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Myanmar army ruler takes prime minister’s role, pledges elections

YANGON: Myanmar’s military ruler Min Aung Hlaing has taken on the role of prime minister in a newly formed caretaker government, state media reported, six months after the army seized power from a civilian government. In a speech on Sunday,

UN calls for preventing flow of arms into Myanmar

NEW YORK: The UN General Assembly took the rare step of calling on member states to “prevent the flow of arms” into Myanmar, part of a non-binding resolution condemning the military coup in the violence-wrecked country. The resolution — which

Myanmar junta set to start trial of Suu Kyi since coup

YANGON: The trial of Myanmar’s ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi was set to start on Monday, as the junta that overthrew her elected government rejected criticism by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights over its use of deadly

Myanmar junta hits Suu Kyi with corruption charges

YANGON: The Myanmar junta has hit deposed civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi with corruption charges over claims she accepted illegal payments of gold and more than half a million dollars in cash, state media reported. The country has been

UN special rapporteur for Myanmar warns of ‘mass deaths’ in Kayah State

A United Nations rights expert has warned of mass deaths from starvation, disease, and exposure in eastern Myanmar after brutal, indiscriminate attacks by the military in Kayah State. Tom Andrews, the UN special rapporteur for Myanmar, called for urgent international

Myanmar protesters march three months after coup

YANGON: Protesters against military rule marched in Myanmar on Saturday three months after a coup ended a democratic transition, with several small blasts which a United Nations envoy warned could bring state administration to a halt. The military has tried

Myanmar security forces kill over 80 protesters

YANGON: Myanmar security forces fired rifle grenades at protesters in a town near Yangon, killing more than 80 people, the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP) monitoring group said. Details of the death toll in the town of Bago, 90

Myanmar security forces kill 15 protesters, junta leader blames opposition

YANGON: Troops in Myanmar opened fire on pro-democracy protesters, killing at least 15 people and wounding dozens, the latest victims of a campaign to crush opposition to the ruling military junta. Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, leader of the army

Myanmar protestors take up Easter eggs, junta hunts celebrities

YANGON: Opponents of military rule in Myanmar inscribed messages of protest on Easter eggs on Sunday, while others were back on the streets facing off with security forces after a night of candle-lit vigils for hundreds killed since the military

India draws criticism for deporting Rohingya girl to Myanmar

NEW DELHI: A 14-year-old Rohingya Muslim girl has been taken to a border town in northeastern India for deportation to Myanmar, as the UN refugee agency and rights groups pressed to halt the process. Tens of thousands of Rohingya, who

UN Security Council ‘strongly’ condemns Myanmar violence

NEW YORK: The UN Security Council on Thursday (April 1) “strongly condemned” the deaths of hundreds of civilians in Myanmar, in a unanimous statement watered down by China after two days of tough negotiations. “Members of the Security Council expressed

UN special envoy warns of ‘imminent bloodbath’ in Myanmar

NEW YORK: United Nations special envoy on Myanmar Christine Schraner Burgener told a session of the UN Security Council that “a bloodbath is imminent” because of the military’s intensified crackdown on anti-coup protesters. Schraner Burgener told a closed session of

Myanmar bloodshed ‘absolutely outrageous’: US President Biden

WASHINGTON: US President Joe Biden decried the bloodshed unleashed against anti-coup protesters in Myanmar as “absolutely outrageous,” after security forces killed more than 100 people including at least seven children. Myanmar has been in turmoil since the military ousted and

At least 114 killed in bloodiest day since Myanmar coup

YANGON: Across Myanmar, opponents of the ruling junta on Sunday mourned the killings of at least 114 people by security forces in the bloodiest day since the military coup, but vowed to keep protesting to end army rule. Children were

‘You could be shot in the head’: Myanmar’s junta warns anti-coup protesters

YANGON: The leader of Myanmar’s ruling junta said on Saturday that the military will protect the people and strive for democracy, as protesters called for a huge show of defiance against last month’s coup despite warnings they risked being shot.

