Myanmar sentences 2 to death in killing of Suu Kyi aide
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — A court in Myanmar sentenced two men to death on Friday for the killing of a prominent Muslim lawyer who was a close adviser to the country's leader, Aung San Suu Kyi.
AP Photos: Lunar New Year marked with celebration, ceremony
From the dragon dancers parading through Yangon to the fire-eaters entertaining crowds in Manila, millions of people across Asia are ringing in the Lunar New Year.
The Lunar New Year is celebrated across the continent, from Vietnam, where it is known as Tet, to South Korea, where it is called Seollal. Celebrants take part in religious rituals, community events and family reunions.
Jailed Reuters reporters appeal to Myanmar’s Supreme Court
NAYPYITAW, Myanmar (AP) — A lawyer for two Reuters journalists sentenced to seven years in prison on charges of violating Myanmar's Official Secrets Act filed an appeal Friday with the Supreme Court seeking to overturn their convictions.
Myanmar court rejects appeal of jailed Reuters reporters
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — A court in Myanmar on Friday rejected the appeal of two Reuters journalists convicted of violating the country's Official Secrets Act during their reporting on the country's crackdown on Rohingya Muslims, and maintained the seven-year prison terms they were sentenced to last year.
Judge Aung Naing said in his ruling that lawyers for the men failed to submit enough evidence to prove their innocence.
Bagmaker Vera Bradley, supplier to build home for 2,500 kids
FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) — Fort Wayne-based bagmaker Vera Bradley is teaming up with a supplier in Myanmar to build a new orphanage for 2,500 children in the south Asian nation's capital of Yangon.
Vera Bradley spokeswoman Holly Ryan tells The Journal Gazette the new building will replace an existing orphanage that's structurally unsound.
Myanmar’s ruling party wins 7 of 13 by-election seats
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Myanmar's ruling party led by Aung San Suu Kyi won just over half the seats in by-elections to fill 13 of the 1,171 seats in national, regional and state parliaments, according to complete preliminary results.
Myanmar by-elections a test for Suu Kyi’s ruling party
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Voters in several parts of Myanmar went to the polls Saturday in 13 by-elections seen as a test of support for leader Aung San Suu Kyi and her ruling party.
Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy won a landslide victory in the 2015 general election, putting an end to decades of rule by the military and its proxies, though the army retains considerable power under a constitution it implemented.
3 Myanmar journalists in court over story gov’t calls false
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Three detained journalists appeared in a Myanmar court on Wednesday to face charges filed against them by the Yangon regional government, which alleges a story they published was false.
An increasing number of journalists have been arrested and jailed for their work under Myanmar's civilian government, led by Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, a former political prisoner.
Myanmar demonstrators condemn foreign intervention
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Several thousand pro-military and nationalist demonstrators marched through Yangon on Sunday, voicing their support for Myanmar's armed forces and government while condemning foreign involvement in the country's affairs.
Pence calls on Myanmar to free 2 Reuters reporters
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — U.S. Vice President Mike Pence called on Myanmar to immediately release two journalists who were sentenced to seven years' imprisonment on charges of possessing state secrets in connection with their reporting on massacres against Rohingya Muslims.
Wives of jailed Myanmar reporters shocked by verdicts
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — The wives of two Myanmar reporters for the Reuters news agency said they were shocked by a sentence of seven years' imprisonment against them on charges of possessing state secrets.
Myanmar court sentences Reuters reporters to 7 years in jail
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — A Myanmar court sentenced two Reuters journalists to seven years in prison Monday on charges of illegal possession of official documents, a ruling met with international condemnation that will add to outrage over the military's human rights abuses against Rohingya Muslims.
The Latest: UN human rights chief: Myanmar ruling shocking
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — The Latest on the conviction of two Reuters reporter in Myanmar for illegally possessing official documents (all times local):
In her first day on the job, new U.N. human rights chief Michelle Bachelet says she was "shocked" at the seven-year prison sentences handed down to two Reuters journalists in Myanmar, calling the trial a "travesty of justice" and urging their immediate release.
