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Aung San Suu Kyi’s Trial Begins in Myanmar After February Coup
  + stars: | 2021-06-14 | by ( Feliz Solomon | ) sentiment -1.00   time to read: +2 min
The trial of Aung San Suu Kyi, whose government was ousted in a military coup in Myanmar, began Monday on a series of criminal charges that could, if she is convicted, prevent her from returning to public life. Ms. Suu Kyi, 75, has been a defining figure in her country’s struggle for democracy for more than three decades. Ms. Suu Kyi has been detained ever since. Authorities have charged Ms. Suu Kyi with seven criminal offenses, all of which her lawyers say are politically motivated. If convicted of any or all of the charges, Ms. Suu Kyi could face anywhere from one to more than 20 years in detention, said Khin Maung Zaw, one of her lawyers.
Persons: Aung, Suu Kyi, Suu, Khin Maung, , , David Mathieson Organizations: Authorities Locations: Suu, Myanmar, Thailand
Myanmar's State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi attends Invest Myanmar in Naypyitaw, Myanmar, January 28, 2019. Suu Kyi, 75, is due to face trial on Monday on charges of breaching coronavirus regulations while campaigning for the election she won last November and also for possession of unlicensed walkie-talkies. Her legal team have denied any wrong doing by Suu Kyi and her chief lawyer Khin Maung Zaw called the most recent corruption charges "absurd". Phil Robertson, Deputy Asia Director, Human Rights Watch, said in a statement the charges Suu Kyi faced "are bogus, and politically motivated" and "should be dropped, resulting in her immediate and unconditional release." The junta has branded a rival National Unity Government set up by supporters of Suu Kyi as a terrorist group and blamed it for bombings, arson and killings.
Persons: Suu, Ann Wang, Myanmar’s, Aung San Suu Kyi, Suu Kyi, Nobel, Khin Maung Zaw, Phil Robertson, Suu Kyi's, Che Guevara, Human Rights Michelle Bachelet, Bachelet Organizations: Invest Myanmar, REUTERS, Human Rights, Asia, Assistance Association for Political, United Nations, Association of Southeast Asian Nations, ASEAN, Myanmar's, National Unity Government, Reuters, Karen National Defence Organisation, Thomson Locations: Myanmar's, Naypyitaw, Myanmar, Yangon, American
Myanmar junta media accuse ethnic army of killing 25 workers
  + stars: | 2021-06-14 | by ( ) sentiment -1.00   time to read: +2 min
Myanmar's junta-controlled media on Monday accused an ethnic armed group of killing 25 construction workers in the east of the country after abducting a group of 47 people last month. Reuters was unable to reach the Karen National Defence Organisation (KNDO) for comment on the accusation. The Global New Light of Myanmar newspaper and army controlled Myawaddy Television showed pictures of what appeared to be 25 dead bodies laid in a forest clearing. "Officials from the bridge construction site checked the dead bodies with their identities to inform parents and relatives," it said. Fighting has intensified in eastern Myanmar since the coup and clashes have driven thousands of people from their homes.
Persons: Aung San, Aung San Suu Kyi, Fighting, Karen Organizations: Reuters, Karen National Defence Organisation, Myanmar, Myawaddy, Assistance Association for Political Prisoners, Thomson Locations: Myanmar's, Aung San Suu, Myawaddy District, Thailand, Myanmar
Ex-head of Myanmar's COVID-19 vaccination programme arrested
  + stars: | 2021-06-14 | by ( ) sentiment -1.00   time to read: +2 min
The former head of Myanmar's COVID-19 immunisation programme has been arrested and faces charges of high treason for colluding with opponents of the military authorities, state media reported on Monday. The Global New Light of Myanmar said Htar Htar Lin had been arrested on June 10 and she was also accused of working with an underground National Unity Government (NUG). "According to her confession, she not only joined the CDM and formed the CDM Core Group together with other CDM doctors and staff but also colluded with terrorist NUG," it said. The arrest of Htar Htar Lin and other doctors was condemned by U.S.-based Physicians for Human Rights. The 373 new cases of COVID-19 reported on Sunday was the highest since Feb. 3, just before testing collapsed in the wake of the coup.