EU imposes sanctions on Myanmar military generals

YANGON: The European Union has imposed sanctions on 11 people linked to last month’s military coup in Myanmar as acts of defiance against the military junta continue despite the regime’s violent and increasingly deadly pushback.    The sanctions marked the 27-nation

At least 39 protestors killed in Myanmar as Chinese factories burn

YANGON: Security forces killed at least 22 anti-coup protesters in the industrial Hlaingthaya suburb of Myanmar’s main city on Sunday after Chinese-financed factories were set ablaze there, an advocacy group said. A further 16 protesters were killed in other places,

US imposes sanctions on children of Myanmar’s military leader

WASHINGTON: The United States imposed sanctions on two children of Myanmar’s military leader Min Aung Hlaing and six companies they control in response to the military coup and the killing of protesters since the takeover. The US Treasury Department said

‘Shoot me instead’: Myanmar nun pleads with military forces

YANGON: Kneeling before them in the dust of a northern Myanmar city, Sister Ann Rose Nu Tawng begged a group of heavily armed police officers to spare “the children” and take her life instead. The image of the Catholic nun

38 dead in Myanmar’s ‘bloodiest’ day since coup

YANGON: At least 38 people died on Wednesday in the “bloodiest” day of Myanmar’s crisis, the United Nations said, as the military junta defied growing international condemnation of its coup with a violent crackdown. Myanmar has been in turmoil since

Myanmar forces fire on anti-coup protests

NEW YORK: Britain has called for the UN Security Council to meet on Friday as security forces in Myanmar have steadily stepped up their use of violence against anti-coup demonstrators. Authorities fired live rounds and tear gas at protesters again

Myanmar’s UN envoy fired for denouncing junta

NEW YORK: Myanmar’s junta fired its United Nations ambassador for breaking ranks to denounce the military’s ouster of civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi, as police stepped up a crackdown on protesters across the country. Myanmar’s ambassador to the United

Myanmar envoy urges UN to stop military coup

NEW YORK: Myanmar’s UN envoy urged the United Nations to use “any means necessary” to stop a military coup there, making a surprise appeal on behalf of the ousted government. The country has been in crisis since the army seized

World community denounces killing of two protesters in Myanmar

MYANMAR: International condemnation of Myanmar’s military rulers is growing after security forces opened fire on anti-coup protesters in Mandalay, killing at least two people and hurting several others. United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said, “I condemn the use of deadly

UN warns Myanmar against harsh response to protesters

WASHINGTON: The United Nations special envoy has warned Myanmar’s army of “severe consequences” for any harsh response to protesters demonstrating against the coup in a call with the military leadership, a UN spokesman said. Despite the deployment of armoured vehicles

Myanmar army deploys troops after fresh protests

YANGON: Myanmar’s junta cut the nation’s internet and deployed extra troops around the country on Monday as fears built of a widespread crackdown on anti-coup protests and defiant demonstrators again took to the streets. The military has steadily escalated efforts

Myanmar military raids Suu Kyi’s party offices, UN slams violence

YANGON: Myanmar’s military raided the Yangon headquarters of ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s party late on Tuesday, as the United States joined the UN in “strongly” condemning violence against protesters demanding a return to democracy. The latest assault on

New Zealand suspends all political and military ties with Myanmar

New Zealand has announced the suspension of all high-level political and military ties with Myanmar. According to a report by a foreign news agency, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said in a press conference that New Zealand will also

Myanmar anti-coup protesters defy warnings from army

YANGON: Anti-coup protesters defied warnings from Myanmar’s generals and rallied on Tuesday for a fourth straight day after the military imposed a ban on gatherings at flashpoint sites. Junta chief General Min Aung Hlaing made a televised speech on Monday

Myanmar police file charges against Aung San Suu Kyi after coup

YANGON: Myanmar police have filed charges against ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi for illegally importing communications equipment and she will be detained until February 15 for investigations. The move followed a military coup on Monday and the detention of