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  • 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 »

  • Top Asian News at 5:30 a.m. GMT Sun, Aug 2, 2015

    BEIJING (AP) — Chinese authorities have announced they will close Beijing's two airports during a military parade next month to mark the anniversary of victory over Japan in World War II. Flights will be banned or diverted for three hours from 9:30 a.m. on Sept. 3. to enable the victory parade to pass off smoothly and ensure flights safety, the Civil Aviation Administration of China said in a statement Saturday. More »

  • Angelina Jolie, Suu Kyi meet women garment workers in Myanmar
    Angelina Jolie, Suu Kyi meet women garment workers in Myanmar Sat, Aug 1, 2015

    Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie met women garment workers in Myanmar on Saturday with opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi to learn more about their working conditions, as part of her first visit to the country. More »

  • Jolie, Suu Kyi visit Myanmar female factory workers
    Jolie, Suu Kyi visit Myanmar female factory workers Sat, Aug 1, 2015

    YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Angelina Jolie has joined Myanmar's opposition leader and democracy icon, Aung San Suu Kyi, in sitting down with female workers to learn more about their dire conditions. More »

  • Angelina Jolie urges justice for Myanmar's sexual violence victims
    Angelina Jolie urges justice for Myanmar's sexual violence victims Fri, Jul 31, 2015

    Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie on Friday urged Myanmar to ensure those who commit sexual violence are brought to justice after ?moving and humbling? meetings with victims in the country?s conflict-torn north. More »

  • Myanmar president not ruling out second term
    Myanmar president not ruling out second term Fri, Jul 31, 2015

    Myanmar President Thein Sein has indicated willingness to have a second five-year term in office after a parliamentary election in November, citing few younger people capable of continuing his government's reform agenda. Thein Sein, 70, will not run in the ballot due to health concerns. "With my age and with some health concerns, I want to retire... But frankly speaking, in our country, there are very few young or even middle-aged people who could steer the country in the right direction," he told Friday's Nikkei Asian Review. More »

  • Myanmar pardons nearly 7,000 prisoners
    Myanmar pardons nearly 7,000 prisoners Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    Chinese loggers and former military officials among detainees included in latest amnesty by reformist government. More »

  • Chinese loggers among thousands freed from Myanmar jails
    Chinese loggers among thousands freed from Myanmar jails Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    Myanmar announced the release of thousands of prisoners including scores of Chinese loggers on Thursday in a mass amnesty aimed at promoting "goodwill", officials said, after a series of spats between Yangon and Beijing. More »

  • Top Asian News at 2:30 a.m. GMT Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Air safety investigators have a "high degree of confidence" that aircraft debris found in the Indian Ocean is of a wing component unique to the Boeing 777, the same model as the Malaysia Airlines plane that disappeared last year, a U.S. official said Wednesday. Air safety investigators — one of them a Boeing investigator —have identified the component as a "flaperon" from the trailing edge of a 777 wing, the U.S. official said. More »

  • Suu Kyi registers for Myanmar polls as ruling party braces for losses
    Suu Kyi registers for Myanmar polls as ruling party braces for losses Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    Myanmar's opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Wednesday registered to run for a general election which her party is expected to sweep, as the ruling bloc admitted it was bracing for big losses. More »

  • Myanmar's democracy leader runs in Nov. 8 polls to keep seat
    Myanmar's democracy leader runs in Nov. 8 polls to keep seat Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    THANLYIN, Myanmar (AP) — Myanmar's democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Wednesday registered for November elections to keep her seat in parliament and challenge the ruling military-backed party. More »

  • China ire as Myanmar jails scores for illegal logging
    China ire as Myanmar jails scores for illegal logging Thu, Jul 23, 2015

    Beijing on Thursday hit out at long jail sentences handed to more than 150 Chinese nationals for illegal logging in Myanmar, in the latest tremor to shake relations between the neighbours. More »

  • Today in History Mon, Jul 20, 2015

    Today is Monday, July 20, the 201st day of 2015. There are 164 days left in the year. More »

  • Myanmar's Suu Kyi invokes father's sacrifice ahead of elections
    Myanmar's Suu Kyi invokes father's sacrifice ahead of elections Sun, Jul 19, 2015

    Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi invoked the memory of her assassinated father Sunday, describing upcoming elections as an opportunity to continue his legacy and bring real change to the former junta-ruled nation. More »

  • As polls loom, Myanmar remembers independence hero on Martyr's Day
    As polls loom, Myanmar remembers independence hero on Martyr's Day Sun, Jul 19, 2015

