Hundreds of cheering supporters welcomed democracy champion Aung San Suu Kyi back to Myanmar today after her triumphant five-nation European tour.
A fire broke out Sunday evening at the five-storey office building of the Indian embassy in Myanmar's former capital city of Yangon, but it was put out soon, Xinhua reported.
Norway and Denmark have opened their embassies in Yangon, official media reported Monday.
The United Nations Monday said it had begun evacuating staff from its base in western Myanmar where fierce sectarian unrest has seen deadly clashes between Muslims and Buddhists.
China is both Myanmar's most influential foreign neighbour and its most nervous. No country is as deeply entrenched in the economy of Myanmar while being so wary of the political reforms that began there last year.
Seventeen parties, including six new to the political scene, are contesting by-elections in Myanmar on Sunday, with opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi standing for parliament for the first time.
Myanmar is holding closely watched by-elections today in which Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi is standing for a seat in parliament for the first time.
Myanmar's opposition complained on Sunday that ballot sheets had been tampered with in landmark elections in which its leader Aung San Suu Kyi is standing for parliament for the first time.
Voting in Myanmar's historic by-elections is going "rather smoothly", ASEAN chief Surin Pitsuwan said today, adding that despite claims of ballot irregularities he had not heard "anything serious".
Myanmar's journalists will take to Twitter and Facebook in their battle to beat press restrictions and deliver breaking news of Sunday's by-elections that for many will be the biggest story of their careers.
Myanmar's democracy champion Aung San Suu Kyi registered her opposition party and visited the national parliament for the first time today, as she prepares to enter the mainstream political arena.
Myanmar has set a date of April 1, 2012, for by-elections that could see pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi enter parliament, although the military's grip on the assembly will not be threatened.
Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi confirmed that she will run for a seat in Parliament, her party said on Tuesday, a move that will infuse April by-elections with legitimacy, star power and historic significance.
Ecstatic cheers of "Long Live Aung San Suu Kyi!" echoed through the streets of this impoverished Yangon suburb today as Myanmar's most iconic figure registered her candidacy for a parliamentary by-election.
Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi launched her historic bid for a seat in parliament today in the latest sign of change in the country after the end of decades of outright military rule.