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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. Myanmar is the largest country in Mainland Southeast Asia and the 10th largest in Asia by area. As of 2017, the population is about 54 million. Its capital city is Naypyidaw, and its largest city is Yangon (Rangoon).

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Aung San Suu Kyi in line for second term as Myanmar votes counted [Video]

Aung San Suu Kyi in line for second term as Myanmar votes counted

Early election results are expected on Monday as voters thronged polling stations despite pandemic.

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Myanmar votes in election likely to favor Suu Kyi [Video]

Myanmar votes in election likely to favor Suu Kyi

Myanmar's democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi looks likely to win a second term for her National league for Democracy despite the collapse of her reputation overseas amid allegations of genocide. David..

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Polls close in Myanmar election [Video]

Polls close in Myanmar election

The polls have closed in Myanmar's general election, its second since the end of direct military rule.

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Myanmar elections: Aung San Suu Kyi's party seeks second term [Video]

Myanmar elections: Aung San Suu Kyi's party seeks second term

Despite international condemnation for crackdown on Rohingya Muslims, Suu Kyi remains popular at home.

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Watch: Indian Coast Guard apprehends suspicious boat near Andaman Island [Video]

Watch: Indian Coast Guard apprehends suspicious boat near Andaman Island

Indian Coast Guard apprehended a suspicious boat with 12 Myanmarese crew members near Andaman and Nicobar Islands territory. The boat was spotted first by a helicopter and is now being brought to Port..

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‘We don’t matter’: Rohingya deprived of vote in Myanmar elections [Video]

‘We don’t matter’: Rohingya deprived of vote in Myanmar elections

Thousands of Muslim-majority Rohingya, who have taken shelter in Bangladesh, lament their exclusion from the polls.

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Myanmar fugitive monk hands himself in to police [Video]

Myanmar fugitive monk hands himself in to police

Hardline Buddhist nationalist monk Ashin Wirathu handed himself over to police in Myanmar's commercial capital of Yangon on Monday after more than a year on the run. Libby Hogan reports.

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Aung San Suu Kyi casts vote ahead of election [Video]

Aung San Suu Kyi casts vote ahead of election

Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi cast a ballot on Thursday in the capital Naypyitaw ahead of November's election after being unable to travel to her registered township near Yangon due to restrictions..

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Service to mankind! Delhi restaurateurs provide food to Rohingya refugees [Video]

Service to mankind! Delhi restaurateurs provide food to Rohingya refugees

Even as the COVID-19 pandemic has affected the hospitality industry adversely, some restaurateurs of Delhi-NCR are doing their bit for society during the festivities amid these unprecedented times. A..

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100-year-old Myanmar woman beats COVID [Video]

100-year-old Myanmar woman beats COVID

In Myanmar, a family of ten - including a 100-year-old woman - were spared from the worst of COVID-19 after they were all infected but later recovered from the virus with no major issues.

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Myanmar outbreak: Safety concerns during November elections [Video]

Myanmar outbreak: Safety concerns during November elections

Myanmar has one of the world’s most underfunded healthcare systems.

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Myanmar says eight coronavirus cases among returnees from Malaysia

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Exclusive: Huge fentanyl haul seized in Golden Triangle as Asian crime gangs shift to opioids

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Myanmar's army investigating soldiers over video of abuses

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Myanmar dismisses fresh war crimes allegations by U.N. rights envoy as 'biased'

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Myanmar military may be committing new war crimes, says departing rights envoy

The departing U.N. human rights envoy for Myanmar said its military may be committing war crimes and crimes against humanity in Rakhine and Chin states, where fighting between government troops and..
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Driver killed in WHO vehicle carrying virus swabs in Myanmar's Rakhine

A World Health Organization vehicle carrying swabs from patients to be tested for coronavirus came under gunfire in Myanmar's western Rakhine state and the driver was killed, the United Nations said on..
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U.N. says mostly women and children among 32 killed as insurgents, Myanmar military clash

A surge in fighting between the Myanmar military and insurgents has killed at least 32 civilians, mostly women and children, in the restive Rakhine and Chin states, the U.N. human rights office said on..
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U.N. rights office says Myanmar carrying out air strikes in Rakhine state

The Myanmar army is carrying out "almost daily airstrikes and shelling" in the restive Rakhine and Chin states, where at least 32 civilians have been killed since March 23, the United Nations human..
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Myanmar to free almost 25,000 prisoners in largest amnesty in years

Myanmar will free almost 25,000 prisoners in an amnesty to mark the traditional New Year, the president's office said on Friday, its largest mass pardon in recent years.
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Myanmar charges preacher for defying virus ban on services

A Myanmar preacher who posted a sermon online saying Christians were immune to the coronavirus will face charges along with three other people for organising services in defiance of a ban on mass..
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Officials say eight killed in Myanmar's Rakhine state; army says reports fabricated

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Myanmar frees journalist who was charged under terrorism law

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Accusations fly over failed jungle investment

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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..
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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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'Now they can chase their dreams': Bangladesh allows Rohingya children to study

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