Myanmar to get $2B World Bank development aid

YANGON, Myanmar, Jan. 26 (UPI) -- The World Bank announced a $2 billion, multiyear development aid program for various projects in Myanmar including reforms, energy and healthcare.

Myanmar frustrated by U.N. criticism of Rakhine violence

NAYPYITAW, Myanmar, Jan. 24 (UPI) -- Criticism of Myanmar from the top human rights official at the United Nations is totally unacceptable, a Myanmar government spokesman said Friday.

Rights group says Myanmar falling short on promises

PARIS, Jan. 10 (UPI) -- A French rights consortium said Friday it was upset Myanmar's president didn't release all of the country's political prisoners by New Year's Eve as promised.

Myanmar president backs changes for presidential requirements

NAYPYITAW, Myanmar, Jan. 3 (UPI) -- Myanmar President Thein Sein said he backs changing the country's constitution to allow "any citizen" to become president, regardless of family circumstances.

Five activists released in Myanmar amnesty program

NAYPYITAW, Myanmar, Dec. 31 (UPI) -- Myanmar released five people Tuesday as part of a pledge by President Thein Sein to free all political prisoners by the end of year, an advocacy group says.
Myanmar releases 69 political prisoners

Myanmar releases 69 political prisoners

YANGON, Myanmar, Nov. 15 (UPI) -- Myanmar Friday said it has released 69 political prisoners from more than 12 of its prisons nationwide.

Myanmar releases more political prisoners

YANGON, Myanmar, Nov. 15 (UPI) -- Myanmar released 69 prisoners, including an environmental protester and two grandchildren of a former junta leader, ahead of its year-end deadline to release all activists and political detainees.

Children impacted by Myanmar violence

YANGON, Myanmar, Oct. 9 (UPI) -- Children are bearing the brunt of the conflict pitting Buddhists against Muslims in Myanmar's restive Rakhine state, UNICEF said.

Myanmar releases 56 political prisoners

MYITKYINA, Myanmar, Oct. 8 (UPI) -- Myanmar President Thein Sein Tuesday released 56 political prisoners as part of a plan to free all prisoners of conscious by the year's end, officials said.

China touts Myanmar's potential

BEIJING, Oct. 4 (UPI) -- Myanmar is entering a period of development that should encourage foreign investors to warm to the former junta, China's envoy to the nation said Friday.

U.S. monitoring violence in Myanmar

YANGON, Myanmar, Oct. 2 (UPI) -- The United States is "deeply concerned" by reports of violence against minority Muslims in Myanmar's coastal state of Rakhine, the embassy said Wednesday.

Violence forces Myanmar President Thein Sein to cancel stop at Thandwe

THANDWE, Myanmar, Oct. 2 (UPI) -- Violence-torn Thandwe in Myanmar's restive Rakhine state was under curfew after days of violence forced President Thein Sein to cancel a trip to the town.

Myanmar hit by Muslim, Buddhist clashes

NAYPYITAW, Myanmar, Oct. 1 (UPI) -- Dozens of homes were burned to the ground during clashes between Buddhists and Muslims in Myanmar's restive Rakhine state, an official said Tuesday.

Own reforms, Elders tell Myanmar

NAYPYITAW, Myanmar, Sept. 26 (UPI) -- Myanmar needs to take ownership of its own peace initiatives if it's to have any real expectations for the future, members of The Elders said.

Myanmar reform progress troubles London

LONDON, July 31 (UPI) -- A British delegate said Wednesday before leaving for Myanmar he was "very concerned" about the status of reforms under way in the country.

Concerns linger for Myanmar

GENEVA, Switzerland, July 29 (UPI) -- Myanmar is to be commended for its decision to release prisoners of conscience, though the problem may be ongoing, a U.N. special envoy said Monday.

U.N. welcomes Myanmar prisoner release

UNITED NATIONS, July 24 (UPI) -- A decision by the Myanmar government to release dozens of political prisoners should add strength to its reform agenda, the U.N. secretary-general said.

Five injured in Myanmar when blast interrupts radical monk's sermon

MANDALAY, Myanmar, July 23 (UPI) -- Five people suffered minor injuries when a bomb exploded in Myanmar while a radical Buddhist monk was preaching, a police official in Mandalay said.

Myanmar frees 73 political prisoners in step toward democracy

NAYPYIDAW, Myanmar, July 23 (UPI) -- Some 73 people were released by Myanmar Tuesday as part of the country's effort to free all political prisoners by the end of the year, officials said.

Myanmar faces additional rights scrutiny

BRUSSELS, July 17 (UPI) -- The arrest and judicial harassment of a human rights campaigner in Myanmar serves as a reminder of the country's ongoing problems, a rights organization said.

Myanmar not yet off the hook

GENEVA, Switzerland, July 16 (UPI) -- Myanmar is called on to address a culture of impunity even though it disbanded a controversial border security force, a U.N. human rights delegate said Tuesday.
Suu Kyi beckoned to Myanmar peace talks

Suu Kyi beckoned to Myanmar peace talks

NAYPYITAW, Myanmar, July 15 (UPI) -- A coalition of armed ethnic groups in Myanmar said Monday they want pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi to take part in peace talks with the government.

22 Buddhists convicted of anti-Muslim attacks in Myanmar

MEIKTILA, Myanmar, July 12 (UPI) -- A court in Myanmar found 22 Buddhists guilty of sparking anti-Muslim violence in the city of Meiktila, during which 43 people died and thousands were displaced.

U.N.'s Ban troubled by Myanmar divisions

UNITED NATIONS, July 11 (UPI) -- Violence between religious communities in Myanmar could spiral out of control if not addressed quickly, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said.

China presses Myanmar on Kachin peace

NAYPYITAW, Myanmar, June 24 (UPI) -- China is keen to see authorities with the central Myanmar government work toward a cease-fire with Kachin rebels, a visiting diplomat said Monday.
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