights groups say would create chaos at a tense time for both nations.

Myanmar jails reporters, newspaper boss for 10 years 10 Jul 2014

YANGON, July 10 – Four journalists and a newspaper boss were sentenced in Myanmar on Thursday to 10 years' jail with hard labour for reporting about an alleged chemical weapons factory, legal and media sources said.

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Myanmar Buddhists threaten death to Muslims in Mandalay unrest 04 Jul 2014

MANDALAY Myanmar - Myanmar police cordoned off Mandalay's Muslim neighbourhood as hundreds of Buddhists wielding knives, swords and bamboo poles roamed the city on Friday, following communal riots that killed two people earlier in the week.

Thai junta compares its intervention to Myanmar's 1988 crackdown 04 Jul 2014

BANGKOK - Thailand's military on Friday compared its seizure of power in May to restore stability after months of unrest to the brutal crackdown by Myanmar's former junta in 1988 to snuff out a pro-democracy movement.

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Myanmar police arrest five as calm returns to Mandalay after riots 04 Jul 2014

MANDALAY Myanmar - Police in Mandalay, Myanmar's second-biggest city, said they had arrested another five people after sectarian violence in which a Buddhist and a Muslim died, but an overnight curfew and a heavy security presence appeared to have restored calm on Friday.

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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

Myanmar's long standing political crisis has forced millions of refugees across the border.  Slideshow