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 ...

Apr 18, 2016

Myanmar's Suu Kyi vows to amend junta-era Constitution

Myanmar’s de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi vowed Monday to push for constitutional amendments to build a true democracy as the nation emerges from decades of military control. Suu Kyi made the comments in a nationally televised address to mark the start of ...