Myanmar

A Buddhist monk walks around the Shwedagon Pagoda at sunrise in Yangon

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A Buddhist monk walks around the Shwedagon Pagoda at sunrise in Yangon. Buddhism in Myanmar is predominantly of the Theravada tradition, practiced by 89 percent of the country’s population.

Local people ride on a cow cart on the road in Naypyidaw on Friday

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Local people ride on a cow cart on the road in Naypyidaw on Friday

Locals use makeshift raft and rubber inner tube as a means of getting through  flooded road in Kale township of Sagaing Region, Myanmar on Monday. Myanmar president  declared four regions (Sagaing, Magway Regions and Rakhine, Chin States) as disaster zones on 31 July 2015. Heavy monsoon rains caused floods around Myanmar with dozens deaths being reported as thousands are fleeing their homes in several regions across the country. In Myanmar monsoon starts at the beginning of June and ends in September.

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Locals use makeshift raft and rubber inner tube as a means of getting through flooded road in Kale township of Sagaing Region, Myanmar on Monday. Myanmar president declared four regions (Sagaing, Magway Regions and Rakhine, Chin States) as disaster zones

A worker looks on amid a pile of logs at a holding area along the Yangon river in Yangon on July 23, 2015. Beijing on July 23 hit out at long jail sentences handed to more than 150 Chinese nationals for illegal logging in Myanmar, in the latest tremor to shake relations between the neighbours

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A worker looks on amid a pile of logs at a holding area along the Yangon river in Yangon on Thursday. Beijing hit out at long jail sentences handed to more than 150 Chinese nationals for illegal logging in Myanmar, in the latest tremor to shake relations between the neighbours

 Migrants, who were found at sea on a boat, collect rainwater during a heavy rain fall at a temporary refuge camp near Kanyin Chaung jetty, outside Maungdaw township, northern Rakhine state, Myanmar June 4, 2015. Soe Zeya Tun: This shot is of a group of Rohingya and Bangladeshi migrants from a boat carrying 734 people rescued off Myanmar's southern coast last week. Those on board had been at sea for more than two months, at the end with little food or water.   The men in this photo were part of a group of 400 crammed into a warehouse by Myanmar police. They had arrived the day before, but while the women, children and some men had already been moved, these men were left behind.   There was no sign of the U.N. refugee agency UNHCR or foreign aid agencies.   Just moments before this shot, the sky opened up and the monsoon rains started coming down. The men were jostling with each other for space to catch water in their bottles and plates.   The authorities were hesitant to grant us access at first, but as the morning wore on and the rains started, we were able to enter [the warehouse or the area around it?] and started photographing and speaking to migrants.   Just after taking this photo, the men were loaded into buses and trucks and driven to a camp where international aid agencies were waiting.   I have worked on long and difficult assignments where I have gone days without a proper shower. But for these people it has been months without enough water.   Everyone was dirty and had likely washed little while at sea.   I could see just how meaningful it was for them to suddenly have a chance to drink and clean themselves with whatever small amount of water they could capture.        REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun    TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY   TEMPLATE OUT

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Migrants, who were found at sea on a boat, collect rainwater during a heavy rain fall at a temporary refuge camp near Kanyin Chaung jetty, northern Rakhine state, Myanmar

 

A migrant, who was found at sea on a boa...A migrant, who was found at sea on a boat, arrive at a temporary shelter near the Kanyin Chaung jetty to MeeThike sub-township outside Maungdaw township, northern Rakhine state on June 4, 2015.  More than 700 migrants found adrift on a fishing boat six days ago disembarked in Myanmar's western state of Rakhine as the US warned it was monitoring their fate "very closely".    AFP PHOTO / YE AUNG THUYe Aung Thu/AFP/Getty Images

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A migrant, who was found at sea on a boat, arrives at a temporary shelter near Maungdaw township, northern Rakhine state, Myanmar

This photo taken on May 21, 201...TOPSHOTS This photo taken on May 21, 2015 shows an ethnic Rohingya Muslim woman looking back as she rides a tuk tuk near a camp set up outside the city of Sittwe in Myanmar's Rakhine state. Malaysia ordered search and rescue missions on May 22 for thousands of boatpeople stranded at sea, as Myanmar hosted talks with US and Southeast Asian envoys on the migrant exodus from its shores.  AFP PHOTO / YE AUNG THUYe Aung Thu/AFP/Getty Images

