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Myanmar activist Phyo Zeya Thaw swore to "fight to the end"

Phyo Zeya Thaw was executed by the Myanmar military junta along with Kyaw Min Yu, Hla Myo Aung and Aung Thura Zaw.
Duration: 7 minutes 49 seconds

Families of executed Myanmar activists say military refusing to hand over bodies

Foreign Minister Penny Wong says Australia opposes the death penalty, calling on the junta to release unjustly detained prisoners and end violence in the country.
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Phyo Zeya Thaw arrives at the Myanmar parliament in yellow shirt with party pin and bag

Myanmar executes four democracy activists

Myanmar's military junta has executed four democracy activists accused of helping carry out "terror acts", the South-East Asian nation's first executions in decades.
Duration: 8 minutes 10 seconds

Former rapper and MP among four people executed by junta in Myanmar

By Erin Handley with wires
Among those executed was former hip-hop artist and ousted MP Phyo Zeya Thaw, who has close ties to Australia and whose death has sent a ripple of shock through the diaspora community here.
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'The money does flow back to the military': Invoices reveal Australian embassy spent $750,000 at five-star hotel linked to junta

Exclusive by Erin Handley
Official documents reveal an Australian embassy spent $750,000 at a luxury hotel built on land owned and leased by Myanmar's military junta, with activists saying taxpayer dollars should not have been used. 
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They're Australia's 'silent, forgotten people' with no work rights, no Medicare and very little hope

By national regional reporter Nathan Morris
A decade ago, these men risked everything when they fled to Australia by boat — leaving wives, children and family behind in a bid to find a safer future for their loved ones. Now, years later, they languish, downhearted and in despair. 
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'Messy' exit for parent company of Aussie beers from Myanmar after coup

Kirin is the parent company of Lion, which boasts Australian brews including Tooheys, Furphy, XXXX and Little Creatures. Its departure from Myanmar has been both praised and criticised. 
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Penny Wong says Sean Turnell is 'first priority' and flags possible sanctions against Myanmar's military

By Erin Handley and foreign affairs reporter Stephen Dziedzic
Australia's Foreign Minister, Senator Penny Wong's signal comes after after hundreds of NGOs called on her to take stronger action by imposing targeted sanctions, among a suite of other measures.
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Myanmar moves Aung San Suu Kyi to solitary confinement at new prison facility

Myanmar's military government confirms that ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi has been moved to a prison compound in quarters separate from other detainees.
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A close-up file photo of Myanmar's leader Aung San Suu Kyi dated December 2019.

Mekong fisherman snags largest-recorded freshwater fish that 'stuns' scientists

The world's largest-recorded freshwater fish, a giant stingray, has been caught in the Mekong River in Cambodia, according to scientists from the South-East Asian nation and the United States.
A giant stingray on  a tarp as a man puts his hand in the water

From Ukraine to Myanmar, one in 78 people worldwide forced to leave their homes

The UN refugee agency says the world has reached a "dramatic milestone", with more than 100 million people around the world now forced to flee their homes due to persecution, war and human rights violations.
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These students must return home after studying in Australia, but they say it's not safe

Myanmar scholarship recipients must return home on completion of their studies in Australia, but senior academics say there is a risk they could be tortured if sent back.
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Myanmar court rules there's enough evidence against detained Australian for trial to proceed

Sean Turnell is being tried in the capital Naypyidaw with ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi and three former Cabinet members in the same case.
Professor Turnell appears with Aung San Suu Kyi

Myanmar says it will carry out first executions in decades

Myanmar's military-installed government announces it will execute a former MP from ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi's party and a veteran pro-democracy activist.
Armed riot police are seen near protesters in Naypyitaw, Myanmar.

This rapper was sentenced to death in Myanmar. Human rights groups are calling on Australia to act

Myanmar has seen an "alarming" rise in the number of people sentenced to death, while China, North Korea and Vietnam continue to carry out executions in secret, according to a new global report from Amnesty International.
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Australia to downgrade diplomatic ties with Myanmar

Australia is moving to downgrade diplomatic ties with Myanmar as it tries to avoid legitimising the military junta that has seized power and violently suppressed protests in the South-East Asian country.
Duration: 1 minute 53 seconds

Australia not appointing ambassador to Myanmar amid moves to downgrade diplomatic ties

Exclusive by foreign affairs reporter Stephen Dziedzic and South-East Asia correspondent Mazoe Ford
Australia is moving to downgrade diplomatic ties with Myanmar as it tries to avoid legitimising the military junta that has seized power and violently suppressed protests in the South-East Asian country.
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Myanmar Commander-in-Chief Min Aung Hlaing presides over an army parade

Myanmar court finds ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi guilty of corruption

A court in military-ruled Myanmar finds former leader Aung San Suu Kyi guilty of corruption and sentences her to five years in jail in the first of 11 cases against her.
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Myanmar's ruling military offers minorities new peace talks

The military leader of Myanmar offers to participate personally in proposed peace talks with ethnic minority groups that have long sought greater autonomy through an armed struggle.
Soldiers of Karen National Union stand guard in a foggy tree lined area.

No mention of jailed Australian as Myanmar junta releases 1,600 prisoners for Buddhist new year

Families of detained Myanmar protesters have their hopes dashed after political prisoners are not included in some 1,600 people released by the junta to mark the Buddhist new year.
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Myanmar leader vows to 'annihilate' protesters and militia groups

Myanmar's leader promises to intensify action against homegrown militia groups fighting the military-run government, saying the armed forces would "annihilate" them.
Masked military man standing in a car.

Willem Dafoe narrates the story of the world’s rivers in this stunning new Australian documentary

By arts editor Dee Jefferson
River, a follow-up to box office hit Mountain, is a history of the planet and human civilisation told via waterways, and argues that the fate of both are inextricably intertwined.
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A bird's eye shot of a deep teal river that has carved loop-like shapes into a rugged orange landscape.

Myanmar's battered tourism industry to welcome international tourist once again

Myanmar will resume international passenger flights from April 17, the military says, lifting a two-year ban on foreign tourists.

'Do more to get him out': Academics petition government to scale-up efforts for Sean Turnell’s release

By South-East Asia correspondent Mazoe Ford
Hundreds of academics are pressuring the federal government to explain what steps it has taken to secure the release of Sean Turnell from a Myanmar jail, and to step-up efforts to secure his release.
Dr Ha Vu and Professor Sean Turnell smiling for a photo together looking toward the camera

India disagrees with Quad allies about Ukraine crisis during Melbourne meeting

By foreign affairs reporter Stephen Dziedzic
Foreign Ministers from India, Australia, Japan and the United States discuss maritime security, pandemic recovery, and cyber security, as India diverges from its Quad counterparts on Ukraine invasion fears. 
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One female and four male politicians stand abreast before the flags of Australia, India, Japan and the US.