Conservationists have identified 20 new species of birds that can be found in Myanmar. Daw Thiri Dae We Aung, an executive member of Myanmar Bird and Nature Society, said these included seven species never previously spotted in Southeast Asia.
The US has urged Myanmar to investigate the deaths of two teachers who activists claim were raped and murdered by government troops, as crowds gathered in the country's far north on January 22 to express rising anger over the killings.
The United Nations has condemned abuse directed at special rapporteur Yanghee Lee during her visit to Myanmar last week, when prominent monk U Wirathu called her a “whore” for opposing a package of laws he is pushing the government and parliament to enact.
Authorities in Myanmar have detained 155 Chinese nationals for illegal logging, China's foreign ministry said on January 21, denying reports that its citizens had been trapped by an armed conflict there.
Dozens of Myanmar students began a protest march in Mandalay on January 20, vowing to intensify demonstrations against a new education bill they see as undemocratic after the government failed to meet their demands.