Persons: Myanmar's, Aung San, Aung San Suu Kyi, Htar Htar Lin, NUG, Suu Kyi, Htar, Jennifer Leigh Organizations: National Unity Government, CDM, Reuters, U.S, Human Rights, Thomson Locations: Aung San Suu, Myanmar
U.S journalist Nathan Maung released from detention in Myanmar - lawyer
  + stars: | 2021-06-14 | by ( ) sentiment -0.99   time to read: 1 min
U.S. citizen Nathan Maung has been released from detention in Myanmar and is due to fly out of the country on Tuesday, his lawyer Tin Zar Oo told Reuters. A court dismissed the case against the editor at Kamayut Media after the plaintiff withdrew the lawsuit, Tin Zar Oo said on Monday. The United States had expressed concern over the detention of Nathan Maung and another U.S. citizen, Daniel Fenster, by the military authorities in the Southeast Asian country. Our Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Nathan Maung, Tin Zar Oo, Zar, Daniel Fenster Organizations: Reuters, Kamayut Media, United, Thomson Locations: Myanmar, United States
Myanmar junta accuses ethnic armies over bombings
  + stars: | 2021-06-12 | by ( ) sentiment -1.00   time to read: +1 min
Myanmar's junta on Saturday accused some of the country's two dozen ethnic armed groups of providing training to its opponents to carry out a wave of bombings that it said had targeted public buildings including schools. At a news conference, junta spokesman Zaw Min Tun identified three ethnic armed groups he said had provided training to "terrorists": the Kachin Independence Army (KIA), the Karen National Union (KNU) and the The Karenni National Progressive Party (KNPP) - which has an armed wing. Zaw Min Tun said the authorities' information that Ethnic Armed Organisations (EAOs) were giving training came from people who had been arrested and equipment captured. Some of the ethnic armed groups, which have been fighting for decades for greater autonomy, had been in a shaky ceasefire. Meanwhile, new armed groups have sprung up in parts of the country to oppose military rule.
Persons: Aung San, Aung San Suu Kyi, Zaw Min Tun, Min Tun Organizations: Kachin Independence Army, Karen National Union, National Progressive Party, Reuters, Thomson Locations: Aung San Suu
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken walks to his car after disembarking from his airplane upon arrival ahead of the NATO Summit at Brussels Airport in Belgium, June 12, 2021. Saul Loeb/Pool via REUTERSU.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and South Korean Foreign Minister Chung Eui-Yong reaffirmed a commitment between their countries and Japan to work closely toward the "denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula," the State Department said. The statement, issued after the two met on the sidelines of a Group of Seven summit, referred, without naming North Korea, to efforts that have made little or no progress toward getting Pyongyang to abandon its nuclear arsenal. Blinken and Chung also stressed the importance of multilateral cooperation to address other regional issues "including the return to the path to democracy for the people of Burma," the statement said, referring to a military coup in Myanmar earlier this year. Our Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Antony Blinken, Saul Loeb, Chung Eui, Yong, Chung Organizations: NATO, Brussels Airport, REUTERS U.S, South Korean Foreign, State Department, Thomson Locations: Belgium, Japan, North Korea, Pyongyang, Burma, Myanmar
A herd of elephants traipsing through southwest China has captured the imagination of millions. A migrating herd of elephants roam through a neighborhood near the Shuanghe Township, in southwestern China's Yunnan Province, last week. “Elephants are holy animals that can bring fortune and peace in Chinese culture, so we are very happy the elephants came,” he said. Wild Asian elephants lie on the ground and rest in Jinning district of Kunming, Yunnan province, China on June 7, 2021. The China Central Television News Agency has captured signs of a second herd of elephants attempting to migrate across a river in Xishuangbanna.
