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Myanmar holds rare rally to call for constitution reform

Feb 28, 2019 - 11:46 AM

The political activity follows the formation of a committee last week to discuss amending the military-scripted constitution

A man holds a banner with a message "amend the 2008 constitution" during a rally calling for reforms on Myanmar's military-scripted constitution in Yangon on February 27, 2019. Hundreds gathered on February 27 in downtown Yangon in a jovial first-of-its-kind rally underpinned by its attendants' urgent desire for Myanmar's constroversial constitution to be amended. Sai Aung MAIN / AFP

Yangon ends Ceres' 2019 AFC Champions League bid

Feb 05, 2019 - 9:26 PM

Ceres-Negros FC absorbs an early exit in their bid for a historic AFC Champions League berth

Photo from Ceres-Negros FC website

Case dropped against Myanmar journalists facing incitement charges

Nov 09, 2018 - 7:44 PM

In rare good news, the Myanmar government has withdrawn the incitement case against the 3 journalists who reported critically on the financial management of Yangon

Detained Myanmar journalists Kyaw Zaw Lin, (front), Phyo Wai Win (4th-L) and Nayi Min (L) leave the courthouse escorted by police after appearing before the court on Ocotber 10, 2018. Two Myanmar media executives and one reporter were arrested on October 10, their defence lawyer said, as rights groups decried the vague laws increasingly wielded to clamp down on the press. Phyo Hein KYAW / AFP

Rescuers struggle to reach stranded in Myanmar dam flooding

Aug 30, 2018 - 3:59 PM

No casualties have yet been reported but state media says more than 63,000 people in Bago region were affected after the Swar Chaung dam overflowed early Wednesday morning, August 29

AFTERMATH. A resident walks in a village submerged by flood waters from Swar Chaung Dam in Swar township in Bago region on August 30, 2018. Photo by Ye Aung Thu/AFP

Myanmar court postpones verdict for Reuters journalists

Aug 27, 2018 - 7:15 AM

(UPDATED) Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo have been in Myanmar's Insein prison since December

Detained Myanmar journalist Wa Lone, 32, is seen handcuffed and escorted by police while leaving Yangon courthouse after the first day of trial on July 16, 2018. Two Reuters reporters accused of breaking Myanmar's draconian secrecy law during their reporting of the Rohingya crisis face trial, on a charge that carries up to 14 years in jail. / AFP PHOTO / Myo Kyaw SOE

Ceres advances to AFC Cup Zonal Finals on aggregate win over Yangon

May 16, 2018 - 9:10 PM

The Busmen set up another ASEAN finals rematch against Singapore’s Home United

BACK-TO-BACK. Ceres-Negros FC makes its second straight ASEAN Zonal finals appearance. Photo from AFC Cup

Ceres-Negros FC takes first leg win over Yangon United

May 09, 2018 - 9:26 PM

The Myanmar club team keeps its hopes alive as Sylla scores a valuable pair of away goals

NOT OVER YET. Ceres-Negros FC will attempt to score its own away goals in the next leg. Photo by AFC Cup/Lagardere Sports

Sanchez scores game-winner, gives Global first 2018 AFC Cup win

Mar 13, 2018 - 9:50 PM

Global Cebu pulls off an upset over group leaders Yangon United in their first win of the season

Myanmar events 'bear hallmarks of genocide': UN rapporteur

Mar 13, 2018 - 12:09 AM

'I am becoming more convinced that crimes committed... bear the hallmarks of genocide, and call in the strongest terms for accountability,' says the report to the UN Human Rights Council

MYANMAR SITUATION. United Nations (UN) Special Rapporteur to Myanmar Yanghee Lee looks on at a press conference after addressing her report before the Human Rights Council in Geneva on March 12, 2018. AFP

Global Cebu loses to Yangon, crashes to the bottom of Group G

Mar 07, 2018 - 7:52 PM

Global Cebu will face Yangon United in less than a week, but this time at home

CRASHING. Global Cebu FC will look to earn the back the 3 points they surrendered to Yangon United in their next game at home. Photo from Twitter (@AFCCup)

Myanmar university students expelled after education protest

Jan 27, 2018 - 5:42 PM

"We... were given a letter saying that we were expelled for breaking regulations," says Kyaw Thiha Ye Kyaw, a 22-year-old law student at Yadanabon.

CRITICIZED. State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi in Manila on November 13, 2017. Photo by Athith Perawongmetha / AFP

Possible 'elements of genocide' in Myanmar: UN rights chief

Dec 05, 2017 - 9:20 PM

Speaking before a special session of the UN Human Rights Council on the abuses against the Rohingya, Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein condemns 'widespread, systematic and shockingly brutal' attacks against the Rohingya

DEHUMANIZED. Rohingya Muslim refugees children queue for aid suplies at the Kutupalong refugee camp in Cox's Bazar in Bangladesh on December 4, 2017. Photo by Ed Jones/AFP

Learning to trade: Myanmar investors gear up for new bourse

Mar 23, 2016 - 11:30 PM

The Yangon Stock Exchange decades in the making will launch with a single firm on Friday March 25

