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Japan wants to raise issue of detained Reuters reporters with Myanmar - government spokesman

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan wants to raise the matter of two Reuters reporters detained in Myanmar with the Myanmar government at appropriate opportunities, including a visit by Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono to that country this week, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said on Wednesday.

U.N. chief urges Myanmar government to free Reuters journalists

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Thursday called on the Myanmar government to pardon and release two imprisoned Reuters journalists as soon as possible.

European officials criticise Myanmar government arrest of Reuters journalists

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Senior European officials on Friday criticized the Myanmar government's arrest of two Reuters journalists and called for their release.

Myanmar government announces ceasefire with Kachin rebels

YANGON (Reuters) - The Myanmar military will observe a ceasefire in its fight with ethnic Kachin rebels with effect from Saturday, state television reported, but rebels would not immediately commit to uphold the truce.

Myanmar government denies report of Rohingya mass graves

YANGON: Myanmar’s government has denied a report documenting at least five mass graves containing Rohingya Muslim civilians killed by the military with help from Buddhist neighbours, saying that only “terrorists” were killed and they were “carefully buried”.

Myanmar government imposes dusk to dawn curfew

YANGON (Reuters) - Myanmar's military junta imposed a dusk-to-dawn curfew in Yangon and the second city of Mandalay on Wednesday to try to halt the largest anti-government demonstrations in nearly 20 years, witnesses said.

Insight - Suu Kyi tackles military land grabs in test of new Myanmar government

HTA NI, Myanmar (Reuters) - By the standards of her village in Myanmar's swampy Ayeyarwady Delta, Than Shin was a prosperous woman. She had 20 acres of farmland on which her family grew rice.

Insight - Chinese jade miners in overdrive ahead of new Myanmar government

HPAKANT, Myanmar (Reuters) - Using heavy earth-excavators and explosives, miners have been tearing into Myanmar's northern hills in recent months, in a rush to excavate more jade from the world's richest deposits of the gemstone before a new government takes office next year.

Human Rights Watch says Myanmar government using ‘abusive laws’ to punish critics

YANGON (Reuters) - Myanmar's government under Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi has used repressive laws to prosecute peaceful critics, dashing hopes that its first democratic leader in decades would safeguard free speech, Human Rights Watch said on Friday.

U.N. warns Myanmar government reputation at stake over Rohingya crisis

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The reputation of Aung San Suu Kyi's government in Myanmar is at stake amid international concerns over how it is dealing with violence in the country's divided northwest, a senior United Nations official warned on Tuesday.