Myanmar’s Rohingya | AFP Animé

Videographic on the Rohingya. The International Criminal Court on Thursday approved a long-awaited full investigation into Myanmar’s alleged abuse of Rohingya Muslims, including crimes against humanity and persecution.VIDEOGRAPHIC

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Fear stoked by Chinese-funded port and SEZ in Myanmar’s Rakhine state | AFP

Myanmar has declared Rakhine state, associated by many worldwide with the military’s 2017 crackdown on Rohingya Muslims, open for business – but as China bids to transform the strategically key region into a shipping and industrial hub, locals fear being left behind in the gold rush.

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Flames and fireworks as Myanmar fire balloon fest opens | AFP

Huge homemade hot-air balloons laced with fireworks and candles are set off above crowds of revellers dicing with death — or at least injury — as they celebrate the end of the rainy season in central Myanmar.

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Family of Myanmar man facing death over Brit murders beg for clemency | AFP

The family of one of the two Myanmar man on death row in Thailand for the murder of two British tourists is pleading for clemency from the Thai king over the killings, in a case tainted by claims of irregularities.

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Far out: Myanmar’s first surfing team to hit Southeast Asian games | AFP

Competitive surfing was barely known in Myanmar until recently, but now one beach town is riding a wave of enthusiasm to the Southeast Asia Games for the first time ever.

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Myanmar Buddhists celebrate festival of lights | AFP

Thousands of people in Myanmar gather to pay their respects to Buddha at Yangon’s Shwedagon Pagoda for the Thadingyut festival of lights.

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From bare knuckles to KO record for Myanmar woman breaking the MMA mould | AFP

Myanmar’s Bozhena Antoniyar had to side-step her conservative parents to take up bare-knuckle fighting, but her stealth paid off on her MMA debut when she knocked out her opponent in a record 24 seconds.

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Bridging the gap: Yangon’s boom falls short across river | AFP

On her scruffy, downtrodden bank of the river, teashop-owner Khin works just a few hundred metres across the muddy water from Yangon and dreams of the riches promised by a new bridge linking to Myanmar’s commercial heart.

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Bridging the gap: Yangon’s boom falls short across river | AFP

On her scruffy, downtrodden bank of the river, teashop-owner Khin works just a few hundred metres across the muddy water from Yangon and dreams of the riches promised by a new bridge linking to Myanmar’s commercial heart.

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Dengue and zika virus | AFP Animé

Videographic on dengue fever and Zika. Hundreds dead in the Philippines; a threefold increase of cases in Vietnam; hospitals overrun in Malaysia, Myanmar and Cambodia — dengue is ravaging Southeast Asia this year due in part to rising temperatures and low immunity to new strains.VIDEOGRAPHIC

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Mosquito trials raise hopes of defeating dengue | AFP

Hundreds dead in the Philippines; a threefold increase of cases in Vietnam; hospitals overrun in Malaysia, Myanmar and Cambodia — dengue is ravaging Southeast Asia this year due in part to rising temperatures and low immunity to new strains. But one group of scientists is rolling out trials to breed dengue-resistant bugs in a bid to tackle one of the world’s leading mosquito-borne illnesses, raising hopes the disease can finally be beaten.

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Armed with smartphones, Myanmar e-sports players battle power outages | AFP

Being a pro gamer in Myanmar is not always easy in Myanmar thanks to power cuts and shaky infrastructure, but the country’s esports community is seeing a growing surge of interest as youths turn to mobile-only video games.

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200,000 Rohingya rally to mark ‘Genocide Day’ in Bangladesh camps | AFP

Some 200,000 Rohingya rally in the Bangladesh Kutupalong refugee camp to mark two years since they fled a violent crackdown by Myanmar forces, just days after a second failed attempt to repatriate the refugees. IMAGES

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Myanmar’s Rohingya | AFP Animé

Two years after the start of the influx of Rohingya refugees from Burma to Bangladesh, hostility has increased. Videographic on the Rohingyas. VIDEOGRAPHIC

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Welcome wears thin for Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh | AFP

When hundreds of thousands of Rohingya fled Myanmar into Bangladesh two years ago, local communities were mostly welcoming. Today that welcome has worn thin, and resentment, anger and fear are creeping in.

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Rohingya youth shares his story on social media | AFP

Budding photographer Mohammad Rafiq who fled to Bangladesh in August 2017 after a military crackdown in Myanmar, uses his mobile phone to record the daily lives of nearly one million stateless Rohingya in a vast camp in southern Bangladesh.

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Tens of thousands flee homes in flood-hit Myanmar | AFP

Vast swathes of southeastern Myanmar lie under floodwaters that have already forced tens of thousands to flee their homes as the death toll from a massive landslide hit 59, firefighters say.

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Myanmar rangers relocate wild elephants to safety | AFP

Rangers in Myanmar relocate two wild elephants to a protected nature reserve after they strayed too close to villages just outside the country’s commercial capital Yangon.

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Myanmar protests demand military loosen grip on politics | AFP

Protesters in Myanmar call for the military to loosen its grip on politics, as tensions mount over the country’s army-drafted constitution ahead of national elections next year.

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Myanmar: Protesters call for justice over bullying of gay suicide victim | AFP

Members of Myanmar’s LGBTQ community protest outside a university in Yangon after a former staff member took his own life earlier this week, alleging he was bullied by colleagues.

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Funeral of bullied Myanmar gay man who took own life | AFP

Friends and families attend Kyaw Zin Win’s funeral after he posted a note on Facebook including screenshots of alleged homophobic bullying before taking his life, prompting activists to call for more protection for the emerging LGBTQ community.

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Myanmar holds drug burning ceremony | AFP

Myanmar burns drugs on the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking in an effort to show it is tackling the multi-billion dollar industry.

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Ride on time: Recycled bikes get Myanmar kids to school | AFP

Myanmar children race home from school on recycled bikes shipped from Singapore and Malaysia, donated to give them easier access to education in a nation where more than half live in poverty.

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