(FILES) This file photo taken on February 24, 2016 shows Myanmar business school students viewing the electronic board display during a visit to the Yangon Stock Exchange, housed in a historic building in Yangon.  Inside the graceful halls of Myanmar's first modern bourse a huddle of business leaders crowds into a crash course on sharetrading, as the former junta-run country takes another leap towards economic revitalisation. Yangon Stock Exchange (YSX) is due to debut its first listed company on March 25, 2016, just days before a new civilian government overseen by Aung San Suu Kyi comes to power in a nation fast opening up after decades of military rule.  / AFP / ROMEO GACAD

Myanmar bourse to debut Dec 9 – officials

Dec 01, 2015 - 7:40 PM

There are concerns that a new and poorly regulated bourse could attract dirty money in a country where corruption runs deep

STOCK EXCHANGE SOON. Myanmar is one of just a handful of countries without a stock market. In 1996, Japanese firm Daiwa Securities and a state bank set up the Myanmar Securities Exchange Centre, but this allowed over-the-counter sales of shares in just two firms, a Myanmar timber company and bank. Image from Wikipedia

Hari ini, warga Myanmar ikuti pemilu bersejarah menuju demokrasi

Nov 08, 2015 - 11:57 AM

Pemilu Myanmar tahun ini merupakan kesempatan besar bagi perubahan jarang terjadi dalam sejarah Bagaimana kesempatan Aung San Suu Kyi?

Ketua Liga Nasional Demokrasi (NLD) Aung San Suu Kyi saat menjawab pertanyaan wartawan dalam konferensi pers menjelang Pemilihan Umum Myanmar, pada 5 November 2015. Pemilu diadakan pada 8 November. Foto oleh Rungroj Yongrit/EPA

Myanmar opposition candidate hurt in knife attack on rally

Oct 30, 2015 - 1:13 PM

Naing Ngan Linn a sitting MP for the National League for Democracy is wounded as his campaign group toured Yangon s Tharketa township late Thursday

Myanmar to sign peace deal with 8 rebel groups on October 15

Oct 04, 2015 - 10:43 PM

Myanmar s government agrees to allow 15 ethnic armed groups to sign the deal but rejects some half a dozen organizations

CONFLICT OVER? Kachin Independence Army soldiers in Loije township near Mai Ja Yang, outside Laiza, a town in Myanmar's northern Kachin state home to the ethnic Kachin rebels' headquarters. File photo by AFP

Angelina Jolie urges justice for Myanmar's sexual violence victims

Jul 31, 2015 - 11:44 PM

The Hollywood actress comes to Myanmar upon the invitation of opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi

Suu Kyi party to decide 'soon' on contesting Myanmar polls

Jun 20, 2015 - 3:51 PM

UPDATED The polls slated for October or November are seen as a vital test of democratic reforms in Myanmar after decades of junta rule

CONTESTING ELECTIONS? Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi says her party will decide 'soon' if it will contest crucial elections in Myanmar. File photo by EPA

Myanmar arrests Thai migrant boat owner – state media

May 30, 2015 - 12:25 PM

The 53 year old man is detained in the country s biggest city Yangon the Global New Light of Myanmar reports

'RESCUED.' In this handout photo released May 22, the Myanmar navy rescue a boat loaded with 219 migrants, most of them from Bangladesh according to a government website. Malaysia and Indonesia say they would start helping thousands of Rohingya migrants on boats off their shores. Handout photo from Myanmar Information Ministry/EPA

5 hal yang bisa kamu nikmati di Yangon tanpa uang banyak

Mar 12, 2015 - 8:00 AM

Kunjungi Yangon sekarang saat belum banyak turis asing yang datang

Yangon, salah satu kota yang bukan merupakan destinasi wisata utama untuk orang Indonesia. Foto oleh Lewi Aga Basoeki

Yangon votes for first time in 60 years

Dec 27, 2014 - 4:18 PM

The election will be closely watched as a test of the country s democratic credentials ahead of a landmark nationwide poll slated for November next year

Volunteers make preparations ahead of voting at a polling station in Yangon on December 27, 2014. Ye Aung Thu/AFP

Myanmar's landless: Playthings of the powerful

Dec 10, 2014 - 9:00 PM

Land is among the most contentious issues in Myanmar as reforms and the end of most Western sanctions fuel a scramble for territory in the resource rich nation

Landless Myanmar residents pray during a protest against land grabs in Yangon on September 23, 2013. Some 200 people who are seeking the return of their lands took part in the protest in the city. AFP PHOTO / Soe Than WIN

Obama to push Myanmar reforms in Suu Kyi talks

Nov 14, 2014 - 12:25 PM

Obama sets off for Yangon fresh from talks after the East Asia Summit in Naypyidaw with his Myanmar counterpart Thein Sein who has overseen reforms since 2011

AT YANGON. US President Barack Obama waves as he disembarks from Air Force One upon his arrival at Yangon International Airport, Yangon, Myanmar, 14 November 2014. Photo by Lynn Bo Bo/EPA

