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Thai foreign minister urges Myanmar's military to avoid violent attack on border town its army lost

Apr. 12, 2024 11:34 AM EDT

MAE SOT, Thailand (AP) — Thailand’s foreign minister on Friday said he urged Myanmar’s military authorities not to violently respond to its army’s loss of an important border trading town to its opponents, and that so far they seemed to be exercising restraint. Parnpree...

Myanmar's ethnic Karen guerrillas claim to have seized the last army base defending key border town

Apr. 11, 2024 07:50 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Guerrillas from the Karen ethnic minority on Thursday claimed to have captured the last of the army’s outposts in Myawaddy township in eastern Myanmar, virtually clearing the way for them to take over the town of Myawaddy, the major crossing point for trade with Thailand. ...

Fighting escalates in eastern Myanmar as army holds out against resistance push on key border town

Apr. 10, 2024 10:48 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Fighting appeared to be escalating in Myanmar on Wednesday as guerrilla fighters from the Karen ethnic minority and pro-democracy forces battle soldiers holding on to a major trading town on the border with Thailand, witnesses said. The fall of Myawaddy, which is...

Myanmar military begins basic training for draftees as resistance forces keep the pressure on

Apr. 09, 2024 06:59 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Myanmar’s military has begun basic training at military bases and schools across the country for draftees called up under the country’s recently activated conscription law, state-run media reported on Tuesday. The authorities activated the conscription law in...

Rohingya who moved to island in Bangladesh are learning job skills, says Japanese charity chief

Apr. 09, 2024 02:25 AM EDT

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Japan's Nippon Foundation will spend $2 million to help move tens of thousands more Rohingya refugees to a remote island in Bangladesh and provide them with skills training, the charity's chairman said. Speaking to The Associated Press on Sunday after a...

Ethnic guerrillas in Myanmar look set to seize an important town on the Thai border from military

Apr. 08, 2024 10:59 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Guerrilla fighters from Myanmar’s Karen ethnic minority claimed Monday to be close to seizing control of a major trading town bordering Thailand, as soldiers and civil servants loyal to the military government appeared to be preparing to abandon their positions. ...

UN chief appoints former Australian foreign minister Julie Bishop as UN special envoy for Myanmar

Apr. 05, 2024 13:31 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres appointed former Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop on Friday as his special envoy for Myanmar, a post that has been vacant for 10 months as the country’s conflict escalated into the worst violence since the military takeover...

Myanmar's worst violence since the military takeover is intensifying the crisis, the UN says

Apr. 04, 2024 17:56 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Myanmar's escalating conflict and worst violence since the military takeover in 2021 are having a devastating impact on human rights, fundamental freedoms and basic needs of millions of people — as well as “alarming spillover effects” in the region, U.N. officials said...

UN human rights body backs measures against Myanmar and investigations in Iran

Apr. 04, 2024 15:39 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — The U.N.'s leading human rights body agreed Thursday to measures aimed at putting pressure on Myanmar and Iran, whose governments have been accused of using violence against their own people. The Human Rights Council, made up of 47 member countries, backed by...

Myanmar resistance group says its drones hit targets in the capital, but army says it shot them down

Apr. 04, 2024 12:25 PM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Myanmar’s main pro-democracy resistance group said Thursday its armed wing launched drone attacks on the airport and a military headquarters in the capital, Naypyitaw, but the country’s ruling military said it destroyed or seized more than a dozen drones used in the attacks. ...