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Myanmar frees Reuters journalists

Two Reuters journalists jailed for their reporting on the Rohingya crisis in Myanmar walked out of prison on Tuesday, freed in a presidential amnesty after a vigorous global campaign – and backroom diplomacy – for their release.

Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo were mobbed by media as they stepped out of Yangon's notorious Insein prison after more than 16 months in detention.

8 May 2019
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Myanmar’s farmers fighting a losing battle

When the National League of Defence (NLD) won the general elections in 2015, paving the way for Myanmar’s first non-military president in over half a century, many farmers sensed a renewed hope for the nation. In fact, Aung San Suu Kyi’s pledge to tackle the issue of land grabbing and to protect farmers in the country was one of the reasons for her victory.

4 April 2019
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Myanmar’s growth slowed by Rohingya crisis

In a vast convention centre in Naypyidaw, Myanmar’s sprawling and eerily empty capital, prospective investors listened politely as local companies pitched opportunities and government officials spoke of the country’s vast economic potential.

11 March 2019
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Myanmar’s fading democratic sheen

When Aung San Suu Kyi and her National League of Democracy (NLD) party won the general elections in 2015, a new wave of hope swept Myanmar. Previously under a military junta for almost 50 years from 1962 to 2011, Nobel Peace Prize winner Suu Kyi and her cohort represented the change the country so badly needed; a shift from military dictatorship to a functioning democracy.

27 February 2019
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Myanmar army warns against changing constitution

Myanmar's military Saturday said they would thwart any attempts by leader Aung San Suu Kyi's party to alter the "essence" of the country's controversial constitution, putting the army and civilian administration on a collision course over the politically-charged issue.

Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy (NLD) dominated the 2015 elections ending decades of military-backed rule.

24 February 2019
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Rise of Arakan Army spells trouble for Myanmar

In northern Rakhine state, the refugee crisis is not the only worry on the minds of the Myanmar government. On 4 January, also Independence Day in Myanmar, Arakan Army militants killed 13 people and wounded nine others in Rakhine.

16 January 2019
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Military accuses rebels of breaching ceasefire

Myanmar's army accused rebels on Friday of attacking and killing "some" of its soldiers, the first skirmish acknowledged by the military in the wake of its unprecedented ceasefire with ethnic armed groups.

29 December 2018
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Myanmar journalists to appeal seven-year sentence

Two Reuters journalists jailed while reporting on the Rohingya crisis in Myanmar are set to appeal the decision Monday, after spending more than a year behind bars despite global outcry over their convictions.

24 December 2018
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Myanmar’s tourism slump

Faced with dwindling tourist numbers from the West, Myanmar is pulling out all stops to woo visitors closer to home.

1 December 2018
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