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Lawyer says US journalist in Myanmar jail seems disheartened

Sep. 20, 2021 20:46 PM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — U.S. journalist Danny Fenster, imprisoned in Myanmar for almost four months while awaiting trial, appeared disheartened during a court hearing Monday, his lawyer said. Fenster has been charged with incitement — spreading inflammatory information — an...

Myanmar court sets Oct. 1 for Suu Kyi corruption trial

Sep. 17, 2021 07:14 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — A trial of Myanmar’s ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi on corruption charges is set to begin on Oct. 1, a member of her legal team said Friday. Lawyer Khin Maung Zaw said a judge declared the trial would be held at the Special Court in the capital...

Myanmar court moves venue for secrets trial of Australian

Sep. 14, 2021 06:01 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — A court in Myanmar has agreed to change the venue for the trial of an Australian economist and adviser to ousted Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi on charges of violating the nation’s official secrets law, lawyers said Tuesday. Sean Turnell was charged...

Myanmar court extends pre-trial detention of US journalist

Sep. 06, 2021 14:07 PM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — A court in Myanmar on Monday extended the pre-trial detention of Danny Fenster, an American journalist in the military-led Southeast Asian nation who was arrested in May. Fenster was detained at Yangon International Airport on May 24, as he was about to...

Family vows to win freedom of US journalist held in Myanmar

Aug. 31, 2021 16:24 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — The parents and brother of an American journalist who has been detained in Myanmar for 100 days vowed Tuesday to never stop working to secure his release. Danny Fenster, 37, is managing editor of Frontier Myanmar, an independent online news outlet based...

5 people jump from Myanmar building to escape police; 2 die

Aug. 11, 2021 06:20 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Five people jumped from an apartment building in Yangon, Myanmar's largest city, to escape government security forces who were raiding the building, and at least two died, according to government and media reports Wednesday. During the raid on Tuesday...

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,...

Groups say Myanmar journalists in peril amid crackdown

Jul. 28, 2021 09:54 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Journalists in Myanmar face extreme peril as the military-controlled government cracks down on independent reporting, human rights and media advocates say. The government installed by the military in a Feb. 1 takeover has criminalized many aspects of...

Myanmar prisoners protest military with chants, songs

Jul. 23, 2021 04:27 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Prisoners inside Myanmar’s most notorious jail held a protest Friday, singing popular songs opposing the military government and chanting political slogans, according to nearby residents and to video uploaded to social media. One video showed a street...

Death rates soar in Southeast Asia as virus wave spreads

Jul. 22, 2021 10:48 AM EDT

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Indonesia has converted nearly its entire oxygen production to medical use just to meet the demand from COVID-19 patients struggling to breathe. Overflowing hospitals in Malaysia had to resort to treating patients on the floor. And in Myanmar’s largest city,...