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Myanmar men appeal against death sentences over British murders in Thailand

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BANGKOK Two men from Myanmar convicted of killing two British backpackers on a Thai holiday island in 2014 submitted their final appeal on Monday against the death sentence.

Myanmar retains tough clause in communications law despite calls for repeal 18 Aug 2017

YANGON Myanmar's parliament on Friday made minor changes to a controversial telecommunications law, amendments rights monitors say will do little to address concern the law is used to curb criticism of the authorities and reporting of corruption.

Bangladesh ramps up border patrols to deter fresh Rohingya inflow 17 Aug 2017

COX'S BAZAR, Bangladesh/YANGON Bangladesh has stepped up patrols on its border with Myanmar, following reports that about 1,000 Rohingya Muslims crossed into the country in the past two weeks, amid fresh tension in its neighbour's northwestern Rakhine state.

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Suu Kyi's man in Yangon under fire over transit deal with China 16 Aug 2017

YANGON Aung San Suu Kyi's first major infrastructure project could hardly be more visible - hundreds of new yellow buses now plying the streets of Yangon in what her ruling party hopes will be a potent symbol of how it is transforming peoples' lives.

Hundreds of Buddhists protest against aid agencies in Myanmar's Rakhine 13 Aug 2017

YANGON Hundreds of Buddhists took to the streets in western Myanmar on Sunday to protest against aid organisations they accuse of giving support to Muslim Rohingya militants, police and a protest leader said.

Myanmar sends hundreds of troops to Rakhine as tension rises - sources 11 Aug 2017

YANGON Myanmar has sent hundreds of soldiers to beef up security in northwestern Rakhine state after a recent spate of killings, military sources said on Friday, fuelling fears of yet more violence and instability in the troubled region.

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India in talks with Myanmar, Bangladesh to deport 40,000 Rohingya 11 Aug 2017

NEW DELHI India is in talks with Bangladesh and Myanmar about its plan to deport around 40,000 Rohingya Muslims it says are living in the country illegally, a government spokesman said on Friday, with state governments told to form task forces for the purpose.

U.N. warns aid workers of rising Buddhist hostility in western Myanmar 10 Aug 2017

YANGON The United Nations has warned aid workers in western Myanmar of rising hostility and imminent protests from troubled Rakhine state's majority Buddhists, some of whom say humanitarian agencies are giving support to Rohingya Muslim militants.

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Myanmar's Suu Kyi turns to state media amid fears for newly gained freedoms 08 Aug 2017

MYAETINEKAN VILLAGE, Myanmar Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi has turned to state-run media inherited from the former junta in an overhaul of her PR approach, after warnings her agenda is being swamped by crises and amid fears among rights groups of eroding free speech.

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Suu Kyi touts peace efforts in visit to Myanmar heartland 07 Aug 2017

MYAETINEKAN VILLAGE Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi told villagers at the heart of the country on Monday that talks with ethnic rebels must be a priority, after putting peace negotiations ahead of economic reforms in her first months in power.

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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