• United Nations Jan 23

    Rohingya Hail UN Ruling That Myanmar Act to Prevent Genocide

    The United Nations’ top court has ordered Myanmar to do all it can to prevent genocide against the Rohingya people

  • Aung San Suu Kyi Dec 11, 2019

    Nobel Laureate Suu Kyi Defends Myanmar Army in Genocide Case

    Nobel Peace Prize winner and former political prisoner Aung San Suu Kyi has denied that Myanmar’s armed forces committed genocide against her country’s Rohingya people. The former pro-democracy icon who leads Myanmar appeared before the United Nation’s top court on Wednesday to defend the army that kept her under house arrest for 15 years. Suu Kyi received the 1991 Nobel...

  • Asia Oct 9, 2019

    Women Are Slapped, Forcibly Treated, Abused During Childbirth, Report on 4 Countries Finds

    A new report says more than one-third of women in four low-income countries in Africa and Asia were slapped, mocked, forcibly treated or otherwise abused during childbirth in health centers and suggests that such mistreatment occurs worldwide. The study published Wednesday in The Lancet medical journal says women in Nigeria, Myanmar, Ghana and Guinea also experienced high rates of cesarean...

  • Donald Trump Aug 24, 2019

    Powerful, Obscure Law Is Basis for Trump ‘Order’ on Trade

    President Donald Trump is threatening to use the emergency authority granted by a powerful but obscure federal law to make good on his tweeted “order” to U.S. businesses to cut ties in China amid a spiraling trade war between the two nations. China’s announcement Friday that it was raising tariffs on $75 billion in U.S. imports sent Trump into a...

  • Myanmar Jun 26, 2019

    A Closer Look at Thanaka, Myanmar’s Favorite Natural Beauty Product

    Thanaka, a face mask made from Thanaka tree bark, has been worn by Burmese men and women for centuries. The mask is made with paste that is ground onto a stone using water. Then, it is safe to apply to the face. Thanaka doesn’t just serve a purpose as a cleanser. The mask is also used as a sunblock, bug...

  • Myanmar Jun 25, 2019

    What Is Thanaka, Myanmar’s Most Popular Beauty Product?

     If you’re looking for a natural face mask, consider lathering the tree bark that Burmese women have loved for centuries.

  • coach Jun 23, 2019

    Thai Soccer Team Marks Cave Ordeal Anniversary With Run

    A year after they became trapped in a flooded cave at the start of a two-week ordeal, some of the 12 young Thai soccer players and their coach marked the anniversary of the drama on Sunday that propelled them into celebrities. Around 4,000 people took part in the marathon and biking event Sunday morning, organized by local authorities to raise...

  • The Associated Press Jun 23, 2019

    Thai Soccer Team Marks Cave Ordeal Anniversary With Run

    A year after they became trapped in a flooded cave at the start of a two-week ordeal, some of the 12 young Thai soccer players and their coach marked the anniversary of the drama on Sunday that propelled them into celebrities. Around 4,000 people took part in the marathon and biking event Sunday morning, organized by local authorities to raise...

  • Chief May 7, 2019

    Myanmar Frees Reuters Reporters Jailed for Secrecy Act Crime

    Two Reuters journalists who were imprisoned for breaking Myanmar’s Official Secrets Act over reporting on security forces’ abuses of Rohingya Muslims were pardoned and released Tuesday. The convictions of Wa Lone, 32, and Kyaw Soe Oo, 28, had drawn condemnation from rights groups, Western governments and press associations, and the two journalists had garnered several awards and other honors. In...

  • China Jan 3, 2019

    US Updates Warning Over China Travel, Urges ‘Increased Caution’

    The U.S. State Department on Thursday updated its travel warning about China, urging Americans to “exercise increased caution” in the country “due to arbitrary enforcement of local laws as well as special restrictions on dual U.S.-Chinese nationals.” The State Department’s “Level 2” warning, which was first issued last year, noted that Chinese authorities have “exit bans” to prevent U.S. citizens...