Persons: Adam Chang, , Jason Cao, Chang, Cao, Tammie Matson, Matson, Ridley Safaris, Nilanga Jayasinghe, Raman Sukumar, It's, Hannah Mumby, ” Chang Organizations: NBC News, Yunnan Forest Fire Brigade, AP, Nature Reserve, Xinhua, Officials, University of Rwanda, AP Xinhua, WWF, NBC, Indian Institute of Science, Reuters, University of Hong Kong’s, of Biological Sciences, China Central Television News Agency Locations: China, Kunming, Yunnan, Shuanghe, China's Yunnan Province, Yunnan Forest, Myanmar, Laos, Xishuangbanna, Bengaluru, India, Sri Lanka, Jinning district, Yunnan province
China calls COVID-19 lab-leak theory 'absurd,' Blinken urges transparency
  + stars: | 2021-06-11 | by ( ) + 0.00   time to read: +3 min
Yang, China's top diplomat,expressed Beijing's serious concern to Blinken that some people in the United States were spreading the "absurd story" about the coronavirus escaping from a Wuhan laboratory, Chinese state media said. Head of the Central Foreign Affairs Commission of China's ruling Communist Party, Yang also told Blinken that Washington should handle Taiwan-related issues "carefully and appropriately," state broadcaster CCTV reported. The State Department said the discussion on North Korea focused on the need for China and the United States "to work together for the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula." read more"We urge the United States to respect facts and science, refrain from politicizing the issue ... and focus on international cooperation in the fight against the pandemic," Yang said. They met Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen and announced the donation of 750,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine for Taiwan, drawing a sharp rebuke from China's defense ministry.
Persons: Yang Jiechi, Captain Cook, Frederic J ., Antony Blinken, Yang, Blinken, Tsai Ing Organizations: Central Foreign Affairs, Office, U.S, Captain, REUTERS U.S, Central Foreign Affairs Commission, Communist Party, CCTV, The State Department, Washington, Taiwan, Biden administration's, WHO, World Health Organization, Wall Street, Thomson Locations: China, Anchorage , Alaska, U.S, Hong Kong, Taiwan, United States, Wuhan, Washington, . Washington, Beijing, North Korea, China's Xinjiang, Alaska, Korean, Iran, Myanmar
UN rights commissioner warns of escalating violence in Myanmar
  + stars: | 2021-06-11 | by ( ) + 0.00   time to read: +4 min
U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet attends a news conference at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, December 9, 2020. REUTERS/Denis BalibouseThe United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights said on Friday of that violence in Myanmar is intensifying and condemned the army's "outrageous" use of heavy weapons, while urging a wider diplomatic effort to pressure the ruling generals. Michelle Bachelet said the junta had shown no willingness to implement a five-point consensus it agreed with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in April to halt violence and start dialogue with its opponents. "There appear to be no efforts towards de-escalation but rather a build-up of troops in key areas, contrary to the commitments the military made to ASEAN to cease the violence," Bachelet said in a statement. The state-run Global New Light of Myanmar newspaper gave a breakdown on Friday of offences committed since the military took power.
Persons: Human Rights Michelle Bachelet, Denis Balibouse, Michelle Bachelet, Bachelet, Aung, Min Aung Organizations: Human Rights, United Nations, REUTERS, Association of Southeast Asian Nations, ASEAN, United, People's Defence Forces, Association for Political, Myanmar, Thomson Locations: Geneva, Switzerland, Myanmar, Kayah State, China, Japan, United Nations
US President Joe Biden meets with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Thursday ahead of the G7 summit in Cornwall. Several guest countries have also been invited to join the summit, including Australia, which will use the occasion to seek support in its escalating trade disputes with China. On Thursday, the Chinese Foreign Ministry hit out at Biden's plan to rally allies on China, accusing it of "fanning confrontation." Nor is the fact that it is the G7 reacting to China, rather than China reacting to the G7, lost on observers in Beijing. Chinese observers cited by the Global Times appear confident that G7 countries' "fundamental divergences" on how to deal with China will "hinder them from making any substantial moves."
