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Myanmar: Country in Southeast Asia
Myanmar or Burma, officially the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, is a country in Southeast Asia. Myanmar is bordered by Bangladesh and India to its northwest, China to its northeast, Laos and Thailand to its east and southeast, and the Andaman Sea and the Bay of Bengal to its south and southwest. With a size of 676,578 square kilometres, Myanmar is the largest of the Mainland Southeast Asian states by area. As of 2017, the population is about 54 million. Its capital city is Naypyidaw, and its largest city is Yangon (Rangoon). Myanmar has been a member of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) since 1997.

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Thailand shutdown triggers migrant exodus into Myanmar [Video]

Thailand shutdown triggers migrant exodus into Myanmar

Hundreds of Myanmar migrant workers were seen fleeing Thailand on Tuesday days after Bangkok announced a shutdown of entertainment businesses and malls to curb the virus outbreak. Libby Hogan reports.

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:27Published
Myanmar: Karen minority demands protection in peace park [Video]

Myanmar: Karen minority demands protection in peace park

Despite a ceasefire agreed upon in 2012, a fight by Myanmar’s Karen ethnic minority for greater autonomy continues.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:50Published
Transforming trash into hip treasures in Myanmar [Video]

Transforming trash into hip treasures in Myanmar

Stitch by stitch, bottle by bottle, 68-year-old Wendy Neampui from Yangon is turning trash into fashionable apparel at her upcycle shop called "ChuChu House". Libby Hogan reports.

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:59Published
Myanmar violence: Thousands displaced by fresh fighting [Video]

Myanmar violence: Thousands displaced by fresh fighting

Government forces are fighting the Arakan Army in the state.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:55Published
Sand dredging sucking up Myanmar's Salween river [Video]

Sand dredging sucking up Myanmar's Salween river

Farmers along the Salween river in Myanmar say they've lost acres of farmland close to a dredging site by a Singapore-based company. There's little transparency in the industry and as other countries..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 02:06Published
Sand dredging sucking up Myanmar's largest river [Video]

Sand dredging sucking up Myanmar's largest river

Farmers along the Salween river in Myanmar say they've lost acres of farmland close to a dredging site by a Singapore-based company. There's little transparency in the industry and as other countries..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 02:06Published
Inside Rohingya camps: Government invites media to Myanmar [Video]

Inside Rohingya camps: Government invites media to Myanmar

Many rights groups say conditions in Myanmar do not guarantee a safe return for the Rohingya.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 05:28Published
Rohingya crisis: Refugees afraid to return home to Myanmar [Video]

Rohingya crisis: Refugees afraid to return home to Myanmar

Afraid to return home, Myanmar's Rohingya refugees are stuck in camps in Bangladesh, three years on from a military crackdown.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:27Published
Coronavirus spread wipes trillions off markets [Video]

Coronavirus spread wipes trillions off markets

As the world prepares for a feared coronavirus pandemic, more new countries reported their first cases; many originating from Italy and Iran. Lucy Fielder reports.

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 02:18Published
Rising sea levels destroy Myanmar village [Video]

Rising sea levels destroy Myanmar village

Three years ago, villagers watched as the Sittaung River on Myanmar’s coast crept closer to them, swollen by powerful tidal surges sea that eroded its banks. Eventually, they were forced to flee...

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:51Published
Yangon: Scores of people rescued from a blazing building in Myanmar's commercial hub [Video]

Yangon: Scores of people rescued from a blazing building in Myanmar's commercial hub

Around 60 fire trucks raced to the 12-storey apartment block as smoke and flames spread through the building.View on euronews

Credit: euronews (in English)     Duration: 00:50Published
Facebook suspends networks of fake accounts from Russia, Iran [Video]

Facebook suspends networks of fake accounts from Russia, Iran

Facebook, which has struggled to stop governments and political groups from using its platform to spread false or misleading information, announced it has shut down fake accounts from countries..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:12Published
Myanmar Shelling Kills Two Women, Injures Seven Rohingya [Video]

