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Myanmar’s junta vies with critic of coup for seat on UN assembly

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The United Nations will face a dilemma when its general assembly convenes next week, after both Myanmar’s military junta and the country’s shadow national unity government (NUG) launched rival bids to fill the country...

Myanmar’s military ruler promises multi-party elections

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Myanmar’s military ruler, Min Aung Hlaing, has promised new multiparty elections and said his government is ready to work with any special envoy named by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean). He spoke in...

Swimmer sacrifices Olympics dream in stand against Myanmar’s junta

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There are almost 1,000 athletes here for the swimming competition, which began on Saturday. Win Htet Oo is not among them. Having qualified for the 50m freestyle, Oo was ready to make his Olympic debut as Myanmar’s lo...

‘The darkest days are coming’: Myanmar’s journalists suffer at hands of junta

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As a cyclone rolled over the Bay of Bengal on 24 May, American journalist Danny Fenster, 37, contemplated the brooding skies near a terminal window at Yangon international airport. For a while, the threat of foreigner...

Myanmar’s football in crisis as pull-outs and suspension threat follow coup

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Second-division games in Malaysia don’t make many international headlines but that changed in March when the Myanmar under-23 winger Hein Htet Aung gave a three-fingered salute after scoring for Selangor II. Popularis...

Myanmar’s military rulers suspend more than 125,000 teachers for opposing coup

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More than 125,000 school teachers in Myanmar have been suspended for joining a civil disobedience movement to oppose the military coup that overthrew the country’s elected government in February, an official of the My...

‘Revolution dwells in the heart’: Myanmar’s poets cut down by the military

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His words captured the unflinching determination of the Myanmar public in the face of military brutality: “They shoot in the head, but they don’t know revolution dwells in the heart.” The poet Khet Thi was taken from ...

‘Revolution dwells in the heart’: Myanmar’s poets cut down by the miltary

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His words captured the unflinching determination of the Myanmar public in the face of military brutality: “They shoot in the head, but they don’t know revolution dwells in the heart.” The poet Khet Thi was taken from ...

Remaking Myanmar’s devastated economy is the key for a future democracy

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Myanmar is facing an economic and humanitarian disaster of epic proportions. There is an urgent need to protect the poorest and most vulnerable and provide assistance in a way that doesn’t entrench dictatorship. Equal...

‘We wanted to scare them’: the brothers who fought back against Myanmar’s army

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The young men only had a moment to study the river before rushing into the waist-deep water. The brothers – ranging in age from 15 to 21 – were unfamiliar with the border area and afraid of being seen. On the run from...

Myanmar’s ambassador to UK locked out of embassy, reportedly by deputy

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Myanmar’s ambassador to London has been locked out of the country’s embassy after reports that his deputy had shut him out of the building and taken charge on behalf of the military. Since a military coup in February ...

The Guardian view on Myanmar’s generals: impunity has bred this ruthlessness

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Eleven-year-old Aye Myat Thu was buried with her dolls at the weekend, hours after she was killed by security forces in Myanmar. The horror of her death is far from unique: more than 30 children have reportedly died i...

Myanmar’s besieged resistance dreams of ‘people’s army’ to counter junta

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As an adolescent, Aung, 27, wanted to enlist in the Myanmar military until his family spelt out the horrors of the institution. Now, he has seen them firsthand. “I hate them,” he says from an underground location in ...

Myanmar’s ‘darkest moment’: death toll rises sharply as junta’s crackdown continues

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At least 18 people have been killed in one of the deadliest days since Myanmar was thrust back under military rule, as a group of ousted MPs urged citizens to defend themselvesduring the nation’s “darkest moment”. Mya...

Myanmar’s junta – caught out by passion of protests – unleashes terror

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The military rulers have resorted to brutal suppression after appearing to severely underestimate public hostility towards their takeoverAt first, sheets of paper featuring the face of Min Aung Hlaing were fixed on to...

Myanmar’s street protesters need the world’s help to restore democracy

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Four weeks after he deposed Myanmar’s democratically elected government, General Min Aung Hlaing must be getting that sinking feeling. His carefully orchestrated retirement plan (he was due to retire in July this year...

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