Myanmar drops charges against nearly 200 political activists: police

Apr 9, 2016

Myanmar drops charges against nearly 200 political activists: police

Myanmar authorities have dropped charges against nearly 200 political activists since Aung San Suu Kyi pledged to fight for their freedom, a senior police officer said Saturday. The cases were dismissed Friday, he said, following Suu Kyi’s announcement the day before that she was ...

China seeks 'new chapter' in first visit with Myanmar's Suu Kyi

Apr 6, 2016

China seeks 'new chapter' in first visit with Myanmar's Suu Kyi

China and Myanmar pledged to open a “new chapter” in their sometimes strained relationship, raising the prospect that stalled Chinese investment projects in the Southeastern Asian country could be allowed to resume. Aung San Suu Kyi, head of Myanmar’s ruling National League for Democracy ...

Mar 29, 2016

Myanmar lifts four-year curfew in state after communal violence

Myanmar’s outgoing government has lifted a nearly four-year curfew in the western state of Rakhine, where clashes between the minority Rohingya Muslims and majority Buddhists left more than 200 people dead, mostly Muslims. State media reported President Thein Sein lifted the nighttime curfew Monday ...

Mar 26, 2016

Japan-backed Myanmar stock exchange opens trading

Myanmar’s first stock exchange, which was set up with Japanese support, officially started trading Friday, more than three months after its official opening, though only one listed company was available for transactions. On the Yangon Stock Exchange (YSX), First Myanmar Investment (FMI) hit a ...

Mar 22, 2016

Myanmar must stay united

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The formation of the first civilian government in more than 50 years on April 1 is only the beginning, and not the end, of Myanmar's long process of transition to a genuine democracy.

Hopes and hurdles await new Myanmar government

Mar 21, 2016

Hopes and hurdles await new Myanmar government

Nestled among towers of moldering paperwork, the few flickering computer screens at Myanmar’s information ministry are a sign that change is afoot, and nervous bureaucrats expect more to come under the first civilian government in decades. A novice administration led by Aung San Suu ...

Suu Kyi to control Myanmar government, party spokesman says

Mar 21, 2016

Suu Kyi to control Myanmar government, party spokesman says

She is unlikely to take a formal role in Myanmar’s government, but pro-democracy champion Aung San Suu Kyi will steer the incoming government of her National League for Democracy (NLD), the party said on Sunday. She will stay on as party head. Myanmar’s parliament ...