Myanmar Shelling Kills Two Women, Injures Seven Rohingya

Two women were killed and seven other people were wounded when shells hit a Rohingya village in Myanmar’s Rakhine state on Saturday. The shelling came two days after the United Nations’ highest..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:40Published

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Around 350,000 people are sitting in the path of a "public health catastrophe", says Human Rights Watch.
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Myanmar charges journalist under terrorism law, blocks news websites

A Myanmar court charged a journalist who published an interview with the Arakan Army rebel group under a terrorism law on Tuesday while his website and others that cover conflict in the troubled..
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Myanmar reports first coronavirus death as case numbers rise

Myanmar reported its first coronavirus death on Tuesday, a 69-year-old man who also had cancer and died in a hospital in the commercial capital of Yangon, a government spokeswoman said.
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Myanmar reported its first confirmed cases of coronavirus in two men who had recently traveled to the United States and the United Kingdom.
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Myanmar army withdraws criminal complaint against Reuters

Myanmar’s army said on Wednesday it had withdrawn a criminal complaint it filed against Reuters news agency after being requested to do so by the Myanmar Press Council and in the interest of good..
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India cancels almost all visas, closes Myanmar border, as regional coronavirus cases rise

India said on Wednesday it will suspend the vast majority of visas to the country in a wide-reaching attempt to prevent the spread of coronavirus, as cases across the region continued to rise.
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Smallest dinosaur found 'trapped in amber'

Scientists say a fossil from Myanmar represents the tiniest dinosaur ever found.
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India closes a border, extends travel curbs as regional coronavirus cases rise

India ramped up travel restrictions and closed a border with neighboring Myanmar to counter the coronavirus outbreak, as countries across South Asia reported a rise in cases on Wednesday.
Reuters - Published

Myanmar's parliament blocks bid by Suu Kyi party to reduce army power

Myanmar’s parliament blocked a bid by the party of leader Aung San Suu Kyi to reduce the role of the military in politics on Tuesday, almost a decade into a troubled democratic transition.
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Myanmar army sues Reuters for criminal defamation: police

Myanmar police said the army had filed a lawsuit against Reuters news agency and a local lawmaker for criminal defamation, weeks after the military objected to a news story published about the death of..
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Foreign attaches safe after helicopter crashes in Myanmar: diplomat

Foreign military attachés aboard a Myanmar military helicopter escaped serious injury when it crashed in eastern Myanmar on Friday afternoon, a Western diplomat told Reuters.
Reuters - Published

Army helicopter carrying diplomats crashes in Myanmar: spokesman

A military helicopter carrying foreign diplomats crashed in eastern Myanmar on Friday afternoon, injuring two pilots, a military spokesman said.
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As Myanmar farmers lose their land, sand mining for Singapore is blamed

From a boat on the Salween River in southeastern Myanmar, Than Zaw Oo pointed to a brown stretch of water he said was once full of lush paddy fields.
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Myanmar turns away cruise ship over coronavirus fears

Myanmar stopped a cruise boat carrying hundreds of tourists from docking in the country, a senior tourism official said on Tuesday, citing fears passengers could be carrying the coronavirus.
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Myanmar army clash with insurgents kills five Rohingya: lawmaker, residents

At least five ethnic Rohingya were killed, including a child, and several injured after troops clashed with insurgents in Myanmar's conflict-torn western state of Rakhine, a lawmaker and two residents..
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Myanmar students face charges over internet shutdown protest: student union

A Myanmar student union said on Monday police were seeking to press charges against nine of its members for organizing a protest against an eight-month-long internet shutdown in the restive west of the..
Reuters - Published

Myanmar put on money-laundering watchlist

An international financial watchdog placed Myanmar on its money-laundering watchlist on Friday, urging the country at the heart of Asia's illicit drug-producing "Golden Triangle" to boost its efforts..
Reuters - Published

Dozens of Rohingya face charges for illegal travel in Myanmar after fleeing Rakhine state

Dozens of Rohingya Muslims, including two children, appeared in court in Myanmar on Friday, the latest group to face charges after attempting to flee conflict-torn Rakhine state.
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Myanmar to court-martial more troops over Rohingya crackdown, army says

