The extravaganza, complete with parades, fireworks, dancers and a sound-and-light show, was held to loud cheers and bursts of applause in a packed 30,000-seat stadium.
Only 44 political prisoners remain in Burmese jails after the latest amnesty, according to an advocacy group.
May Sabe Phyu says she can’t sit around and wait for others to change Burma, where women are marginalized and civil war still simmers.
Protesters in Rangoon’s Thingangyun Township continue to demonstrate over land they say was forcibly confiscated by the military decades ago.
Judge revives a 2007 complaint against the long-time protester, who is already in detention over the burning of a Chinese flag.
Burma’s government wants to upgrade the country’s main railway line from Rangoon to Myitkyina, the capital of Kachin State, almost 1,000 miles north.
Eight years after Naypyidaw was proclaimed the new government seat, it has become something more than a “ghost capital hacked out of the jungle.”
In Burma, where numerology and astrology hold considerable sway, some belief that the SEA Games opening was scheduled to take place on an auspicious date.
A new project hopes to provide independent and high-quality training to the country’s reporters, who have only been free of censorship since 2012.
Activists in Burma say that although the country’s human rights situation is better now than it was under decades of oppressive military rule, abuses persist.
Registrations for a required matriculation exam increase as efforts to integrate children of migrant workers into the country’s higher education system bear fruit.
Burma’s most famous place of learning has been reopened to undergraduates, after it was dismantled by a military regime intolerant of opposition.
Tensions were high in Thingangyun Township, eastern Rangoon, on Monday as dozens of land protestors defied a government warning to leave the area by sundown.
Thailand will help the UN and the US with investigations into the findings of a report that Thai officials moved Rohingya refugees into human-trafficking rings.
Amid plans to restore a crumbling home thought to be the former residence of George Orwell, locals are questioning the true provenance of the house.
The opposition leader says women have a valuable role to play in the transition toward democracy but have been denied equal opportunities in Burma.
Reporters complain more bureaucratic hurdles are being put in place in the name of security as they attempt to cover the landmark Southeast Asian Games.
Japanese NGO Mekong Watch claims that compensation offered to farmers forced to leave the first phase of the Thilawa SEZ is violating Japanese government guidelines.
Tour companies offer tourists and locals alike the chance to see Burma’s former capital from the water.
Burma’s first women’s forum began on Friday, bringing together leading women from various sectors and regions to discuss women’s roles in Burma’s changing society.