UN court to open hearings in Rohingya genocide case
Myanmar’s shadow civilian administration has called on the United Nations’ top court not to allow the country’s military rulers to represent the Southeast Asian nation at hearings into a case accusing the country of genocide against the Rohingya ethnic minoritywashingtonpost.com
UN court hearings set to resume into Rohingya genocide case
An international case accusing Myanmar of genocide against the Rohingya ethnic minority is returning to the United Nations’ highest court amid questions over whether the country’s military rulers should even be allowed to represent the Southeast Asian nation.
New Zealand won't engage Myanmar in largest free trade bloc
New Zealand says it will not deal with Myanmar under a major 15-nation trade agreement, the world’s largest that took effect this year, citing the deadly violence and democratic setbacks in the Southeast Asian country after the military seized power.
Judging Joe Biden's first year in office
The beginning of the Biden Presidency is being measured by opposing forces – both by legislative wins, and by the economic headwinds of the continuing pandemic. CBS News' John Dickerson talks with Harvard University historian Jill Lepore, New York Times columnist Jamelle Bouie, and The Atlantic's James Fallows about the presidency's "return to normalcy"; the chaos surrounding the withdrawal from Afghanistan and COVID-19 testing; the contrasting news of low unemployment and rising inflation; and how Joe Biden's temperament may be the most powerful tool being wielded by the Oval Office.news.yahoo.com
Myanmar's Suu Kyi sentenced to 4 more years in prison
A court in Myanmar sentenced ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi to four more years in prison on Monday after finding her guilty of illegally importing and possessing walkie-talkies and violating coronavirus restrictions, a legal official said. Suu Kyi was convicted last month on two other charges and given a four-year prison sentence, which was then halved by the head of the military-installed government. Suu Kyi’s supporters and independent analysts say the charges against her are contrived to legitimize the military’s seizure of power and prevent her from returning to politics.news.yahoo.com
Cambodia defends leader's trip to Myanmar as 'positive step'
Cambodia’s foreign minister has defended Prime Minister Hun Sen’s trip to Myanmar, the first by a foreign leader since the military takeover plunged the country into turmoil, though there was little evidence the mission yielded any immediate breakthrough.
Myanmar government rebuts massacre reports as 'conspiracy'
Myanmar’s military-installed government has described as “fake news” reports that its troops were involved in a widely reported massacre in which soldiers allegedly rounded up and killed 11 civilians whose charred bodies were later discovered by fellow villagers.
Myanmar court sentences ousted leader Suu Kyi to 4 years
A special court in Myanmar’s capital sentenced the country’s ousted leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, to four years in prison on Monday after finding her guilty of incitement and violating coronavirus restrictions, a legal official said. The sentencing was the first in a series of cases in which the 76-year-old Nobel laureate is being prosecuted since the army seized power on Feb. 1, preventing her National League for Democracy party from starting a second five-year term in office. If found guilty in all the cases she faces, she could be sentenced to more than 100 years in prison.news.yahoo.com
Myanmar military leader says elections will be in 2 years
Six months after seizing power from the elected government, Myanmar’s military leader has repeated his pledge to hold fresh elections in two years and cooperate with Southeast Asian nations on finding a political solution for his countrywashingtonpost.com
Myanmar prisoners protest military with chants, songs
Prisoners inside Myanmar’s most notorious jail held a protest Friday, singing popular songs opposing the military government and chanting political slogans, according to nearby residents and to video uploaded to social media. One video showed a street close to Insein Prison in Yangon with clear audio of voices shouting support for ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi and ousted President Win Myint.news.yahoo.com
Myanmar's military again seeks to replace its UN ambassador
Myanmar’s military rulers are again seeking to replace the country’s ambassador to the United Nations, who opposed their Feb. 1 ouster of civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi and takeover of the government. Foreign Minister Wunna Maung Lwin says in a letter to U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres that he has appointed Aung Thurein, who left the military this year after 26 years, as Myanmar’s U.N. ambassador.news.yahoo.com
Myanmar marks anniversary of killing of independence hero
Myanmar’s military-installed government and those seeking to topple it on Monday marked the 74th anniversary of the assassination of independence hero Gen. Aung San, the father of the country’s recently ousted leader, Aung San Suu Kyi. It also highlights the complicated relationship of Suu Kyi and the military to her father, whose legacy they both claim. There were protest marches Monday in several cities across the country commemorating Aung San, six Cabinet colleagues and two other officials who were killed at a Cabinet meeting less than six months before Britain formally handed independence to Myanmar, then called Burma.news.yahoo.com
US urges ASEAN to press for return to democracy in Myanmar
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken asked his Southeast Asian counterparts Wednesday to press for an end to violence in Myanmar, its return to democracy and the release of all political prisoners in a video conference attended by the military-led nation’s top diplomat. In the meeting with foreign ministers from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, Blinken also underscored the U.S. rejection of China’s “unlawful” territorial claims in the South China Sea and stressed that Washington stands with nations at odds with Beijing in the sea disputes. Blinken’s meeting with the 10-nation bloc also addressed the coronavirus pandemic, State Department spokesman Ned Price said, as surging infections fill hospitals and morgues and further devastate Southeast Asian states’ once-bustling economies.news.yahoo.com
Lawyers: Myanmar's Suu Kyi to face more corruption charges
