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  • Key moments in the life of Myanmar's democracy champion
    Key moments in the life of Myanmar's democracy champion Tue, Aug 25, 2015

    These are some key moments in the life of Myanmar opposition leader and democracy champion Aung San Suu Kyi: More »

  • Death of Nobel committee head who honoured Mandela
    Death of Nobel committee head who honoured Mandela Tue, Aug 25, 2015

    The former head of the Norwegian Nobel Committee which awards the Peace Prize each year, historian Francis Sejersted, has died aged 79 following a long illness, his family said Tuesday. More »

  • Myanmar's military chief says armed forces will respect vote Tue, Aug 25, 2015

    By Aung Hla Tun NAYPYITAW (Reuters) - Myanmar's powerful commander-in-chief has reiterated that the military will respect the outcome of the country's Nov. 8 election, seen as a crucial test of Myanmar's reform process. Senior General Min Aung Hlaing said that the main concern of the armed forces, known as the Tatmadaw, is that the vote is carried out fairly and that the result is respected by everyone - even if Aung San Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy (NLD) wins a majority. "We wouldn't mind even if the NLD won in the next general election, as long as it is free and fair," he told members of the Myanmar's Interim Press Council, a media support group, during a meeting on Monday. More »

  • Insight - After failed attempts to remove rival, Myanmar's president used …
    Insight - After failed attempts to remove rival, Myanmar's president used … Sun, Aug 23, 2015

    By Hnin Yadana Zaw and Simon Webb NAYPYITAW/YANGON (Reuters) - Myanmar President Thein Sein had tried and failed at least twice before to topple his arch-rival Shwe Mann, but when armed police burst into the headquarters of the country's ruling party late on Aug. 12 he finally succeeded. Police piled the mobile phones and computers from those inside on a desk and then stood by as the president's supporters met to enact an order from the president to replace Shwe Mann as chairman of the Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP). By reasserting his grip on the party Thein Sein boosted his own prospects of retaining the presidency, while dampening optimism among those inside and outside the former Burma who hope for a quickening of reforms after an election in November. More »

  • Top Asian News at 12:30 a.m. GMT Sat, Aug 22, 2015

    PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Friday declared his front-line troops in a "quasi-state of war" and ordered them to prepare for battle a day after the most serious confrontation between the rivals in years. South Korea's military on Thursday fired dozens of artillery rounds across the border in response to what Seoul said were North Korean artillery strikes meant to back up a threat to attack loudspeakers broadcasting anti-Pyongyang propaganda. More »

  • Suu Kyi says Myanmar's democracy is like malnourished child
    Suu Kyi says Myanmar's democracy is like malnourished child Fri, Aug 21, 2015

    THANLYIN, Myanmar (AP) — Opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi compared Myanmar's young democracy on Friday to a malnourished child that is unable to thrive in an environment in which politicians are more interested in personal power than the rights of the people. More »

  • Political crisis eases, slightly, ahead of Myanmar election Thu, Aug 20, 2015

    NAYPYITAW, Myanmar (AP) — Lawmakers decided Thursday to delay voting on a bill that could have resulted in the removal of parliament's embattled speaker, temporarily easing a political crisis gripping Myanmar ahead of national elections. More »

  • Ousted Myanmar ruling party boss survives parliament vote
    Ousted Myanmar ruling party boss survives parliament vote Thu, Aug 20, 2015

    By Timothy Mclaughlin and Aung Hla Tun YANGON (Reuters) - Myanmar's ousted ruling party chief narrowly survived a critical test on Thursday, when lawmakers voted to suspend discussion of a controversial bill that could have hastened his downfall amid the biggest political shake-up since the end of military rule. The vote highlighted the support in parliament for Shwe Mann, who was dramatically removed as chairman of the ruling Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) by President Thein Sein last week but remains speaker of the lower house. It's maybe the second or third time ever that the Myanmar parliament has been so split. More »

  • Shake-up in Myanmar as Suu Kyi allies with ousted ruling party boss
    Shake-up in Myanmar as Suu Kyi allies with ousted ruling party boss Tue, Aug 18, 2015

    By Hnin Yadana Zaw and Antoni Slodkowski NAYPYITAW (Reuters) - Myanmar's Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi said on Tuesday her opposition would ally with powerful ousted ruling party leader Shwe Mann, as the country's political forces re-align in the biggest shake-up since the end of military rule. President Thein Sein purged rival Shwe Mann and his allies from the Ruling Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) in dramatic fashion last week, just months before a landmark election. "It is now clear who is the enemy and who is the ally," Suu Kyi told reporters at the country's parliament, when asked if Shwe Mann's sacking had cost her an ally. More »