    By Tim McLaughlin and Hnin Yadana Zaw YANGON (Reuters) - The Myanmar public got a glimpse into one of the country's darkest moments on Sunday as visitors were given rare access to the compound where Aung San, the country's independence hero and father of opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, was killed. Aung San has remained a powerful force in Myanmar's politics in the 68 years since his death. As Myanmar heads toward a crucial election on Nov. 8, his image is poised to become a campaign tool among hopeful politicians. More »

  • Myanmar '88 student leader joins Suu Kyi's party to run in polls Sun, Jul 19, 2015

    By Aung Hla Tun YANGON (Reuters) - A leader of student protests in Myanmar in 1988 that grew into a nationwide pro-democracy movement will run in a general election in November for opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi's party, a party spokesman said on Sunday. The decision is likely to bolster the chances of Suu Kyi's party in the much-anticipated polls, the first since the end of direct military rule, as it takes on the military-backed ruling party. "Ko Ko Gyi and some other members from the '88 Generation students group will run in the next general election representing our party," Nyan Win, a spokesman for Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy (NLD), told Reuters. More »

  • Scramble to fix Myanmar's error-riddled voters roll
    Scramble to fix Myanmar's error-riddled voters roll Thu, Jul 16, 2015

    "Go and check the voters lists" is the persistent refrain of worried opposition activists on a door-to-door campaign in Myanmar, armed with copies of electoral rolls they say are riddled with errors and could deny many the chance to vote in a historic ballot. More »

  • Myanmar president undecided about seeking second term
    Myanmar president undecided about seeking second term Tue, Jul 14, 2015

    YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Myanmar President Thein Sein has not yet decided whether to pursue a second term but will base his decision on how the ruling party fares in parliamentary elections later this year, his office said Tuesday. More »

  • Myanmar's President Thein Sein says will not run for second term
    Myanmar's President Thein Sein says will not run for second term Tue, Jul 14, 2015

    By Aung Hla Tun YANGON (Reuters) - Myanmar President Thein Sein has decided not to run in a parliamentary election scheduled for Nov. 8, a senior official from his office said on Monday, citing health concerns. “The president wrote a letter to U Shwe Mann, chairman of the ruling USDP Party, that he will not run in the next general election because of his health condition,” the official told Reuters, asking not to be named. Shwe Mann, head of Myanmar's ruling political party, the Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP), held a one-on-one meeting with opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi after receiving Thein Sein’s letter on Monday afternoon, sources close to the parties said, without giving details of what they discussed. More »

  • Top Asian News at 10:00 a.m. GMT Sun, Jul 12, 2015

    BEIJING (AP) — China's official news agency said that 109 ethnic Uighurs who Thailand deported to China amid international criticism that the refugees could face persecution had been on their way to Turkey, Syria or Iraq to help wage holy war. On Thursday, Thai authorities sent back the Uighurs, who had been in Thailand for over a year and claimed to be Turkish, after determining they were Chinese. The repatriations were criticized by the U.N. refugee agency as "a flagrant violation of international law." Rights groups expressed fears that they could face torture. In Turkey's capital, Istanbul, protesters ransacked the Thai consulate to denounce the decision. More »

  • Suu Kyi says opposition to contest Myanmar election
    Suu Kyi says opposition to contest Myanmar election Sat, Jul 11, 2015

    Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi on Saturday said her opposition would participate in historic polls set for November 8, vowing the party would amend the constitution that bars her from the presidency if it wins. More »

  • Myanmar's Suu Kyi says party will run in election
    Myanmar's Suu Kyi says party will run in election Sat, Jul 11, 2015

    By Hnin Yadana Zaw YANGON (Reuters) - Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi said on Saturday her party would contest a national election in November, ending months of uncertainty about its participation in a vote that will be crucial for the scope of the country's reforms. Nobel laureate Suu Kyi has laid the groundwork for running in the Nov. 8 parliamentary poll, but her National League for Democracy (NLD) had held out until now to commit to a ballot that is being billed as Myanmar's first legitimate election in 25 years. "This decision to run in the election was made to continue the unfinished democratisation process for the country," Suu Kyi told a news conference in the capital Naypyitaw. More »

  • Myanmar opposition to run in November polls despite doubts
    Myanmar opposition to run in November polls despite doubts Sat, Jul 11, 2015

