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ICC authorizes probe into alleged Myanmar Rohingya abuse

Nov 14, 2019 - 10:46 PM

The probe will look at allegations of 'systematic acts of violence,' deportation as a crime against humanity, and persecution on the grounds of ethnicity or religion against the Rohingyas

ROHINGYA. In this file photo, Rohingya refugees attend a ceremony organized to remember the 2nd anniversary of a military crackdown that prompted a massive exodus of people from Myanmar to Bangladesh, at the Kutupalong refugee camp in Ukhia on August 25, 2019. File photo by Munir Uz Zaman/AFP

Ayala invests $237 million in Myanmar tycoon's empire

Nov 14, 2019 - 7:30 PM

Ayala Corporation is set to acquire a 20% stake in Serge Pun's Yoma Group. The deal is the biggest ever Philippine conglomerate investment in Myanmar.

Myanmar faces genocide lawsuit at top U.N. court

Nov 11, 2019 - 11:24 PM

The lawsuit accuses mainly Buddhist Myanmar of breaching the 1948 UN Genocide Convention through a brutal military campaign targeting the Rohingya minority in Rakhine state

THE ROHINGYA REMEMBER. Rohingya refugees attend a ceremony organised to remember the second anniversary of a military crackdown that prompted a massive exodus of people from Myanmar to Bangladesh, at the Kutupalong refugee camp in Ukhia on August 25, 2019. File photo by Munir Uz Zaman/AFP

Bangladesh Rohingya island relocation 'uncertain' after U.N. doubts

Nov 03, 2019 - 7:34 PM

Aid agencies says the island was 'isolated' and 'flood-prone'

BLAME GAME. Rohingya refugees arrive to attend a ceremony organized to remember the second anniversary of a military crackdown that prompted a massive exodus of people from Myanmar to Bangladesh, at the Kutupalong refugee camp in Ukhia on August 25, 2019. File photo by Munir Uz Zaman/AFP

U.N. chief urges Myanmar to ensure 'safe' return of Rohingya

Nov 03, 2019 - 5:26 PM

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres speaks at the ASEAN-UN Summit in Bangkok, with Myanmar's de facto head Aung San Suu Kyi in the room

ASEAN-UN SUMMIT. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres (L) and Myanmar's State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi (R) attend the 10th ASEAN-UN Summit in Bangkok on November 3, 2019, on the sidelines of the 35th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit. Photo by Manan Vatsyayana/AFP

Number of hostages 'killed' as Rakhine rebels, Myanmar army clash

Oct 27, 2019 - 9:35 PM

The insurgents and army blame each other for the deaths of hostages

Myanmar rebels kidnap over 40 police, soldiers in Rakhine – army

Oct 26, 2019 - 11:02 PM

Myanmar says rebels in concealed positions on a river bank shot at a ferry carrying off-duty police and soldiers

Rohingya refugees agree move to Bangladesh island

Oct 20, 2019 - 5:31 PM

Rights groups warn the island, which emerged from the sea only about 2 decades ago, might not be able to withstand violent storms during the annual monsoon season

BLAME GAME. Rohingya refugees arrive to attend a ceremony organized to remember the second anniversary of a military crackdown that prompted a massive exodus of people from Myanmar to Bangladesh, at the Kutupalong refugee camp in Ukhia on August 25, 2019. File photo by Munir Uz Zaman/AFP

Far out: Myanmar's first surfing team to take off at SEA Games 2019

Oct 19, 2019 - 9:12 PM

Myanmar wants to make a splash when it debuts in the surfing competitions of the Southeast Asian Games here in the Philippines

MEDAL HOPEFUL. This picture taken on October 12, 2019 shows Myanmar's Nida Soe posing for a photo after her surfing practice session on Ngwe Saung beach in Irrawaddy division, ahead of the upcoming Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in the Philippines. Photo by Ye Aung Thu/AFP

Rakhine rebels abduct dozens after storming Myanmar bus – army

Oct 13, 2019 - 4:18 PM

State-backed Global New Light of Myanmar says a bus was flagged down by a man before 18 rebels in sportswear emerged from the forest and ordered passengers off at gunpoint

