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How Myanmar is faring 2 years after army ousted Suu Kyi

Jan. 31, 2023 19:30 PM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — Two years after Myanmar’s generals ousted Aung San Suu Kyi’s elected government, thousands of people have died in civil conflict and many more have been forced from their homes in a dire humanitarian crisis. Myanmar's economy, once one of the fastest growing in...

UN expert: Myanmar junta will seek legitimacy in `sham' vote

Jan. 31, 2023 17:55 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The independent U.N. special investigator on Myanmar warned Tuesday that the country’s military rulers plan to seek legitimacy by orchestrating a “sham” election this year and urged all countries to reject the illegal and “farcical" vote. Tom Andrews...

US sanctions Myanmar groups ahead of coup anniversary

Jan. 31, 2023 12:02 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. said Tuesday it was imposing sanctions on a group of people and organizations connected to Myanmar's military regime as the two-year anniversary nears for the coup that removed the country's civilian government. Six people and three organizations were...

Rights groups say Myanmar military is increasing air attacks

Jan. 31, 2023 08:39 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — Myanmar's military is increasingly turning to airstrikes with deadly results to try to crush stiff armed resistance two years after it seized power and plunged the country into a prolonged civil war, a human rights monitoring group said in a report Tuesday. The...

UN chief backs democracy for Myanmar 2 years after takeover

Jan. 31, 2023 02:17 AM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Two years after Myanmar’s military seized power, U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres voiced support Monday for the democratic aspirations of Myanmar’s people and warned that the military’s planned elections amid a crackdown on civilians and political leaders...

Japan ex-soldier sues gov't, colleagues over sexual abuse

Jan. 30, 2023 08:41 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — A former Japanese soldier who reported being sexually abused by military colleagues said Monday she has filed a damage suit against five perpetrators and the government because she feels their earlier apologies were empty. Rina Gonoi went public with her experience...

Palestinians say Israeli troops kill man in West Bank

Jan. 30, 2023 08:20 AM EST

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Israeli forces killed a Palestinian man in a flashpoint city in the occupied West Bank on Monday, the Palestinian Health Ministry said. The killing marks the latest bloodshed in spiraling violence that comes as U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken visits the region. ...

Report: drones attack convoy in east Syria coming from Iraq

Jan. 29, 2023 16:23 PM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Drones attacked a convoy of trucks in eastern Syria Sunday night shortly after it crossed into the country from Iraq, Syrian opposition activists and a pro-government radio station said. There was no immediate word on casualties. The strike comes amid heightening...

Mali defends Russian ties and opposes options for UN force

Jan. 28, 2023 01:39 AM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Mali’s foreign minister defended the military government’s cooperation with Russia on Friday and rejected three options proposed by the U.N. chief to reconfigure the U.N. peacekeeping force in the west African country where Al-Qaida and Islamic State extremist groups are...

Myanmar's military government enacts new political party law

Jan. 27, 2023 21:25 PM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — Myanmar’s military-controlled government has enacted a new law on registration of political parties that will make it difficult for opposition groups to mount a serious challenge to army-backed candidates in a general election set to take place later this year. The...