Villagers uprooted, highway disrupted by Myanmar flood
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Myanmar officials say flooding from a ruptured dam has forced the relocation of more than 63,000 people and disrupted traffic on a major road that connects the country's three biggest cities.
Makeshift repairs began Thursday on a bridge on the Yangon-Mandalay Highway, whose supports appeared to be intact but whose spans had buckled.
Facebook bans Myanmar military chief, others to stop hate
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Facebook said Monday that it is banning Myanmar's powerful military chief and 19 other individuals and organizations from its site to prevent the spread of hate and misinformation.
Verdict scheduled for next week in Myanmar reporters’ trial
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — A judge in Myanmar said he will issue a verdict next Monday in the trial of two Reuters journalists accused of possessing secret state information, a case that has become a key test of media freedom in the former military dictatorship.
Activists mark 30th anniversary of Myanmar uprising
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Hundreds of people on Wednesday commemorated the 30th anniversary of Myanmar's 8888 uprising, a seminal and ultimately bloody episode in the Southeast Asian nation's struggle for democracy.
The flag of the uprising — a fighting peacock — flew on the campus and in a hall of Yangon University, where activists including those who took part in the mass revolt heard speeches and viewed exhibits that recalled the events.
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Flooding in Myanmar has killed 12 people and forced more than 132,000 others to take shelter at nearly 300 temporary camps, a report said Wednesday.
The state newspaper Global New Light of Myanmar cited the National Natural Disaster Management Committee as saying the highest death toll was in Bago region north of Yangon, where four people died and more than 94,000 others took refuge in 186 camps.
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Myanmar's government should expedite restitution for past illegal confiscations of land, an international human rights group said Tuesday, detailing how previous land seizures there are still harming farmers under the civilian-led government of Aung San Suu Kyi.
Accident at Myanmar jade mine kills at least 15
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — At least 15 people were killed and dozens injured in a landslide at a jade mine in northern Myanmar's jade mining region, state media and officials said Sunday.
Fifteen bodies were retrieved from the site of Saturday's accident near Lonekhin village but a search was ongoing for more, said Sein Myint Tun, a police officer in Hpakant Township in Kachin state, adding that the dead included 14 men and one woman. He said searchers were hindered by heavy rain.
KUTUPALONG, Bangladesh (AP) — Rohingya Muslim refugees who fled attacks in Myanmar said they were disappointed that a U.N. agreement signed earlier this week did not address one of their key demands: Citizenship.
Most refugees say they are desperate to go home, but fear going back unless they are given protection and citizenship.
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — A U.N. expert on the impact of conflict on children expressed concern Tuesday over a lack of access to Myanmar's Rakhine state, where army-led violence has prompted about 700,000 Rohingya Muslims to flee to neighboring Bangladesh since last August.
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — An ethnic rebel group launched an attack against Myanmar's military in a northern town on Saturday, leaving at least 15 people dead and 20 injured, including civilians, officials said.
The Ta'ang National Liberation Army launched three attacks just after 5 a.m. in the town of Muse in Shan state, government spokesman Zaw Htay said on Facebook. Two of the attacks occurred at military bases and the other at a bridge.
BANGKOK (AP) — A landslide of a mound of mining waste killed at least 14 people Friday morning in northern Myanmar's jade mining region, a local official said.
The accident near the Waikha mine also left six people injured and an unknown number believed missing, based on what local villagers reported, said Tu Mai, the administrator of Seng Tawng village in Kachin state's Hpakant township. A search for them was continuing.
LEEDS, England (AP) — English soccer club Leeds has announced a tour next month in Myanmar, where the United Nations has described the country's treatment of Rohingya Muslims as ethnic cleansing.
Leeds says it will play Myanmar's national team on May 11 in Mandalay, two days after facing an all-star team in Yangon.
The second-tier club, a Champions League semifinalist in 2001, says players will take part in coaching clinics for children organized by the Myanmar soccer federation.
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Myanmar President Win Myint has granted amnesty to more than 8,500 prisoners, reportedly including at least three dozen political prisoners.
The amnesty, announced Tuesday, coincided with Myanmar's traditional New Year. It was granted to 8,490 Myanmar citizens and 51 foreigners. A statement from presidential spokesman Zaw Thay said those released included the aged, people in ill health and drug offenders. None was individually named.
