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Myanmar: Country in Southeast Asia
Myanmar or Burma, officially the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, is a country in Southeast Asia. Myanmar is bordered by Bangladesh and India to its northwest, China to its northeast, Laos and Thailand to its east and southeast, and the Andaman Sea and the Bay of Bengal to its south and southwest. With a size of 676,578 square kilometres, Myanmar is the largest of the Mainland Southeast Asian states by area. As of 2017, the population is about 54 million. Its capital city is Naypyidaw, and its largest city is Yangon (Rangoon). Myanmar has been a member of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) since 1997.

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Myanmar: Karen minority demand troops leave area [Video]

Myanmar: Karen minority demand troops leave area

Myanmar's Karen community marches for justice after soldiers are accused of shooting dead a mother and stealing her jewellery.

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How COVID-19 Drew The Curtain Back On India's Inability To Provide Basic Public Health Services [Video]

How COVID-19 Drew The Curtain Back On India's Inability To Provide Basic Public Health Services

India is now third on the Johns Hopkins University tally of countries struggling with the novel coronavirus COVID-19, following the US and Brazil. Far from flattening the curve, CNN reports India's..

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UK sanctions Russians and Saudis under new human rights powers [Video]

UK sanctions Russians and Saudis under new human rights powers

The UK sanctions target alleged perpetrators in the killings of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi and Russian lawyer Sergei Magnitsky, as well as others from Myanmar and North Korea. View on euronews

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Dominic Raab announces UK's first sanctions for human rights abuse [Video]

Dominic Raab announces UK's first sanctions for human rights abuse

The UK's first sanctions for human rights abuse will cover those involved in the deaths of the Russian lawyer Sergei Magnitsky and the Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, the systematic killings of the..

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Raab introduces sanctions against human right abusers [Video]

Raab introduces sanctions against human right abusers

Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab introduces the UK's first sanctions regime that targets people who have committed the gravest human rights abuses. He mentions specifically those involved in the deaths..

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Myanmar jade mine disaster: More bodies found at landslide site [Video]

Myanmar jade mine disaster: More bodies found at landslide site

Rescuers retrieve 166 bodies but dozens more are feared dead after miners were swept away in a wave of mud.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 01:40Published
Myanmar: More than 160 killed in jade mine landslide [Video]

Myanmar: More than 160 killed in jade mine landslide

At least 50 also injured after miners 'smothered by a wave of mud' caused by heavy rain, officials say.

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Death toll in Myanmar landslide surges past 100 [Video]

Death toll in Myanmar landslide surges past 100

A landslide at a jade mine in northern Myanmar killed at least 100 people, with more feared dead, authorities said on Thursday, after a pile of mine waste collapsed into a lake, triggering a wave of..

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Indonesian community praised for rescuing Rohingya refugee [Video]

Indonesian community praised for rescuing Rohingya refugee

Hundreds of thousands of largely Muslim Rohingya have been escaping from Myanmar since 2017.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:38Published

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Myanmar court denies bail to Canadian preacher who defied virus ban

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Myanmar's army investigating soldiers over video of abuses

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Myanmar dismisses fresh war crimes allegations by U.N. rights envoy as 'biased'

A Myanmar government spokesman on Friday dismissed allegations by the departing United Nations rights envoy that the military was committing fresh war crimes in Rakhine state as "biased", blaming..
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A World Health Organization vehicle carrying swabs from patients to be tested for coronavirus came under gunfire in Myanmar's western Rakhine state and the driver was killed, the United Nations said on..
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U.N. says mostly women and children among 32 killed as insurgents, Myanmar military clash

A surge in fighting between the Myanmar military and insurgents has killed at least 32 civilians, mostly women and children, in the restive Rakhine and Chin states, the U.N. human rights office said on..
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U.N. rights office says Myanmar carrying out air strikes in Rakhine state

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Myanmar to free almost 25,000 prisoners in largest amnesty in years

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Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi cited the coronavirus pandemic as the impetus for reluctantly creating her first personal Facebook account in a post on Wednesday.
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Myanmar reported its first coronavirus death on Tuesday, a 69-year-old man who also had cancer and died in a hospital in the commercial capital of Yangon, a government spokeswoman said.
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