Myanmar arrests Buddhist nationalists accused of stoking tensions with Muslims

By Wa Lone YANGON, May 12 : Myanmar police have arrested two radical Buddhist nationalists and are seeking several more after they clashed with Muslims in the country’s commercial capital Yangon, underscoring the authorities’ growing concern over rising religious tensions. The arrests came after nationalists led by the Patriotic Monks Union (PMU) raided flats on […]

Red Cross chief urges Myanmar to allow more access to conflict areas

By Simon Lewis YANGON, May 11 : The International Committee of the Red Cross has asked Myanmar to let aid workers get access to people caught up in conflicts that have displaced tens of thousands despite a transition that brought Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi to power. Authorities have blocked the ICRC from areas […]

Suu Kyi’s party wins nearly half of Myanmar by-elections

By Wa Lone and Simon Lewis YANGON, Apr 2 : Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s party won nearly half of the seats contested in by-elections today, the first vote since it swept to power a year ago and an early indication of support for her administration amid increased fighting with ethnic armed groups and […]

Myanmar goes to polls for by-elections, in first vote since Suu Kyi swept to power

By Simon Lewis and Wa Lone YANGON, Apr 1 : Myanmar goes to the polls today for the first time since Aung San Suu Kyi’s party swept to power a year ago, in an early indication of views on her leadership amid increased fighting with armed ethnic groups and slower economic growth. The by-elections will […]

China’s AgBank suspends account being used to crowdfund Myanmar rebels

By Yimou Lee YANGON, March 22 :One of China’s biggest state-owned lenders has suspended an account used to fund ethnic rebels fighting government troops in Myanmar, halting an arrangement that could have stoked diplomatic tensions between Beijing and Myanmar. The Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army (MNDAA), which clashed with government forces this month, said Agricultural […]