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Blasts in Myanmar's biggest city kill 2, destroy army truck

Jun. 18, 2021 12:31 PM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — At least two explosions on Friday rocked a neighborhood in Myanmar’s biggest city, killing two people, destroying a military truck and damaging a taxi in what appeared to be a serious escalation of violence between the country’s military rulers and their pro-democracy...

Myanmar extends detention of US journalist Danny Fenster

Jun. 18, 2021 00:16 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — A court in Myanmar extended the detention of American journalist Danny Fenster for another two weeks Thursday, while the U.S. State Department urged that it be granted consular access to him. Online news and business magazine Frontier Myanmar, where...

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...

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,...

US seeks freedom for 2 American journalists in Myanmar

Jun. 02, 2021 12:45 PM EDT

BANGKOK, Thailand (AP) — A U.S. State Department official called on Wednesday for the immediate release of two American journalists who were arrested by Myanmar's military junta. Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman said the arrests of Danny Fenster and Nathan Maung...

Family hopes for return of US journalist detained in Myanmar

May. 28, 2021 20:04 PM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — The mother of a journalist detained in Myanmar says she and the family “just want him here” in Michigan. “It was a total visceral reaction, gut, visceral, numbing, nauseating, tearful, helpless feeling," Rose Fenster said, describing how she felt...

American journalist working for Myanmar magazine detained

May. 24, 2021 16:51 PM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — An American journalist working for a news magazine in Myanmar was detained Monday by the authorities there, his employers said. Frontier Myanmar, which publishes in both English and Burmese and also online, said on Twitter that Danny Fenster, its managing...

Myanmar's Suu Kyi makes first in-person court appearance

May. 24, 2021 15:18 PM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Myanmar’s ousted leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, appeared in court in person on Monday for the first time since the military arrested her when it seized power on Feb. 1. Myanmar state television MRTV broadcast on its evening news program the first photo of...

Japan reporter freed from Myanmar says inmates were abused

May. 21, 2021 04:22 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — A Japanese journalist who was freed from a Myanmar prison said Friday that military and police interrogators repeatedly asked him about his friends, clients and made-up allegations. Yuki Kitazumi, a freelance journalist and a former reporter for Japan’s...

Myanmar frees Japanese journalist as gesture to Tokyo

May. 15, 2021 12:14 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — An arrested Japanese reporter returned home Friday after being released by Myanmar's ruling junta in what it called a gesture of friendship to Japan. Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi said Yuki Kitazumi was released after efforts by Japanese...