Oct 17, 2016

14 dead, scores missing in Myanmar ferry disaster

Rescuers have discovered 14 bodies and expect to find scores more after a ferry packed with teachers, students and workers capsized in central Myanmar, local authorities said Monday. A total of 154 people have been rescued since the boat sank early Saturday morning about ...

Fear grips western Myanmar as troops pour in

Oct 11, 2016

Fear grips western Myanmar as troops pour in

Fear gripped Myanmar’s Rakhine state on Tuesday as troops hunted attackers behind recent deadly raids on police, ratcheting up tensions in a restive region scarred by religious violence between Buddhists and Muslims. Troops started pouring into the area around Maungdaw, a town in the ...

U.S. lifts economic sanctions on Myanmar

Oct 8, 2016

U.S. lifts economic sanctions on Myanmar


President Barack Obama on Friday lifted U.S. economic sanctions on the former pariah state of Myanmar, the culmination of years of rapprochement that he has worked to facilitate. The Southeast Asian nation, also known as Burma, has pursued political reforms over the last five ...

Myanmar jails Dutch tourist for pulling plug on Buddhist sermon

Oct 6, 2016

Myanmar jails Dutch tourist for pulling plug on Buddhist sermon

A Myanmar court on Thursday jailed a Dutch tourist for three months with hard labor for insulting religion after he unplugged an amplifier relaying a late-night Buddhist sermon. Klass Haytema, 30, was arrested two weeks ago after he pulled the plug on the Buddhist ...

Oct 1, 2016

Chinese naval ships visit Myanmar to reinforce military ties

Two Chinese naval ships have arrived in Myanmar’s main city of Yangon for a five-day visit, state media said on Saturday, the latest move by Beijing to reinforce military ties with its strategically located southern neighbor. China has been on a diplomatic offensive since ...

Sep 19, 2016

Chinese paper calls opposition to Myanmar dams 'extreme'

Opposition to Chinese-invested hydropower programs in Myanmar is being orchestrated by “extreme” groups in the country and has heavily damaged joint investment projects, an influential Chinese newspaper wrote on Monday. The suspension in 2011 of the $3.6-billion Myitsone megadam project by former president Thein ...