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Mar 30, 2016 - 6:55 PM

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Myanmar lifts state of emergency in troubled Rakhine State

Mar 29, 2016 - 4:55 PM

A statement announcing the order says there is currently no threat of danger to people s lives in Rakhine

epa05225291 Family members of Rohingya gather in front of their hut at an Internally Displace Persons (IDPs) camp near Sittwe of Rakhine State, western Myanmar, 22 March 2016. According to media reports, the US State Department said on 21 March 2016 that Myanmar is persecuting its Rohingya Muslims, but not at the level of genocide. EPA/NYUNT WIN

Thein Sein: The quiet junta insider who opened Myanmar to the world

Mar 29, 2016 - 1:54 PM

Thein Sein s quasi civilian regime presided over sweeping reforms that pushed further than many in the country of 51 million people had dared to dream possible

In this file photo, Myanmar President Thein Sein signs the ASEAN Convention against Human Trafficking during the 27th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit in Kuala Lumpur on November 21, 2015. Manan Vatsyayana/AFP

Suu Kyi's right hand man turns presidential proxy

Mar 10, 2016 - 2:17 PM

4th UPDATE The nomination demonstrates Aung San Suu Kyi s faith in Htin Kyaw s absolute loyalty to act as her proxy

In this file picture taken on November 13, 2010, Htin Kyaw (L), a senior National League for Democracy (NLD) official stands next to Aung San Suu Kyi (R) at her residence on the day of her release from house arrest in Yangon where she was detained for nearly two decades. Soe Than Win/AFP

Suu Kyi nominates close aide for Myanmar president

Mar 10, 2016 - 11:15 AM

UPDATED The selection of Htin Kyaw a genial 69 year old economics graduate who went to school with Suu Kyi and now helps run her charitable foundation comes after months of fevered speculation

NEXT PRESIDENT? A picture made available on March 10, 2016 shows Htin Kyaw (C) from the National League for Democracy (NLD) party talking on stage during the opening ceremony of the Hospitality and Catering Training Academy in KawMhu township, Yangon, Myanmar, October 25, 2014. Nyein Chan Naing/EPA

Cast of Suu Kyi aides tipped for Myanmar president role

Mar 08, 2016 - 2:47 PM

With just days to go before a selection the public remains entirely in the dark about the candidates

SUU KYI. Myanmar National League for Democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi (C) leaves after attending Amyothar Hluttaw (upper house parliament) as an observer during the first day of upper house parliament session in Naypyitaw, Myanmar, February 3, 2016. Hein Htet/EPA

Myanmar president cancels US visit to monitor political transition

Feb 13, 2016 - 3:35 PM

Thein Sein is due to attend the ASEAN US summit but decides to stay in Myanmar to oversee the power hand off to Aung San Suu Kyi s new government

Myanmar president Thein Sein delivers a speech during the Peace Conference at the Myanmar Convention Center in Naypyitaw, Myanmar, January 12, 2016. Nyein Chan Naing/EPA

Curtain falls on Myanmar's army-led parliament

Jan 29, 2016 - 4:51 PM

Myanmar s pro democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi congratulates her political opponents on opening the road for her party which won a November election in a landslide

NEW LEADERS. Myanmar's opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi attends the National League for Democracy (NLD) party's Central Committee meeting in Yangon on June 20, 2015. File photo by Ye Aung Thu/AFP

Myanmar president hails 'triumph' of democratic transition

Jan 28, 2016 - 1:08 PM

Thein Sein: Even though there were difficulties and challenges we were able to bring a democratic transformation eventually

Myanmar president Thein Sein delivers a speech during the Peace Conference at the Myanmar Convention Center in Naypyitaw, Myanmar, January 12, 2016. Nyein Chan Naing/EPA

New Zealander among 34 political prisoners pardoned in Myanmar

Jan 22, 2016 - 4:01 PM

Though many of Myanmar s hundreds of political dissidents were jailed during repressive junta rule scores of activists have also been thrown behind bars under outgoing President Thein Sein s watch

PARDONED. Prisoners greet their family members outside Insein Prison in Yangon, Myanmar, January 22, 2016. Myanmar government gave amnesty to more than 100 prisoners, including political prisoners, across Myanmar. Photo by Nyein Chan Naing/EPA

Suu Kyi holds 'warm' talks with Myanmar president on power shift

Dec 02, 2015 - 2:49 PM

Nearly an hour of talks are held on Wednesday morning between Suu Kyi and Thein Sein

