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Telenor signals Myanmar exit, as UN calls for urgent action

People in Myanmar continue to protest against the coup. The military has killed nearly 900 people since seizing power from the elected government on February 1 Telenor, the Norwegian telecommunications company, says it has reached an agreement to sell its Myanmar mobile phone business to M1 Group, exiting a country that was plunged into chaos after the military seized power in a coup on February 1.
The operator will sell all its operations to M1,an investment holding firm headed by Lebanon’s richest

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Myanmar military kills at least 25 people in raid on central town

Myanmar’s armed forces killed at least 25 people in a confrontation with opponents of the military at a town in the centre of the Southeast Asian nation, villagers said on Sunday, as people increasingly take up arms against the generals who seized power in a coup five months ago. A spokesman for the military did not respond to Reuters news agency calls requesting comment on the violence at Depayin in the Sagaing region, about 300km (200 miles) north of the capital, Naypyidaw, which took place on Friday.

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Myanmar protesters burn junta leader's images on his birthday

July 3 (Reuters) – Protesters burned mock coffins and pictures of Myanmar’s army ruler Min Aung Hlaing on Saturday in the latest demonstrations against the coup over five months ago that has plunged the Southeast Asian country into chaos.
“We are burning this as a curse,” said one protester in the second city of Mandalay

“May you not rest in peace” and “may your birthday and deathday be the same,” read the messages on funeral wreaths in Theinzayet township in eastern Mon state….

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Myanmar: Authorities to release arrested Japanese journalist

Mr Kitazumi was working as a freelance journalist in Myanmar
A Japanese journalist who was arrested in Myanmar last month and later charged with spreading fake news will be released, state media said Thursday.
Yuki Kitazumi was the first foreign journalist known to be charged since the military took power in February.
Myanmar authorities maintain he violated the law but will be released because Japan had requested it.
Almost 800 people have been killed and thousands

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Thais keep fighting for reform of the monarchy. Will Germany help?

the German government issued a remarkable warning to the king of Thailand. “If there are things that we consider to be illegal, then that will have immediate consequences,” said Foreign Minister Heiko Maas. He was responding to a journalist’s question about King Vajiralongkorn. Since 2007, the Thai monarch has been spending large amounts of time in Bavaria — to the point that he is rarely seen in his home country