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Lethwei martial arts exponent Tun Tun Min listening to his trainer before his bout against his competitor , US national Cyrus "Black Dynamite" Washington, at the Thein Phyu boxing stadium in Yangon. ©
Foreigners drawn to Myanmar's bone-crunching kickboxing

A roar erupted at the Yangon ring as the home champion ploughed a right hook into his American opponent's face, crumpling him to the canvas in the opening round of the bone-crunching kickboxing bout.

Foreigners drawn to Myanmar's bone-crunching kickboxing
Suu Kyi's party wins historic Myanmar polls
Suu Kyi's party wins historic Myanmar polls

Aung San Suu Kyi's party secured a landslide election victory in Myanmar, propelling the pro-democracy movement to power after a 25-year struggle against authoritarian rule.

Suu Kyi's party wins historic Myanmar polls
US concerned by 'far from perfect' Myanmar vote
US concerned by 'far from perfect' Myanmar vote

The United States welcomed Myanmar's landmark election, but warned of "important structural and systemic impediments" to full democratization in the Southeast Asian nation after decades of military rule.

US concerned by 'far from perfect' Myanmar vote
Suu Kyi eyes historic win in Myanmar elections
Suu Kyi eyes historic win in Myanmar elections

Myanmar's boisterous election campaign draws to a close Friday, two days before milestone polls that could finally propel Aung San Suu Kyi's pro-democracy party to power after a decades-long struggle against the military.

Suu Kyi eyes historic win in Myanmar elections
Screenshot from Prikluchenie (Adventure). Photo courtesy of cinemas-asie.com
Torebayev's Adventure competes at French film festival

Kazakhstani film director Nariman Torebayev is presenting his 'free interpretation' of Dostoevsky’s White Nights under the title Prikluchenie (Adventure) at the Vesoul international film festival of Asian Cinema’s (FICA) in France.

Torebayev's Adventure competes at French film festival
Obama to press reform progress on Myanmar visit
Obama to press reform progress on Myanmar visit

Fears that Myanmar's reforms are stagnating are in the spotlight as it hosts Barack Obama during major regional summits showcasing the country's giddying transition.

Obama to press reform progress on Myanmar visit
Obama calls for 'inclusive' vote process in Myanmar: W.House
Obama calls for 'inclusive' vote process in Myanmar: W.House

US President Barack Obama has called for an "inclusive and credible" elections process next year in Myanmar.

Obama calls for 'inclusive' vote process in Myanmar: W.House
Dethroned Myanmar beauty queen seeks apology before returning crown
Dethroned Myanmar beauty queen seeks apology before returning crown

A Myanmar beauty queen dethroned for alleged misconduct said she would only return her crown if South Korean pageant organisers apologised

Dethroned Myanmar beauty queen seeks apology before returning crown
©Reuters/Chaiwat Subprasom
Myanmar makes $2.3mn heroin bust in 'Golden Triangle'

Myanmar authorities have seized 140 kilograms (310 lbs) of heroin packed into blocks and hidden in a car in the notorious "Golden Triangle" area near the Thai border, police said.

Myanmar makes $2.3mn heroin bust in 'Golden Triangle'
UN warns of health crisis brewing in west Myanmar
UN warns of health crisis brewing in west Myanmar

More than 800,000 people lack adequate healthcare in strife-torn western Myanmar after aid workers fled the region, the UN has warned, with children deprived of life-saving treatment.

UN warns of health crisis brewing in west Myanmar
Myanmar carrier to boost international routes with lease deal
Myanmar carrier to boost international routes with lease deal

Myanmar's national carrier on Tuesday signed a deal to lease 10 Boeing aircraft worth nearly $1 billion that will ply international routes in a bid to tap booming tourism as the once-reclusive country opens up to the world.

Myanmar carrier to boost international routes with lease deal
Indonesia jails mastermind of Myanmar embassy bomb plot
Indonesia jails mastermind of Myanmar embassy bomb plot

An Indonesian court Tuesday jailed the mastermind of an Islamic extremist plot to bomb the Myanmar embassy for seven-and-a-half years, but the militant pledged to "continue fighting the enemies of Islam".

Indonesia jails mastermind of Myanmar embassy bomb plot
I'm no saint or icon, says Myanmar's Suu Kyi
I'm no saint or icon, says Myanmar's Suu Kyi

Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Thursday insisted she was no saint and no icon, saying she disliked the titles and had always seen herself as an honest politician.

I'm no saint or icon, says Myanmar's Suu Kyi
Don't ignore Myanmar politics, Suu Kyi tells EU investors
Don't ignore Myanmar politics, Suu Kyi tells EU investors

Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Thursday told a European Union business forum that investors should not ignore the country's political challenges as it heads towards crucial 2015 elections.

Don't ignore Myanmar politics, Suu Kyi tells EU investors
Lost kingdom: Myanmar's forgotten royals
Lost kingdom: Myanmar's forgotten royals

In a modest Yangon apartment, the granddaughter of Myanmar's last king lives poor and unrecognised by her neighbours -- a far cry from the power and riches of her ancestor.

Lost kingdom: Myanmar's forgotten royals
©Reuters/Soe Zeya Tun
Classic car enthusiasts hit Myanmar roads

A group of classic car enthusiasts on Monday embarked on a road trip around Myanmar -- an event organisers hope will help save the country's ageing automobiles from the scrapheap.

Classic car enthusiasts hit Myanmar roads
©Reuters/US DEA/Handout via Reuters
Myanmar makes biggest heroin bust this year

Myanmar police said Thursday they had arrested a man with 133 kilos (293 pounds) of heroin worth $2 million at local prices -- the country's biggest seizure of the drug this year.

Myanmar makes biggest heroin bust this year
©Reuters/Laszlo Balogh
Myanmar-to-China gas pipeline fully open: media

A pipeline pumping natural gas from Myanmar to energy-hungry China has gone fully operational.

Myanmar-to-China gas pipeline fully open: media
Three bomb blasts in eastern Myanmar, one dead: police
Three bomb blasts in eastern Myanmar, one dead: police

Three bombs exploded in eastern Myanmar leaving one person dead, police said Thursday, the latest in a series of explosions that the United States denounced as "acts of terror".

Three bomb blasts in eastern Myanmar, one dead: police
©Reuters/Bazuki Muhammad
Myanmar unrest raises stakes for growing tourist industry

Recent anti-Muslim bloodshed close to Myanmar's most popular tourist beach raises the stakes for an industry dependent on the former pariah state's fluid transition to democracy.

Myanmar unrest raises stakes for growing tourist industry