Persons: Joe Biden, Biden, Boris Johnson, Washington, Scott Morrison, Wang Wenbin, China's, Didi, Jill Disis, Pamela Boykoff, Asia Myanmar's, Aung San Suu Kyi, Agnes Callamard, Callamard, Beijing's Organizations: CNN, Washington, South China, Washington Post, British, Initiative, Australian, World Trade Organization, Chinese Foreign Ministry, Times, Global Times, New York Stock Exchange, Nasdaq, Nobel, Afghan ISIS, Halo Trust, United Nations, Amnesty, Communist Party Locations: China, England, Beijing, Xinjiang, Hong Kong, South, United States, Russia, Cornwall, China's, Australia, Miaofeng, New York, Brazil, Mexico, Asia, South Korea, Afghan, Afghanistan, Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region
Yellen, in prepared remarks to a U.S. House of Representatives Appropriations subcommittee, said that the G20 Debt Service Suspension Initiative for poor countries and a new debt restructuring "Common Framework" both need funding from Congress. "Without new funding, the United States could be forced to delay the multilateral debt process under the Common Framework and charge much higher interest rates on DSSI debt service suspensions," Yellen said. She said the budget plan also includes funding for the first-ever U.S. contribution to the IMF's Poverty Reduction and Growth Trust, a fund that aids poor countries. It also would allow the United States to lend IMF Special Drawing Rights (SDRs) through the trust to poorer countries that need them. Yellen said that these countries would be allocated SDRs as IMF members.
Persons: Janet Yellen, Yellen, Justin Tallis, Guy Reschenthaler Organizations: Treasury, World Bank, International Monetary Fund, U.S . House, Initiative, Development Association, Growth Trust, Winfield House, IMF, Republican, Thomson Locations: U.S, United States, London, Britain, China, Russia, Iran, Myanmar, Burma
WASHINGTON — The family of Danny Fenster, a U.S. journalist detained in Myanmar two weeks ago, is calling on President Joe Biden to personally intervene as independent efforts to reach Fenster have failed, his brother said in an interview on Wednesday. “We have heard from everybody with the exception of the White House,” Bryan Fenster, Danny’s brother, told NBC News. Bryan Fenster said the family has been "working our tails off" to contact his brother without results. The Foreign Correspondents Club of Thailand estimated in May that Fenster was one of over 70 journalists detained in Myanmar since February. The parents of detained journalist Danny Fenster, from left, Buddy Fenster and Rose Fenster and brother Bryan Fenster in Huntington Woods, Mich., on June 4, 2021.
Persons: WASHINGTON, Danny Fenster, Joe Biden, , ” Bryan Fenster, Bryan Fenster, Biden, Kamala Harris, “ We’re, they’re, , Fenster, Buddy Fenster, Rose Fenster, Jeff Kowalsky, Andy Levin, Julianna, Levin, Daniel Bastard, Yuki Kitazumi, Wa, Soe, Michigan Sen, Gary Peters, Jake Sullivan, Antony Blinken, Danny Fenster's, “ We’ve, Daniel Fenster, ” Blinken Organizations: White, NBC News, U.S ., National Security, Frontier, Yangon International, Foreign Correspondents Club, Getty, U.S . Rep, Reuters, Capitol, Foreign Locations: U.S, Myanmar, Fenster, Frontier Myanmar, Yangon, Michigan, Thailand, Huntington Woods, Mich, AFP, Asia, Pacific, Vienna
U.S. tire maker Goodyear loses dispute against foreign workers in Malaysia
  + stars: | 2021-06-10 | by ( Mei Mei Chu | ) sentiment -1.00   time to read: +2 min
A logo of Goodyear is pictured at it's factory in Shah Alam, Malaysia May 6, 2021. Goodyear Malaysia argued that the migrant workers did not have legal standing to file the complaint as they were not union members, according to the court documents. "This is just the tip of the iceberg albeit a significant milestone in the treatment of migrant workers in this company," said the workers' lawyer Chandra Segaran Rajandran. The court has already ruled in favor of the foreign workers in two of the cases last year. Goodyear is also facing accusations of unlawful overtime, wrongful salary deduction, denying workers full access to their passports, and threats to migrant workers, Reuters has reported.
