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Myanmar Forces Kill 82 in City in a Single Day

Death toll for protesters in Bago could rise

(Newser) - At least 82 people were killed in one day in a crackdown by Myanmar security forces on pro-democracy protesters, according to reports Saturday from independent local media and an organization that keeps track of casualties since the military’s February seizure of power. Friday's death toll in Bago was...

Myanmar Military Cuts Off Internet Service

Human Rights Watch says junta has disappeared hundreds of coup opponents

(Newser) - Myanmar's wireless broadband internet services were shut down on Friday by order of the military, a local provider said, as protesters continued to defy the threat of lethal violence to oppose the junta's takeover. A directive from the Ministry of Transport and Communications on Thursday instructed that "...

Dozens Dead in Myanmar's 'Day of Shame'

Country's forces said to have killed close to 100 protesters in deadliest day since coup

(Newser) - As Myanmar’s military celebrated the annual Armed Forces Day holiday with a parade Saturday in the country's capital, soldiers and police elsewhere reportedly killed dozens of people as they suppressed protests in the deadliest bloodletting since last month's coup. A count issued by an independent researcher in...

Soldiers Kill 7-Year-Old in Her Own Home in Myanmar

20 children thought to be among at least 275 people killed since Feb. 1

(Newser) - More deaths were reported in Myanmar on Tuesday, including that of a 7-year-old girl reportedly shot in her father's arms. Soldiers were raiding homes in Mandalay to look for opponents and weapons when they kicked down the family's door, asking the father whether anyone else was at...

Myanmar Residents Resort to Using Dolls in Protests

Protesters are trying to avoid deadly crackdown by security forces

(Newser) - With at least 250 protesters having been killed since the military coup in Myanmar last month, Reuters reports that what it calls "humanless protests" are becoming increasingly popular. Anti-junta messages and displays are popping up on trees, in streets, and even on cookware; dolls, toys, mannequins, and cardboard cutouts...

Nun Kneels Before Troops: 'Shoot Me Instead'

Sister Ann Rose Nu Tawng emerges as a hero in Myanmar

(Newser) - Her name is Sister Ann Rose Nu Tawng, and the Catholic nun is emerging as a hero in Myanmar's deadly unrest . On Monday, the 45-year-old knelt in front of soldiers about to crack down on protesters in the city of Myitkyina and pleaded with them to hold fire, reports...

Report: Security Forces Kill 34 Anti-Coup Protesters

That's the highest death toll since Feb. 1 military takeover in Myanmar

(Newser) - Myanmar security forces dramatically escalated their crackdown on protests against last month’s coup, killing at least 34 protesters Wednesday in several cities, according to accounts on social media and local news reports compiled by a data analyst. That is highest daily death toll since the Feb. 1 takeover, exceeding...

UN Says 18 Killed in Myanmar Crackdown

And about 1,000 are believed to have been detained Sunday

(Newser) - Security forces in Myanmar opened fire and made mass arrests Sunday as they sought to break up protests against the military’s seizure of power , and a UN human rights official said it had “credible information” that at least 18 people were killed and 30 were wounded, the AP...

Facebook Bans All Accounts Linked to Myanmar Military

Pro-military marchers attack anti-coup protesters

(Newser) - Social media giant Facebook announced Thursday it was banning all accounts linked to Myanmar’s military as well as ads from military-controlled companies in the wake of the army’s seizure of power on Feb. 1. It said in a statement that it was treating the post-coup situation in Myanmar...

Myanmar Protester Shot in Head Has Died

It's the first confirmed protester death since coup

(Newser) - A young woman who was shot in the head by police last week during a protest against the military coup in Myanmar died Friday, her family said. It was the first confirmed death among thousands of protesters who have faced off against security forces since the junta took power on...