  • Suu Kyi concerned at Myanmar ruling party putsch
    Suu Kyi concerned at Myanmar ruling party putsch Tue, Aug 18, 2015

    Myanmar's opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi raised fears Tuesday for crucial November elections as the government tried to calm political tensions after the surprise ousting of the ruling party chief. More »

  • Myanmar's Suu Kyi says will work with purged ruling party leader Shwe M … Tue, Aug 18, 2015

    Myanmar's opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi said on Tuesday she and her party would work with ousted ruling party leader Shwe Mann. "It is now clear who is the enemy and who is the ally," Suu Kyi told reporters when asked if Shwe Mann's sacking meant she had lost an ally. More »

  • Myanmar's Suu Kyi says ruling party purge undemocratic Tue, Aug 18, 2015

    NAYPYITAW (Reuters) - The dramatic manner in which Myanmar's president sacked his ruling party's chairman last week was undemocratic, opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi said on Tuesday. "As for the happenings of the middle of the night, this is not what you expect from a working democracy," the Nobel laureate told reporters. An impeachment law that could be used to unseat sacked ruling party leader Shwe Mann from parliament was "ridiculous", she added. (Reporting by Hnin Yadana Zaw and Antoni Slodkowski; Writing by Simon Webb; Editing by Alex Richardson) More »

  • Myanmar's Suu Kyi meets ousted leader ahead of showdown in parliament
    Myanmar's Suu Kyi meets ousted leader ahead of showdown in parliament Mon, Aug 17, 2015

    By Hnin Yadana Zaw and Antoni Slodkowski NAYPYITAW (Reuters) - Myanmar's ousted ruling party chief Shwe Mann met Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi on Monday as the country's political leaders manoeuvred ahead of a showdown in parliament days after he was sacked by President Thein Sein. The president removed Shwe Mann and his allies from the leadership of the Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) last week in a dramatic shake-up of the country's political establishment three months before the first free general election in 25 years. Suu Kyi, who leads the opposition National League for Democracy (NLD) that is expected to win the vote in November, and Shwe Mann met for an hour, a ruling party parliamentarian said on condition of anonymity. More »

  • Myanmar's ousted ruling party leader meets Suu Kyi Mon, Aug 17, 2015

    YANGON (Reuters) - Myanmar's ousted ruling party leader Shwe Mann met opposition leader and Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi in the country's capital on Monday, a member of parliament for the ruling party said. President Thein Sein sacked Shwe Mann from the ruling Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) in dramatic fashion last week, in part because of his relationship with rival party leaders. Shwe Mann, who remains speaker of parliament and a USDP member, had built ties with Suu Kyi. The two met for an hour on Monday, the parliamentarian said on condition of anonymity. ... More »

  • Myanmar party chief ousted over ties to rivals, contentious bills - ministe …
    Myanmar party chief ousted over ties to rivals, contentious bills - ministe … Sat, Aug 15, 2015

    By Hnin Yadana Zaw and Antoni Slodkowski NAYPYIDAW (Reuters) - Myanmar President Thein Sein sacked Shwe Mann as ruling party chairman this week because he supported controversial bills in parliament and had ties to rival party leaders, the information minister told Reuters in an interview on Saturday. The comments by Ye Htut, who is also Thein Sein's spokesman, are the most detailed yet by the government on why Shwe Mann was ousted just three months before a general election. In a post on Facebook on Saturday, Shwe Mann said he had worked toward creating a more robust role for parliament in the nation's democracy. More »

  • US criticizes use of police in ouster of Myanmar party chief
    US criticizes use of police in ouster of Myanmar party chief Fri, Aug 14, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. policymakers are criticizing the role of Myanmar security forces in the nighttime ouster of the ruling party chief this week, which shows the fragility of political reforms as the Southeast Asian nation gears up for November elections. More »

  • Myanmar gags media linked to ousted ruling party leader
    Myanmar gags media linked to ousted ruling party leader Fri, Aug 14, 2015

    By Hnin Yadana Zaw and Antoni Slodkowski NAYPYITAW (Reuters) - Myanmar has gagged media linked to parliamentary speaker Shwe Mann after he and his allies were purged from the ruling party leadership by President Thein Sein on Thursday months ahead of a historic general election. The media crackdown comes after a heavy-handed involvement of security forces in Shwe Mann's ouster this week and will add to concern about the progress of democratic reforms, given the government's use of tactics reminiscent of military-era purges. Shwe Mann angered the military by supporting an attempt in parliament in June to amend the constitution to limit the political role of the armed forces. More »

