Myanmar

Thailand tourist murder suspects retract confessions

BANGKOK - Two Myanmar men accused of killing two British backpackers on a Thai holiday island have retracted their confessions, their lawyers said on Wednesday, adding further confusion to an investigation that has attracted widespread criticism.

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Thai rights body to probe torture claims over tourist murders 20 Oct 2014

BANGKOK - Thailand's human rights commission will launch an inquiry into allegations of police torture of two migrant workers from Myanmar arrested over the murders of two British tourists, the rights body said on Monday.

Myanmar rebels say military operations could end peace talks 17 Oct 2014

YANGON - Peace talks between Myanmar's military and ethnic minority insurgents may collapse if the army scales up operations in rebel-controlled areas, an organisation representing rebel groups said on Friday.

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Thai PM stands by investigation into murders of British tourists 10 Oct 2014

BANGKOK - Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha defended a police investigation into the murder of two British tourists on Friday, amid criticism of shoddy forensic work and concern that two arrested Myanmar men may have admitted the crimes under duress.

Only three political prisoners among thousands released in Myanmar 08 Oct 2014

YANGON - Only three political prisoners were among thousands of people granted amnesty by the Myanmar government this week and rights group said the release was apparently aimed at improving the country's image before a visit by the U.S. president.

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Old soldiers to meet as Thai PM makes Myanmar his first foreign visit 08 Oct 2014

BANGKOK - When retired general Prayuth Chan-ocha lands in Myanmar on Thursday, his first overseas trip as Thailand's new prime minister, he can expect a little love and a lot of understanding.

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Old soldiers to meet as Thai PM makes Myanmar his first foreign visit 07 Oct 2014

BANGKOK - When retired general Prayuth Chan-ocha lands in Myanmar on Thursday, his first overseas trip as Thailand's new prime minister, he can expect a little love and a lot of understanding.

Myanmar says it will release more than 3,000 prisoners 07 Oct 2014

YANGON - Myanmar pledged on Tuesday to release thousands of prisoners, a move announced just over a month before it hosts an East Asia summit that U.S. President Barack Obama and other world leaders are expected to attend.

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Thai police chief defends investigation of murder of British tourists 07 Oct 2014

BANGKOK - Thailand's police chief defended on Tuesday the arrest of two Myanmar men for the murder of two British tourists amid concern the pair may have admitted to the murders under duress.

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Rights groups condemn Myanmar's Rohingya plan 03 Oct 2014

YANGON - Human rights groups condemned on Friday a Myanmar government plan that could force thousands of minority Rohingya Muslims into detention camps indefinitely if they do not qualify for citizenship.

Images from Myanmar

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