Bangladesh troops accused of raping Rohingya girl

Oct 03, 2019 - 9:09 PM

The inquiry comes as around a million Rohingya in vast camps in Bangladesh face increasing hostility two years after fleeing a military offensive in Myanmar

ROHINGYA CRISIS. A Rohingya refugee girl walks back to her home after collecting water from a tube well at Nayapara Rohingya refugee camp in Bangladesh's Teknaf district on April 6, 2018. File photo by Munir Uz Zaman/AFP

Code War: Myanmar's final digital battle ends

Sep 27, 2019 - 12:21 PM

Myanmar adopts unicode next week, becoming the last nation with significant numbers of people online to embrace the digital text standard


Suu Kyi 'culpability' in Rohingya abuses an 'open-ended question' – U.N. investigator

Sep 18, 2019 - 1:22 PM

'It will become a legal issue whether or not there is an element of culpability here,' fact-finding mission chair Marzuki Darusman tells reporters in Geneva

AUNG SAN SUU KYI. Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi speaks at a business forum on the sidelines of the 33rd Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit in Singapore on November 12, 2018. File photo by Roslan Rahman/AFP

600,000 Rohingya still in Myanmar at 'serious risk of genocide' – U.N.

Sep 16, 2019 - 11:37 PM

'Myanmar continues to harbor genocidal intent and the Rohingya remain under serious risk of genocide,' UN investigators say in their final report on Myanmar

'RISK OF GENOCIDE.' In this file photo taken on April 25, 2018, taken from Maungdaw district, Myanmar's Rakhine state on April 25, 2018, shows Rohingya refugees gathering behind a barbed-wire fence in a temporary settlement setup in a 'no man's land' border zone between Myanmar and Bangladesh. File photo by Ye Aung Thu/AFP

Bangladesh PM blames Myanmar for Rohingya repatriation failure

Sep 12, 2019 - 11:56 PM

'We've seen Myanmar could not win Rohingya's trust in creating a conducive situation (in Rakhine) for their dignified return,' says Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina

BLAME GAME. Rohingya refugees arrive to attend a ceremony organized to remember the second anniversary of a military crackdown that prompted a massive exodus of people from Myanmar to Bangladesh, at the Kutupalong refugee camp in Ukhia on August 25, 2019. File photo by Munir Uz Zaman/AFP

'Truth, justice, love': Ko Swe Win on journalism in times of repression

Sep 11, 2019 - 6:00 PM

Ko Swe Win receives the 2019 Ramon Magsaysay Award for 'building the quality and force of media's truth-telling' in Myanmar

2019 Ramon Magsaysay awardee Ko Swe Win. September 5, 2019. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

U.N. rights investigator on Myanmar lambasts Suu Kyi

Sep 03, 2019 - 7:32 PM

'She should step up and really speak out for the treatment that the Rohingya had suffered for decades,' says Yanghee Lee, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on human rights to Myanmar

ON MYANMAR. In this file photo, university professor Yanghee Lee, United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar speaks during a press conference in Dhaka on January 25, 2019. File photo by Munir Uz Zaman/AFP

Myanmar says holding court martial after Rohingya atrocities probe

Sep 01, 2019 - 6:36 PM

The report describes grisly violence at the hands of soldiers and Buddhist vigilantes, who allegedly attacked villagers with guns, knives, rocket launchers and grenades before dumping bodies into pits and dousing them with acid

ROHINGYA PLIGHT. A burned village is seen from the air near Maungdaw, north of Myanmar's Rakhine state on September 27, 2017. File photo from AFP

Myanmar to join U.S.-ASEAN maritime drills despite sanctions

Aug 28, 2019 - 3:33 PM

The exercise, starting in the Gulf of Thailand on September 2, focus on crime, piracy and security

ZAW MIN TUN. Myanmar's Brigadier-General Zaw Min Tun answers questions from journalists during a press conference at the Defense Service Museum in Naypyidaw on August 23, 2019. Photo by AFP

Armed with smartphones, Myanmar esports players battle power outages

Aug 27, 2019 - 6:13 PM

Myanmar's gaming scene is mushrooming, but frequent power cuts are holding players back in the emerging democracy

MYANMAR GAMES. This photo taken on August 19, 2019 shows eSports professional player Myint Myat Aung, also known as "Deny", playing PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds on his mobile phone in Yangon. Photo by Sai Aung Main/AFP