Myanmar's army said in a statement on Friday it would hold more court-martials over alleged abuses against Rohingya Muslims, after a government-appointed commission said soldiers committed war crimes..
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Exclusive: Myanmar set to be placed on global money laundering watchlist - sources

Myanmar is set to be placed on a watchlist by a global finance watchdog this week, amid concerns of money-laundering by transnational drug traffickers and weak regulation of its financial system, two..
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Shelling wounds at least 19 children in Myanmar’s Rakhine: authorities

At least 19 children were wounded when a primary school was hit by shelling in Myanmar's Rakhine state, a lawmaker and a military spokesman said on Thursday.
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At least 19 children hurt by shelling at school in Myanmar’s Rakhine state: authorities

At least 19 children were wounded when at a primary school was hit by shelling in Myanmar's Rakhine state, a lawmaker and a military spokesman said on Thursday.
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Myanmar nationalists hold pro-military rally amid tensions with government

Hundreds of Myanmar nationalists rallied in the country's commercial capital on Sunday in a show of support for the military, amid tensions between the civilian government and the army ahead of..
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Myanmar reimposes internet shutdown in conflict-torn Rakhine, Chin states: telco operator

Myanmar has reimposed an internet shutdown in two conflict-torn western states, after partially lifting the blackout five months ago, a leading telecoms operator said late on Monday.
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Two Rohingya women killed in Myanmar shelling

Two women, one pregnant, were killed and seven other people were wounded when shells hit a Rohingya village in Myanmar's Rakhine state on Saturday, Jan. 25.
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Myanmar students flown home from coronavirus-stricken Wuhan

Dozens of Myanmar students were evacuated from the coronavirus-stricken Chinese city of Wuhan early Sunday, government officials said, the latest foreign nationals to be flown home from the region.
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US travel ban: Trump puts restrictions on six more countries

Citizens from countries including Nigeria and Myanmar will not be allowed visas to immigrate to the US.
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Myanmar turns back China Southern flight over coronavirus fears: government spokesman

Authorities in Myanmar turned back a China Southern flight from Guangzhou with almost everyone on board on Friday after one of the passengers was found with flu symptoms similar to the fast-spreading..
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'Now they can chase their dreams': Bangladesh allows Rohingya children to study

Rohingya refugees reacted with surprise and joy on Wednesday to the news that Bangladesh would provide formal education to their children, two and a half years after they were forced to flee Myanmar.
Reuters - Published

Myanmar already protecting Rohingya, ruling party says after world court's order

Myanmar has put in place measures to protect Rohingya Muslims, a spokesman for the ruling party said on Friday, shrugging off an order from the International Court of Justice a day earlier to stop..
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‘The gate of justice is opened’: Rohingya cheer as World Court orders Myanmar to protect them

Rohingya Muslims celebrated a decision by the International Court of Justice to order Myanmar to protect them, hovering over mobile phones in refugee camps to watch the first legal victory since a..
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Aung San Suu Kyi: Myanmar democracy icon who fell from grace

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World Court orders Myanmar to protect Rohingya from acts of genocide

The International Court of Justice on Thursday ordered Myanmar to take urgent measures to protect its Rohingya population from atrocities, a ruling hailed as a "triumph of international justice" by the..
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Explainer: Highest U.N. court can tell states what to do - but not enforce

In ordering Myanmar on Thursday to take immediate measures to prevent atrocities against its Muslim Rohingya minority, the International Court of Justice in The Hague was handing down a binding ruling..
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World Court orders Myanmar to impose measures to protect Rohingya

The International Court of Justice on Thursday ordered Myanmar to take sweeping provisional measures to protect its Muslim Rohingya population and avoid acts that could constitute genocide.
Reuters - Published

World court acts to prevent Rohingya genocide

The decision comes despite Myanmar de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi's defence arguments.
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World Court says has preliminary jurisdiction in Myanmar genocide case

The International Court of Justice said on Thursday that it has jurisdiction to hear a case against Myanmar seeking emergency measures to prevent it committing genocide against its Rohingya minority.
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