Persons: Lim Huey Teng, Goodyear, Rasidah Chik, Rasidah, Chandra Segaran Rajandran Organizations: Goodyear, REUTERS, Goodyear Tire &, Goodyear Malaysia, Industrial, Court, Reuters, Thomson Locations: Shah Alam, Malaysia, Malaysian, Goodyear Malaysia, Nepal, Myanmar, India
Myanmar authorities open new corruption cases against deposed leader Suu Kyi
  + stars: | 2021-06-10 | by ( ) sentiment -1.00   time to read: +2 min
Myanmar has opened new corruption cases against deposed leader Aung San Suu Kyi and other former officials from her government, the state-run Global New Light of Myanmar said on Thursday. It said case files had been opened against Suu Kyi and several other officials from the capital Naypyidaw at police stations on Wednesday. Myanmar's military has been battling on multiple fronts to impose order since its Feb. 1 coup against Aung San Suu Kyi and her elected government sparked nationwide protests. Stan Honda / AFP - Getty Images fileCases Suu Kyi already faced ranged from the illegal possession of walkie-talkie radios to breaking the Official Secrets Act. The army overthrew Suu Kyi saying her party had cheated in November elections, an accusation rejected by the previous election commission and international monitors.
Persons: Aung San, Kyi, Suu Kyi, Khin, Suu, Aung, Stan Honda Organizations: Corruption, Foundation, Reuters, AFP, Getty Locations: Myanmar, Myanmar's
Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi Charged With Corruption
  + stars: | 2021-06-10 | by ( Feliz Solomon | ) sentiment -1.00   time to read: +1 min
SINGAPORE—Authorities in Myanmar have charged Aung San Suu Kyi with corruption, the latest in a raft of criminal cases brought against her since the country’s military overthrew her government in a coup and returned the Southeast Asian nation to authoritarian rule. Ms. Suu Kyi has been detained since the Feb. 1 coup and is preparing to face trial next week on the other charges against her. An announcement in a state-controlled newspaper on Thursday said Ms. Suu Kyi and three other former officials were charged with corruption. Ms. Suu Kyi is accused of unlawfully obtaining land for a charitable foundation she chairs and for a vocational school. Khin Maung Zaw, a lawyer for Ms. Suu Kyi, dismissed the accusations as absurd and groundless.
Persons: Suu Kyi, Maung Organizations: SINGAPORE — Authorities Locations: SINGAPORE, Myanmar, Suu
Myanmar authorities open new corruption cases against Aung San Suu Kyi
  + stars: | 2021-06-10 | by ( ) sentiment -1.00   time to read: +1 min
Myanmar's State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi looks on before the UN's International Court of Justice on December 11, 2019 in the Peace Palace of The Hague, on the second day of her hearing on the Rohingya genocide case. New corruption cases have been opened against Myanmar's deposed leader Aung San Suu Kyi and other former officials from her government, the state-run Global New Light of Myanmar said on Thursday. The cases are the latest of a series brought against elected leader Suu Kyi, who was overthrown by the army on Feb. 1 in a coup that has plunged the Southeast Asian country into chaos. It said case files had been opened against Suu Kyi and several other officials from the capital Naypyidaw at police stations on Wednesday. Reuters was not immediately able to reach Suu Kyi's lawyers for comment.
Persons: Suu Kyi, Myanmar's, Aung San, Kyi, Khin, Suu Organizations: Court, Justice, Corruption, Foundation, Reuters Locations: Myanmar's, Peace, The Hague, Myanmar
Myanmar authorities open new corruption cases against Suu Kyi
  + stars: | 2021-06-10 | by ( ) sentiment -1.00   time to read: +2 min
State Counsellor of Myanmar Aung San Suu Kyi attends the 22nd ASEAN Plus Three Summit in Bangkok, Thailand, November 4, 2019. REUTERS/Chalinee Thirasupa/File PhotoNew corruption cases have been opened against Myanmar's deposed leader Aung San Suu Kyi and other former officials from her government, the state-run Global New Light of Myanmar said on Thursday. It said case files had been opened against Suu Kyi and several other officials from the capital Naypyidaw at police stations on Wednesday. Cases Suu Kyi already faced ranged from the illegal possession of walkie-talkie radios to breaking the Official Secrets Act. The army overthrew Suu Kyi saying her party had cheated in November elections, an accusation rejected by the previous election commission and international monitors.