200,000 Rohingya rally to mark 'Genocide Day' in Bangladesh camps

Aug 25, 2019 - 2:58 PM

The rally marks two years since the Rohingya fled a violent crackdown by Myanmar forces

RALLY. Rohingya refugees attend a ceremony organized to remember the second anniversary of a military crackdown that prompted a massive exodus of people from Myanmar to Bangladesh, at the Kutupalong refugee camp in Ukhia on August 25, 2019. Photo by Munir Uz Zaman/AFP

Bangladesh police shoot dead 2 Rohingya in refugee camp

Aug 24, 2019 - 8:20 PM

The incident comes 2 days after a second failed attempt to repatriate the refugees, who say they won't return unless they are promised security and citizenship in their homeland

ROHINGYA CRISIS. A Rohingya man sells betel leaves in a market at a camp in Teknaf on August 21, 2019. Photo by Munir Uz Zaman/AFP)

No Rohingya turn up for repatriation to Myanmar

Aug 22, 2019 - 1:59 PM

This latest repatriation attempt follows a visit last month to the camps by high-ranking officials from Myanmar led by Permanent Foreign Secretary Myint Thu

ROHINGYA. A Rohingya man sells betel leaves in a market at a camp in Teknaf on August 21, 2019. Photo by Munir Uz Zaman/AFP

Welcome wears thin for Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh

Aug 21, 2019 - 3:22 PM

Resentment, anger, and fear creep in as Rohingya refugee numbers swell in Bangladesh

REFUGEES. In this photo taken on July 22, 2019, Bangladesh police stand as they patrol inside Kutupalong refugee camp in Ukhia. File photo by Munir Uz Zaman/AFP

Bangladesh ready to repatriate 3,500 Rohingya refugees to Myanmar

Aug 20, 2019 - 12:08 AM

Bangladesh refugee commissioner Mohammad Abul Kalam says he is 'optimistic' about a new repatriation process scheduled to start on Thursday, August 22

ROHINGYA. This picture taken on November 26, 2017 shows Rohingya Muslim refugees looking on near Kutupalong refugee camp in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh. File photo by Ed Jones/AFP

Ambulance driver killed in Myanmar as army battles rebels

Aug 18, 2019 - 4:15 PM

The attack killed 58-year-old driver Tun Myint, his wife Tin Tin Aye says

At least 14 dead in unprecedented rebel attack on Myanmar military town

Aug 16, 2019 - 3:17 PM

Ethnic armed rebel groups have for decades fought against the military – and often between themselves – for land and resources in Myanmar's east

ATTACK. Bodies are seen on the ground in the compound of the Gote Twin police station in Shan State on August 15, 2019, after it was attacked by ethnic rebel groups. AFP photo

Myanmar rebels carry out unprecedented attack on military academy

Aug 15, 2019 - 4:37 PM

Thursday's brazen assault targets Pyin Oo Lwin, a tourist town near Mandalay, that is also home to barracks teeming with soldiers receiving training

TNLA. This picture taken on January 16, 2014 shows soldiers of the Taaung National Liberation Army (TNLA) standing guard outside a village in Mantong township, in Myanmar's northern Shan state. Photo by Ye Aung Thu/AFP

Myanmar battles rising floodwaters after landslide kills 52

Aug 11, 2019 - 2:28 PM

(UPDATED) Heavy rains pound Myanmar's Mon, Karen and Kachin states, flooding roads and destroying bridges. The country's armed forces are pitching in to help.

LANDSLIDE. Rescue workers watch a search operation for landslide victims in Paung township, Mon state on August 10, 2019. Photo by Sai Aung Main/AFP

Myanmar landslide kills 41, many more feared missing

Aug 10, 2019 - 3:44 PM

(UPDATED) Search and rescue teams work through the night trying to find survivors and recover bodies from the deep sludge

DEADLY MONSOON. A rescue worker points to the body of a landslide victim found amid mangled vehicles in Paung township, Mon state on August 10, 2019. At least 22 people were killed and dozens injured when a landslide triggered by heavy monsoon rains struck a village in eastern Myanmar, as emergency workers continued the search on August 10 for the many feared missing. Sai Aung MAIN / AFP

