Very resentful Yangon man stabs dad, brother to death

A 35-year-old Yangon man is in custody today after allegedly stabbing his father to death for loving his brother more – then killing his brother too. Ko Ko Htwe, 35, is accused of killing has father Tuesday in a fit of rage at his home in Yangon’s Kamayut Township before confronting his brother and stabbing ...

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Yangon couple arrested for burning money in Facebook live broadcast

Yangon couple arrested for burning money in Facebook live broadcast

In parts of the world, there are people who show off by destroying their wealth in ceremonies called potlatches. But in Myanmar, burning cash and broadcasting it has landed one...

Yangon deliveryman hit, dragged under SUV to fleeing driver’s home

Yangon deliveryman hit, dragged under SUV to fleeing driver’s home

A suspected hit-and-run driver was arrested today for allegedly killing a motorcycle passenger and dragging its driver beneath his vehicle after hitting them downtown Yangon in...

TGIF busted! Yangon police raid privilege-packed nightclub defying COVID-19 lockdown

TGIF busted! Yangon police raid privilege-packed nightclub defying COVID-19 lockdown

Two managers of a Bahan township nightclub face jail time after a police raid found more than 80 revelers partying there in defiance of COVID-19 restrictions. The managers of The...

Political motive seen in fugitive firebrand monk Wirathu’s surrender to police

Political motive seen in fugitive firebrand monk Wirathu’s surrender to police

Extremist Buddhist monk Wirathu, famous for stoking division and Islamophobia through incendiary hate speech, turned himself into the police yesterday after 17 months on the run....

Wife of slain Yangon man refuses to believe he died in gay hookup

Wife of slain Yangon man refuses to believe he died in gay hookup

Last week, Yangon police in Hmawbi township arrested two men suspected of robbing and killing a 30-year-old Myaung Taka man who went missing earlier this month. But instead of the...

22 Rohingya arrested after fleeing Myanmar camp by boat

22 Rohingya arrested after fleeing Myanmar camp by boat

Twenty-two Rohingya Muslims trying to escape one of Myanmar’s camps by boat were arrested after they were forced ashore by their leaking vessel, local police said Friday....

Floating meth sacks in Myanmar sea worth $20 million: official

Floating meth sacks in Myanmar sea worth $20 million: official

Sacks of crystal meth scooped from the sea by Myanmar fishermen who mistook it for a deodorant substance had a street value of $20 million, an official told AFP Sunday, in a...

Bangladesh troops accused of raping Rohingya girl

Bangladesh troops accused of raping Rohingya girl

The Bangladesh military said Thursday it has ordered an investigation after a Rohingya family in a refugee camp accused army troops of raping a 12-year-old girl. The inquiry comes...

Mandalay minister sees no merriment in memes, files lawsuit

Mandalay minister sees no merriment in memes, files lawsuit

Defamation suits from National League for Democracy members looking to silence their critics are nothing new in Myanmar, but this particular lawsuit appears to be breaking new...


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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.