    NAYPYITAW, Myanmar (AP) — The Myanmar opposition party led by Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi announced Saturday it will contest the general election on Nov. 8 despite misgivings about transparency, in an effort to challenge the ruling military-backed party. More »

  • Senator: No US trade benefits for Myanmar before election Thu, Jul 9, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States should not provide trade benefits to Myanmar until after November parliamentary elections that will signal the state of political reform in the former pariah state, the Senate leader said Thursday. More »

  • Myanmar president vows 'free and fair' elections
    Myanmar president vows 'free and fair' elections Thu, Jul 9, 2015

    Myanmar's president Thursday reaffirmed his vow to hold a "free and fair" election after the country set the date for what many hope will be the most democratic vote in a generation for the former junta-run nation. More »

  • Myanmar sets date for election that may define scope of reform
    Myanmar sets date for election that may define scope of reform Wed, Jul 8, 2015

    By Hnin Yadana Zaw and Timothy Mclaughlin YANGON (Reuters) - Myanmar will hold a general election on Nov. 8, its election commission said on Wednesday, its first nationwide ballot since the end of direct military rule and a vote that could decide the scope of the country's reforms. The election comes at a critical time for Myanmar, which has undergone major changes since shifting to a quasi-civilian system in 2011 but is now seeing tensions between rival forces vying for power after an unprecedented period of reform. The Nov. 8 date was confirmed by Nyunt Tin, a director of the Union Election Commission (UEC), when contacted by Reuters. More »

  • Myanmar to hold general election on November 8
    Myanmar to hold general election on November 8 Wed, Jul 8, 2015

    Myanmar on Wednesday set November 8 as the date for a historic general election, expected to be the first contested by Aung San Suu Kyi's opposition in a quarter of a century. More »

  • Timeline of major political events in Myanmar
    Timeline of major political events in Myanmar Wed, Jul 8, 2015

    As Myanmar announces November 8 as the date for a historic general election, set to be the first contested by Aung San Suu Kyi's opposition in a quarter of a century, here is a chronology of key recent political events in the nation: More »

  • Election seen as crucial step for Myanmar set for Nov. 8
    Election seen as crucial step for Myanmar set for Nov. 8 Wed, Jul 8, 2015

    YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — A general election seen as a crucial next step for Myanmar's transition to democracy has been scheduled for Nov. 8. More »

  • In Myanmar, ethnic loyalties could crimp Suu Kyi's party
    In Myanmar, ethnic loyalties could crimp Suu Kyi's party Wed, Jul 8, 2015

    By Aubrey Belford TAUNGGYI, Myanmar (Reuters) - Political parties representing Myanmar's ethnic minorities could pick up a sizeable number of seats at general elections later this year, presenting a stumbling block for the ambitions of democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi and her party. Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy (NLD) is looking to become a dominant force in parliament after the November elections, taking over the reins of a military-initiated reform process that is now seen as stalled. Myanmar does not have opinion polls, but analysts widely believe the NLD will prevail over the ruling, pro-military Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) of President Thein Sein in the country's heartland, home to the majority Bama ethnic group. More »

  • Myanmar: Still locking up political prisoners
    Myanmar: Still locking up political prisoners Sun, Jul 5, 2015

    Despite reforms, lifting of sanctions and 'opening', political activists in Myanmar continue to face arrests. More »

  • Myanmar fisherman goes home after 22 years as a slave
    Myanmar fisherman goes home after 22 years as a slave Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    All he did was ask to go home. The last time the Burmese slave made the same request, he was beaten almost to death. But after being gone eight years and forced to work on a boat in faraway Indonesia, ... More »

  • Professor Stephen Hawking to deliver Reith Lecture
    Professor Stephen Hawking to deliver Reith Lecture Tue, Jun 30, 2015

    Listeners will be able to suggest questions in advance for Professor Hawking, whose life was recently dramatised in an Oscar-winning film, to answer. More »

  • Hawking to deliver Reith Lecture
    Hawking to deliver Reith Lecture Mon, Jun 29, 2015

    Professor Stephen Hawking will deliver the BBC's flagship Reith Lecture this year - on the subject of black holes. More »

  • AP Analysis: Trade victory boosts Obama in Asia Sun, Jun 28, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A legislative victory on trade this past week has given a vital boost to President Barack Obama's effort to deepen U.S. engagement in the Asia-Pacific region. His administration also navigated worrying tensions with China by stressing at high-level talks in Washington how the two powers can cooperate on issues of global concern, like climate change. More »