Myanmar floods force tens of thousands from homes

Aug 09, 2019 - 8:18 AM

Aerial images from Shwegyin township in Bago region showed how the area had become a vast lake of water

Houses submerged in floodwaters are seen in Shwegyin township, Bago Region on August 8, 2019. Raging monsoon flooding across Myanmar has forced tens of thousands of people from their homes in recent weeks, officals said on August 8, as seasonal rains pummel the nation. Ye Aung THU / AFP

Myanmar 'categorically rejects' U.N. report on army business empire

Aug 07, 2019 - 10:48 AM

The United Nations fact-finding mission urges the international community to sever all ties with companies linked to the Myanmar armed forces and to implement a complete arms embargo

(FILES) In this file photo taken on September 15, 2016, signage for the Myanmar Economic Corporation (MEC) - one of the country's main military conglomerate under US sanctions - is seen on a sidewalk along Yangon's main road. Tougher sanctions are needed against Myanmar's wealthy and powerful military, UN investigators said August 5, 2019, as they revealed how the army's web of economic interests has generated a fortune that helps fund atrocities. Ye Aung THU / AFP

Myanmar army's 'business empire' fuels atrocities – U.N. probe

Aug 05, 2019 - 3:38 PM

(UPDATED) UN investigators urge the international community to cut ties with the Myanmar armed forces' economic holdings

'Eat Bulaga' is coming to Myanmar

Jul 31, 2019 - 10:13 AM

'Eat Bulaga' announces Myanmar as the latest country to get their own version of the noon time show

At least 13 killed in Myanmar jade mine landslide

Jul 28, 2019 - 3:48 PM

Dozens die each year in landslides caused by jade mining, a dangerous and poorly regulated industry in Kachin state between the country's borders with China and India

Security tightened as Myanmar delegation visits Rohingya camps

Jul 26, 2019 - 8:18 AM

Some 740,000 Rohingya who fled a crackdown by Myanmar's military in 2017 in Rakhine state still fear for their safety if they return to Myanmar

Young Rohingya refugees look on as a general view of Balukhali refugee camp is pictured in Ukhia on November 16, 2018. - Rohingya Muslims were fleeing Bangladeshi refugee camps to avoid being repatriated to Myanmar later this week, community leaders said on November 12. Authorities plan to begin returning Rohingya refugees, who have fled what the UN has called ethnic cleansing, to the Buddhist majority country from November 15. (Photo by Dibyangshu SARKAR / AFP)

Internet cutoff in Myanmar's Rakhine enters fifth week

Jul 22, 2019 - 7:45 PM

Authorities say the internet was being used to coordinate operations while rights groups allege the blackout permits troops to act with impunity

U.S. ban on Myanmar army chief not enough, says United Nations

Jul 18, 2019 - 7:45 PM

United Nations Special Rapporteur to Myanmar Yanghee Lee says the US move to ban US travel for army chief Min Aung Hlaing 'does not go far enough, it should go further'

MYANMAR'S ARMY CHIEF. This file photo taken on July 19, 2018, shows Myanmar's Chief Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, commander-in-chief of the Myanmar armed forces, saluting to pay his respects to Myanmar independence hero General Aung San and 8 others assassinated in 1947. File photo by Ye Aung Thu/AFP

U.S. bans Myanmar army chief over Rohingya 'ethnic cleansing'

Jul 17, 2019 - 7:41 AM

The US State Department says it is taking action against army chief Min Aung Hlaing and the others after finding credible evidence they were involved in the violence two years ago

Myanmar military chief Senior General Min Aung Hlaing inspects a major bridge near capital Naypyidaw along Yangon to Mandalay highway damaged by rampaging flood waters from Swar Chaung dam on August 29, 2018. Swar Chaung dam's spillway structure, which regulates the release of water from the levee, broke due to heavy seasonal rainfall in Bago region on August 29, inundating about 100 villages and blocking the country's biggest highway, a government official said. / AFP PHOTO / Thet AUNG

1 killed, thousands displaced in Rohingya camp landslides

Jul 07, 2019 - 8:14 PM

At least 26 landslides are reported in makeshift camps built on hills near the border with Myanmar

