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Myanmar: European Union threatens sanctions against military junta
Protest in Myanmar against Military Coup
Protest in Myanmar against Military Coup Credit: MgHla (aka) Htin Linn Aye (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 4.0)

According to a joint statement released after EU foreign ministers met in Brussels on Monday, the bloc is poised to impose sanctions against the military leaders in Myanmar.

The Council called again on the military authorities to "immediately and unconditionally release President U Win Myint, State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and all those who have been detained or arrested in connection with the coup."

In a press release, the Council stated, "the EU stands ready to adopt restrictive measures targeting those directly responsible for the military coup and their economic interests."

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Myanmar's military blocks Facebook claiming it destabilizes the country
Myanmar's military blocks Facebook claiming it destabilizes the country
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The new military leadership in Myanmar has ordered a temporary block on the online network Facebook, through which its opponents called for civil disobedience after Monday's coup. Local telecommunications providers were ordered Wednesday by the Ministry of Transport to block access to Facebook until the end of the week. The platform was contributing to the destabilization of the country, it said in justification

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Coup in Myanmar: Military arrests Aung San Suu Kyi
Coup in Myanmar: Military arrests Aung San Suu Kyi
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Following continued criticism of the election results in Myanmar, the military is seeking to overthrow the government. Myanmar's de facto head of government Aung San Suu Kyi, President Win Myint and other high-ranking members of the ruling party were arrested by the army early this morning, a spokesman for the ruling National League for Democracy (NLD) said.

The military confirmed the arrests and declared a state of emergency. Control had been taken over for a year, military television said. Power had been handed over to Min Aung Hlaing, commander-in-chief of the armed forces. The army justified the action with alleged election fraud.

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Myanmar: New restrictions to curb the rise of Coronavirus cases
Street in Yangon, Myanmar
Street in Yangon, Myanmar Credit: Dudva

Parts of Yangon, Myanmar's largest city, have been put under a stay-at-home-order. The country has seen a rise in Coronavirus cases, reported 115 new infections of Friday morning.

"It took five months to discover 374 infection cases in the first wave of the disease. The number of infections quadrupled now although it's been only 24 days since the second wave started on Aug 16," said Dr Khin Khin Gyi, director of Contagious Disease Prevention and Eradication Division of Public Health Department under the Health and Sports Ministry, told Xinhua. "Active cooperation and participation of the public are needed to reduce the number of infections by following the preventive measures and guidelines by the ministry."

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Gambia: Resignation of justice minister Abubacarr Tambadou
Abubaccar Tambadou, Minister of Justice and Attorney General, at the International Court of Justice, in January 2020
Abubaccar Tambadou, Minister of Justice and Attorney General, at the International Court of Justice, in January 2020 Credit: Shafiur Rahman / CC BY-SA (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 4.0)

Renowned Gambian justice minister and attorney general Abubacarr Tambadou has resigned, the government said on Thursday. Tambadou investigated abuses under former Gambia dictator and lead a case against Myanmar's genocide against the Rohingya minority. He will be replaced by barrister Dawda Jallow.