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Aung San Suu Kyi Hears Her Fate in Latest Corruption Trial

Ex-Myanmar leader convicted, hit with 7-year sentence, bringing her total to 33 years

(Newser) - A court in military-ruled Myanmar convicted the country's ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi of corruption Friday, sentencing her to seven years in prison in the last of a string of criminal cases against her, a legal official said. The court's action leaves her with a total of...

Gov't Helicopters Allegedly Hit Myanmar School, Killing Kids

13 people killed in total, per reports

(Newser) - Government helicopters have attacked a school and village in north-central Myanmar, killing at least 13 people including seven children, a school administrator and an aid worker said Monday. Civilian casualties often occur in attacks by the military government on pro-democracy insurgents and their allies. However, the number of children killed...

Suu Kyi Sentenced to 4 More Years in Prison
More Bad News for Suu Kyi

More Bad News for Suu Kyi

Ousted leader sentenced to 3 more years for election fraud conviction

(Newser) - Update: A court in Myanmar on Friday sentenced the country’s ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi to three years' imprisonment after finding her guilty of involvement in election fraud, the AP reports. The ruling adds more jail time to the 17 years she is already serving for other offenses...

Myanmar Carries Out First Executions in 46 Years

Hangings were widely condemned

(Newser) - Myanmar has carried out its first executions in nearly 50 years with the hangings of a former National League for Democracy lawmaker, a democracy activist, and two men accused of violence after the country's military takeover last year. The executions announced Monday were carried out despite worldwide pleas for...

Convictions Rack Up for Suu Kyi
Convictions Rack Up for Suu Kyi

Convictions Rack Up for Suu Kyi

She is to serve at least 11 years in prison after 3 convictions, the latest for corruption

(Newser) - Myanmar's former elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi was sentenced to five years in prison on Wednesday for corruption, in just one of many cases against the 76-year-old Nobel laureate, who was ousted from power by the military in a February 2021 coup. Human rights groups believe the junta...

Biden Administration Getting Ready to Declare a Genocide

White House will reportedly make the designation formally on Monday

(Newser) - The Biden administration intends to declare that Myanmar’s years-long repression of the Rohingya Muslim population is a “genocide," US officials said Sunday. Secretary of State Antony Blinken plans to make the long-anticipated designation on Monday at an event at the US Holocaust Memorial Museum, according to the...

In Myanmar, Reports of Torture, Mass Killings

In one case, villagers say soldiers rounded up 40 men and killed them

(Newser) - Two separate accounts accuse the Myanmar military of systemic torture and, in one of case, mass killings. The reports, one in the BBC and the other in the New York Times , allege that military leaders who took control of the country in a February coup are attempting to crush dissent....

Aung San Suu Kyi Sentenced to 4 Years

In the first of a series of cases against her

(Newser) - 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...

They Escaped Certain Death Only to Face It Again

For some Rohingya refugees, assassins lurk

(Newser) - As the New York Times tells it, they've gone from one hell to the next. The first would be Myanmar, the country Rohingya Muslims fled en masse in 2017 to escape ethnic cleansing. Where most have landed is Bangladesh, which is home to what is the biggest single refugee...

Freed American Journalist Speaks Out

Danny Fenster says he is relieved to be returning to the US from Myanmar

(Newser) - American journalist Danny Fenster, who was freed after nearly six months in jail in military-ruled Myanmar, expressed relief that he on his way home ahead of his arrival in the United States on Tuesday. “I’m feeling all right physically,” a bearded Fenster, in baggy drawstring pants and...

US Journalist Gets 11 Years With Hard Labor in Myanmar
US Journalist Is Freed
From Prison in Myanmar

US Journalist Is Freed From Prison in Myanmar

Danny Fenster was sentenced days ago to 11 years

(Newser) - Update: American journalist Danny Fenster, sentenced only days ago to 11 years hard labor in Myanmar, has been freed and is on his way home, per the AP . Former US Ambassador to the UN Bill Richardson said Fenster had been handed over to him in Myanmar and would return to...

Myanmar General Announces He's Prime Minister Now
General: I'm Prime Minister Now

General: I'm Prime Minister Now

Myanmar's ruler promises elections in 2 years

(Newser) - Six months after seizing power from the elected government, Myanmar's military leader on Sunday declared himself prime minister and said he would lead the country under the extended state of emergency until elections are held in about two years. "We must create conditions to hold a free and...

Human Rights Watch: Suu Kyi Being Tried on 'Bogus' Charges

Human Rights Watch says charges are a ploy to keep her from running for election again

(Newser) - Myanmar’s ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi went on trial Monday on charges that many observers say are an attempt by the junta that deposed her to eliminate her as a political force, erase the country’s democratic gains, and cement the military’s power. Suu Kyi's...

Michael Flynn Clarifies His Comments About a Coup
Michael Flynn
Clarifies His
About a Coup

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Michael Flynn Clarifies His Comments About a Coup

After viral clip, former general says media misinterpreted his response to a question

(Newser) - Michael Flynn wants to make it clear: He is not advocating a military coup in the United States. The retired general and former national security adviser issued the clarification after a viral clip surfaced over the weekend and led to headlines and criticism. The details:
  • Original words: At a right-wing

Pope: Deaths of Children in Fighting Is 'Unacceptable'

Francis urges Israelis, Palestinians to break cycle of revenge

(Newser) - Focusing on the deaths of children, Pope Francis on Sunday urged an end to the Israeli-Palestinian fighting. "Many innocent people have died, amongst them there are also children," the pope said Sunday. "This is terrible. Unacceptable. Their death is a sign that (people) don't want to...

Poet's Widow Says Junta Removed His Organs

She says Khet Thi died after Myanmar regime hauled him in for interrogation

(Newser) - "They shoot in the head, but they don’t know the revolution is in the heart," poet Khet Thi wrote after the military coup in Myanmar. His widow says the junta brought him in for interrogation Saturday and returned his corpse the next day—with the organs removed....

Myanmar Forces Kill 82 in City in a Single Day

Death toll for protesters in Bago could rise

(Newser) - At least 82 people were killed in one day in a crackdown by Myanmar security forces on pro-democracy protesters, according to reports Saturday from independent local media and an organization that keeps track of casualties since the military’s February seizure of power. Friday's death toll in Bago was...

Myanmar Military Cuts Off Internet Service

Human Rights Watch says junta has disappeared hundreds of coup opponents

(Newser) - Myanmar's wireless broadband internet services were shut down on Friday by order of the military, a local provider said, as protesters continued to defy the threat of lethal violence to oppose the junta's takeover. A directive from the Ministry of Transport and Communications on Thursday instructed that "...

Dozens Dead in Myanmar's 'Day of Shame'

Country's forces said to have killed close to 100 protesters in deadliest day since coup

(Newser) - As Myanmar’s military celebrated the annual Armed Forces Day holiday with a parade Saturday in the country's capital, soldiers and police elsewhere reportedly killed dozens of people as they suppressed protests in the deadliest bloodletting since last month's coup. A count issued by an independent researcher in...

Soldiers Kill 7-Year-Old in Her Own Home in Myanmar

20 children thought to be among at least 275 people killed since Feb. 1

(Newser) - More deaths were reported in Myanmar on Tuesday, including that of a 7-year-old girl reportedly shot in her father's arms. Soldiers were raiding homes in Mandalay to look for opponents and weapons when they kicked down the family's door, asking the father whether anyone else was at...

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