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12 dead in Myanmar road smash

Twelve people were killed on Saturday when a bus collided with a car and burst into flames on an accident-plagued highway in Myanmar, police said. "A bus accelerated to pass a car which was crushed under the bus and caught fire," said police lieutenant colonel Min Aung of the Myanmar Police Force headquarters in the capital Naypyidaw. Six people on the bus -- which was travelling from eastern Shan State to Yangon -- were killed and four were injured, while six car passengers died, he said.

SEAGames: Indonesia edge Malaysia on penalties to reach final

Indonesia beat Malaysia 4-3 on penalties in the first semi-final of the men's under-23 football at the Southeast Asian Games in Myanmar Thursday, avenging a 2011 final defeat by their arch-rivals. Malaysia, who clawed their way back into the match with a late goal to force extra-time, had their first two penalties saved, easing the pressure on the Indonesian penalty-takers. The game finished 1-1 in normal time, with a late goal from forward Thamil Arasu cancelling out a spectacular strike from Bayu Gatra after 30 minutes of a game which the Indonesians dominated.

Three dead in Myanmar explosion

At least three people died in an explosion in Myanmar's Shan state, police said Tuesday, in a part of the country where a tentative ceasefire exists between ethnic rebels and the army. "Three people were killed and two others wounded in a blast this afternoon in Kong Long township in northern Shan state," police Colonel Min Aung at national police headquarters told AFP, without confirming that the explosion was caused by a bomb. "We are still investigating," he added. Myanmar was rattled by a series of mysterious bomb attacks in October.

SEAGames: Myanmar host city baffles and delights with Games

An electrifying opening ceremony at the Southeast Asian Games in Myanmar has boosted faith that the nation is on the rise, quelling fears its "coming out" party at the event's opening ceremony would fall flat. As the smoke cleared from a final ten-minute barrage of fireworks at the ceremony late Wednesday in Myanmar's remote capital Naypyidaw, spectators offered praise for the event and hope for their nation, which is emerging from decades of asphyxiating military rule.

Xinhua Asia-Pacific news summary at 1600 GMT, Dec. 11

Xinhua Asia-Pacific news summary at 1600 GMT, Dec. 11 NAY PYI TAW -- A torch has been set on fire at Yangon's Thuwunna Indoor Stadium and is on the way to Nay Pyi Taw, 320 km north of Yangon, for the official opening of the 27th Southeast Asia Games scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. (local time) in the capital's 30,000-seat Wunna Theikdi Stadium on Wednesday. Legendary SEA Games medalists from decades ago to the present day will carry the torch in relays from Yangon to Nay Pyi Taw by motor vehicles. (Myanmar-SEA Games) ----

(Sports) Torch set on fire for opening ceremony of SEA Games in Myanmar

(Sports) Torch set on fire for opening ceremony of SEA Games in Myanmar NAY PYI TAW, Dec. 11 (Xinhua) -- A torch has been set on fire at Yangon's Thuwunna Indoor Stadium and is on the way to Nay Pyi Taw, 320 km north of Yangon, for the official opening of the 27th Southeast Asia Games scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. (local time) in the capital's 30,000-seat Wunna Theikdi Stadium on Wednesday. Legendary SEA Games medalists from decades ago to the present day will carry the torch in relays from Yangon to Nay Pyi Taw by motor vehicles.

SEA Games: Myanmar aims to dazzle with Games opening ceremony

Final preparations were underway Wednesday for the opening ceremony of the Southeast Asian Games in Myanmar, with organisers hoping the glitzy Chinese-assisted event will thrust the once reclusive country onto the world stage. China, which capped its own international re-emergence with the Beijing Olympics in 2008, has offered nearly $33 million in technical assistance including for the opening and closing ceremonies, presidential spokesman Ye Htut told AFP.

(Sports) With most medals in hand Myanmar ready for opening ceremony of SEA Games

(Sports) With most medals in hand Myanmar ready for opening ceremony of SEA Games NAY PYI TAW, Dec. 10 (Xinhua) -- Myanmar has obtained 18 golds, seven silvers and nine bronzes, leading the medal table of the 27th South East Asian Games on Tuesday, one day ahead of the long- awaited opening ceremony of the tournament. Vietnam ranked second with nine golds, four silvers and seven bronzes, followed by Thailand with five golds, nine silvers and four bronzes.

SEA Games: Myanmar hosts international coming-out party

Myanmar officially welcomes thousands of athletes on Wednesday for the Southeast Asian Games, an event billed as a coming-out party for the former pariah nation emerging from decades of international isolation. The opening ceremony for the regional showpiece is being held in a spotless, purpose-built 30,000-capacity stadium in Naypyidaw, the utilitarian capital built by secretive generals -- far from the bustle of commercial capital Yangon.

Hosts Myanmar start off in badminton at Southeast Asia Games

Hosts Myanmar start off in badminton at Southeast Asia Games NAY PYI TAW, Myanmar, Dec. 10 (Xinhua) -- Hosts Myanmar had something to cheer for as their players won in the badminton events of the 27th Southeast Asia Games here on Tuesday. Min Aung Gyi beat Cambodia's Chanmara, and his compatriot Tun Myo Min defeated Lao's Outhaithany P. in the men's singles as the badminton tournament kicked off at Nay Pyi Taw's Wunna Theikdi Indoor Stadium (C).
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