Myanmar ruling party MPs gracious in defeat – for now

Nov 19, 2015 - 12:56 PM

MPs from the governing party return glum faced to parliament after their rout at the hands of Suu Kyi s NLD

Election winners, and losers, return to Myanmar parliament

Nov 16, 2015 - 1:13 PM

Suu Kyi is constitutionally barred from top political office but is vowing to rule above the next president who she will select following her National League for Democracy s formidable win in the November 8 polls

THEIN SEIN. Myanmar president Thein Sein (C) arrives to attend a meeting of government officials and political parties at Yangon parliament building, in Yangon, Myanmar, 15 November 2015. Photo by Lynn Bo Bo/EPA

Myanmar president 'will hand power' to Suu Kyi after poll win

Nov 15, 2015 - 3:20 PM

The former junta general says the November 8 polls are testament to the political and economic changes that have swept the former pariah state since the end of junta rule

In this file photo, Myanmar president Thein Sein waves as he arrives for the opening ceremony of the 47th Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) Foreign Ministers Meeting (AMM) in Naypyitaw, Myanmar, August 8, 2014. Nyein Chan Naing/EPA

Obama congratulates Suu Kyi as poll win nears

Nov 13, 2015 - 10:19 AM

Obama calls the Suu Kyi who spent 15 years under house arrest praising her tireless efforts and sacrifice over so many years to promote a more inclusive peaceful and democratic Burma

OBAMA AND SUU KYI. A picture made available on November 19, 2014 shows US President Barak Obama (L) holding Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi (R) as they leaves from the joint press conference at the Suu Kyi's resident in Yangon, Myanmar, November 14, 2014. Nyein Chan Naing/EPA

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Nov 12, 2015 - 6:14 PM

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Myanmar vote count begins on Suu Kyi's day of destiny

Nov 08, 2015 - 9:06 AM

2nd UPDATE Myanmar goes to the polls in a historic election that could thrust Aung San Suu Kyi s pro democracy party into power and finally pull the country away from the grip of the military

HISTORIC. A man casts his vote at a polling station in Yangon on November 8, 2015. Nicolas Asfouri/AFP

Myanmar signs limited truce with rebels, but fighting persists

Oct 15, 2015 - 12:03 PM

The truce is the fruit of more than two years of negotiations and was a key goal of reformist President Thein Sein before November elections likely to sweep his army backed party from power

Suu Kyi concerned at Myanmar ruling party putsch

Aug 18, 2015 - 4:18 PM

Suu Kyi says the ruling party move has stoked concerns for the elections which are seen as a key test of democratic reforms

This file photo taken on February 11, 2015 shows Myanmar's parliamentary speaker Shwe Mann speaking to the media during a press conference in the parliament in Naypyidaw. Ye Aung Thu/AFP

Head of Myanmar ruling party removed in power struggle

Aug 13, 2015 - 2:56 PM

The surprise move comes a day before the deadline for candidates to register to contest the upcoming polls

OUSTED. This file photo taken on February 11, 2015 shows Myanmar's parliamentary speaker Shwe Mann speaking to the media during a press conference in the parliament in Naypyidaw. Ye Aung Thu/AFP

Myanmar holds crunch peace talks ahead of election

Aug 07, 2015 - 3:35 PM

The negotiations snag on whether a deal should include all rebel groups – including several still locked in combat with the army

Angelina Jolie, Suu Kyi meet women garment workers in Myanmar

Aug 01, 2015 - 6:37 PM

Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie and opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi speak to workers about their living and working conditions as well as their aspirations for further education

LABOR RIGHTS. US actress and UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador Angelina Jolie (C-R) and Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi (C) meet with factory workers at a women's hostel in the HlaingTharYar township in Yangon, Myanmar, August 1, 2015. Angelina Jolie is on a six days visit to Myanmar as UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador. Photo by Nyein Chan Naing/EPA

Myanmar journalists fined for defamation over president jibe

Jul 22, 2015 - 7:08 PM

The journalists are sentenced to pay either one million kyat 850 fine each or face 6 months in prison

Myanmar to hold general election on November 8

Jul 08, 2015 - 5:43 PM

UPDATED The announcement fires the starting gun for the much anticipated poll in the former junta run nation which has launched a series of reforms since the end of outright military rule in 2011

Myanmar holds rare talks as Suu Kyi pushes for charter change

Apr 08, 2015 - 1:33 PM

UPDATED The long awaited talks in the capital Naypyidaw come as the country braces for elections seen as a key test of reforms in the former junta run nation

Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi (C) talks to media representatives as she leaves after Myanmar's Union Parliament regular assembly in Naypyitaw, Myanmar, 26 March 2015. Lynn Bo Bo/EPA

UN, Myanmar leader hail draft peace deal

Mar 31, 2015 - 10:18 PM

The UN says the tentative deal is a milestone for the former junta run nation which grapples with some of the world s longest running civil wars

THEIN SEIN. Myanmar president Thein Sein waves as he arrives for the opening ceremony of the 47th Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) Foreign Ministers Meeting (AMM) in Naypyitaw, Myanmar, 08 August 2014. File Photo by Nyein Chan Naing/EPA

Myanmar declares emergency in war-torn region

Feb 17, 2015 - 11:05 PM

Myanmar s ministry of information: A serious situation has developed that has put people s lives at risk so a state of emergency has been declared starting from today

SEEKING SHELTER. Myanmar people gather as they wait the arrival of a rescue team to flee away from self-administered Kokang capital Laukkai, northern Shan State, Myanmar, 17 February 2015. Photo by Lynn Bo Bo/EPA

Suu Kyi party expects new Myanmar constitution talks in days

Nov 26, 2014 - 7:31 PM

The summit is approved by parliament Tuesday November 25 as Myanmar debates charter change ahead of crucial 2015 elections

Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi delivers her opening speech at the central committee meeting of her National League for Democracy (NLD) party in Yangon, Myanmar, 07 June 2014. Lynn Bo Bo/EPA

China, Myanmar ink $7.8 billion in deals – state media

Nov 15, 2014 - 2:49 PM

Deals overseen by Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and Myanmar President Thein Sein include agreements to build power plans fuelled by natural gas

Myanmar's President Thein Sein sits as he chairs the ASEAN Plus Three Summit at the Myanmar International Convention Center in Myanmar's capital Naypyidaw on November 13, 2014.  Photo by Christophe Archambault/AFP

Obama backs Suu Kyi bid to change constitution

Nov 14, 2014 - 4:04 PM

Speaking at a joint press conference Obama warns that Myanmar s reforms since shedding outright military rule in 2011 were by no means complete or irreversible calling for free fair and inclusive elections in the nation

OBAMA AND SUU KYI. US President Barack Obama and Myanmar's opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi (R) take part in a press conference at her residence in Yangon on November 14, 2014. Photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

Suu Kyi says Myanmar reforms 'stalling'

Nov 05, 2014 - 10:55 PM

Suu Kyi who has long looked to the West to bolster her efforts to promote democracy voices caution at the pace of reforms since the country began emerging in 2011 from almost a half century of military rule

File photo of Aung Suu Kyi by San Nyein Chan Naing/EPA

Myanmar govt to sue newspaper over 'insane' president jibe

Nov 04, 2014 - 8:45 PM

The Myanmar Herald Journal is accused of having tarnished the image and rights of President Thein Sein according to a statement from the information ministry published in state backed media

THEIN SEIN. Myanmar president Thein Sein (L) shakes hands with parliamentary speaker Thura Shwe Mann (R) before a high-level meeting at the President's resident office in the capital Naypyitaw, Myanmar, 31 October 2014. Lynn Bo Bo/EPA

Myanmar moots changing constitution barring Suu Kyi from presidency

Oct 31, 2014 - 9:04 PM

Suu Kyi is trying to change key sections of Myanmar s charter ahead of 2015 polls that are widely expected to be won by her National League for Democracy if they are free and fair after decades of disastrous military rule

Myanmar convenes historic talks ahead of 2015 vote

Oct 31, 2014 - 12:00 PM

UPDATED Thein Sein and Suu Kyi begin talks that are the first of their kind in the country as it moves to emerge from decades of outright military rule

TALKS. Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi delivers a speech during the opening ceremony of the Hospitality and Carering Training Academy (HCTA) in Kawmhu, ourskirts of Yangon, Myanmar, 25 October 2014. Nyein Chan Naing/EPA

Thai PM departs for Myanmar in first overseas foray

Oct 09, 2014 - 4:59 PM

Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan O Cha is chasing international legitimacy for an administration which has suspended Thailand s democracy and imposed sweeping curbs on dissent

NEW PREMIER. Thai Army Chief Prayut Chan-O-Cha reading a statement after receiving a royal command during a ceremony to swear him in as prime minister at the Army headquarters in Bangkok on August 25, 2014. File photo by Government House /AFP