  • Reuters Dec 24, 2018

    Myanmar Court Hears Appeal of Convicted Reuters Journalists

    A court in Myanmar has heard an appeal filed by lawyers for two Reuters journalists sentenced to seven years in prison on charges of illegal possession of official documents, a case that has drawn worldwide criticism and attention to the crisis that drove members of the Muslim Rohingya minority to flee the country. The court announced a ruling would be...

  • Donald Trump Nov 14, 2018

    Pence Says Myanmar’s Handling of Rohingya Is ‘Without Excuse’

    Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi rebuffed criticism from U.S. Vice President Mike Pence and other leaders Wednesday over her government’s treatment of its ethnic Rohingya Muslims. In a meeting on the sidelines of a regional summit in Singapore, Pence told Suu Kyi that he was anxious to hear about progress in resolving the crisis, which stems from a violent...

  • leader Sep 4, 2018

    Wives of Convicted Myanmar Reporters Shocked by Sentences

    The wives of two Myanmar reporters for the Reuters news agency sentenced to seven years’ imprisonment for possessing state secrets said Tuesday they were shocked by the court’s decision. Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo were sentenced Monday in proceedings that were widely decried as unfair. They had reported about the army’s brutal counterinsurgency campaign that drove 700,000 members of...

  • Facebook Sep 3, 2018

    Int’l Outcry as Reuters Reporters Get 7 Years in Myanmar Prison

    A Myanmar court sentenced two Reuters journalists to seven years in prison Monday for illegal possession of official documents, a ruling met with international condemnation that will add to outrage over the military’s human rights abuses against Rohingya Muslims. Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo had been reporting on the brutal crackdown on the Rohingya when they were arrested and...

  • actress Aug 29, 2018

    Cate Blanchett: Nothing Prepared me for Gut-Wrenching Rohingya Suffering

    Oscar-winning actress Cate Blanchett told the U.N. Security Council on Tuesday that nothing prepared her for “the extent and depth of suffering” she saw when she visited camps in Bangladesh for Rohingya Muslim refugees who fled a violent crackdown by Myanmar’s military.

  • Facebook Aug 28, 2018

    Facebook Bans Myanmar Military Chief, Others to Curb Spread of Hate Speech

    Facebook said Monday that it is banning Myanmar’s powerful military chief and 19 other individuals and organizations from its site to prevent the spread of hate and misinformation. The social media giant was heavily criticized for permitting itself to be used to inflame ethnic and religious conflict in the country, particularly against minority Rohingya Muslims. It has been accused of...

  • United Nations Aug 25, 2018

    ‘No More Genocide’: A Year After Fleeing Myanmar, Rohingya Demand Justice

    Thousands of Rohingya Muslim refugees on Saturday marked the one-year anniversary of the attacks that sent them fleeing to safety in Bangladesh, praying they can return to their homes in Myanmar and demanding justice for their dead relatives and neighbors. More than 15,000 gathered in the morning on a hilltop in the Kutupalong refugee camp, part of a sprawling web...

  • coach Aug 8, 2018

    Boys Rescued From Cave, Once Stateless, Get Thai Citizenship

    Three young soccer players who were trapped with other team members for almost three weeks in a cave in northern Thailand were granted Thai citizenship on Wednesday along with their 25-year-old coach. All four had been stateless, and their lack of citizenship deprived them of some basic benefits and rights, including the ability to travel outside of Chiang Rai, the...

  • Associated Press Jul 24, 2018

    Thailand’s Soccer Boys Prepare to Ordain as Buddhist Novices

    The young soccer teammates and their coach who were rescued after being trapped in a cave in northern Thailand took part in a Buddhist ceremony Tuesday as they prepared to be ordained to become Buddhist novices and monks. Eleven of the boys and their coach prayed to ancient relics and offered drinks and desserts placed in gilded bowls to spirits...

  • food Jul 19, 2018

    Rescued Thai Soccer Team Prays for Fortune at Temple

    The Thai soccer boys and their coach began their first day back home with their families since they were rescued from a flooded cave with a trip to a Buddhist temple on Thursday to pray for protection from misfortunes. The 11 boys and the coach kneeled and pressed their hands in prayer to the tune of chanting monks. They were...

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