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US journalist jailed for months in Myanmar lands in New York

Nov. 16, 2021 15:04 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — American journalist Danny Fenster, who was freed after nearly six months in jail in military-ruled Myanmar, arrived Tuesday in the United States for an emotional reunion with his family. Fenster, who was sentenced last week to 11 years of hard labor, was...

Myanmar political standoff leaves economy in tatters

Nov. 14, 2021 22:11 PM EST

The military takeover in Myanmar has set its economy back years, if not decades, as political unrest and violence disrupt banking, trade and livelihoods and millions slide deeper into poverty. The Southeast Asian country was already in recession when the pandemic took...

Myanmar court sentences US journalist to 11 years in jail

Nov. 12, 2021 15:15 PM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — A court in military-ruled Myanmar on Friday sentenced U.S. journalist Danny Fenster to 11 years in prison with hard labor, the maximum penalty under three charges, despite calls by the United States and rights groups for his release. It was the harshest...

Myanmar court hears final arguments in case of US journalist

Nov. 10, 2021 11:58 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — A court in Myanmar on Wednesday heard closing arguments in the case of Danny Fenster, a U.S. journalist jailed in Myanmar for more than five months on charges of breaking security laws, his lawyer said. Lawyer Than Zaw Aung said the court in the city of...

New charges filed against jailed US journalist in Myanmar

Nov. 10, 2021 01:31 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — An American journalist jailed in Myanmar for more than five months has been served with two new criminal charges, including one that carries a maximum penalty of life in prison, his lawyer said. Denny Fenster is already being tried on three other charges that could give him...

US ex-diplomat defends private mission to troubled Myanmar

Nov. 08, 2021 22:16 PM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — Former U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Bill Richardson acknowledges criticism of his humanitarian visit to Myanmar, but says he feels his trip was constructive. Richardson, also a former governor of New Mexico, is the highest-profile American to visit the...

Official Myanmar records mistaken about detained US reporter

Nov. 05, 2021 13:42 PM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Testimony by prosecution witnesses on Friday in the case of Danny Fenster, a U.S. journalist who has been detained in Myanmar for more than five months, established that official records did not accurately reflect where he was employed, his lawyer said. ...

Myanmar court denies bail for US journalist, adds new charge

Nov. 03, 2021 12:01 PM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — A court in Myanmar on Wednesday rejected the bail application of Danny Fenster, an American journalist jailed for the past five months, and added a new charge against him, his lawyer said. Fenster had already been charged with incitement for allegedly...

US hopes Richardson's Myanmar mission can produce results

Nov. 01, 2021 14:02 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration said Monday it welcomes a private mission to Myanmar by former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Bill Richardson as a possible way to help speed humanitarian access to the country. The State Department said Richardson was...

Former US ambassador Bill Richardson heads to Myanmar

Oct. 31, 2021 17:11 PM EDT

Former U.S. ambassador and former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson is heading to Myanmar on a private humanitarian mission that will focus on pandemic support, his spokesperson said Sunday. Myanmar has been mired in violence and civil unrest since a military coup seized...