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Myanmar: Republic in Southeast Asia
Myanmar, officially the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, and also known as Burma, is a country in Southeast Asia. Myanmar is bordered by India and Bangladesh to its west, Thailand and Laos to its east and China to its north and northeast. Myanmar is the largest of the mainland Southeast Asian states. To its south, about one third of Myanmar's total perimeter of 5,876 km (3,651 mi) forms an uninterrupted coastline of 1,930 km (1,200 mi) along the Bay of Bengal and the Andaman Sea. The country's 2014 census counted the population to be 51 million people. As of 2017, the population is about 54 million. Myanmar is 676,578 square kilometres in size. 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.


Two Rohingya killed in gun battle with Bangladesh border guards

Two Rohingya refugees were killed in a gun battle with Bangladeshi border guards as they tried to cross into Bangladesh from Myanmar on Friday, officials said.
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Rohingya in Bangladesh face tide of hostility as welcome turns to fear

When more than 730,000 Rohingya fled into Bangladesh from Myanmar in 2017, Bangladeshi journalist Sharif Azad was sympathetic to the plight of his fellow Muslims, survivors of a military-led crackdown..
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Videos for Myanmar

Typhoon Hagibis Sinks Cargo Ship Off Japan's Coastline [Video]Typhoon Hagibis Sinks Cargo Ship Off Japan's Coastline

A Panama-registered cargo ship was found sunk in waters near Tokyo on Sunday. According to Reuters, authorities had lost track of it as Typhoon Hagibis lashed Japan. Local media reports at least five..

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Myanmar conflict: civilians caught in battle in north [Video]Myanmar conflict: civilians caught in battle in north

As fighting again flares in Myanmar's restive Shan State, civilians caught in battle between army and armed groups.

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Myanmar: No sign of lasting peace in Wa State [Video]Myanmar: No sign of lasting peace in Wa State

The far east of Myanmar is run by the country's largest rebel army which unilaterally declared it Wa State.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:24Published

Cyclists begin final leg to deliver Rugby World Cup whistle [Video]Cyclists begin final leg to deliver Rugby World Cup whistle

Cyclists Ron Rutland and James Owens start final leg of their journey from Twickenham to Tokyo to deliver Rugby World Cup whistle

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Three-year old rape victim testifies in Myanmar court [Video]Three-year old rape victim testifies in Myanmar court

A three-year old girl who was allegedly raped at a private nursery in Myanmar testified in court via video conference on Wednesday. Emily Wither reports.

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:12Published

Rohingya crisis: video of Myanmar forces crackdown emerges [Video]Rohingya crisis: video of Myanmar forces crackdown emerges

Mobile phone footage of Myanmar forces' crackdown on Muslim Rohingya in 2016 could be used as evidence in court.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:44Published

Myanmar conflict: Arakan violence rises in Rakhine state [Video]Myanmar conflict: Arakan violence rises in Rakhine state

The ethnic Arakan people have been battling the Myanmar government for decades, and in 2009 founded their own armed group, the Arakan Army.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:17Published

Rohingya refugees hesitant to return to Myanmar [Video]Rohingya refugees hesitant to return to Myanmar

With no guarantee of what will happen when they get there, no one has so far agreed to return.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:46Published

Two years on, what will happen to the Rohingya? [Video]Two years on, what will happen to the Rohingya?

This Sunday marks two years since over 740,000 Rohingya people fled northwest Rakhine State when the Myanmar military launched operations there.

Credit: euronews (in English)     Duration: 01:13Published


Rohingya still in Myanmar face 'threat of genocide': United Nations

Hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims who remain inside Myanmar face systematic persecution and are living under the threat of genocide, a U.N. fact-finding mission said on Monday, repeating calls..
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Myanmar army drops lawsuit against religious leader who complained to Trump of persecution

Myanmar’s army said on Monday it had dropped a criminal complaint against a religious leader who told U.S President Donald Trump the military was oppressing Christians, days after the United States..
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U.S. voices concern over Myanmar army's lawsuit against religious leader

The United States said on Thursday it was deeply concerned about the Myanmar army's filing of a lawsuit against a religious leader who told President Donald Trump the military oppressed Christians in..
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U.N. experts fear Myanmar tortures suspects held incommunicado

Myanmar is holding insurgent suspects incommunicado in a practice that may be covering up torture, U.N. human rights experts said on Tuesday.
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Myanmar forces Rohingya to accept cards that preclude citizenship: group

