Jul 13, 2016

Myanmar's top monks distance selves from Buddhist hardliners

The body representing Myanmar’s top monks has distanced itself from Buddhist hardliners behind an incendiary anti-Muslim campaign blamed for a surge in sectarian violence across the country. The Sangha Maha Nayaka Committee, which represents the upper echelons of the clergy in the overwhelmingly Buddhist ...

Jul 3, 2016

Myanmar mob torches mosque as religious tensions spike

A mob wielding weapons razed a mosque in northern Myanmar, state media reported Saturday, the second attack of its kind in just over a week as anti-Muslim sentiment swells in the Buddhist majority nation. Myanmar has struggled to contain bouts of deadly religious bloodshed ...

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 ...