Myanmar frees 3,000 prisoners

Oct 07, 2014 - 7:25 PM

President Thein Sein pardons some 3 073 people including 58 foreign nationals citing stability of the state the rule of law and humanitarian grounds

THEIN SEIN. Myanmar president Thein Sein waves as he arrives for the opening ceremony of the 47th Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) Foreign Ministers Meeting (AMM) in Naypyitaw, Myanmar, 08 August 2014. Nyein Chan Naing/EPA

Kerry vows support for Myanmar as it faces 'challenges'

Aug 10, 2014 - 11:09 PM

With elections approaching eyes are on Myanmar to see whether the former pariah state can make a full transition into a democracy

CHALLENGES AHEAD. Myanmar President Thein Sein speaks to the media during a press conference at the presidential residence in Naypyidaw on October 21, 2012. Photo by Soe Than Win/Agence France-Presse

Sea row looms as Southeast Asia talks begin

Aug 08, 2014 - 2:20 PM

Myanmar President Thein Sein begins the ASEAN foreign minister meetings with a plea for the regional bloc to strengthen its ability to push for peaceful settlement of disputes and differences

Millions back Suu Kyi call for Myanmar charter change

Jul 20, 2014 - 4:07 PM

While the signature campaign to support constitutional change has generated headlines experts say it is unclear what effect it will have on Myanmar politics

NEXT PRESIDENT? Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi delivers her opening speech at the central committee meeting of her National League for Democracy (NLD) party in Yangon, Myanmar, 07 June 2014. Lynn Bo Bo/EPA

Tensions simmer in riot-hit Myanmar city

Jul 04, 2014 - 3:04 PM

The city is placed under curfew to quell violence that saw mobs wielding airguns swords rocks and other weapons go on a rampage leaving one Buddhist and one Muslim dead

Myanmar army role to be 'gradually' decreased – president

Mar 26, 2014 - 9:17 PM

President Thein Sein a general turned reformer reaffirms his support for a strong military in the former junta run country

IN TRANSITION. Myanmar President Thein Sein arrives to deliver a speech on the last day of the 9th session of Myanmar's parliament in Naypyitaw, Myanmar. Photo by Lynn Bo Bo/ EPA

Myanmar president backs constitutional amendment

Jan 02, 2014 - 2:32 PM

Thein Sein supports moves to change the country’s constitution

Myanmar declares 'no more political prisoners' after amnesty

Dec 31, 2013 - 1:12 PM

Myanmar announces there will be no more political prisoners after President Thein Sein promised to free all dissidents this year

Visa-free trips to Myanmar begin January 4

Dec 27, 2013 - 5:38 PM

Filipinos can stay in Myanmar visa free for 14 days

EXPERIENCING MYANMAR. Gems like this await in Bagan. While my hopes are high that it will be a pastoral paradise, I'm imagining about 20,000 other people kind of swarming like ants on the site. Photo from the government

Myanmar frees 44 political prisoners

Dec 11, 2013 - 4:10 PM

It is the latest in a series of prisoner amnesties by the country s reformist regime

PH to mentor Myanmar on CCT

Dec 06, 2013 - 3:29 PM

President Benigno Aquino III says Myanmar can learn from one of the Philippines flagship program against poverty

Visa-free: Myanmar opens up to PH tourists

Dec 05, 2013 - 4:06 PM

Myanmar grants Filipinos a visa free privilege good for 14 days in a deal signed during the visit of Myanmar President Thein Sein in Manila

EXPERIENCING MYANMAR. Gems like this await in Bagan. While my hopes are high that it will be a pastoral paradise, I'm imagining about 20,000 other people kind of swarming like ants on the site. Photo from the government

PH, Myanmar to agree on visa exemption

Dec 04, 2013 - 11:12 PM

Myanmar President Thein Sein arrives Thursday in the Philippines for a 3 day state visit

Myanmar's Thein Sein to visit PH

Nov 25, 2013 - 5:52 PM

Myanmar s post junta leader is set to embark on a historic visit to the Philippines

HISTORIC. Myanmar President Thein Sein speaks during the closing ceremony and handover of the ASEAN Chairmanship to Myanmar on October 10. AFP File Photo

Myanmar frees 69 political prisoners: officials

Nov 15, 2013 - 1:42 PM

President Thein Sein said there would be no prisoners of conscience in Myanmar by year s end

NO PRISONERS OF CONSCIENCE. Myanmar President Thein Sein in Bandar Seri Begawan on October 10, 2013. AFP PHOTO / ROSLAN RAHMAN