Myanmar authorities are forcing members of the Rohingya Muslim minority at gunpoint to accept identity cards that categorize them as foreigners, stripping them of the chance to become citizens, a..
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Myanmar partially lifts internet shutdown in conflict-torn Rakhine, Chin states

Myanmar has partially lifted a months-long internet shutdown in two western states where government troops are battling ethnic insurgents, a leading telecoms operator said on Sunday, amid peace talks..
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Myanmar army says to punish soldiers in Rohingya atrocities probe

Myanmar's army will court-martial soldiers after a new finding in an inquiry into atrocities in Rakhine state, from which more than 730,000 Rohingya Muslims fled a 2017 army-led campaign the United..
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Myanmar army sues religious leader who told Trump the military 'tortured' Christians

A Myanmar religious leader is facing a legal complaint from an army officer after telling U.S President Donald Trump the military was oppressing and torturing Christians in the Buddhist-majority..
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Myanmar workers facing death penalty for British tourist murders to seek Thai pardon

Two migrant workers from Myanmar will seek a royal pardon from Thailand's king after its Supreme Court on Thursday upheld their death sentences for the murder of two British backpackers that drew world..
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Myanmar jails filmmaker for Facebook posts critical of military

A Myanmar court on Thursday sentenced a prominent filmmaker to one year in prison with hard labor for Facebook posts that criticized the military.
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Thai court upholds death penalty for Myanmar workers in British tourist murders

Thailand's Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the murder convictions of two migrant workers from Myanmar in the killings of two British backpackers that drew world attention to the tourist island of Koh..
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Thailand's top court upholds Myanmar workers' death penalty in British backpacker murders

Thailand's Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the death sentences of Myanmar migrant workers in the high-profile murder of two British backpackers on the popular tourist island of Koh Tao in 2014.
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Tens of thousands of Rohingya mark 'Genocide Day' amid tensions in Bangladesh camps

At least 100,000 Rohingya refugees rallied in camps in Bangladesh on Sunday, marking two years since the start of a brutal military crackdown in Myanmar that forced more than 730,000 to flee across the..
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'We are hostages': Two years on, Rohingya still in Myanmar trapped by new war

When Myanmar officials toured refugee camps in Bangladesh last month, inviting Rohingya Muslims who fled the country to return, they brought with them pamphlets adorned with cartoons showing..
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Two years on, a look at the Rohingya crisis

This month marks the second anniversary of the fleeing of more than 730,000 Rohingya from Myanmar's northwest Rakhine State to Bangladesh after a military-led crackdown in response to an attack by..
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'People were hiding': Bangladesh bid to repatriate Rohingya stalls as refugees refuse

An attempt to begin repatriating thousands of Rohingya Muslims living in camps in Bangladesh stalled on Thursday after nearly 300 refugee families refused to go back to Myanmar, almost a year after a..
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Myanmar troops' sexual violence against Rohingya shows 'genocidal intent': U.N. report

Sexual violence committed by Myanmar troops against Rohingya women and girls in 2017 was an indication of the military's genocidal intent to destroy the mainly Muslim ethnic minority, United Nations..
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Facebook shuts dozens of Myanmar social media accounts over 'inauthentic behavior'

Facebook Inc said on Thursday it had shut 216 social media pages, groups and accounts in Myanmar, some tied to the army, to stymie efforts to "manipulate or corrupt public debate".
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More than 2,000 people displaced, 19 killed in Myanmar fighting

More than 2,000 people have been forced to flee from their homes, and 19 have been killed, since fighting broke out between government troops and ethnic minority insurgents in northern Myanmar last..
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U.N. agency, Bangladesh begin survey of Rohingya over return to Myanmar

The United Nations' refugee agency and Bangladesh authorities on Tuesday started to consult more than 3,000 Rohingya refugees from Myanmar to determine if any want to return home, officials said, as a..
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Rescue worker killed in attack on ambulance in northern Myanmar - army

One rescue worker was killed and several others were wounded when an ambulance came under fire in northern Myanmar amid clashes between troops and ethnic rebels in the region, an army spokesman and a..
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'Until her bones are broken': Myanmar activists fight to outlaw domestic violence

Cradling her one-year-old daughter in a house in southern Myanmar, 22-year-old Nu Nu Aye recalled the reasons her husband gave for beating her. She hadn't looked after his rooster. She wouldn't have..
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Exclusive: Myanmar, Bangladesh agree to start Rohingya repatriation next week

Myanmar and Bangladesh will start a fresh attempt next week to repatriate thousands of Rohingya Muslims who fled violence in Myanmar's Rakhine state, officials said on Thursday, nearly a year after a..
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Myanmar insurgents attack elite military college, other targets; 15 killed

