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ASEAN ministers pick Brunei diplomat as envoy to Myanmar

Aug. 04, 2021 17:56 PM EDT

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Southeast Asian foreign ministers on Wednesday picked Brunei Second Foreign Minister Erywan Yusof as their special envoy to Myanmar, in a breakthrough for regional mediation aimed at ending the country's deepening crisis after months of delay. ...

China orders mass testing in Wuhan as COVID outbreak spreads

Aug. 03, 2021 23:41 PM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China suspended flights and trains, canceled professional basketball league games and announced mass coronavirus testing in Wuhan, as widening outbreaks of the delta variant reached the city where the disease was first detected in late 2019. While the...

Diplomats: ASEAN waiting on Myanmar approval of envoy

Aug. 03, 2021 03:17 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Southeast Asia’s top diplomats have tentatively chosen a special envoy to help deal with the violent political crisis gripping Myanmar but must wait on approval from the military-ruled nation’s leaders before announcing it, two diplomats said Tuesday. ...

UN calls Myanmar military actions moves away from democracy

Aug. 02, 2021 16:16 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations on Monday called the Myanmar military’s election delay and extension of the state of emergency a move in the wrong direction from international calls for the restoration of democracy. Six months after seizing power from the...

ASEAN diplomats discussing crisis envoy, aid to Myanmar

Aug. 02, 2021 00:55 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Southeast Asia’s top diplomats were meeting Monday to appoint a special envoy to help deal with the political crisis and violence gripping Myanmar and finalize an emergency plan to help control a coronavirus outbreak that many fear is spiraling out of control in...

Refugees pushed to back of the line amid vaccine shortages

Aug. 02, 2021 00:09 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — Salimullah, a Rohingya refugee, has been living in the Indian capital of New Delhi since 2013 when he fled violence in Myanmar. Stateless, and now homeless after a fire razed his camp, the 35-year-old lives in a tent with as many as 10 other people at a time. ...

Myanmar military extends emergency, promises vote in 2 years

Aug. 01, 2021 09:49 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Six months after seizing power from the elected government, Myanmar’s military leader on Sunday declared himself prime minister and said he would lead the country under the extended state of emergency until elections are held in about two years. “We...

Residents: Myanmar leaders use pandemic as political weapon

Jul. 30, 2021 08:35 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — With coronavirus deaths rising in Myanmar, allegations are growing from residents and human rights activists that the military government, which seized control in February, is using the pandemic to consolidate power and crush opposition. In the last week,...

US urges UN Council to press Myanmar to return to democracy

Jul. 29, 2021 19:26 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A senior U.S. diplomat urged the U.N. Security Council on Thursday to press Myanmar’s military to stop violence and restore democracy, warning that with COVID-19 surging and hunger increasing, “the longer we delay, the more people die.” ...

Strong, shallow earthquake shakes northern Myanmar

Jul. 29, 2021 05:52 AM EDT

CHIANG MAI, Thailand (AP) — A strong, shallow earthquake shook northern Myanmar on Thursday and was felt as far away as northern Thailand. The U.S. Geological Survey said the magnitude 5.5 quake occurred north of Mandalay about 46 kilometers (28 miles) northeast of...