Lawyers for ousted Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi said Monday they have been informed by the military-installed government that four new charges of corruption have been filed against her. The military overthrew Suu Kyi’s elected government in February and arrested her and top members of her National League for Democracy party, including President Win Myint. Since the takeover, the new government has filed a number of criminal charges against Suu Kyi, who is in detention, and several of her colleagues.news.yahoo.com
Myanmar caught off guard as cases surge, oxygen dwindles
Soe Win stood in line at a plant to buy oxygen for his grandmother, who is struggling with COVID-19 symptoms. Consumed by a bitter and violent political struggle since the military seized power in February, Myanmar has been slow to wake up to a devastating surge in cases since mid-May. It has left many of the sick like Soe Win's grandmother to suffer at home if they cannot find a bed at an army hospital, or prefer not to trust their care to the widely disliked government. Under Aung San Suu Kyi, the civilian leader ousted by the military, Myanmar had weathered its second coronavirus surge beginning in August last year by severely restricting travel, sealing off Yangon, and curbing election campaigning in virus hot spots where lockdowns were imposed.news.yahoo.com
Suu Kyi's lawyers fight over evidence in Myanmar trial
Lawyers for ousted Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi argued strongly Tuesday against the introduction of evidence by prosecutors against her on a sedition charge, saying it did not follow established judicial procedures. Suu Kyi is under detention and is being tried on several charges, including an allegation that she illegally imported walkie-talkies for her bodyguards’ use and used the radios without a license, and violated COVID-19 pandemic restrictions on two occasions during the 2020 election campaign. The military took power in February after ousting Suu Kyi’s elected government and arresting her and other top officials in her government and National League for Democracy party, which was about to begin a second five-year term in office after a landslide election victory last November.news.yahoo.com
Myanmar court denies bid by Suu Kyi to disqualify testimony
Myanmar's ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi suffered a legal setback Tuesday when a judge denied her lawyers’ motion to disqualify prosecution testimony against her on a sedition charge, her defense team said. The court, however, said it would allow the issue to be referred to the High Court and would suspend testimony until a ruling is issued. Ousted President Win Myint and the former mayor of Naypyitaw, Myo Aung, her close political allies, are co-defendants in the charge.news.yahoo.com
Myanmar prosecutors present sedition charge against Suu Kyi
Prosecutors in the trial of deposed Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi presented arguments on Tuesday that she incited public disorder and flouted coronavirus restrictions, part of a package of charges the ruling military junta is seen as using to discredit her and consolidate its control. Suu Kyi and other members of her government and party were arrested by the military after its Feb. 1 coup, and criminal charges were brought against some of the top figures on a litany of charges that their supporters and independent observers say are bogus. Suu Kyi and her National League for Democracy party had been due to start a second five-year term in office after winning a landslide victory in a general election last November.news.yahoo.com
Aung San Suu Kyi takes the stand in 'absurd' and 'politically motivated' trial
The junta trial of Aung San Suu Kyi, Myanmar’s ousted civilian leader opened on Monday, with her supporters denouncing the charges against her as “politically motivated” and “absurd.” Ms Suu Kyi, 75, has been in detention since military generals seized power on February 1 and then levelled a raft of eclectic charges that could see her jailed for more than a decade. On Monday, her lawyers defended the Nobel Peace Laureate against accusations of illegally importing walkie-talkies and failing to conews.yahoo.com
Ousted Myanmar leader on trial; critics say charges bogus
Myanmar’s ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi was set to go on trial Monday on charges that many observers have criticized as attempt by the military junta that deposed her to delegitimize her democratic election and cripple her political future. Suu Kyi's prosecution poses the greatest challenge for the 75-year-old and her National League for Democracy party since February's military coup, which prevented them from taking office for a second five-year term following last year's landslide election victory. Human Rights Watch charged that the allegations being heard in a special court in the capital, Naypyitaw, are “bogus and politically motivated” with the intention of nullifying the victory and preventing Suu Kyi from running for office again.news.yahoo.com
Coronavirus latest news: Bringing AstraZeneca second dose forward four weeks 'makes sense', says JCVI member
One last heave to freedom, PM to urge Delay on lifting restrictions can have 'devastating' cost, experts say Medical aid not given to learning disabled patients Covid recovery should focus on 'peace and stability' Bringing the second dose of AstraZeneca forward by four weeks "makes sense", the deputy chair of the Joint Commission on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has said. Scotland has changed its official guidance to say the second vaccine should be given nearer to eight weeks from the firnews.yahoo.com
Myanmar anti-corruption body files cases against Suu Kyi
The Anti-Corruption Commission in military-ruled Myanmar has found that ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi accepted bribes and misused her authority to gain advantageous terms in real estate deals, government-controlled media reported Thursday. Suu Kyi’s lawyers already denied the allegations when they were first raised three months ago by the military regime that toppled her elected government in a February coup. The commission’s findings come as prosecutors are set to present their case on separate charges against Suu Kyi in court on Monday.news.yahoo.com
Myanmar junta to start court case against Suu Kyi next week
Myanmar's military junta will begin presenting its case against deposed leader Aung San Suu Kyi in court next Monday, her lawyers said. The military arrested Suu Kyi in February when it overthrew her elected government. Public resistance to the coup remains strong and in recent months has taken the form of a low-level armed insurrection.news.yahoo.com