Transnational crime groups in Southeast Asia are growing increasingly aggressive and illicit businesses are generating massive growths in profit though the trafficking of drugs, people, counterfeit goods and other commodities, outlines a new United Nations report published Thursday.
Six so-called jade scavengers died Sunday after a 150-foot cliff wall collapsed at a mine in Myanmar’s northern Kachin state, where local insurgents are fighting a war against government forces that is partly financed by the jade industry.
Ten reporters employed by the Nay Pyi Taw Times were arrested last week and charged with extortion, the Myanmar Times, a leading English-language newspaper in Yangon, reported.
Police in Myanmar arrested Tuesday three journalists from Eleven Media Group for allegedly reporting false rumors about the transparency of the Yangon regional government budget, the Myanmar Times reported.
New eyewitness reports say that the Ta’ang National Liberation Army (TNLA), an armed insurgent group in Myanmar, is extorting money from vehicles traveling along the Mandalay-Muse highway in the war-torn Shan state in the country’s north.
Two Reuters journalists were sentenced to seven years in prison in Myanmar on Monday, after a court deemed them guilty of violating a law on state secrets for their work in Myanmar’s Rakhine state.
A Myanmar judge will decide soon whether evidence police claim to have obtained from the mobile phones of two detained Reuters reporters will be admissible in court, Reuters reported Monday.
Esmond Bradley Martin, an American conservationist who spent his life’s work undercover, exposing the illegal ivory trade across the world, was found stabbed to death in his Nairobi home on Sunday.
Two Buddhist monks were arrested after police found more than four million methamphetamine pills worth about US$ 6 million, hand grenades and ammunition in their car and monastery, authorities announced Tuesday.
The British newspaper The Guardian has published an investigation revealing that persecuted Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar (Burma) are being used as slaves by crime gangs controlling part of Thailand’s export-focused sea-food industry.
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