World Trial of Myanmar's Suu Kyi taking toll on her health: lawyer
Myanmar's biggest cities hit by brief power outages
A power blackout briefly hit Myanmar's main urban centres and far-flung towns on Friday, including commercial hub Yangon and parts of the capital Naypyidaw, authorities and AFP correspondents said. Myanmar's second-biggest city of Mandalay, the eastern town of Hpa-an, southern Mon state and parts of Rakhine state in the west also lost power, residents told AFP. Parts of the military-built capital Naypyidaw also experienced outages. By 2:10 pm power had been restored, Yangon Electricity Supply Corporation said in a statement.
Ousted Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi's health has suffered from her frequent appearances before a court run by the military junta that deposed her government, her lawyer said Monday.
Suu Kyi went on trial in June, four months after she was taken into custody in a coup that plunged the country into turmoil.
The 76-year-old faces a raft of charges, from sedition to illegally importing walkie-talkies, which could see her jailed for decades.
She applied for hearings to take place every two weeks instead of weekly "on the grounds of her health," her lawyer Khin Maung Zaw said after her latest court appearance.
Concerned United Nations can only sidestep Myanmar crisis
BANGKOK (AP) — In his speech last week to open the U.N. General Assembly, Secretary-General Antonio Guterres bracketed Myanmar with Afghanistan and Ethiopia as nations for whose people “peace and stability remain a distant dream.” He declared unwavering support for the people of the turbulent, military-ruled Southeast Asia state “in their pursuit of democracy, peace, human rights and the rule of law.” But the situation in Myanmar after the army’s seizure of power eight months ago has become an extended bloody conflict with ever-escalating violence. Yet the U.N.
After new corruption charges were brought against her last week, the Nobel laureate now must appear most weekdays at a courtroom in the military-built capital Naypyidaw.
The trial had left Suu Kyi feeling "strained", Khin Maung Zaw said, without offering more details.
He added that the judge would make a decision on her request next week.
Eight months since the coup, clashes between junta forces and anti-coup dissidents have escalated, with increasingly bloody attacks and reprisals.
Diplomatic efforts to resolve the crisis, spearheaded by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), have failed to make headway.
Brunei Second Foreign Minister Erywan Yusof, who was selected as the regional bloc's envoy in August after lengthy wrangling, had called for full access to all parties when he visits.
But last week a junta spokesman told AFP it was unlikely he would be allowed to meet Suu Kyi.
Security forces have killed more than 1,100 civilians since the coup, according to a local monitoring group.
Ousted Myanmar president describes first moments of coup .
Myanmar's ousted president described on Tuesday turning down a deal to vacate his seat and save himself in the early moments of the February coup that snuffed out his country's short-lived democratic experiment, his lawyer said. Win Myint, who was detained along with civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi, made the comments as he testified for the first time at his trial for incitement in a junta court. The 69-year-old recounted how two senior army officers entered his room in the early hours of February 1 "and urged him to resign from his post of the presidency, giving the reason of ill health," lawyer Khin Maung Zaw said.