Myanmar’s president, a close friend of Suu Kyi, retires
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Myanmar's president, a close friend of leader Aung San Suu Kyi, said Wednesday that he was retiring, a move that puts a representative of the country's already powerful military at least temporarily in a position of executive power.
Award-winning Myanmar reporters appear in court
BANGKOK (AP) — Two Myanmar journalists facing up to 14 years in prison if convicted of receiving government secrets appeared for their latest court hearing in Yangon on Wednesday, one day after it was announced that they had won a major press freedom award.
Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo were arrested Dec. 12 after police accused them of violating the Official Secrets Act by acquiring "important secret papers" from two policemen.
‘I feel trapped’: Violence fuels fear among Myanmar Muslims
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — For four straight days last month, Rahim Muddinn watched, amazed, as Myanmar's state-run newspapers published special supplements showing Rohingya Muslims accused of being terrorists — nearly 250 photos each day.
ASEAN renews calls for durable solution to Rohingya crisis
SINGAPORE (AP) — Southeast Asian foreign ministers renewed calls Tuesday for a durable solution of the Rohingya crisis in Myanmar, and affirmed the need to enhance trust to resolve disputes in the South China Sea.
Ministers from the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations also called for the speedy and safe return of displaced people to Myanmar following an agreement signed between Yangon and Bangladesh in November.
Petrol bomb thrown at Suu Kyi’s Myanmar home; no injuries
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — A crude petrol bomb was tossed Thursday morning into the residential compound of Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi, but she was not at home and damage was minor, officials said.
Suu Kyi was in the capital Naypyitaw when the incident took place, government spokesman Zaw Htay said.
Refugee connects Myanmar community in Iowa
OTTUMWA, Iowa (AP) — Maung Hlaing was a student activist in Rangoon, Myanmar, protesting a discriminatory government when he fled the country in fear of arrest. A member of one of several minority groups facing persecution, Hlaing is driven to help Myanmar refugees wherever he finds them.
Several quakes rattle Myanmar’s largest city, no damage seen
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Several earthquakes caused some panic in Myanmar's largest city early Friday, but no serious injuries or major damage has yet been reported.
Residents said their six-story building shook three times, with the strongest quake lasting at least a minute.
"We were sleeping, but as the building was shaking pretty strong, we all woke up in a panic," Yangon resident Swe Swe Myint said.
Strolling through Kolkata’s colonial past
KOLKATA, India (AP) — The British left footprints across their far-flung colonial empire from Toronto to Yangon. But nowhere is there as vast and varied a collection of heritage architecture than in Kolkata.
Thousands of buildings — including homes, churches, palaces and even synagogues — survive here from the days of the Raj, when Britain ruled India.
Myanmar court sentences 4 family members in maid abuse
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — A court in Myanmar sentenced four members of a family to as much as 16 years in prison with hard labor on Friday after finding them guilty of enslaving and abusing their two teenage maids, in a case that has prompted widespread public outrage over the girls' treatment.
Vatican defends pope against criticism over Rohingya stance
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — The Vatican on Wednesday defended Pope Francis after human rights groups expressed disappointment that he didn't publicly acknowledge the plight of Rohingya Muslims, who have been subject to what the United Nations has termed a campaign of "textbook ethnic cleansing" by Myanmar's military.
The Latest: Rights groups, Rohingya disappointed in pope
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — The Latest on Pope Francis's trip to Myanmar and Bangladesh (all times local):
Myanmar's Rohingya Muslims and human rights groups say they're disappointed Pope Francis didn't use the term "Rohingya" in his speech to Myanmar's leadership.
The Latest: Pope meets with powerful Myanmar military chief
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — The Latest on Pope Francis's trip to Myanmar and Bangladesh (all times local):
Pope Francis has met with Myanmar's powerful military chief and spoken about the "great responsibility" that authorities have in Myanmar's transition.
The Vatican said the meeting with Gen. Min Aung Hlaing and three officials from Myanmar's bureau of special operations took place Monday evening at the residence of the Myanmar archbishop and lasted about 15 minutes.