As Coup Resistance Grows, Myanmar Blocks Facebook

Move follows calls for civil disobedience

(Newser) - Myanmar’s new military government blocked access to Facebook on Wednesday as resistance to Monday’s coup surged amid calls for civil disobedience to protest the ousting of the elected civilian government and its leader Aung San Suu Kyi. Facebook is especially popular in Myanmar and the ousted government had...

Illegal Walkie-Talkies Behind Aung San Suu Kyi's Detention

Deposed leader of Myanmar is being remanded in custody until Feb. 15

(Newser) - On Monday, Myanmar's de facto civilian leader was arrested after her country's military carried out a coup. Now, her party's spokesperson, Kyi Toe, says on his Facebook page that Aung San Suu Kyi will be kept in custody for two weeks, until Feb. 15, over violating import...

People in Myanmar Make Noise to Protest Coup

'Beating a drum in Myanmar culture is like we are kicking out the devils'

(Newser) - Scores of people in Myanmar's largest city honked car horns and banged on pots and pans Tuesday in the first known public resistance to the coup led a day earlier by the country's military. What was initially planned to take place for just a few minutes extended to...

Aerobics Instructor Unknowingly Films Coup Unfolding

Convoy of black vehicles seen approaching Parliament

(Newser) - An aerobics instructor woke up Monday and dove into an exercise routine at her usual spot in front of a large, multilane road. In doing so, she accidentally recorded Myanmar's unfolding coup d'etat . In a video uploaded to Facebook, Khing Hnin Wai is seen performing a dance routine...

Suu Kyi Apparently Saw This Coup Coming
Suu Kyi Apparently
Saw This Coup Coming
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Suu Kyi Apparently Saw This Coup Coming

BBC reports she wrote a letter urging followers to protest military takeover in Myanmar

(Newser) - The world has a coup d'etat on its hands. The military in Myanmar ousted the government of Aung San Suu Kyi on Monday, detaining her and other civilian leaders. Don't expect the situation to change anytime soon: The army declared a state of emergency for one year and...

Myanmar Military Carries Out Coup, Detains Aung San Suu Kyi

Military has taken over, transferred power to commander-in-chief of armed forces

(Newser) - Myanmar's de facto civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi has been detained by the military after the armed forces carried out a coup d'etat, the BBC reports. Suu Kyi's ruling party won enough seats in November's election, just the second since military rule ended in 2011,...

Deserters Say They Were Told to 'Shoot All You See'

Myanmar soldiers admit taking part in atroccities against Rohingya

(Newser) - Two soldiers who deserted from Myanmar’s army have testified on video that they were instructed by commanding officers to "shoot all that you see and that you hear" in villages where minority Rohingya Muslims lived, a human rights group said Tuesday. The comments appear to be the first...

Video Shows Massive Mine Collapse That Took 120 Lives

'I feel empty in my heart,' says a Myanmar miner

(Newser) - At least 126 people are dead after a terrifying mine collapse buried workers in a wave of rock and mud Thursday in Myanmar, the BBC reports. Officials say rainfall caused a heap of muddy waste to crumble at the jade mine in Hpakant township in Kachin state, setting off the...

Drug Raids Reveal 'Unprecedented' Fentanyl Production

Asian syndicates might be treating pandemic as a 'business opportunity'

(Newser) - Raids on clandestine labs in Myanmar resulted in drug seizures that were "truly off the charts," authorities say. AFP reports that the raids on dozens of labs in remote Shan state between February and April unearthed hundreds of pounds of heroin and raw opium, along with the largest...

Smallest Known Dino Was a Weirdo
Smallest Known
Dino Was a Weirdo

Smallest Known Dino Was a Weirdo

99-million-year-old species weighed about as much as a couple of dollar bills

(Newser) - Scientists say they've discovered the smallest known dinosaur which, at an estimated 2 grams, was roughly "the weight of two dollar bills," per Live Science . The skull of the new birdlike species, about the size of the smallest hummingbird on Earth today, was found in a 99-million-year-old,...

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