Slipper-gate: Myanmar president taken to task over footwear choice

“I’m so ashamed, oh President.” Strong words to levy against head of state. What could President Win Myint have possibly done? An extramarital affair? A corruption scandal that goes all the way to the top? Or was it simply a questionable choice of footwear during a leisurely stroll in Yangon over the Thingyan holiday? If ...

288 dead, over 1,000 injured over Thingyan: ministry

288 dead, over 1,000 injured over Thingyan: ministry

At least 288 deaths and 1,000 injuries were reported across Myanmar during this year’s Thingyan festivities, according to the Ministry of Information. While the ministry...

Defiant Rakhine rebels say ‘no peace by prayer’ in battle with Myanmar army

Defiant Rakhine rebels say ‘no peace by prayer’ in battle with Myanmar army

Rakhine rebels locked in a vicious fight with Myanmar’s army will not “get peace by praying”, its commander said as he vowed his forces will fight on despite...

Woman falls to death after summiting Myanmar peak; companions forced to abandon body

Woman falls to death after summiting Myanmar peak; companions forced to abandon body

It’s been six days since 28-year-old Saint Htet fell some 600 meters to her presumed death on Mount Phangran (or Phangran Razi) in Kachin State, where her companions, unable to...

Rights group slams arrests of satirical performers critical of military

Rights group slams arrests of satirical performers critical of military

Human Rights Watch today joined a chorus of voices condemning the government’s arrest over the Thingyan holiday of four performers who took part in a satirical thangyat...

No pardon for Pulitzer Prize winners Wa Lone, Kyaw Soe Oo

No pardon for Pulitzer Prize winners Wa Lone, Kyaw Soe Oo

A New Year’s amnesty traditionally offered to thousands of prisoners across Myanmar raised hopes this week that Reuters journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo might be released...

‘Masters of our destiny’: Backed by China, Myanmar’s Wa rebels make show of force

‘Masters of our destiny’: Backed by China, Myanmar’s Wa rebels make show of force

It has a standing army of 25,000, manufactures its own guns and conscripts at least one member of each household — meet the United Wa State Army: Communist, reclusive,...

Myanmar heats up (literally) with Thingyan around the corner

Myanmar heats up (literally) with Thingyan around the corner

Yes, it’s hot in Yangon. No, that’s not changing anytime soon. In fact, it’s only going to get worse in the coming weeks, according to the Department of Meteorology and...

Jailed Reuters journalists in Myanmar win UN press freedom prize

Jailed Reuters journalists in Myanmar win UN press freedom prize

The United Nations’ cultural agency said Wednesday that it had awarded its annual press freedom prize to two Reuters reporters jailed in Myanmar over their reporting on...

Disabled Myanmar teen football champ defies the odds

Disabled Myanmar teen football champ defies the odds

Football-obsessed Myanmar teen Kaung Khant Lin roots for Manchester United, worships star Lionel Messi and was honoured as the best player in a recent tournament. But the...


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