An LGBT festival opened in Burma on Thursday after authorities allowed organisers to hold the launch event in public for the first time in the Southeast Asian nation where same-sex relations remain illegal.
A petrol bomb was hurled at the Yangon residence of State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi on Thursday morning. No one was injured at the compound and Burma’s de facto leader was away in Naypyidaw at the time.
A former child soldier charged with public incitement told a Yangon court on Wednesday that he would boycott future trial proceedings, saying he no longer had faith in the judicial system’s ability to render a fair verdict.
Burma is planning to double its electric power capacity by 2021 by building natural gas-fired power plants, two senior officials say, in an ambitious move to tackle chronic power shortages in the energy-starved country.
Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha said on Tuesday he needed a little more time in office to prepare the country for a general election, just days after his deputy said a vote planned for this year could be delayed.
Anger is growing after dozens of university enrollees were expelled in recent days for demanding an increase to Burma’s national education budget, reviving a proud but often fraught tradition of student protest that has in the past both unseated dictators and killed thousands of young dissidents.
Security forces were deployed across Rakhine State’s Rathedaung Township on Monday as the prominent politician Aye Maung and author Wai Hin Aung made their first appearance at the local court, facing charges of incitement and unlawful association.
One year after the shocking assassination of Burmese legal scholar Ko Ni, the primary suspect in the killing remains at large, and law enforcement authorities continue to face scrutiny over their handling of the case.
Burma’s panel of international advisers on Rohingya issues will not get involved in the case of two Reuters journalists charged with violating the Official Secrets Act, its chairman told a state newspaper in an interview published on Monday.