Myanmar military form investigative body to look into 2017 ARSA attacks

Myanmar’s military hasn’t given much credence to date to investigations by Human Rights Watch (HRW), Amnesty International and the UN that have dubbed their actions in Rakhine state “ethnic cleansing,” so they’ve helpfully launched their own probe — of the investigations. The Office of the Commander-In-Chief of Defense Services announced today that they will form ...

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Tanintharyi chief minister charged with corruption, bribery: ACC

Tanintharyi chief minister charged with corruption, bribery: ACC

Daw Lei Lei Maw, chief minister of Tanintharyi state and an NLD party member, was arrested on Sunday along with three directors of Global Grand Services (GGS), a power supply and...

Individuals responsible for Rohingya atrocities will face justice: ICC

Individuals responsible for Rohingya atrocities will face justice: ICC

The people responsible for the atrocities that forced hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims to flee from Myanmar’s Rakhine state will be held to account, an...

Northern Yangon fire levels market, injures five

Northern Yangon fire levels market, injures five

A giant fire — one of three over the weekend — ripped through a village market in Northern Yangon on Saturday, leveling most of the structures and injuring five...

ICC team probes Rohingya atrocities in Bangladesh

ICC team probes Rohingya atrocities in Bangladesh

A team from the office of the International Criminal Court prosecutor was in Bangladesh on Wednesday for a preliminary probe into alleged atrocities committed against the Rohingya...

Cat-astrophe: Distillery fire caused by cat injures 1 in Northern Yangon

Cat-astrophe: Distillery fire caused by cat injures 1 in Northern Yangon

A fire at a whiskey distillery injured a man trying to extinguish the flames in Northern Yangon’s Thaketa township yesterday, according to an official from the Thaketa Fire...

11 dead, 25 injured in bus accident on Naypyidaw-Yangon highway

11 dead, 25 injured in bus accident on Naypyidaw-Yangon highway

Eleven people were killed and another 25 injured yesterday morning as a bus traveling to Yangon flipped onto its side after a tire blew out, according to Myanmar Highway Police....

Raging bus blaze streamed live by monk; no injuries reported

Raging bus blaze streamed live by monk; no injuries reported

A Shwe La Min express passenger bus headed from Mandalay to Sittwe caught fire yesterday afternoon after the vehicle’s left tire burst into flames, eventually setting the entire...

US Foreign Affairs Committee urges State Department to label Myanmar atrocities ‘genocide’

US Foreign Affairs Committee urges State Department to label Myanmar atrocities ‘genocide’

The U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs urged the U.S. State Department to label the atrocities committed against the Rohingya by the Burmese military a...

Frenchman jailed for one month for flying drone in Myanmar

Frenchman jailed for one month for flying drone in Myanmar

A French tourist has been sentenced to one month in prison with labour for attempting to fly a drone near Myanmar’s parliament, a court official said Wednesday. Arthur...


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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.