Latest Myanmar News

Many in Myanmar consider fleeing to Thailand to escape conscription into an army they despise

Feb. 24, 2024 03:43 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — Thwel, a 25-year-old schoolteacher, saw very few options left to her after Myanmar’s military announced it is implementing conscription to fill its ranks. “As a person living in this country, I only have two options: to go abroad illegally or die here,” Thwel...

Feds accuse alleged Japanese crime boss of conspiring to traffic nuclear material

Feb. 22, 2024 11:25 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A leader of a Japan-based crime syndicate conspired to traffic uranium and plutonium from Myanmar in the belief that Iran would use it to make nuclear weapons, U.S. prosecutors alleged Wednesday. Takeshi Ebisawa, 60, and his confederates showed samples of nuclear...

Indians living along the border with strife-torn Myanmar protest restrictions on movement

Feb. 21, 2024 07:52 AM EST

GUWAHATI, India (AP) — Hundreds of people living in a remote northeastern Indian state bordering strife-torn Myanmar on Wednesday protested the Indian government’s decision to scrap a limited free border movement between the countries. India and Myanmar until now had allowed...

Myanmar will start drafting 5,000 people a month into the military soon. Some think of fleeing

Feb. 14, 2024 20:25 PM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — Myanmar’s military government on Wednesday said it will draft 60,000 young men and women yearly for military service under its newly activated conscription law, with call-ups beginning after the April festival marking the country’s traditional New Year. The...

Facing setbacks against resistance forces, Myanmar's military government activates conscription law

Feb. 12, 2024 03:06 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — Myanmar’s military government on Saturday activated for the first time a decade-old conscription law that makes young men and women subject to at least two years of military service if called up, effective immediately. The announcement of the measure on state television amounts...

Thailand says deliveries of humanitarian aid to war-wracked Myanmar are expected to start soon

Feb. 08, 2024 11:40 AM EST

MAE SOT, Thailand (AP) — Thailand expects to open up a humanitarian corridor in about a month to deliver aid to suffering civilians in war-torn Myanmar, Thai Foreign Minister Parnpree Bahiddha-Nukara said Thursday after inspecting the planned staging area in the northern Thai province of Tak. ...

340 Myanmar troops flee into Bangladesh during fighting with armed ethnic group

Feb. 08, 2024 10:08 AM EST

NEW DELHI (AP) — About 340 members of Myanmar's Border Guard Police and soldiers have fled into Bangladesh during fighting with an ethnic minority army, Bangladesh's foreign minister said Thursday. Hasan Mahmud said 340 security personnel had entered Bangladesh by Wednesday. He...

9 UN Security Council members urge a halt to airstrikes by Myanmar's military

Feb. 06, 2024 01:44 AM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Nine members of the United Nations Security Council condemned “indiscriminate” airstrikes by Myanmar's military against civilians before an envoy briefed the council Monday as part of regional efforts to implement a peace plan that has so far been largely ineffective. ...

For the first time, Myanmar forces flee into Bangladesh during fighting with an ethnic armed group

Feb. 05, 2024 13:57 PM EST

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — More than 100 members of Myanmar’s Border Guard Police have fled their posts and taken shelter in Bangladesh to escape fighting between Myanmar security forces and an ethnic minority army, an official with Bangladesh's border agency said Monday. It is the...

More than 100 Rohingya flee a Malaysian detention center

Feb. 02, 2024 02:19 AM EST

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — More than 100 Rohingya immigrants have escaped from a detention center in Malaysia after a protest, with one confirmed killed in a road accident, officials said Friday. This was the second time in two years that such a breakout occurred. In 2022, 528...