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  1. News - Asia - MYANMAR

    Spirits conjured in search for ancient bell beneath Myanmar's Yangon River

    Posted Aug 24th 2014, 05:44am by AP

    ... superstitious leaders have, in years past, been part of a colourful cast of characters who believe reclaiming the treasure is important if the nation is ever to regain its position of glory as the crown ... captured imaginations- the prayers, the offerings to nats, or spirits, the vegetarian diets adopted by the diving team in deference to Buddhist principles. Now, the stories grace the local ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1580126/spirits-conjured-search-ancient-bell-beneath-myanmars-yangon-river
  2. News - Asia - MYANMAR

    Kerry warns Myanmar against backsliding on human rights

    Posted Aug 10th 2014, 06:45am by AP

    ... Kerry himself, in remarks to the foreign ministers of the 10 members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean), did not raise the concerns but did say the US wanted to work ... reforms in the predominantly Buddhist nation of 60 million people that emerged from a half-century of dictatorship and military rule with a 2010 election could be undermined by growing religious ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1570302/kerry-warns-myanmar-against-backsliding-human-rights
  3. News - Asia - MYANMAR

    Ban on Suu Kyi standing for Myanmar presidency poses dilemma for party

    Posted Aug 04th 2014, 09:53pm by BLOOM

    ... of the Nobel Peace Prize winner. With elections due late next year, Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy may win the most seats in a national poll for the first time since 1990, when ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1566430/ban-suu-kyi-standing-myanmar-presidency-poses-dilemma-party
  4. News - Asia - MYANMAR

    Myanmar’s health and information ministers ‘resign’

    Posted Jul 30th 2014, 10:13pm by Reuters

    ... the deputy minister of information, said the president had exercised his right to accept the resignations but he also hinted that the president wanted the two out of his team. "Just like a coach of a football team, he has the right to change both the players and the game plan depending on the results so far to improve the performance of his team in the remaining time," Ye Htut said. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1562932/myanmars-health-and-information-ministers-resign
  5. News - China Insider - MYANMAR

    Myanmar court slaps prison sentences on eight Chinese militants accused of murder

    Posted Jul 31st 2014, 03:48pm by Patrick Boehler

    ... Patrick Boehler patrick.boehler@scmp.com A court in Myanmar has sentenced eight Chinese nationals to lengthy prison terms for transporting an arsenal of firearms and hand grenades while ... been arrested there. The arrest of the Chinese nationals has shed light on the ongoing presence of rogue militiamen in Myanmar despite ceasefire agreements that have pacified most ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china-insider/article/1563392/myanmar-sentences-eight-chinese-militants-lengthy-prison
  6. News - Asia - MYANMAR

    Five million back curbing Myanmar military's role in politics

    Posted Jul 22nd 2014, 11:27pm by Reuters

    ... Reuters in Yangon 5m back curbing army role in politics Myanmar's main opposition party says it has collected about five million signatures seeking reduced powers for unelected military members of parliament as the country, which emerged from dictatorship in 2011, moves towards an election next year. The National League for Democracy (NLD), led by Nobel laureate Aung San ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1557288/five-million-back-curbing-myanmar-militarys-role-politics
  7. News - Asia - MYANMAR

    False rape claim fuelled Buddhist-Muslim clashes in Mandalay, police say

    Posted Jul 21st 2014, 03:40am by AFP

    ... clashes that have bedevilled the nation for two years. But a police investigation found the woman was paid to fabricate the accusation against the men, the New Light of Myanmar reported. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1556892/false-rape-claim-fuelled-buddhist-muslim-clashes-mandalay-police-say
  8. News - Asia - MYANMAR

    Millions sign petition in Myanmar urging army to curtail its power

    Posted Jul 20th 2014, 06:20am by AFP

    ... of democracy veterans touts its moral authority in the former army-run nation. The petition, which was launched in May, had gathered around three million signatures by early this month. Watch: Millions ... National League for Democracy party, said. The campaign, which ended yesterday, is focused on altering a provision that ensures the military has a veto on any amendment to the junta-era charter. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1556657/millions-sign-petition-myanmar-urging-army-curtail-its-power
  9. News - Asia - MYANMAR

    Myanmar's reforms may be running out of steam

    Posted Jul 13th 2014, 06:06am by WASHINGTON POST

    ... to the Southeast Asian nation, the achievement is in jeopardy. Myanmar's government has cracked down on the media. The parliament is considering laws that could restrict religious freedom. And revered ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1552885/myanmars-reforms-may-be-running-out-steam
  10. News - Asia - MYANMAR

    Aung San Suu Kyi's opposition party youth ready to rise in ranks

    Posted Jul 06th 2014, 05:40am by AFP

    ... youth wing yesterday. The Nobel Peace Prize winner's National League for Democracy (NLD), founded after a bloody crackdown on a failed popular uprising in 1988, is preparing for key ... of becoming president and has campaigned vigorously- but so far unsuccessfully- to amend a constitutional rule barring her from the role as her two sons are foreign nationals. "We will have ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1547618/aung-san-suu-kyis-opposition-party-youth-ready-rise-ranks

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