  • Myanmar's military-backed ruling party forces out chairman
    Myanmar's military-backed ruling party forces out chairman Thu, Aug 13, 2015

    NAYPYITAW, Myanmar (AP) — In a power play ahead of general elections, Myanmar's military-backed ruling party announced the ouster Thursday of its politically popular chairman hours after security forces seized the party headquarters, preventing some members from leaving. More »

  • Party leader ousted in Myanmar power struggle. A return to junta methods? Thu, Aug 13, 2015

     Thura Shwe Mann, head of Myanmar’s military-backed ruling party and a former member of the junta that ruled until 2011, was ousted by security forces overnight in what is described as a power struggle with President Thein Sein. The move comes just three months ahead of Myanmar’s general elections, which international observers are viewing as a measure of just how much power military elites are willing to relinquish in the nation’s move toward democracy. Recommended: How much do you know about Myanmar? More »

  • Second term beckons for Myanmar president after rival ousted
    Second term beckons for Myanmar president after rival ousted Thu, Aug 13, 2015

    By Andrew R.C. Marshall BANGKOK (Reuters) - The ouster of a powerful political rival less than three months before a landmark election in Myanmar was dramatic confirmation of President Thein Sein's desire for a second term in office, analysts said. Shwe Mann was removed as chairman of the ruling Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) on Thursday after security forces surrounded its headquarters in the capital, Naypyitaw. Both Shwe Mann, long considered a presidential frontrunner, and the USDP's secretary general were replaced by Thein Sein allies. More »

  • Myanmar ruling party chief sacked in power struggle with president
    Myanmar ruling party chief sacked in power struggle with president Thu, Aug 13, 2015

    By Hnin Yadana Zaw NAPYITAW (Reuters) - Myanmar's powerful ruling party chief Shwe Mann has been ousted from his post, party members said on Thursday, apparently after losing a power struggle with President Thein Sein three months before a general election. The feud between the two old rivals became public in a dramatic way late on Wednesday evening, when security forces surrounded the vast headquarters of the ruling Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) in the capital, Naypyitaw. The United States expressed concern about the apparent use of security forces to help resolve the dispute. More »

  • Myanmar ruling party leader Shwe Mann ousted amid power struggle
    Myanmar ruling party leader Shwe Mann ousted amid power struggle Thu, Aug 13, 2015

    Shwe Mann, the leader of Myanmar's ruling Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP), has been ousted three months before the country is due to hold a general election. Shwe Mann, who was reportedly at his home at the time, has been replaced by Htay Oo, an ally of Myanmar President Thein Sein, according to the agency. The relationship between Shwe Mann and Thein Sein was understood to be tense amid disagreements over the selection of candidates for the general election in November – the first democratic polls in the country since the military handed over power to a nominally civilian government in 2011. More »

  • Head of Myanmar's ruling party removed in power struggle
    Head of Myanmar's ruling party removed in power struggle Thu, Aug 13, 2015

    The leader of Myanmar's ruling party has been removed from his post, an official said Thursday, after a shock police swoop on party headquarters that laid bare a power struggle among the country's key political players ahead of elections. More »

  • Cracks emerge in Myanmar opposition ahead of November election
    Cracks emerge in Myanmar opposition ahead of November election Wed, Aug 12, 2015

    By Aung Hla Tun YANGON (Reuters) - Myanmar's main opposition party led by Aung San Suu Kyi has expelled 10 members for protesting about the choice of candidates to run for elections in November, after several charismatic pro-democracy leaders were surprisingly excluded. The NLD has yet to say publicly why it turned down prominent public figures, who could have helped unite the party representing the main electoral threat to a government over which the military continues to hold considerable sway. It was not immediately clear why the activists, who had said they would contest the Nov. 8 ballot on an NLD ticket, were turned down. More »

  • Myanmar government, military win pre-vote plaudits for flood response
    Myanmar government, military win pre-vote plaudits for flood response Mon, Aug 10, 2015

    By Timothy Mclaughlin and Hnin Yadana Zaw YANGON (Reuters) - Myanmar's government and military have won rare praise for their handling of the country's deadly floods, helping to erase criticism over a previous disaster and possibly bolstering support before a landmark election in November. It is Myanmar's biggest natural disaster since Cyclone Nargis killed nearly 140,000 people in May 2008. Myanmar quickly appealed for foreign aid, set up shelters for flood victims and cooperated with the same international aid community shunned after Nargis. More »