Persons: Suu Kyi, Chalinee, Myanmar's, Aung San, Kyi, Khin, Suu Organizations: ASEAN, REUTERS, Corruption, Foundation, Reuters, Thomson Locations: Myanmar, Bangkok, Thailand, Myanmar's borderlands
Military plane crashes near Myanmar's Mandalay, killing 12 - fire service
  + stars: | 2021-06-10 | by ( ) sentiment -1.00   time to read: +1 min
A military plane crashed on Thursday near Myanmar's second-biggest city of Mandalay, killing 12 people, the city's fire service said in a post on social media. The plane was carrying six military personnel and also monks who were due to attend a ceremony at a Buddhist monastery, other media reports said. There were no reports of casualties among people on the ground. The pilot and one passenger survived and were taken to a military hospital, according to a resident and posting by a community group. Photographs on social media showed a badly damaged fuselage lying its side.
Persons: Aung, Suu Kyi Organizations: Thomson Locations: Myanmar's, Mandalay, Pyin, Myanmar, Suu
Myanmar military junta charges Aung San Suu Kyi with corruption
  + stars: | 2021-06-10 | by ( Helen Regan | Sophie Jeong | ) sentiment -0.99   time to read: +1 min
(CNN) Myanmar's deposed civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi has been charged with corruption by the country's military junta, state media reported Thursday, adding to a raft of legal cases against the Nobel Peace Prize laureate. The new charge follows an investigation by the Anti-Corruption Commission into several accusations leveled at Suu Kyi. The commission said Suu Kyi "misused her authority" in renting land and a building to open the Daw Khin Kyi Foundation headquarters, where she served as chairperson. The commission also said Suu Kyi "illegally accepted" $600,000 in cash, as well as gold, while in office. Aung San Suu Kyi appears in court in Naypyidaw on May 24 for the first time since the military detained her in a February coup.
Persons: Myanmar's, Aung San Suu Kyi, Suu Kyi, Suu, Aung, Read Organizations: CNN, Nobel, Foundation, Horticulture Vocational School Locations: Suu, Myanmar, Naypyidaw, Yangon
Despite the dangerous conditions, many of Myanmar's journalists continue to deliver vital information to the public and the rest of the world. He was held in Insein Prison before being sent back to Tokyo in May. Nathan Maung (left) and Hanthar Nyein (right) are being held in Insein Prison. But they survived, and were transferred to Myanmar's main prison, Insein. Relatives wait for a bus carrying prisoners to be released outside Insein Prison in Yangon on April 17.
Persons: Danny Fenster, Fenster, Min Aung, Aung Kyaw, Zaw, Buddy Fenster, Nathan Maung, , Hanthar Nyein, Yuki Kitazumi, Robert Bociaga, , Nathan Maung Nathan Maung's, Nyein, Daniel Fenster, Blinken, Antony Blinken, Insein, Aung San Suu Kyi, Bo Kyi, Suu Kyi's, Kitazumi, Kay Zon Nway, Kay Zon, it's, Michelle Obama's, It's, Danny, Rose Fenster, Biden Organizations: Yangon International Airport, CNN Business . Frontier, Association for Political, ASEAN, Democratic, of Burma, Mizzima, CNN Business, Kamayut, Media, Human Rights Watch, US State Department, Rights Watch, CNN, Embassy Locations: United States, Yangon, Myanmar's, CNN Business . Frontier Myanmar, Insein, Myanmar, Thailand, Tokyo, Vienna, Japanese, States
U.N. rights envoy warns of risk of starvation in Myanmar's Kayah State
  + stars: | 2021-06-09 | by ( ) sentiment -1.00   time to read: +2 min
Myanmar's Kayah State could suffer a "massive" loss of life beyond anything seen since the military seized power, with more than 100,000 people fleeing their homes to escape conflict, a U.N. human rights investigator warned on Wednesday. Kayah State, which borders Thailand, is one of several regions where volunteer People's Defence Forces have clashed with Myanmar's well-equipped army, which has responded with artillery and air strikes, triggering an exodus into nearby forests. "The junta's brutal, indiscriminate attacks are threatening the lives of many thousands of men, women and children in Kayah State," Thomas Andrews, U.N. special rapporteur on human rights in Myanmar, said in a statement. Mass deaths from starvation, disease, and exposure, on a scale we have not yet seen since the February 1 coup, could occur in Kayah State absent immediate action," he said. An activist in Kayah State said many displaced people could not be reached including in an area east of Demoso town, about 15 km (9 miles) from the state capital, Loikaw.
