Myanmar leader goes to disaster zones as floods batter countryside


YANGON - Myanmar's president headed to devastated rural regions where a state of emergency was declared after deadly monsoon rains displaced tens of thousands of people, flooded swathes of rice paddy and prompted fears of dams collapsing.


Freeing of Chinese loggers riles Myanmar citizens 31 Jul 2015

YANGON - Myanmar's newspapers and social media users reacted with anger and disappointment on Friday to the government's decision to include 155 Chinese in a mass amnesty, just eight days after they were jailed for illegal logging.


Myanmar president not ruling out second term 31 Jul 2015

YANGON - Myanmar President Thein Sein has indicated willingness to have a second five-year term in office after a parliamentary election in November, citing few younger people capable of continuing his government's reform agenda.


Political prisoners, Chinese loggers among thousands freed in Myanmar amnesty 30 Jul 2015

YANGON - Myanmar freed some political prisoners and 155 Chinese citizens jailed for illegal logging in an amnesty for nearly 7,000 people on Thursday, a move that could ease diplomatic tensions with influential neighbour China.


Defence gets access to evidence for DNA tests in Thailand backpackers murder trial - lawyer 24 Jul 2015

BANGKOK - A Thai court has given defence lawyers access to evidence for DNA testing in the trial of two Myanmar workers accused of murdering two British tourists in Thailand, a defence lawyer said on Friday.


Myanmar sentences Chinese nationals to life for illegal logging 23 Jul 2015

YANGON - China has lodged a diplomatic protest with Myanmar after a court in the southeast Asian nation sentenced 153 Chinese nationals to life imprisonment for illegal logging.


Thailand backpackers murder trial resumes, focus on DNA evidence 22 Jul 2015

KOH SAMUI, Thailand - The final hours of two British backpackers killed on a Thai resort island last year were tracked by more than a dozen security cameras, a court was told during the resumption of the trial of two Myanmar men accused of their murder. | Video


Myanmar military chief defends political role: report 20 Jul 2015

YANGON - Myanmar's commander-in-chief reiterated the need for the military to continue its powerful role in politics and said he would consider standing for president in November elections if asked to do so, according to an interview broadcast on Monday.


As polls loom, Myanmar remembers independence hero on Martyr's Day 19 Jul 2015

YANGON - The Myanmar public got a glimpse into one of the country's darkest moments on Sunday as visitors were given rare access to the compound where Aung San, the country's independence hero and father of opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, was killed.

Myanmar '88 student leader joins Suu Kyi's party to run in polls 19 Jul 2015

YANGON - A leader of student protests in Myanmar in 1988 that grew into a nationwide pro-democracy movement will run in a general election in November for opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi's party, a party spokesman said on Sunday.

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