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Myanmar puts Suu Kyi on trial on charges critics call bogus

Jun. 14, 2021 14:30 PM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Myanmar’s ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi went on trial Monday on charges that many observers say are an attempt by the junta that deposed her to eliminate her as a political force, erase the country’s democratic gains and cement the military’s power. ...

Myanmar court frees one of two detained US journalists

Jun. 14, 2021 09:24 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — A court in Myanmar has released U.S. journalist Nathan Maung, who was arrested three months ago while working for a local online news agency, his lawyer said Monday. Maung was released after charges against him were dropped and his case dismissed, and he...

UN rights chief warns of escalating violence in Myanmar

Jun. 11, 2021 06:36 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — The U.N. human rights chief is warning of a military buildup in parts of Myanmar and rising violence, with the army using heavy weapons against armed groups as well as civilian targets, including Christian churches. Michelle Bachelet said more than...

Migrant workers in Malaysia win labor suit against Goodyear

Jun. 11, 2021 00:38 AM EDT

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — A Malaysian court on Thursday ruled in favor of 65 migrant workers who sued U.S. tiremaker Goodyear for underpaying them, their lawyer said, calling it a victory for foreign employees. Chandrasegaran Rajandran said the Industrial Court...

Myanmar military plane crash kills 12, including senior monk

Jun. 10, 2021 05:31 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — A well-known senior Buddhist monk was among at least 12 people who died when a plane belonging to Myanmar’s military crashed Thursday in the country’s central Mandalay region, state media reported. Army-run Myawaddy TV said a boy was one of two...

Myanmar anti-corruption body files cases against Suu Kyi

Jun. 10, 2021 02:43 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — The Anti-Corruption Commission in military-ruled Myanmar has found that ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi accepted bribes and misused her authority to gain advantageous terms in real estate deals, government-controlled media reported Thursday. Suu Kyi’s...

UN expert says Myanmar attacks risk humanitarian tragedy

Jun. 09, 2021 20:33 PM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — At least one-quarter of the people in Myanmar's smallest state have been forced to flee their homes because of combat with the military junta that seized power in February, raising fears of a possible humanitarian tragedy including thousands of civilian deaths, a U.N. expert...

Journalists who fled Myanmar find third-country refuge

Jun. 07, 2021 21:14 PM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Three journalists from military-ruled Myanmar who were convicted of illegal entry after they fled to Thailand have been sent to a third country where they are safe, their employer said Monday. The three staff members of the Democratic Voice of Burma,...

Myanmar junta to start court case against Suu Kyi next week

Jun. 07, 2021 20:48 PM EDT

NAYPYITAW, Myanmar (AP) — Myanmar's military junta will begin presenting its case against deposed leader Aung San Suu Kyi in court next Monday, her lawyers said. The military arrested Suu Kyi in February when it overthrew her elected government. Public resistance to the...

China hosts Southeast Asian ministers as it competes with US

Jun. 07, 2021 11:43 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China is hosting foreign ministers from 10 Southeast Asian nations this week amid heightened competition between Beijing and Washington for influence in the region. Chinese state media said the meeting Tuesday in the southwestern megacity of Chongqing...