Explainer: Two Reuters journalists due to make second Myanmar court appearance
Myanmar has accused Reuters reporters Wa Lone, 31, and Kyaw Soe Oo, 27, of breaching the country’s Official Secrets Act, a little-used law from colonial rule.
— Today Online
Media group collecting news in Maungtaw, Rakhine State
A media group, led by Dr. Myo Thant Tin, Vice-chairman of Myanmar Press Council, arrived in Maungtaw Township, Rakhine, yesterday. The group is collecting news about Maungtaw’s restoration efforts.
— Global New Light Of Myanmar
Myanmar confident of economic take-off this year
After nearly two years in power, Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi and her government face a crucial year ahead. Apart from significant political problems — resolving the troubles in violence-torn Rakhine state and reviving the stalled peace process — the government needs to show dramatically improved performance on the economic front.
— Bangkok Post
Insurgents attack Myanmar soldiers in Rakhine, wounding 6
Six Myanmar soldiers were wounded in an insurgent attack in northern Rakhine state, where government troops have been accused of “ethnic cleansing” that forced hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims to flee into Bangladesh, officials said.
— WTHR/ AP
Persons holding over Ks2 million in CHDB can apply for low-cost apartment
Persons holding more than Ks2 million in savings at the Construction and Housing Development Bank (CHDB) can apply to purcahse a unit at Shwelinpan in Hlaingthaya Township and Kanaung Low-cost Housing in Dagon Seikkan Township starting from today, according to a recent announcement from the Urban and Housing Development Department.
— Global New Light Of Myanmar
Myanmar rebels to fight on
Rohingya insurgents have said they have no option but to fight what they called Myanmar’s state-sponsored terrorism to defend the community.
— The Telegraph/ Reuters
Jewish groups push bill targeting Myanmar for persecution of Muslims
Twenty-four Jewish groups encompassing all major religious streams urged a Senate panel to advance a bill that would penalize Myanmar — also known as Burma — for its treatment of its Rohingya Muslim minority.
— The Times Of Israel
165 wild elephants died in Myanmar in 7 years with most of them slaughtered
A total of 165 wild elephants have died – either killed by poachers for their for their ivory, skin and trunks or due to natural causes – in the past seven years across Myanmar, the Myanmar Times Online reported on Friday.
— Thai PBS
2 More Rohingya Youths Arrested & Tortured to Half Dead
Maungdaw: 2 more innocent Rohingya youths arrested and tortured to half dead in a village of Maungdaw by security forces on 4th January 2018, report sources.
— Rohingya Vision
Bangladesh, Myanmar set to implement Rohingya repatriation deal
The repatriation agreement is based on a similar initiative by Bangladesh and Myanmar after a previous crackdown on the Rohingya in 1992.
— Al Jazeera
ARSA claims ambush on Myanmar security forces
Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) on Sunday claimed responsibility for an ambush on Myanmar security forces that left several wounded in northern Rakhine state, the first attack in weeks in a region gutted by violence.
Food needed for over 1,000 new refugees fleeing Kachin, Shan conflicts
The volunteers who are helping war refugees said that food relief supplies were needed for a growing number of refugees taking shelter in refugee camps in Mansi, Kachin State and Kyaukme, Shan State.
Myanmar works for sustainable tourism development
Myanmar’s Second Vice President U Henry Van Thio recently called for exploring sustainable tourism development plan, stressing the need to create new tourism routes and attractions and to combine innovation with its abundant natural resources to create more choice for tourists.
— Xinhua Net
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