Latest Myanmar News

Facebook's language gaps weaken screening of hate, terrorism

Oct. 25, 2021 07:16 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — As the Gaza war raged and tensions surged across the Middle East last May, Instagram briefly banned the hashtag #AlAqsa, a reference to the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem’s Old City, a flash point in the conflict. ...

ASEAN leaders hold summit with Myanmar’s general shut out

Oct. 24, 2021 21:38 PM EDT

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Southeast Asian leaders are meeting this week for their annual summit where Myanmar’s top general, whose forces seized power in February and shattered one of Asia’s most phenomenal democratic transitions, has been shut out for refusing to take steps to end...

Myanmar upset its military leader barred from regional meet

Oct. 22, 2021 15:25 PM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Myanmar's military-installed government on Friday sharply challenged a pronouncement by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations barring its leader from from attending the regional bloc's summit next week. Myanmar said the declaration, issued by...

Third bank robbed in Myanmar's largest city in three months

Oct. 22, 2021 12:06 PM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Five men robbed a bank in Yangon on Friday, in at least the third major bank heist in Myanmar's largest city in just over three months, the military-installed government said, The government blamed the previous robberies on opposition groups opposed to...

6 Rohingya die in clashes between two groups in Bangladesh

Oct. 22, 2021 04:30 AM EDT

DHAKA,Bangladesh (AP) — Two groups of Rohingya refugees clashed Friday in a camp in southern Bangladesh, leaving at least six refugees dead and 10 others injured, police said. The violence broke out in Cox’s Bazar district when one side opened fire, killing four...

UN envoy: Myanmar is now in conflict, could be failed state

Oct. 22, 2021 02:53 AM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. special envoy for Myanmar has warned that February's military takeover has led to armed conflict and if power isn’t returned to the people in a democratic way the country “will go in the direction of a failed state.” Christine...

UN envoy: Myanmar is now in conflict, could be failed state

Oct. 21, 2021 18:47 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. special envoy for Myanmar warned Thursday that the country already faces “an internal armed conflict” and if power isn’t returned to the people in a democratic way “we will go in the direction of a failed state.” Christine...

Official: US at turning point in dealing with Myanmar crisis

Oct. 21, 2021 04:42 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — The United States is at a turning point in deciding how to handle the crisis in military-ruled Myanmar, weighing further political and economic steps to pressure the government to change its behavior, a senior U.S. official said Thursday. ...

Crowds outside Myanmar's prisons greet freed detainees

Oct. 19, 2021 20:29 PM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Crowds gathered Tuesday outside prisons around Myanmar, waiting for at least a glimpse of friends and relatives who were being freed under an amnesty for people arrested for protesting against military rule. The head of the army-installed government,...

Myanmar leader says ASEAN blind to opposition's violence

Oct. 18, 2021 11:47 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — The leader of Myanmar’s military-installed government said Monday that other Southeast Asian countries should share responsibility for failing to help quell the violence that has engulfed his nation since the army seized power in February. Senior Gen....