Myanmar army rejects ICC bid for full Rohingya probe

Jun 27, 2019 - 9:38 PM

'The military and government have not neglected the issue and have been trying to take action against those who committed abuses,' says Myanmar military spokesman Brigadier General Zaw Min Htun

ROHINGYA. In this photo taken on August 13, 2018, Rohingya workers transport sacks of ginger from a boat, which arrived from Myanmar's Rakhine state, to waiting trucks at Teknaf port near Cox's Bazar. Photo by Ed Jones / AFP

ICC prosecutor seeks full Myanmar atrocities probe

Jun 26, 2019 - 9:06 PM

Fatou Bensouda will now 'submit a request for an authorization to open an investigation into this situation,' the Hague-based International Criminal Court says in a statement

FULL PROBE. Young Rohingya refugees girls peep out from a makeshift shelter at Balukhali refugee camp in Ukhia on February 4, 2019. File photo by Munir Uz Zaman/AFP

United Nations fears Myanmar human rights abuses in internet shutdown

Jun 25, 2019 - 2:46 PM

The military's 'clearance operations' can be a 'cover for committing gross human rights violations against the civilian population,' UN Special Rapporteur to Myanmar Yanghee Lee says

THE MYANMAR SITUATION. University professor Yanghee Lee, United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar speaks during a press conference in Dhaka on January 25, 2019. Photo by Munir Uz Zaman/AFP

Internet blackout imposed on Myanmar's restive Rakhine state

Jun 23, 2019 - 6:31 PM

Internet services are being used to coordinate illegal activities, said Myanmar's Ministry of Transport and Communications

NO DATA. Mobile internet across Rakhine state has been turned off. AFP file photo

Malaysian PM vows ahead of ASEAN to help Rohingya bound for country

Jun 21, 2019 - 9:45 PM

'They are refugees. As much as we can do for them, we will,' the 93-year-old premier tells reporters on the sidelines of a business forum in Bangkok

PLAY. Young Rohingya refugees fly kites at the Hakimpara refugee camp in Bangladesh's Cox's Bazar district on November 18, 2018. Photo by Dibyangshu Sarkar / AFP

ASEAN leaders told to get serious on Rohingya issue

Jun 19, 2019 - 10:37 PM

ASEAN leaders meeting in Bangkok this weekend must 'drastically rethink' their response to the crisis, according to Brad Adams of Human Rights Watch

Bangladesh PM attacks Myanmar over Rohingya deadlock

Jun 10, 2019 - 8:55 PM

'The problem lies with Myanmar as they don't want to take back the Rohingyas by any means,' says Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina

ROHINGYA. Young Rohingya refugees look on as a general view of Balukhali refugee camp is pictured in Ukhia on November 16, 2018.  File photo by Dibyangshu Sarkar/AFP

Outcry as ASEAN predicts 'smooth' Rohingya return to Myanmar

Jun 07, 2019 - 8:43 PM

Amnesty International says it is 'astonishing' the report failed to mention the military atrocities that drove the Rohingya out, the continued segregation of those who remained, or ongoing armed conflict in Rakhine

ROHINGYA RETURN? A young Rohingya refugee walks back to his home at Balukhali refugee camp in Ukhia on February 4, 2019. File photo by Munir Uz Zaman/AFP

Toyota announces first plant in Myanmar

May 30, 2019 - 6:40 PM

Toyota plans to build 2,500 Hilux vehicles a year in Myanmar beginning February 2021

TOYOTA AND TRUMP. A Toyota Motors logo, shown on its vehicle 'SAI', at its headquarters in Tokyo on August 5, 2014. File photo by  Toshifumi Kitamura/AFP

Amnesty accuses Myanmar military of fresh 'war crimes' in Rakhine

May 29, 2019 - 3:19 PM

Army spokesman Brigadier General Zaw Min Tun denies all allegations by Amnesty International, saying the military's operations were within the law and they 'avoided harming civilians'

DENYING WAR CRIME ALLEGATIONS. Brigadier General Zaw Min Tun of Myanmar's military information committee attends a press conference in the Yangon division military headquarters in Yangon on Feburary 23, 2019. File photo by Ye Aung Thu/AFP