Jul 1, 2016

U.S. takes Thailand off human trafficking blacklist; Myanmar demoted

The United States removed Thailand from its human trafficking blacklist on Thursday, though forced labor remains widespread in the nation’s lucrative seafood industry. The State Department made the assessment in its annual Trafficking in Persons Report, which examines 188 governments’ efforts in combating modern-day ...

U.S. to downgrade Myanmar in human trafficking report

Jun 28, 2016

U.S. to downgrade Myanmar in human trafficking report

The United States has decided to place Myanmar on its global list of worst offenders in human trafficking, officials said, a move aimed at prodding the country’s new democratically elected government and its still-powerful military to do more to curb the use of child ...

Jun 7, 2016

Myanmar court sentences BBC reporter to prison, hard labor

A BBC reporter in Myanmar has been jailed for three months with hard labor after being convicted of assaulting a police officer while covering a student protest, his lawyer said Tuesday. The ruling marks the first time a journalist has been convicted under Myanmar’s ...

Traditionalists battling to revive Myanmar's ancient chess

May 30, 2016

Traditionalists battling to revive Myanmar's ancient chess

Gripping a monkey-faced chess piece, Thein Zaw swipes his hand across the checkerboard and topples an advancing demon, demonstrating an ancient form of the game that Myanmar traditionalists are battling to revive. “Sittuyin,” as Myanmar’s unique chess is called, is similar to the modern ...

May 20, 2016

Myanmar gets democracy dividend

In recognition of Myanmar's transition toward democracy, the U.S. is lifting some of its economic sanctions against businesses and individuals.

U.S. set to renew most Myanmar sanctions

May 14, 2016

U.S. set to renew most Myanmar sanctions

The United States plans to renew the bulk of its sanctions against Myanmar when they expire next week, but will make some changes aimed at boosting investment and trade, according to several senior U.S. officials and congressional aides. An announcement on extending much of ...