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An ethnic Rohingya Muslim woman looking back as she rides a tuk tuk near a camp set up outside the city of Sittwe in Myanmar’s Rakhine state. Malaysia ordered search and rescue missions Friday for thousands of boatpeople stranded at sea, as Myanmar hosted talks with US and Southeast Asian envoys on the migrant exodus from its shores

In this photo taken on May 17, 2015, a girl paints on an umbrella in Pathein township, Ayeyarwady Delta, Myanmar.  (AP Photo/Khin Maung Win)

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A girl paints on an umbrella in Pathein township, Ayeyarwady Delta, Myanmar

An Rohingya woman, Samsidah Begom binti Abdul Syukur, cries as make a phone call to her son in Malaysia at a shelter on Tuesday in Lhoksukon, Aceh province, Indonesia. Boats carrying over 500 of Myanmar's Rohingya refugees have arrived in Indonesia, many requiring medical attention. They have warned that thousands more are thought to be still at sea. Myanmar's Rohingya Muslim community have long been persecuted and marginalized by Myanmar's mostly Buddhist population

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A Rohingya woman, Samsidah Begom binti Abdul Syukur, cries as make a phone call to her son in Malaysia at a shelter on Tuesday in Lhoksukon, Aceh province, Indonesia. Boats carrying over 500 of Myanmar’s Rohingya refugees have arrived in Indonesia, many requiring medical attention

Student protesters try to speak to their family members from a prison vehicle as they are transported to a court in Letpadan on Wednesday. Myanmar's opposition National League for Democracy (NLD) demanded an inquiry on Wednesday into clashes between police and protesters in which students, monks and journalists were beaten with batons and more than 100 people were arrested

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Student protesters try to speak to their family members from a prison vehicle as they are transported to a court in Letpadan. Myanmar’s opposition National League for Democracy (NLD) demanded an inquiry on Wednesday into clashes between police and protesters in which students, monks and journalists were beaten with batons and more than 100 people were arrested

Myanmar student protesters and nationalists clash with riot police during a march in Letpadan town, some 130 kilometres (80 miles) north of Myanmar's main city on March 10, 2015. Student protesters have embarked on months of demonstrations calling for education reform, but plans by a core group to march to Yangon have been halted by police in the dusty central town of Letpadan, who have surrounded around 150 activists since March 2.

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Myanmar student protesters and nationalists clash with riot police during a march in Letpadan town, some 130km (80 miles) north of Myanmar’s main city on Tuesday. Student protesters have embarked on months of demonstrations calling for education reform, but plans by a core group to march to Yangon have been halted by police in the dusty central town of Letpadan

A passenger boat moves across the water while people onboard feed seagulls at Botahtaung Jetty in Yangon...A passenger boat moves across the water while people onboard feed seagulls at Botahtaung Jetty in Yangon January 22, 2015. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun

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A passenger boat moves across the water while people on board feed seagulls at Botahtaung Jetty in Yangon, Myanmar 

Boys play with a ball in Yansi village, Donhe township in the Naga Self-Administered Zone...Boys play with a ball at sunset in Yansi village, Donhe township in the Naga Self-Administered Zone in northwest Myanmar December 25, 2014. On Myanmar's mountainous frontier with India live the Naga, a group of tribes historically known as warriors who kept the heads of enemies they killed. In Myanmar, around 120,000 people live in the Naga Self-Administered Zone in Sagaing Division where they survive mainly by subsistence farming and hunting. Cultural practices are changing - for example, younger men now wear trousers rather than traditional loincloths - although many Naga communities remain impoverished and inaccessible by road. The Naga speak dozens of languages and many of those in Myanmar use Burmese as a lingua franca. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun (MYANMAR - Tags: AGRICULTURE SOCIETY FOOD TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)     ATTENTION EDITORS: PICTURE 24 OF 24 FOR WIDER IMAGE PACKAGE 'HUNTING WITH MYANMAR'S NAGA'    SEARCH 'NAGA SOE ZEYA' FOR ALL IMAGES

