Myanmar parliament enters democratic era after 54 years

YANGON, Myanmar — After more than five decades of isolation and repressive military rule, Myanmar on Monday swore in hundreds of lawmakers in its first freely elected parliament. The inaugural session marked the start of a new era for Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, which has been under army control since 1962. It follows a Nov. 8 election that saw Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San…

Wild elephants force villagers into tree-top

Pushed from their forest home by encroaching farm land, wild elephants are driving fearful villagers in a Myanmar township to seek refuge in tree houses while the animals storm their rice paddies looking for food.The elephants have trampled crops, destroyed homes and even, villagers say, killed people in their path — forcing families in Kyat…