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Myanmar's military blames technical fault for crash of fighter jet on training flight

Feb. 29, 2024 12:01 PM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — A Myanmar fighter jet crashed and burned on Thursday in the countryside of the central Magway region due to what was described as a technical fault during training maneuvers, state television MRTV reported. The crash took place shortly after noon and the pilot was...

Many in Myanmar consider fleeing to Thailand to escape conscription into an army they despise

Feb. 24, 2024 03:43 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — Thwel, a 25-year-old schoolteacher, saw very few options left to her after Myanmar’s military announced it is implementing conscription to fill its ranks. “As a person living in this country, I only have two options: to go abroad illegally or die here,” Thwel...

Myanmar will start drafting 5,000 people a month into the military soon. Some think of fleeing

Feb. 14, 2024 20:25 PM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — Myanmar’s military government on Wednesday said it will draft 60,000 young men and women yearly for military service under its newly activated conscription law, with call-ups beginning after the April festival marking the country’s traditional New Year. The...

Facing setbacks against resistance forces, Myanmar's military government activates conscription law

Feb. 12, 2024 03:06 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — Myanmar’s military government on Saturday activated for the first time a decade-old conscription law that makes young men and women subject to at least two years of military service if called up, effective immediately. The announcement of the measure on state television amounts...

Thailand says deliveries of humanitarian aid to war-wracked Myanmar are expected to start soon

Feb. 08, 2024 11:40 AM EST

MAE SOT, Thailand (AP) — Thailand expects to open up a humanitarian corridor in about a month to deliver aid to suffering civilians in war-torn Myanmar, Thai Foreign Minister Parnpree Bahiddha-Nukara said Thursday after inspecting the planned staging area in the northern Thai province of Tak. ...

9 UN Security Council members urge a halt to airstrikes by Myanmar's military

Feb. 06, 2024 01:44 AM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Nine members of the United Nations Security Council condemned “indiscriminate” airstrikes by Myanmar's military against civilians before an envoy briefed the council Monday as part of regional efforts to implement a peace plan that has so far been largely ineffective. ...

AP Week in Pictures: Asia

Feb. 01, 2024 23:55 PM EST

Jan. 26-Feb. 1, 2024 This photo gallery highlights some of the most compelling images in the Asia-Pacific region made or published by The Associated Press in the past week. Republic Day parade celebrations were held across India. A protest in Bangkok marked the...

Myanmar resistance movement senses the tide is turning against the military 3 years after takeover

Feb. 01, 2024 05:22 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — When the army overthrew Myanmar's elected government on Feb. 1, 2021, it looked like a walkover that could entrench the military in power indefinitely. Three years later, a poorly armed grassroots resistance movement has shaken the military’s grip in a modern-day David vs....

Vise tightening on Myanmar's economy 3 years after military takeover triggered civil strife

Feb. 01, 2024 00:33 AM EST

BANGKOK, Thailand (AP) — Myanmar was a rising star in Southeast Asia before its military seized power three years ago in a takeover that has brought civil strife and a tightening vise of international sanctions, undoing years of progress and leaving the economy 10% smaller than it was in 2019. ...

Myanmar's resistance forces suggest terms for the military's eventual handover of power

Jan. 31, 2024 22:44 PM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — Myanmar’s leading resistance group and allied ethnic armed groups battling the military government on Wednesday released a political road map to ending military rule and enabling a peaceful transition of power, saying they were open to peace talks with the army if it accepted...