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Boys play with a ball at sunset in Yansi village, Donhe township in the Naga self-administered zone in northwest Myanmar. The Naga, a group of tribes historically known as warriors who kept the heads of enemies they killed, live on Myanmar’s mountainous frontier with India. About 120,000 people live in the Naga self-administered zone in Sagaing region where they survive mainly by subsistence farming and hunting. Cultural practices are changing, for example, younger men now wear trousers rather than traditional loincloths, although many Naga communities remain impoverished and inaccessible by road. The Naga speak dozens of languages and many of those in Myanmar use Burmese as a lingua franca 

Myanmar's day laborers unload sands from a ship as they work at a construction site Wednesday, Dec.10, 2014, in Yangon, Myanmar.

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Myanmar’s day labourers unload sand from a ship as they work at a construction site on Wednesday in Yangon, Myanmar

US President Obama visit to Myanmar...epaselect epa04488931 US President Barack Obama (L) and Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi (R) greet each other at the Suu Kyi's resident in Yangon, Myanmar, 14 November 2014. US President Barack Obama is visiting Myanmar from 12 to 14 November 2014 as part of his six-days visit including China and Australia from November 10-16. During his second time visit to Myanmar, Obama attended the East Asia Summit (EAS), the US-ASEAN Summit and held a bilateral meeting with President Thein Sein in Naypyitaw.  EPA/NYEIN CHAN NAING

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US President Barack Obama and Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi greet each other at her house in Yangon, Myanmar

A policeman secures a university compound where U.S. President Barack Obama will meet members of different youth organisations, in Yangon...A policeman secures a university compound where U.S. President Barack Obama will meet members of different youth organisations, in Yangon November 14, 2014. Obama, visiting Myanmar's opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Friday, said a provision in the Southeast Asian nation's constitution that prevents candidates from running for president because of their children's nationality made no sense. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj (MYANMAR - Tags: POLITICS)

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A policeman secures a university compound where U.S. President Barack Obama will meet members of different youth organisations, in Yangon. Obama, visiting Myanmar‘s opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Friday, said a provision in the Southeast Asian nation’s constitution that prevents candidates from running for president because of their children’s nationality made no sense. 

A Myanmar Shiite Muslim child looks up w...A Myanmar Shiite Muslim child looks up while outside a mosque during a procession to mark the Ashura festival in Yangon on November 4, 2014. Ashura marks the peak of 10 days of mourning for the death of Imam Hussein, one of the most revered figures in Shiite Islam.     AFP PHOTO / Ye Aung THUYe Aung Thu/AFP/Getty Images

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A Myanmar Shia Muslim child stands outside a mosque during a procession for the Ashura festival in Yangon. Ashura marks the peak of 10 days of mourning for the death of Imam Hussein, one of the most revered figures in Shiite Islam 

Myanmar Bell Salvage

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A boy peddles a boat with passengers that came to see the recovery efforts of an ancient bell in a river in Yangon, Myanmar, on Friday. Divers attached to safety ropes plunged into waters south of Myanmar’s old capital as part of renewed efforts to retrieve a 270-tonne bronze bell, believed to be one of the largest ever cast, that has been lying for centuries at the confluence of three rivers.

Local residents ride a boat on a flooded road overflown by the Bago river at a low-lying part in Bago, 80 kilometers (50 miles) northeast of Yangon, Myanmar, Monday, Aug. 4, 2014.   Flooding is common during Myanmar's monsoon season, which typically starts in late May and ends in mid-October.

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Local residents ride a boat on a flooded road overflown by the Bago river at a low-lying part in Bago, 80 kilometers (50 miles) northeast of Yangon, Myanmar

The faithful wear traditional costumes a...The faithful wear traditional costumes as they take part in a ceremony at Shwedagon pagoda on the full moon day of Kasone Festival to mark Buddha's birthday in Yangon on May 13, 2014.  The festival commemorates the anniversary of the birth, enlightenment and death of the historical Shakyamuni Gautam Buddha. AFP PHOTO/YE AUNG THUYe Aung Thu/AFP/Getty Images

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The faithful wear traditional costumes as they take part in a ceremony at Shwedagon pagoda on the full moon day of Kasone festival to mark Buddha’s birthday in Yangon, Myanmar. The festival commemorates the anniversary of the birth, enlightenment and death of the historical Shakyamuni