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YouTube removes Myanmar army channels; UN to meet on crisis

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — YouTube removed five channels run by Myanmar’s military for violating its guidelines, it announced Friday, as demonstrators defied growing violence by security forces and staged more anti-coup protests ahead of a special U.N. Security Council meeting on the country’s political crisis. YouTube said it is watching for any further content that … Read more

Myanmar army is ‘surprised’ at opposition to coup

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. special envoy for Myanmar said the generals who have seized power in the Southeast Asian nation indicated they don’t fear renewed sanctions, though they are “very surprised” that their plans to restore military rule without much opposition isn’t working. Christine Schraner Burgener told U.N. correspondents Wednesday that after the … Read more

Teenagers among dead as Myanmar army opens fire on peaceful protests

Deng Jia Xi, a 19-year-old shot dead during protests in Myanmar – Facebook In one photo, the young woman crouches among fellow anti-coup protesters looking defiantly towards Myanmar’s security forces, wearing a black T-shirt that says ‘everything will be ok’. Minutes later, she was dead – another young life suddenly snuffed out simply for demanding … Read more

UPDATE 1-Myanmar army tells U.N. it is ready to weather sanctions, isolation, envoy says

(New throughout with details from U.N. envoy) By Michelle Nichols NEW YORK, March 3 (Reuters) – Myanmar’s military says it is ready to withstand sanctions and isolation after its Feb. 1 coup, a top United Nations official said on Wednesday as she urged countries to “take very strong measures” to restore democracy in the Southeast … Read more

US Army crowdsources ideas to combat sexual assault crisis

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Sgt. Taylor Knueven always knew sexual assault and harassment plagued the U.S. Army. But the combat medic’s own assault early last year opened her eyes to the broken system surrounding one of the military’s most infamous problems. Earlier this week, Knueven and six other soldiers stood before a panel inside the … Read more

Iran’s army test fires short-range ‘smart’ missile

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s army test fired a sophisticated short-range missile on Sunday, state media reported. The report by the official IRNA news agency quoted the chief of the army’s ground forces, Gen. Kioumars Heidari, as saying that the missile’s range was 300 kilometers, or 186 miles. Gen. Heidari said the “smart” missile is … Read more

Myanmar army suspends laws limiting security forces as anti-coup protests continue

Myanmar’s military leaders on Saturday suspended a law that limits security forces and ordered the arrests of prominent backers of the anti-coup protests taking place across the country, Reuters reports. Driving the news: The move came as mass protests against the coup that ousted Aung San Suu Kyi’s elected civilian government entered their second week. … Read more