Protesters March in Yangon Ahead of ASEAN Summit

Hundreds of anti-coup protesters marched through downtown Yangon, Friday, April 23, ahead of a special summit on Myanmar by the Association of South East Asian Nations.
—————————
READ MORE: When the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations holds a special summit Saturday to discuss Myanmar, the regional body will be under as much scrutiny as the general who led the February coup ousting the elected government of Aung San Suu Kyi.

Opponents of the junta are furious that ASEAN is welcoming its chief, Senior Gen. Min Aung Hlaing, to its meeting in the Indonesian capital Jakarta, arguing that because he seized power by force, he is not Myanmar’s legitimate leader. Also weighing heavily against him is the lethal violence perpetrated by the security forces he commands, responsible for killing hundreds of largely peaceful protesters and bystanders.

The junta’s foes have promoted the idea that the opposition’s parallel National Unity Government, recently established by the elected lawmakers the army barred from being seated, should represent Myanmar, or at least have some role in the Jakarta meeting. It has not been invited.
—————————
LINK: www.voanews.com/east-asia-pacific/southeast-asian-summit-address-myanmars-post-coup-crisis

Watch video on channel "VOA News"
Jury Deliberations Begin in Chauvin Murder Trial

Jury Deliberations Begin in Chauvin Murder Trial

It is now up to a jury to decide the outcome of the trial of former Minnesota police officer Derek Chauvin, who is accused of murder and manslaughter in the death of George Floyd #DerekChauvin

US Cities Brace for Unrest as Chauvin Trial Nears End.

US Cities Brace for Unrest as Chauvin Trial Nears End.

Minneapolis and other US cities are bracing for possible unrest as the trial of a white former police officer accused of murdering a black man enters its final phase.  Mike O’Sullivan reports

FACT CHECK: To Slam U.S., China Grossly Distorts Risks of Fukushima Wastewater Dump

FACT CHECK: To Slam U.S., China Grossly Distorts Risks of Fukushima Wastewater Dump

On April 13, Japan’s government said it would begin releasing millions of tons of treated radioactive water from the disabled Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant into the Pacific Ocean. Fisherman, environmentalists and neighboring states reacted...

Army, Media Face Off on Soccer Field in Bid to Improve Relations.

Army, Media Face Off on Soccer Field in Bid to Improve Relations.

The no-nonsense military police feared by both the public and media cheered loudly as the match between military generals and the heads of several media outlets kicked off

Cape Town Wildfire Spreads to University

Cape Town Wildfire Spreads to University

A fire broke out in the foothills of Table Mountain in Cape Town, South Africa, Sunday. At least one firefighter has been injured while battling the fire and a restraint has been destroyed. University of Cape Town students evacuated as strong wind...