Persons: Myanmar's, Aung, Kyi, Thomas Andrews, Power Organizations: People's Defence Forces, Association of Southeast Asian Nations, Thomson Locations: Kayah, Thailand, Kayah State, Myanmar, Demoso, Loikaw
Japan, Australia raise concerns about reported abuses in China
  + stars: | 2021-06-09 | by ( ) sentiment -0.96   time to read: +2 min
Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi (R) and Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi remove their protective masks as they attend a video conference with Australian Foreign Minister and Minister for Women Marise Payne and Australian Defense Minister Peter Dutton (not in picture), at Foreign Ministry in Tokyo, Japan June 9, 2021. "We share serious concerns about reported human rights abuses against Uyghur and other Muslim minorities in Xinjiang," Japan and Australia said in a joint statement after a meeting of the defence and foreign ministers of both countries. "We call on China to grant urgent, meaningful and unfetteredaccess to Xinjiang for independent international observers, including the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights." Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi and Defence Minister Nobuo Kishi met their Australian counterparts, Marise Payne and Peter Dutton, via video conferencing. In Beijing, the foreign ministry said it strongly objected to the two nations playing up the "China threat" and smearing the country maliciously.
Persons: Toshimitsu Motegi, Nobuo Kishi, Women Marise Payne, Peter Dutton, Eugene Hoshiko, Marise Payne, Wang Wenbin, Hong Organizations: Australian Foreign Minister, Women, Australian Defense, Foreign Ministry, REUTERS, UN, Human Rights, Australian, East China, Thomson Locations: Tokyo, Japan, REUTERS Japan, Australia, China's, Xinjiang, Beijing, United States, Britain, Canada, China, East, Taiwan Strait, Myanmar
A Herd of Wild Elephants Wandering Across China Captivates Millions
  + stars: | 2021-06-08 | by ( Sha Hua | ) + 0.80   time to read: +1 min
China’s latest social-media stars are large, riding a sugar high and destroying everything in their path. In recent weeks, a herd of 15 wild elephants on a long, strange trip out of the jungles of far southwestern China have transfixed millions of people across the country. Since the elephants left a wildlife reserve near China’s border with Laos and Myanmar last year, they have marched steadily northward and, since Wednesday evening, have been roaming the outskirts of Kunming, a city of 8.5 million residents. Millions have tuned in to watch the elephants’ 300-mile journey on television and on internet live streams, or tracked their movements on social media. While enamored with the creatures, some increasingly see the elephants and their journey as a lesson on the perils of nature and a rapidly urbanizing China crashing into one another, especially as development booms.
Locations: China, China’s, Laos, Myanmar, Kunming
Chinese authorities are trying to lure back fugitive fraudsters operating across the border in Myanmar by threatening to cut off pensions and other benefits for family members, according to social media postings by public security bodies. The actions by local authorities come after China's President Xi Jinping said in April that China will resolutely crack down on telecoms and internet fraud. The Ministry of Justice and the Ministry of Public Security did not immediately respond to a faxed request for comment. A television show released in China this year dramatised efforts by the country's police to fight transnational crimes- including telecoms fraud, committed by or against Chinese nationals abroad. In one 2019 telecoms fraud case involving 10 million yuan ($1.56 million), Chinese police cooperated with their counterparts in northern Myanmar to bring back 69 Chinese nationals, according to the state-backed China Daily.
Persons: Xi Jinping Organizations: United States Institute of Peace, Justice, Ministry of Public Security, China Daily ., Thomson Locations: Myanmar, China, Jiangxi, Hunan province, U.S, Thailand
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