Oct 25, 2014

Myanmar military slays journalist it tars as ethnic Karen rebel

Myanmar’s army shot dead a journalist who was detained while covering clashes between the military and ethnic rebels at the rugged border, saying he reached for a soldier’s gun during an attempted escape, the country’s press council announced Friday. It released a Myanmar military ...

In Myanmar parliament, colorful hats cap divisions

Oct 14, 2014

In Myanmar parliament, colorful hats cap divisions

The only question opposition lawmaker U Win Htein asked parliament last session was for permission to remove his silk turban, saying it was causing him headaches and hair loss. The 72-year-old, known for his irreverent sense of humor, admits he was just teasing. But ...

Myanmar freeing 3,073 prisoners in new amnesty

Oct 8, 2014

Myanmar freeing 3,073 prisoners in new amnesty

Myanmar pardoned and began freeing 3,073 prisoners Tuesday in an amnesty that virtually excluded political prisoners despite a presidential pledge to free all such detainees by year’s end. Most of those released had committed minor crimes, but at least eight were former intelligence officers ...

Sep 25, 2014

Myanmar frees dozens more child soldiers from army, U.N. says

Myanmar’s army Thursday released 109 children and young people from its armed forces, the United Nations said, commending the country’s “accelerated” efforts to end the use of child soldiers. The move was the largest single release of child recruits since the formerly junta-ruled nation ...

Search for two missing climbers begins on Myanmar's tallest peak

Sep 11, 2014

Search for two missing climbers begins on Myanmar's tallest peak

Helicopters will begin an aerial search for two mountaineers who lost contact with their base camp after scaling what has long been considered Myanmar’s tallest peak, officials said Wednesday. Myo Thant, leader of the Mountaineering Association, said eight climbers headed up Hkakabo Razi last ...

Dethroned Myanmar beauty queen blasts pageant organizers

Sep 3, 2014

Dethroned Myanmar beauty queen blasts pageant organizers

A dethroned 16-year-old beauty queen from Myanmar said Tuesday she won’t return her bejeweled $100,000 crown until pageant organizers apologize for calling her a liar and a thief. May Myat Noe — the country’s first winner of an international beauty contest — lashed back ...