Kandawgyi Palace death toll rises to 2, other details emerge

A second body was found yesterday in the ruins of the Kandawgyi Palace Hotel, which was engulfed by fire in the early hours of Thursday morning, bringing the current death toll to two. The first body has also been confirmed to be that of a male Japanese guest at the hotel, though his identity is ...

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1 dead, 2 injured in Kandawgyi Palace blaze

1 dead, 2 injured in Kandawgyi Palace blaze

One male guest was killed by the fire that engulfed Kandawgyi Palace Hotel last night, representatives of the hotel’s parent Htoo Group confirmed at a press conference in Yangon...

Massive fire leaves iconic Kandawgyi Palace Hotel in ashes [VIDEO]

Massive fire leaves iconic Kandawgyi Palace Hotel in ashes [VIDEO]

Guests at the Kandawgyi Palace Hotel were evacuated at around 3am last night when a massive fire engulfed the building, much of which is made of teak. Two people have been...

Amnesty calls for int’l prosecution of Myanmar’s military leaders

Amnesty calls for int’l prosecution of Myanmar’s military leaders

By Alexander Wishneff Amnesty International has accused Myanmar security forces of crimes against humanity in a comprehensive and harrowing new report on the ongoing humanitarian...

8 hornbills rescued from smugglers in Magway

8 hornbills rescued from smugglers in Magway

Eight hornbills were rescued from smugglers by Forest Department officials in Magway Region last week, and they were rereleased into the wild on Saturday. The birds were found in...

Son of former sports minister arrested for possession of guns, meth

Son of former sports minister arrested for possession of guns, meth

The son of a former Myanmar government minister was among three men arrested at Naypyidaw International Airport yesterday for illegal possession of firearms and drugs. Police...

Yangon ranked second most unsafe city in the world

Yangon ranked second most unsafe city in the world

Yangon was ranked second to last in the Safe Cities Index 2017, released this week by The Economist Intelligence Unit. Myanmar’s biggest city suffers from low investment in...

Rakhine human rights activist sentenced to 18 months for documenting military abuses

Rakhine human rights activist sentenced to 18 months for documenting military abuses

The controversial trial of Myanmar human rights activist Khaing Myo Htun ended at a Sittwe courthouse yesterday with a conviction and an 18-month prison sentence. He was found...

Jade miner, 18, shot dead in Hpakant

Jade miner, 18, shot dead in Hpakant

A freelance jade miner died of a gunshot wound in Seik Mu village tract in Hpakant, Kachin State, on the morning of October 8, following a confrontation between miners and police....

Myanmar soldiers nabbed with 2m pills in Rakhine, as drug trade defies crisis

Myanmar soldiers nabbed with 2m pills in Rakhine, as drug trade defies crisis

Two Myanmar soldiers are being questioned after they were caught with nearly two million “yaba” pills in restive Rakhine State, police said Tuesday, as the drugs trade...


 

Coconuts Yangon Crime

Yangon is one of the safest cities in the region, and crime rates are generally low. As a result, when a murder or other violent crime occurs, it’s big news. But, anecdotally, there is a feeling that crime has increased slightly since Myanmar started opening up to the world in 2011. More blocks downtown are getting CCTV cameras, for instance. But Yangon has also maintained its reputation for being a city of good Samaritans, and stories of residents returning bags of cash or jewels left in taxis or elsewhere are not uncommon.