Latest Myanmar News

World Bank: Myanmar economy to grow 3%, dragged by conflict

Jan. 30, 2023 03:46 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — Myanmar’s economy grew 3% last year and will likely achieve the same pace in 2023, but still lags far behind where it stood before the army seized power in early 2021, the World Bank said in a report released Monday. The global development agency estimates...

Myanmar's military government enacts new political party law

Jan. 27, 2023 21:25 PM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — Myanmar’s military-controlled government has enacted a new law on registration of political parties that will make it difficult for opposition groups to mount a serious challenge to army-backed candidates in a general election set to take place later this year. The...

Myanmar opium cultivation surged 33% amid violence, UN finds

Jan. 26, 2023 20:17 PM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — The production of opium in Myanmar has flourished since the military's seizure of power, with the cultivation of poppies up by a third in the past year as eradication efforts have dropped off and the faltering economy has led more people toward the drug trade, according to a United...

Rights group files suit in Germany against Myanmar military

Jan. 24, 2023 01:32 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — A human rights group and 16 people from Myanmar have filed a criminal complaint in Germany seeking punishment of Myanmar's generals for genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity they alleged were committed in that country after their 2021 government takeover and during a...

Myanmar opposition attacks military's population survey

Jan. 23, 2023 09:44 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — Myanmar’s pro-democracy resistance forces have attacked military government personnel conducting a population survey, in an attempt to disrupt preparations for an election later this year that they consider illegitimate. Units of the People’s Defense Force, the...

Biden-McConnell: Personally mismatched, professionally bound

Jan. 18, 2023 15:53 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — When Joe Biden stepped to the lectern in the shadow of the Brent Spence Bridge in northern Kentucky this month, he couldn't stop showering praise on the state's senior Republican senator, who had fought to repair the ramshackle span for decades. It was quite a...

Report: Myanmar arms industry growing after army takeover

Jan. 16, 2023 04:22 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — Companies from at least 13 countries have helped Myanmar build up its capacity to produce weapons that are being used to commit atrocities following a 2021 military takeover, independent international experts have found. The report released Monday by the Special...

Relief groups say 5 die as Myanmar airstrikes hit churches

Jan. 14, 2023 03:18 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — Airstrikes by Myanmar’s military on two villages inhabited largely by ethnic Karen killed five civilians, including a mother and her 2-year-old daughter, and destroyed two churches, two relief organizations said Friday. The dead from the airstrikes on Thursday also...

UN chief: Rule of law risks becoming `Rule of Lawlessness'

Jan. 12, 2023 21:52 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned Thursday that the rule of law is at grave risk of becoming “the Rule of Lawlessness,” pointing to a host of unlawful actions across the globe from Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and coups in Africa’s Sahel region to North...

Rights group: Litany of crises in 2022 but also good signs

Jan. 12, 2023 05:32 AM EST

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Widespread opposition to Russia's invasion of Ukraine demonstrates the strength of a unified response against human rights abuses, and there are signs that power is shifting as people take to the streets to demonstrate their dissatisfaction in Iran, China and elsewhere,...