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Exclusive - U.S. to downgrade Myanmar in annual human trafficking report: sources

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WASHINGTON/YANGON The United States has decided to place Myanmar on its global list of worst offenders in human trafficking, officials said, a move aimed at prodding the country’s new democratically elected government and its still-powerful military to do more to curb the use of child soldiers and forced labour.

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Mob destroys mosque as religious, ethnic tension rises in Myanmar 24 Jun 2016

YANGON A group of men from a village in central Myanmar destroyed a mosque in the first serious outburst of inter-religious violence in months, coinciding with a rise in tensions over how to refer to the Rohingya, the country's persecuted Muslim minority.

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Suu Kyi visit to Thailand spotlights Myanmar migrant plight 23 Jun 2016

MAHACHAI, Thailand Hundreds of migrants from Myanmar on Thursday gave Nobel peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi a thunderous welcome on her first visit to neighbouring Thailand since her National League for Democracy swept to election victory in November.

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EU says Myanmar needs 'space' to deal with rights abuses 22 Jun 2016

YANGON The European Union said on Wednesday Myanmar needed "space" to deal with human rights abuses in its restive northwest, adding it would respect the call by country leader Aung San Suu Kyi to avoid the term "Rohingya" to describe persecuted Muslims there.

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Myanmar's Suu Kyi reiterates stance on not using term 'Rohingya'- official 20 Jun 2016

YANGON Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi told the U.N. Special Rapporteur on Human Rights on Monday that the government will avoid using the term "Rohingya" to describe a persecuted Muslim minority in the country's northwest, an official said on Monday.

Myanmar scraps screening of film critical of military's past 15 Jun 2016

YANGON The abrupt cancellation of the screening of a film critical of Myanmar's military has exposed sensitivities over portrayal of the army as the country deals with the legacy of 49 years of harsh military rule.

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Dalai Lama urges Myanmar's Suu Kyi to ease Rohingya tension 14 Jun 2016

WASHINGTON Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi has a moral responsibility to try to ease tension between majority Buddhists and minority Rohingya Muslims, her fellow Nobel laureate, the Dalai Lama, said on Monday.

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As Myanmar emerges from junta's shadow, war veterans left behind 14 Jun 2016

YANGON Disabled and collecting fees to use a public toilet in a busy Yangon market was not how Kyaw Kyaw Oo imagined the life of a soldier when he lied about his age to join the Myanmar army at 16.

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In major test, Myanmar scrambles to clear port jam threatening growth 11 Jun 2016

YANGON Myanmar's new government has been grappling with its first economic management crisis, as a weeks-long traffic jam of cargo ships at the country's biggest port threatens to scare potential investors away and choke off nascent economic growth.

BBC Myanmar reporter jailed for attacking policeman 06 Jun 2016

YANGON A court in Myanmar jailed a reporter for the BBC Myanmar language service for three months with hard labour on Monday after convicting him of attacking a policeman when covering student protests last year, his defence lawyer said.

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