  • Myanmar flood death toll tops 100, one million affected
    Myanmar flood death toll tops 100, one million affected Mon, Aug 10, 2015

    The death toll from severe flooding across Myanmar has topped 100, state media reported Monday, with nearly one million people affected as fears intensify for the country's crucial rice bowl region. More »

  • UN rights envoy says meeting with Myanmar's Rohingya blocked
    UN rights envoy says meeting with Myanmar's Rohingya blocked Sat, Aug 8, 2015

    YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — A U.N. human rights envoy said her whirlwind visit to Myanmar was marred by disappointments: She was barred from meeting long-persecuted Rohingya Muslims and talks with several senior officials were denied or canceled at the last minute. And when she met with government critics, security officials were there, quietly snapping pictures. More »

  • Top Asian News at 10:30 a.m. GMT Fri, Aug 7, 2015

    HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Friday celebrated the 20th anniversary of normalized relations between the United States and Vietnam but said ties would not reach their full potential without improvements in the communist nation's human rights record. Speaking in Hanoi, Kerry extolled the virtues of reconciling with former enemies and lauded the explosive growth in U.S.-Vietnamese trade, educational exchanges and security cooperation over the past two decades. Yet, he said concerns remained, notably over freedoms of press, speech and assembly, labor rights and political prisoners. While some progress has been made, more is needed, he said. He added that the U.S. is willing to help in those areas but that without significant positive steps, a U.S. ban on supplying lethal weaponry to Vietnam will remain in place. More »

  • Myanmar's Suu Kyi warns against flood-linked vote tampering
    Myanmar's Suu Kyi warns against flood-linked vote tampering Thu, Aug 6, 2015

    YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi expressed concern Thursday that massive flooding in much of the country might be used as a pretext to undermine November's general election. More »

  • Myanmar president urges people to leave delta as floods rise
    Myanmar president urges people to leave delta as floods rise Thu, Aug 6, 2015

    By Hnin Yadana Zaw and Aung Hla Tun YANGON (Reuters) - Myanmar's president urged people to leave a low-lying southern delta region on Thursday with rain water that has inundated much of the country flowing into the area threatening further flooding as rivers reached dangerously high levels. The widespread floods that were triggered last week by heavy monsoon rains have killed 81 people, according to Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement. President Thein Sein told people living in the Ayeyarwady delta region to seek shelter as swollen rivers rose higher. More »

  • Myanmar villagers fight floods with just sand bags and hope
    Myanmar villagers fight floods with just sand bags and hope Thu, Aug 6, 2015

    Myanmar's president called Thursday for the evacuation of low-lying areas as the Irrawaddy river threatened to breach embankments, leaving villagers with just sand bags to hold back churning waters that have hit much of the country. More »

  • Myanmar factions find common cause in fighting malaria Tue, Aug 4, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Setting aside decades of animosity and suspicion, senior Myanmar government and military officials have held unprecedented discussions with representatives of the main opposition party and ethnic minorities in Washington on fighting a common enemy — malaria. More »

  • Why is Kim Jong-un receiving a peace prize? Tue, Aug 4, 2015

    The United Nations accuses North Korea of vast human-rights abuses, but Indonesia doesn’t necessarily agree. The Southeast Asian nation is even planning to award Kim Jong-un a peace prize. A daughter of Indonesia’s founding president has confirmed on Monday that the North Korean leader will be awarded by the Sukarno Center for statesmanship, AFP reported. More »

  • Top Asian News at 7:30 a.m. GMT Tue, Aug 4, 2015

    HIROSHIMA, Japan (AP) — The crumbling brick and concrete walls of the Atomic Bomb Dome, as it is known today, rise above the Motoyasu River. The bomb so devastated Hiroshima that there are few other reminders of the city that was here seven decades ago. "I didn't want to see this place for a long time," said Kimie Mihara, a fragile but straight-backed 89-year-old. She walked slowly around the fenced-off ruin, now roofless save for the dome's skeleton. More »

  • Myanmar opposition leader Suu Kyi visits flood-hit area
    Myanmar opposition leader Suu Kyi visits flood-hit area Mon, Aug 3, 2015

    BAGO, Myanmar (AP) — Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi visited one of the country's many flood-afflicted areas Monday, raising her profile during a national disaster that has killed at least 46 people and could affect this November's general election. More »