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Aung San Suu Kyi’s party secures enough seats to form next government

Myanmar’s National League for Democracy (NLD) party led by Aung San Suu Kyi has secured enough seats in parliament to form the next government, according to the latest election results. The NLD has so far won 346 seats, more than the 322 seats needed to form the next government. NLD spokesperson Monywa Aung Shin said […]

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Aung San Suu Kyi’s party claims landslide victory in general elections

Myanmar’s State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi’s party says it has secured a landslide victory in Sunday’s elections. The ruling National League for Democracy (NLD) party claimed it has so far won 392 seats in the 642-member national legislature. “We tallied the results from candidates, and we won more than enough seats that secures our […]

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Aung San Suu Kyi set to win general elections in Myanmar

Vote counting in Myanmar puts Aung San Suu Kyi’s party in a lead following Sunday’s general election. Elections for the upper and lower houses of the national, state and regional governments were held. A total of 1,171 seats are being contested, said the US-based Carter Center, under the first-past-the-post system. Voters can choose from more […]

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Myanmar jade mine landslide kills more than 170

Myanmar’s worst jade mine landslide killed more than 170 people on Thursday. At least 107 bodies were recovered and buried in mass graves Rescue operations are still under way at the accident site in jade-rich Hpakant area of Kachin state. The mine collapsed after a wall let loose triggering a landslide. In search of precious jadeite […]

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Jade mine landslide kills at least 113 people in Myanmar

A landslide at a jade mine in Myanmar killed at least 113 people. The incident took place in the jade-rich Hpakant area of Kachin state following heavy rainfall, the Myanmar Fire Services Department posted on Facebook. “The jade miners were smothered by a wave of mud,” the statement said. “A total of 113 bodies have been […]

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Two Rohingya refugees test positive in Bangladesh’s Cox’s Bazar

Authorities have reported the first coronavirus case in the crowded camps for Rohingya refugees in southern Bangladesh. More than 1 million refugees from Myanmar are sheltered in the camps. Aid workers have been warning that tackling any outbreak could be a daunting task in the crowded camps. Bangladesh and the U.N. refugee agency said the […]

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At least 1,000 Rohingyas stranded at sea as nations tighten borders

At least 1,000 Rohingya are stranded at sea as Southeast Asian countries tightened their borders to keep out the new coronavirus, Amnesty International said on Friday, urging action to ensure they were not buried in an “invisible graveyard” at sea. Rights groups believe at least two boats carrying Rohingya, members of a Muslim minority from […]

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Myanmar military misusing COVID-19 pandemic to carry out ‘war crimes’, UN expert says

The Myanmar military is using special extended powers meant to help mitigate the spread of Covid-19 to carry out “war crimes”, said a United Nations special rapporteur. Human rights expert Yanghee Lee called for an investigation into the situation in Myanmar’s Rakhine and Chin States, just before she finished her tenure in the position. Myanmar […]

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WHO worker collecting COVID-19 samples killed in Myanmar

A World Health Organization (WHO) driver was killed in a conflict-riven region of Myanmar while out collecting Covid-19 monitoring samples. Pyae Sone Win Maung was driving a well-marked United Nations vehicle when it was hit by gunfire in Rakhine State. The UN says dozens of civilians have been killed as fighting between the military and […]

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Bangladesh coast guard rescues hundreds of Rohingyas who failed to reach Malaysia

At least 24 Rohingya died at sea after their boat failed to reach Malaysia, the coastguard in Bangladesh said on Thursday after rescuing 396 Rohingya people from the vessel which had been adrift for weeks after failing to reach Malaysia. “They were at sea for about two months and were starving,” an official from the […]

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Maldives hires Amal Clooney to fight for Rohingya Muslims at World Court

Maldives has hired prominent human rights lawyer Amal Clooney to represent it at the UN’s highest court in seeking justice for Myanmar’s persecuted Rohingya Muslims. The Maldivian government said Wednesday it will formally join the mainly Muslim African state of The Gambia in challenging Myanmar’s 2017 military crackdown that sent around 740,000 Rohingya fleeing into […]

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Thai officials accidentally auction off car loaded with drugs

Thailand’s anti-drugs authority has apologised after it accidentally auctioned off a car hiding tens of thousands of amphetamine tablets. A buyer paid 586,000 baht ($19,000; £14,500) for the Honda CR-V car, which was put up for auction this month after being seized in a drugs case last year. But when it was sent to a […]