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Harris' Asia trip carries new urgency after Afghan collapse

Aug. 20, 2021 21:27 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Taliban takeover of Afghanistan has given new urgency to Vice President Kamala Harris' tour of Southeast Asia, where she will attempt to reassure allies of American resolve following the chaotic end of a two-decade war. The trip, which began Friday...

Britain urges halt to Myanmar clashes to allow vaccination

Aug. 17, 2021 21:00 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Kingdom called Tuesday for an immediate and sustained pause in clashes and unrest in Myanmar to allow vaccinations as an intense COVID-19 surge is ravaging the country. Britain’s deputy U.N. ambassador, James Kariuki, told reporters...

UN envoy warns of Myanmar civil war if no successful talks

Aug. 10, 2021 13:57 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. special envoy for Myanmar warned Tuesday of “a full-scale civil war” if the powerful military, supporters of the ousted democracy, ethnic groups and other key parties don’t hold a successful dialogue on all issues ranging from the current COVID-19...

ASEAN ministers pick Brunei diplomat as envoy to Myanmar

Aug. 04, 2021 17:56 PM EDT

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Southeast Asian foreign ministers on Wednesday picked Brunei Second Foreign Minister Erywan Yusof as their special envoy to Myanmar, in a breakthrough for regional mediation aimed at ending the country's deepening crisis after months of delay. ...

Diplomats: ASEAN waiting on Myanmar approval of envoy

Aug. 03, 2021 03:17 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Southeast Asia’s top diplomats have tentatively chosen a special envoy to help deal with the violent political crisis gripping Myanmar but must wait on approval from the military-ruled nation’s leaders before announcing it, two diplomats said Tuesday. ...

UN calls Myanmar military actions moves away from democracy

Aug. 02, 2021 16:16 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations on Monday called the Myanmar military’s election delay and extension of the state of emergency a move in the wrong direction from international calls for the restoration of democracy. Six months after seizing power from the...

ASEAN diplomats discussing crisis envoy, aid to Myanmar

Aug. 02, 2021 00:55 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Southeast Asia’s top diplomats were meeting Monday to appoint a special envoy to help deal with the political crisis and violence gripping Myanmar and finalize an emergency plan to help control a coronavirus outbreak that many fear is spiraling out of control in...

Myanmar military extends emergency, promises vote in 2 years

Aug. 01, 2021 09:49 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Six months after seizing power from the elected government, Myanmar’s military leader on Sunday declared himself prime minister and said he would lead the country under the extended state of emergency until elections are held in about two years. “We...

US urges UN Council to press Myanmar to return to democracy

Jul. 29, 2021 19:26 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A senior U.S. diplomat urged the U.N. Security Council on Thursday to press Myanmar’s military to stop violence and restore democracy, warning that with COVID-19 surging and hunger increasing, “the longer we delay, the more people die.” ...

Pentagon chief: Myanmar military acts 'flatly unacceptable'

Jul. 27, 2021 09:27 AM EDT

SINGAPORE (AP) — U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin decried the actions of Myanmar's military rulers on Tuesday and urged a regional bloc to keep demanding an end to the violence. Myanmar, also called Burma, has been wracked by violence by its security forces against...