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Today in History

Jul. 20, 2019 12:01 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Saturday, July 20, the 201st day of 2019. There are 164 days left in the year. Today's Highlights in History: On July 20, 1969, astronauts Neil Armstrong and Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin became the first men to walk on the moon after reaching the surface in their Apollo 11 lunar module. On this...

Myanmar marks anniversary of killing of founding father

Jul. 19, 2019 5:13 AM EDT

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Myanmar's civilian and military leaders have jointly commemorated the anniversary of the assassination of the country's independence hero, who was gunned down 72 years ago along with members of his cabinet. Aung San died just months before the country — then called Burma...

UN envoy says US sanctions on Myanmar generals inadequate

Jul. 18, 2019 6:49 AM EDT

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — The U.N. special rapporteur for Myanmar said Thursday the U.S. didn't "go far enough" in sanctions against four top Myanmar generals over the mass killings of minority Rohingya Muslims. Myanmar's commander in chief and his deputy, two other generals, and their immediate...

US sanctions Myanmar generals over killings of Rohingya

Jul. 17, 2019 4:02 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States has hit four top Myanmar generals, including the country's commander in chief and his deputy, with sanctions over the mass killings of Rohingya Muslims. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a statement Tuesday that the four are responsible for "gross human rights...

Court proceedings begin against Myanmar child rape suspect

Jul. 15, 2019 7:03 AM EDT

NAYPYITAW, Myanmar (AP) — A court in Myanmar began proceedings Monday against a suspect in the rape of a 2-year-old girl at her nursery school, in a case that has generated huge interest and protests, partly because of doubts that the arrested man is guilty. Aung Kyaw Myo appeared at Dakkhina Thiri...

Protesters in Myanmar demand justice after 2-year-old raped

Jul. 6, 2019 7:14 AM EDT

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Hundreds of people marched to Myanmar's Central Investigation Department on Saturday to demand justice for a 2-year-old girl who was allegedly raped at her nursery school in the country's capital in May. A 29-year-old suspect, Aung Kyaw Myo, was rearrested on Wednesday and charged in...

Prosecutor seeks probe of crimes against Rohingya Muslims

Jul. 4, 2019 10:17 AM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The International Criminal Court prosecutor on Thursday filed a request with judges to open a formal investigation of crimes against humanity allegedly committed against Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar. Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda said she wants to investigate crimes of...

UN envoy will 'ring the alarm bell' if no action on Rohingya

Jul. 1, 2019 8:08 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. envoy for Myanmar said Monday that progress on alleviating the crisis that led more than 720,000 Rohingya Muslims to flee to neighboring Bangladesh has been slow and if there is no action it will be time to "ring the alarm bell." Christine Schraner-Burgener was responding to...

International prosecutor signals Rohingya investigation

Jun. 26, 2019 7:36 AM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The International Criminal Court's chief prosecutor says she wants to open an investigation into alleged crimes against Rohingya Muslims as they fled Myanmar and into Bangladesh. The court announced Wednesday that a panel of judges will consider whether to authorize Prosecutor...

US-China trade war, sea row in ASEAN summit spotlight

Jun. 22, 2019 3:05 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Southeast Asian leaders will commit to conclude a long-delayed regional trade pact this year despite lingering odds to fend off risks from a protracted U.S.-China trade war when they gather for a weekend summit in Thailand. The Chinese sinking of a Philippine boat, which endangered 22...