Myanmar’s Suu Kyi now benefits from Southeast Asia’s silence
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — When Aung San Suu Kyi led the fight for democracy against Myanmar's despotic military rulers two decades ago, she bristled at the collective reluctance of Southeast Asian governments to intervene in her nation's plight.
In a newspaper editorial published in 1999, the former opposition leader slammed the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations, saying its "policy of non-interference is just an excuse for not helping."
Fire rips through luxury Myanmar hotel, 1 body recovered
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — A fire gutted a luxury teakwood hotel popular with foreigners in Myanmar's biggest city of Yangon before dawn Thursday, causing one death.
Firefighters who carried a body out of the Kandawgyi Palace Hotel said the victim was male. Local media reported a woman from Macau was hospitalized in critical condition.
Photos and video posted online show the spectacular blaze racing through the traditional Burmese-style building.
Myanmar ruling party holds harmony rally as Rohingya flee
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Myanmar's ruling party has held an interfaith rally that it said would promote religious harmony as thousands of Rohingya Muslims continue to flee persecution in northern Rakhine state.
In Yangon, around 20,000 people lit candles in a soccer stadium on Tuesday night and said prayers.
A Muslim religious leader, Hafiz Mufti Ali, addressed the crowd from a podium. Video showed Buddhist monks and men wearing Muslim skullcaps sitting apart.
Rohingya Muslims are being wiped off Myanmar’s map
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — For generations, Rohingya Muslims have called Myanmar home. Now, in what appears to be a systematic purge, the minority ethnic group is being wiped off the map.
After a series of attacks by Muslim militants last month, security forces and allied mobs retaliated by burning down thousands of Rohingya homes in the predominantly Buddhist nation.
Rohingya Muslims being wiped off Myanmar’s map
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — For generations, Rohingya Muslims have called Myanmar home. Now, in what appears to be a systematic purge, they are, quite literally, being wiped off the map.
After a series of attacks by Muslim militants last month, security forces and allied mobs retaliated by burning down thousands of homes in the enclaves of the predominantly Buddhist nation where the Rohingya live.
Pope Francis to visit to Myanmar, Bangladesh this year
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Catholic authorities in Myanmar and the Vatican announced Monday that Pope Francis will visit Myanmar and Bangladesh starting at the end of November.
The announcement by the Vatican's press office said the pope will visit the cities of Yangon and Naypyitaw, the capital, during his Nov. 27-30 trip to Myanmar, and Dhaka during his Nov. 30-Dec. 2 visit to Bangladesh.
Annan urges economic, social reform in Myanmar state
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — A commission led by former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan on Thursday recommended economic development and social justice to counter deadly violence between Buddhists and Muslims in Myanmar's Rakhine state, stressing that the government of Aung San Suu Kyi must act quickly and decisively, even in the face of public opposition.
LUCKNOW, India (AP) — Yoga practitioners took a relaxing break to bend, twist and pose on Wednesday for the annual international event celebrating the practice, especially in the country where it began.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi joined 50,000 students and other residents for a mass yoga session in the pouring rain in the northern city of Lucknow to mark International Yoga Day. Similar yoga displays were organized in villages, towns and cities across India and in other countries.
SAN HLAN, Myanmar (AP) — Fishermen joined navy and air force personnel Thursday in recovering bodies and aircraft parts from the sea off Myanmar, where a military plane carrying 122 people including 15 children crashed a day earlier, officials said.
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — A navy ship found bodies and aircraft parts in the seas off Myanmar while searching Thursday morning for a military transport plane carrying 120 people, a spokesman said.
The Chinese-made Y-8 turboprop aircraft disappeared Wednesday afternoon about a half-hour after leaving Myeik, also known as Mergui, for Yangon on a route that would have taken it over the Andaman Sea. It was raining, but not heavily, at the time.
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — The Latest on the missing Myanmar military plane (all times local):
Military officials say the missing transport plane feared lost in the Andaman Sea had 15 children among the passengers on board.
The plane carrying 120 people disappeared a half-hour after leaving a coastal city heading for Yangon on Wednesday afternoon, and a navy ship participating in the search Thursday morning found life jackets, three bodies and a tire from a plane wheel.