Obama to meet Aung San Suu Kyi in Myanmar on Nov 14

Nov 04, 2014 - 11:01 PM

US President Barack Obama will have a bilateral meeting with Myanmar president Thein Sein prior to meeting with Aung San Suu Kyi

FLYING OFF. US President Barack Obama boards Air Force One at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland, USA 02 November 2014. Drew Angerer/EPA

Singapore group wins bid for new Myanmar airport

Oct 29, 2014 - 8:39 PM

UPDATED Hanthawaddy International Airport is projected to handle around 12 million passengers a year

AirAsia PH, AirAsia Zest eye Myanmar flights

Jun 22, 2014 - 5:08 PM

AirAsia Philippines is seeking entitlements of 1 260 seats between Manila and Yangon while its unit is asking for 7 weekly flights to Yangon

Veteran Myanmar pro-democracy campaigner Win Tin dies – party

Apr 21, 2014 - 1:12 PM

2nd UPDATE The veteran campaigner who formed the NLD with Aung San Suu Kyi in 1988 had suffered worsening ill health in recent weeks

Myanmar activists launch rare anti-hate speech drive

Apr 04, 2014 - 10:10 PM

Activists promote social harmony amid anti Muslim unrest fueled by hate speech on social media

PROMOTING TOLERANCE. An anti-hate speech activist (L) delivers stickers urging people to 'watch what we say so that hate between mankind does not proliferate,' on a street in Yangon on April 4, 2014. Photo by Soe Than Win/AFP

WiFi at a temple, other surprises in Myanmar, the Golden Land

Feb 02, 2014 - 2:28 PM

Now visa free for Filipinos Myanmar is opening itself – and its cultural treasures – to the world even more This writer shares what she saw on Myanmar’s streets and temples

WELCOME TO THE GOLDEN LAND. A visit to Myanmar promises golden pagodas and much more. All photos by Rhea Claire Madarang

Myanmar takes lead role in ASEAN

Oct 22, 2013 - 6:19 PM

Former military state Myanmar takes the helm of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations this month

PH sports chief frets over Myanmar blasts ahead of games

Oct 18, 2013 - 2:55 PM

Philippine Sports Commission chief Richie Garcia expressed concern over recent bombings in Myanmar ahead of the Southeast Asian Games

MYANMAR GAMES. Philippine Sports Commission chief Richie Garcia was concerned about over recent bombings in Myanmar ahead of the Southeast Asian Games there

Myanmar police say bomb caused Yangon hotel blast

Oct 15, 2013 - 1:34 PM

Myanmar police confirm that a bomb caused the blast at the Traders Hotel in Yangon

BOMB BLAST. Myanmar police confirmed a bomb caused a blast at the Traders Hotel in Yangon

Explosion rocks luxury Yangon hotel

Oct 15, 2013 - 2:56 AM

A suspected bomb blast hits luxury hotel in Yangon Myanmar

Battling Myanmar's outdated cyberspace laws

Sep 07, 2013 - 7:15 AM

Myanmar s cyberspace is opening up but the former junta s old bad habits are proving hard to break

Myanmar: Prison, parliament and the Internet

Sep 06, 2013 - 12:48 PM

In Myanmar netizens turn to cyberspace to fight the draconian laws from its dark past

Bar topnotcher chooses Myanmar for practice

Jul 20, 2013 - 6:07 PM

Sometimes the best laid plans turn out differently as in the case of lawyer PJ Bernardo s Burmese adventure

FROM HARVARD LAW TO MYANMAR. Lawyer PJ Bernardo found himself pioneering in a new milieu. Photos courtesy of Peter Imbong

13 dead in fire at Muslim school in Myanmar

Apr 02, 2013 - 8:49 AM

Most of the casualties are children

Myanmar set for New Year spark with first countdown

Dec 31, 2012 - 9:04 PM

Myanmar revelers prepare for their first public New Year countdown since the end of the junta rule

Obama: Transform ceasefires into lasting settlements

Nov 20, 2012 - 7:16 AM

Reforms launched from the top of society must meet the aspirations of citizens who form its foundation

OBAMA IN YANGON. US President Barack Obama speaks at the University of Yangon in Yangon on November 19, 2012. AFP PHOTO/Ye Aung Thu

20 dead, UN 'alarmed' after new Myanmar unrest

Oct 26, 2012 - 9:36 AM

The UN expresses grave concern over a new wave of unrest in western Myanmar

Praying with a Koran on his knees in a mud-strewn camp, Rohin Mullah is one of thousands of Muslims uprooted by sectarian bloodshed in Myanmar. AFP PHOTO/Christophe ARCHAMBAULT

Suu Kyi returns to Myanmar after European tour

Jun 30, 2012 - 12:54 PM

Cheering supporters welcome democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi who returns to Myanmar after her triumphant 5 nation European tour

Myanmar beefs up security as new unrest hits west

Jun 09, 2012 - 2:13 PM

Buddhist villagers flee their homes amid renewed sectarian violence in western Myanmar

As West hails Myanmar, dissidents await freedom

May 05, 2012 - 10:26 AM

Myanmar s political prisoners hope to be free while the West praises their country for its steps toward democracy