Myanmar political leaders to hold talks on amending constitution


YANGON - Myanmar's parliament has unanimously endorsed talks between the country’s top political leaders on amending a military-drafted constitution that bars opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi from being president, a parliamentarian from her party said.


U.N. calls for credible Myanmar election, minority protection 21 Nov 2014

UNITED NATIONS - The United Nations called on Myanmar on Friday to continue reforms to ensure credible elections next year and to step up efforts to protect ethic and religious minorities.


Myanmar says plight of Rohingya minority a media fabrication 21 Nov 2014

YANGON - Myanmar President Thein Sein has denied that minority Muslim Rohingya are fleeing "torture" in western Rakhine state, telling the Voice of America Burmese Service such media reports were fabrication.

Myanmar army says deadly strike against rebels meant only as 'warning' 21 Nov 2014

YANGON - The Myanmar army said that a deadly artillery attack on an insurgent military academy had been intended only as a "warning" strike, local media reported, amid mounting tensions ahead of renewed negotiations for a ceasefire.


Myanmar Kachin rebels say 23 cadets killed by army shell 20 Nov 2014

YANGON - A Myanmar army shell killed 23 cadets of an ethnic insurgent group in the deadliest attack since a ceasefire agreement broke down in 2011, the group's deputy commander said on Thursday.


Myanmar parliament chief throws doubt on Suu Kyi's presidential chances 19 Nov 2014

YANGON - Myanmar's constitution cannot be changed until after next year's general election, the speaker of parliament said, casting doubt on the chances of Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi becoming president and the military's political power being weakened.

Bangladesh rescues over 600 trafficking victims 18 Nov 2014

DHAKA - More than 600 trafficking victims from Myanmar and Bangladesh have been rescued off the South Asian coast, a navy spokesman in Dhaka said on Tuesday, in the single biggest operation of its kind by Bangladesh authorities.

Myanmar students protest against education law for third day 16 Nov 2014

YANGON - Hundreds of Myanmar university students marched through Yangon for a third day in a row on Sunday, in a rare and illegal protest against a new education law they say will curb academic freedom.


Rohingya relatives says thousands missing in boats en route to Malaysia 15 Nov 2014

BANGKOK - Thousands of Rohingya boat people who have left Myanmar in the past month have yet to reach their destinations, say relatives and an advocacy group for the persecuted minority, raising fears their boats have been prevented from reaching shore.


China, Myanmar sign $7.8 billion of deals: China Daily 15 Nov 2014

BEIJING - China and Myanmar signed deals worth $7.8 billion for energy, agriculture, telecommunications, infrastructure and finance during Chinese Premier Li Keqiang's visit to the Southeast Asian country, state media reported on Saturday.

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

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