UK imposes new sanctions on generals, Myanmar tensions mount

Six generals cited over rights abuses and companies told not to work with military-linked businesses following the February 1 coup. The United Kingdom has announced new sanctions on the Myanmar generals behind the February 1 coup and said British companies should not be doing business with military-linked firms, as tensions rose in Myanmar amid mass […]

US attacks ‘Iranian-backed military infrastructure’ in Syria

BREAKING Pentagon spokesman says move was in response to recent rocket attacks on US troops in Iraq. The United States military says it carried out attacks on facilities in eastern Syria used by Iran-backed militia on Thursday, following recent rocket attacks on US troop locations in Iraq, the Pentagon said. “At President Biden’s direction, US […]

Follow the money: Myanmar coup puts pressure on army businesses

From SIM cards to beer, skydiving and jade mining, there are few areas of Myanmar’s economy that escape the long arm of its military, the Tatmadaw. But after Senior General Min Aung Hlaing led a coup on February 1 that scuppered a 10-year experiment with democracy, campaigners have once again set their sights on the […]

Scuffles in Yangon as Facebook bans all Myanmar military accounts

Scuffles broke out between opponents and supporters of Myanmar’s coup on Thursday, as Facebook took down all accounts linked to the country’s military and banned advertisements from military-controlled companies on its platforms. Pro-military demonstrators rallying in Yangon, the country’s biggest city, punched several bystanders, according to local media, after anti-coup demonstrators and residents banged pots […]

Facebook Bans Myanmar Military Accounts in Aftermath of Coup

SAN FRANCISCO — Facebook said on Wednesday that it had banned Myanmar’s military and military-controlled state and media entities from its platforms, weeks after the military overthrew the country’s fragile democratic government. The move plunged the social network directly into Myanmar’s post-coup politics — and left little question that it was picking sides in a […]

G7 countries ‘firmly condemn’ Myanmar military attacks on protesters

KABUL: The number of civilians killed and wounded in violence across war-weary Afghanistan fell by 15 percent last year compared to 2019, according to a United Nations report released Tuesday.The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan and the UN Human Rights Office attributed the drop in civilian casualties in part to an apparent tactical change by […]

US sanctions two more Myanmar generals after protest crackdown

US move follows military’s use of force against peaceful protests over the weekend that left two dead. The United States has imposed sanctions on two more generals involved in the February 1 military coup in Myanmar and said it did not rule out additional action after hundreds of thousands took to the streets on Monday […]

EU agrees to sanctions on Myanmar military, Russian officials

European Union foreign ministers have agreed to impose sanctions on Myanmar’s military over its coup earlier this month and withhold some development aid, as well as blacklist Russian officials for the jailing of Kremlin critic Alexey Navalny. The bloc’s foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said on Monday the EU would not curb trade ties with […]

Saudi women can join military in latest widening of rights

The kingdom said in 2019 it would allow women to leave the country without permission from a male relative. Women in Saudi Arabia can now take up arms and enter the military, the latest profession in the kingdom to open up to female recruits. Saudi Arabian women can be employed as soldiers, lance corporals, corporals, sergeants, and […]

UN chief tells Myanmar military: ‘Stop the repression’

Guterres demands Myanmar military free prisoners and end violence, as he opens a four-week summit on human rights. The UN’s top human rights body has opened its first and highest-level meeting of 2021, amid growing concerns on issues including the military coup in Myanmar, the arrest of opposition leader Alexey Navalny in Russia and the […]

In Pictures: Businesses shut as Myanmar protesters defy military

Businesses have closed their doors as tens of thousands of protesters gathered in towns and cities across Myanmar as part of a general strike against the February 1 coup, despite a chilling message from the military that confrontation would cost more lives. As well as local shops, international chains announced closures on Monday, including Yum […]

Myanmar begins general strike in face of military threats

Millions expected to stop work and join protests calling for restoration of democracy three weeks after generals seized power in a coup. Myanmar began a nationwide general strike on Monday despite a curfew, road blockades and more overnight arrests, as the United States warned it would “take firm action” against the military if it continued […]