Myanmar insurgents killed at least 15 people on Thursday, most of them members of the security forces, in attacks on an elite military college and other government targets in the country's north, an..
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Myanmar insurgent attacks kill one at elite military college: army spokesman

Ethnic insurgents launched fresh attacks at several locations across northern Myanmar early Thursday, killing at least one civilian staff member at an elite military college, an army spokesman said.
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'Everything is gone': Dozens dead, missing after Myanmar landslide

Rescue workers pulled bodies from the rubble of homes in a village in Myanmar on Saturday where a landslide a day earlier killed at least 32 people, with dozens still missing.
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At least 10 dead, dozens missing after landslide in southern Myanmar

At least 10 people have been killed and dozens are missing after
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Myanmar court charges eight over alleged ties to insurgents

A Myanmar court on Friday charged eight people with financing terrorism, including six deported from Singapore last month over allegations they had sent money to ethnic rebels in the conflict-torn..
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Myanmar Times founder jailed for 13 years on drugs charges

A Myanmar court on Wednesday jailed an Australian publisher for 13 years on drugs charges, a year after police uncovered a stash of methamphetamines and opium at his home, his lawyer said.
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Silk Road sweeteners: China woos Myanmar's NLD with junkets

The National League for Democracy was forged in an uprising against one-party rule. Its activists spent years in jail under Myanmar's military junta. But since taking power three years ago, the party..
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Myanmar says U.N. calls for sanctions, arms embargo a bid to harm country

Myanmar's foreign ministry on Tuesday denounced a United Nations report that urged world leaders to cut ties with military-linked companies and impose an arms embargo over the Rohingya crisis, saying..
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Royal capital to 'smart city': Myanmar's Mandalay gets high-tech makeover, sparks 'spy' fears

Once a seat of kings, the city of Mandalay in northern Myanmar has seen turbulent chapters in its 162-year history – the fall of Burma's last royal dynasty and decades of colonial rule. Now,..
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U.N. urges sanctions on Myanmar army businesses, says foreign partners could be complicit

United Nations investigators urged world leaders on Monday to impose targeted financial sanctions on companies linked to the military in Myanmar, and said foreign firms doing business with them could..
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Myanmar lawmakers debate proposals to curb military political power

Myanmar’s parliament on Tuesday began debating amendments to the constitution aimed at reducing the military’s role in politics, amid objections from army lawmakers.
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Rohingya tell Myanmar they refuse to return without recognition

Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh refuse to return to Myanmar unless they are recognized as an ethnic group in their home country, leaders told visiting Myanmar officials on Sunday as fresh repatriation..
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Police among 18 feared killed in landslide at Myanmar jade mine

A landslide at a Myanmar jade mine killed 14 people including at least one policemen in the early hours of Sunday as earth and mud engulfed a guard post, and four people were missing and feared dead,..
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Myanmar citizens deported from Singapore over alleged insurgent ties remanded in custody

Six Myanmar nationals deported from Singapore over alleged links to an ethnic minority insurgent group were remanded in custody in Yangon on Friday, a court spokesman said, as relatives of the accused..
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Satellite images show Myanmar's 'minimal preparations' for Rohingya return: think-tank

Myanmar has made “minimal” preparations for the return of hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslim refugees sheltering in neighboring Bangladesh, according to an Australian think-tank, despite the..
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U.S. sanctions on Myanmar military leaders inadequate: U.N. investigator

Sanctions imposed this week by the United States on Myanmar's military leaders over human rights abuses against Rohingya Muslims do not go far enough, U.N. special rapporteur Yanghee Lee said on..
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Suu Kyi's bid to reform charter sparks rival protests in Myanmar

Hundreds of people demonstrated in Myanmar's largest city, Yangon, on Wednesday in support of proposed constitutional amendments that would reduce the power of the military.
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U.S. imposes sanctions on Myanmar military leaders over Rohingya abuses

The United States announced sanctions on Tuesday against the Myanmar military's Commander-in-Chief Min Aung Hlaing and other leaders it said were responsible for extrajudicial killings of Rohingya..
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Monsoon flooding forces thousands from their homes in Myanmar

Days of heavy monsoon rain and dangerously high river levels in Myanmar have forced more than 18,000 people from their homes and flooded at least one camp for people displaced by recent fighting,..
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In Myanmar's conflict-torn Rakhine, fresh allegations of 'war crimes'

When 35-year-old Ah Hla showed up to a police station in western Myanmar in late April hoping to see her husband among the prisoners, she didn't know whether he was alive or dead.
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