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February 23, 2013 | Los Angeles Times
In November, Stefanie Weiner visited Myanmar with small tour group led by a Burmese photographer. At Mingun, a small town near Mandalay, Weiner photographed a young monk traversing the stone arches of Myatheindan Pagoda. "The scene seems to embody the spirit of a more open and freer Myanmar, " she said. The Brentwood resident used a Canon EOS 60D. To submit your photos, visit our reader photo gallery . When you upload your photos, tell us where they were taken and when.
February 22, 2013 | By Emily Alpert
By the time their rickety boat was rescued last week off the eastern coast of Sri Lanka, nearly a hundred of the weakened passengers had lost their lives - roughly three times as many as survived. The starving people had endured nearly two months at sea, trying to flee the western state of Myanmar where hundreds were slain last year, the United Nations refugee agency said Friday. The Rohingya Muslims say they undertook the arduous journey out of fear for their lives. The outpouring of Rohingya from western Myanmar and Bangladesh refugee camps has made the Indian Ocean “one of the deadliest stretches of water in the world,” the U.N. refugee agency said Friday.
February 22, 2013 | By Mark Magnier, Los Angeles Times
KYAN KHINN SU, Myanmar - No matter what anyone else says, antique-aircraft buff David Cundall remains adamant about finding valuable World War II Spitfires buried somewhere in Myanmar. The 63-year-old English farmer and aviation fan told reporters in Yangon this week that he would continue his search even though his main sponsor had backed out. Cundall has already led a 21-member team digging and surveying for several weeks this year near Yangon's international airport in Mingaladon, convinced that dozens of the planes were buried unassembled in wooden crates at the end of the war in 1945.
February 4, 2013 | By Emily Alpert
Rebels and the Myanmar government met Monday and agreed to continue talks in an effort to quell the violence that has roiled Kachin state. The two sides met in the Chinese town of Ruili on the border with Myanmar, also known as Burma. They issued a statement pledging to open up channels of communication, defuse military tensions and create a monitoring system to enforce a cease-fire, according to the Reuters and Associated Press news agencies. Political talks, widely seen as key to any enduring peace, were also promised.
January 2, 2013 | By Emily Alpert
The Myanmar military has admitted using airstrikes against rebels in the country's north, despite earlier government statements saying planes were being used only to supply troops. The strikes signal an escalation in clashes between government forces and the ethnic Kachin rebels, who seek greater autonomy. Video recorded from the rebel trenches by an aid group and shared with the BBC shows attack helicopters firing toward the ground. The military acknowledged the strikes Wednesday on state television, the Associated Press reported.
December 31, 2012 | By Emily Alpert
To end a year charged with change, Myanmar enjoyed yet another first:  a public countdown to the New Year. Such gatherings were heavily restricted under the military government that once ruled Myanmar, also known as Burma . But as the country emerges from totalitarian rule, gradually embracing reforms until recently unthinkable, Myanmar celebrated the new year as never before. “This is very exciting. … We feel like we are in a different world,” university student Yu Thawda told the Associated Press at the Monday countdown.
December 24, 2012 | By Mark Magnier, Los Angeles Times
YANGON, Myanmar - It was a subtle, but effective, way for critics to rankle the brutal generals running the country during the darkest days of global isolation: Call the nation Burma rather than Myanmar. The message: We don't believe your rule is legitimate. Over the years, that tug of words became highly politicized. "Everyone gets confused with the terminology," said Tin May Thein, executive director of Asia21 MJ Co., a Yangon consultancy. "It can make you go a bit crazy. " Now that Myanmar is opening up to the world, easing media restrictions and freeing more political prisoners, the linguistic and political battle lines are blurring.
December 14, 2012 | By Mark Magnier, Los Angeles Times
LETPADAUNG TAUNG, Myanmar - For generations, Ko Myint Tin and his ancestors grew wheat, corn and onions on this fertile land in northern Myanmar. These days, he's propagating banners and slogans to protest the seizure of his family's farmland by powerful Burmese and Chinese military interests hungry for the copper beneath the furrows. Ko Myint Tin, 34, said he was pushed into accepting $650 per acre in "crop damage" in 2010 that, once the documents were signed, resulted in his losing control of his 24 acres.
December 6, 2012 | By Emily Alpert
In Myanmar, thousands of people ejected from their homes as violence flared this year between Rakhine Buddhists and Rohingya Muslims are living in “dire” conditions without jobs, schooling or the freedom to leave, the United Nations humanitarian chief said. The eruption of violence from June to October dampened excitement over progress in Myanmar, which has taken steps toward reform this year. The June attacks in the western state of Rakhine began after state media reported that three Muslim men allegedly raped and murdered a Buddhist woman.
November 25, 2012 | By Emily Alpert
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