Nigerian military aircraft crashes on approach to Abuja airport

BREAKING Aviation Minister Hadi Sirika says King Air 350 ‘crashed short of our Abuja runway after reporting engine failure en route Minna’. A Nigerian military aircraft has crashed while approaching the Abuja airport runway due to engine failure. Aviation Minister Hadi Sirika said on his Twitter account on Sunday “a military aircraft King Air 350 […]

A ‘war zone’: Witnesses describe violence at Myanmar protests

Yangon, Myanmar – Saturday was the worst day of bloodshed yet during mass protests in Myanmar against the February 1 military coup, which overthrew the elected government headed by Aung San Suu Kyi and her National League for Democracy.  Police opened fire on peaceful protesters in Mandalay, Myanmar’s second-biggest city, killing two – including a […]

Rockets hit Iraq military airbase hosting US contractors

One person wounded as several rockets strike Iraq’s Balad airbase where a US defence company has its headquarters. At least four rockets struck an Iraqi airbase on Saturday night, the Iraqi military said in a statement, while other officials said one person was wounded at the base where a United States defence company services combat […]

Myanmar’s minorities join protest in show of unity against coup

Members of Myanmar ethnic groups protested on Saturday in a show of opposition to the coup that removed the government of Aung San Suu Kyi, despite some misgivings about her commitment to their aspirations for autonomy, community representatives said. Protests against the coup that overthrew the elected government of the veteran democracy campaigner have taken […]

Myanmar female protester dies as military crackdown hardens

A young woman protester in Myanmar who was shot in the head last week as police dispersed a crowd has died, her brother said, marking the first death among opponents of the February 1 military coup since they began demonstrating two weeks ago. News of her death on Friday came as police and soldiers arrested […]

Myanmar detainees near 500 as hackers go after military websites

Arrests stepped up as protesters pour onto streets in opposition to the coup and civil servants go on strike. Myanmar’s military has ordered more arrests, with nearly 500 individuals facing charges or sentenced to jail in relation to the burgeoning protests and civil disobedience movement following the February 1 coup, after tens of thousands took […]

Japan, US extend agreement on military base payments

Japan will pay 1.9bn in coming year for the 55,000 US troops based there after Trump sought to quadruple payment. Japan and the United States agreed to extend an agreement on how much Toyko pays for the upkeep of US military bases on its soil for another year as they continue talks on a new […]

Myanmar coup opponents in big show of rejection of military claims

Author:  Reuters article author:  Reuters ID:  1613545006601174700 Wed, 2021-02-17 06:51 Opponents of Myanmar’s military coup, including celebrities, veteran activists and students, rejected on Wednesday an army assertion that there was public support for overthrowing elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi, and said their campaign would not burn out. Protesters are deeply skeptical of the junta’s […]

New Zealand troops to leave Afghanistan after 20-year deployment

Six remaining personnel leaving in May ending what Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern describes as the ‘longest-running’ deployment in nation’s history. New Zealand has announced that it will withdraw its last remaining troops from Afghanistan by May, concluding a 20-year deployment that was the country’s longest-running one. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Wednesday that Afghanistan’s […]

Biden team looks to repair US ties with Europe in first NATO meet

US President Joe Biden’s administration will begin the work of renewing the United States’s relationships with its European allies when NATO defence ministers participate in meetings this week. The two-day meeting, to be held via teleconference on Wednesday and Thursday, is expected to set a more cooperative tone in transatlantic relations as Biden’s Defense Secretary […]

India joins Iran-Russia joint navy drill; China also to take part

Exercises include shooting at sea and air targets and liberating hijacked ships, as well as search and rescue and anti-piracy operations. Tehran, Iran – Iranian forces have launched a two-day navy exercise with Russia in the northern part of the Indian Ocean, with India also joining in and China expected to take part, too. Forces […]