Myanmar junta extends emergency as coup anniversary marked by ‘silent protest’

Junta extends state of emergency, says elections must be successful ‘Current situation is under unusual circumstances,’ acting president says Streets deserted in some Myanmar cities for silent protest Protesters hold rallies in Thailand and the Philippines Feb 1 (Reuters) – Myanmar’s junta extended the country’s state of emergency by another six months, the acting president … Read more

Two years on, Myanmar coup takes a ‘catastrophic toll’

Jan 31 (Reuters) – Two years after Myanmar’s military coup, a young factory worker turned resistance fighter mourns the loss of his leg in battle. A former diplomat has not seen his family in four years. A beauty queen adjusts to a new life in wintry Canada. And an exiled teacher dreams of returning to … Read more

Cargo ship sinks off Japan, leaving two dead, nine missing

TOKYO, Jan 25 (Reuters) – Two people died and nine were missing after a cargo ship sank off southwestern Japan early on Wednesday amid fierce winter winds, the coast guard said, as it continued to search for survivors. Six people who were rescued remained unconscious, while five had revived as of 8:30 pm local time … Read more

Deadliest year for Rohingya at sea in years as 180 presumed drowned

NEW DELHI/DHAKA, Dec 26 (Reuters) – The possible sinking of a boat in recent weeks with 180 Rohingya Muslims on board could make 2022 one of the deadliest years at sea in almost a decade for the community, a UN agency said, as refugees try to flee desperate conditions in Bangladesh camps. Nearly 1 million … Read more

UN council demands end to Myanmar violence in first resolution in decades

UNITED NATIONS, Dec 21 (Reuters) – The UN Security Council adopted its first resolution on Myanmar in 74 years on Wednesday to demand an end to violence and urge the military junta to release all political prisoners, including ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi. Myanmar has been in crisis since the army took power from … Read more

US designates Iran, China as countries of concern over religious freedom

WASHINGTON, Dec 2 (Reuters) – The United States on Friday designated China, Iran and Russia, among others, as countries of particular concern under the Religious Freedom Act over severe violations, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said. Blinken in a statement said those designated as countries of particular concern – which also include North Korea … Read more

Myanmar junta frees Suu Kyi’s Australian adviser, forms UK envoy

Some prisoners seen leaving Yangon jail on bus Junta opponents welcome amnesty, skeptical of motive Turnell, Bowman headed for Thailand – source Japanese film maker Kubota released – Kyodo Nov 17 (Reuters) – Myanmar’s military rulers granted amnesty to Sean Turnell, an Australian economist and former adviser to democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi, among … Read more

Leaders land in Indonesia for the G20 summit; The US seeks no conflict with China, says Biden

World leaders arrive in Bali Biden to meet China’s Xi on Monday Japan, S. Korea, US denounce N. Korea missile launches Australia PM: talk with China premier ‘constructive’ Russia’s Lavrov says the West is militarizing Southeast Asia NUSA DUA, Indonesia, Nov 13 (Reuters) – US President Joe Biden said on Sunday his country will maintain … Read more

Myanmar court jails Suu Kyi, Australian economist for 3 years – source

Sept 29 (Reuters) – A court in military-ruled Myanmar on Thursday jailed deposed leader Aung San Suu Kyi and her former economic adviser, Australian Sean Turnell, for three years for violating a secrets law, a source familiar with the proceedings said. Both had pleaded not guilty to charges of violating the official secrets act, which … Read more

Myanmar’s Suu Kyi gets more jail, hard labor for election fraud

Register now for FREE unlimited access to Register Sept 2 (Reuters) – Myanmar’s deposed former leader Aung San Suu Kyi was found guilty of electoral fraud on Friday and sentenced by a judge to three years in jail with hard labour, according to a source familiar with the proceedings. The Nobel laureate and figurehead … Read more