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Rohingya activist urges companies to stop investing in Myanmar

Foreign companies need to stop investing in Myanmar in order to stop the country's discrimination against its Muslim minority Rohingya, a prominent Myanmar activist said Tuesday.

Malaysian aid flotilla arrives in Myanmar, awaited by protesters

An aid flotilla from Malaysia carrying humanitarian aid for the Rohingya Muslim minority arrived at Yangon port on Thursday afternoon only to be met by protesters. 

UN rapporteur investigates conflict zone in Myanmar's Rakhine State

UN special rapporteur on human rights Yanghee Lee on Saturday visited the conflict zone in Myanmar's northern Rakhine State where the military allegedly has been committing human rights abuses against the Muslim minority Rohingya for months now.

Thousands trapped in conflict in Myanmar's north, NGO says

Around 4,000 Burmese civilians have been stopped from seeking shelter in neighbouring China by Chinese soldiers after they attempted to flee local fighting, a non-governmental organization said Friday.

UN: 22,000 refugees fled Myanmar to Bangladesh in last week

At least 22,000 Rohingya fled Myanmar's conflict-torn Rakhine State in the previous week to seek refuge in neighbouring Bangladesh, the United Nations said Monday.

HRW says Myanmar's military burned down Rohingya houses

Myanmar's military burned down at least 1500 houses belonging to the Rohingya minority in conflict-torn Rakhine State, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said Tuesday.

Death toll rises to 11 in Myanmar's northern Shan State conflict

A civilian has been shot dead amid clashes between the Burmese army and ethnic rebels in eastern Myanmar, state media reported on Friday, bringing the number of civilians killed to 11 since fighting broke out in the area last weekend.

Three "handmade" bombs explode in Yangon supermarket: police

Three "handmade" bombs exploded in a supermarket in Myanmar's commercial capital Yangon on Sunday, according to police. 

UN warns of human rights abuses in Myanmar's Rakhine conflict

Aid needs to be allowed into Myanmar's Rakhine state, an area that has become a sealed-off conflict zone, warned the office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees Friday as it expressed serious concern about the humanitarian situation there. 

Myanmar military makes arrests after deadly clashes in Rakhine state

Myanmar's army arrested 31 people following deadly clashes on the weekend in the restive state of Rakhine, home to the Muslim Rohingya minority, state media reported Tuesday.

New clashes in Myanmar's restive Rakhine State leave eight dead

Eight people were killed in a new outbreak of violence in western Myanmar, state media reported on Sunday, in what are the most severe clashes since a conflict erupted in the region one month ago when armed militants attacked two border guard posts.

Aung San Suu Kyi's party no longer fears Myanmar military backlash

A year after Myanmar's landmark democratic elections ending military rule, Aung San Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy says it is no longer afraid of a backlash by the army.

First case of Zika virus discovered in Myanmar

Authorities confirmed the first case of the mosquito-borne Zika virus in Myanmar, according to a statement from the Ministry of Health. 

Death toll of ferry accident in Myanmar rises to 45, 80 still missing

The number of dead after a weekend ferry accident in north-western Myanmar has risen to 45, according to officials on Wednesday. 

Search still on for survivors; 25 dead in Myanmar ferry accident

Rescue efforts are under way in north-western Myanmar Monday after a weekend ferry accident that claimed at least 25 lives, according to officials.

Civilians evacuated from crisis zone in Western Myanmar

Unrest in Myanmar's western Rakhine State is forcing hundreds to flee the crisis zone, with state media reporting on Friday that the army evacuated almost 200 civilians from the area in helicopters.

Myanmar sentences Dutchman to prison for religious insult

A Dutch tourist who was detained by police in Myanmar after he shut down a broadcast of a Buddhist sermon was sentenced to three months in prison on Wednesday.

Blast at US embassy in Yangon linked to safety drill

A small explosion at the US embassy in Myanmar's commercial capital Yangon on Sunday was linked to a safety drill, police said, adding that there were no injuries.

Myanmar still needs US sanctions, says John Kerry

US Secretary of State John Kerry said Sunday that Washington's decision to maintain sanctions on Myanmar will help strengthen reforms in the south-east Asian country that started moving away from direct military rule and isolation in 2011.

Aung San Suu Kyi: from hero's daughter to Myanmar leadership

Members of Myanmar's older generation remember the death of Aung San the way Americans over a certain age can recall where they were when US President John F Kennedy was shot.

Magnitude 6.9 earthquake strikes north-west Myanmar

A magnitude 6.9 earthquake struck Myanmar late Wednesday, according to the United States Geological Survey. 

Myanmar releases political prisoners, student protesters, in amnesty

Myanmar began releasing political prisoners on Friday, a day after newly appointed state counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi said all remaining detainees held for political reasons would be set free.

Suu Kyi consolidates power in Myanmar with new post

Aung San Suu Kyi consolidated her power in the new Myanmar government Tuesday, as the parliament created a post of state counsellor specifically for her.

Aung San Suu Kyi takes multiple ministries in new government

Aung San Suu Kyi takes multiple ministries, including foreign affairs, in Myanmar's incoming government, in a ceremony in the parliament in Naypyitaw.

Htin Kyaw sworn in as Myanmar president

New President Htin Kyaw and two vice presidents have taken the oath of office in Myanmar, starting the formal transfer of power to the first civilian-led government in over five decades.

Myanmar nationalists demonstrate against Suu Kyi presidency bid

Hundreds of demonstrators in Yangon Sunday protested against tweaking the constitution to allow opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi to become the next head of state.