Bearing offerings such as milk pots and heavy ornate metal structures called kavadis, devotees walked barefoot up 272 steps to reach Batu Caves temple — an important religious site for local Hindus.
Two years on, Myanmar's junta still hasn't carried out the agreed-upon peace plan that called for an end to violence and dialogue between the military and rebels.
New measures signal the junta is looking for new ways to stamp out resistance in areas where anti-coup fighters are active.
Two years after the coup, Washington DC also warns against the South Asian country's purchase of military equipment from Russia.
Pyongyang reacts to US plans to increase its deployment of advanced military assets to the Korean Peninsula, including fighter jets and aircraft carriers.
Expanded deal, which allows US access to at least nine military bases, was made following a meeting between Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr and US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin.
The announcement came as streets were empty and shops were closed across the country in protest on the anniversary of the coup.
Philippines sits along the Pacific "Ring of Fire", an arc of intense seismic as well as volcanic activity that stretches from Japan through Southeast Asia and across the Pacific basin.
Once one of the fastest-growing economies in Southeast Asia, Myanmar has now fallen way behind since the 2021 military takeover, with an estimated 40 percent of the population living in poverty.
Myanmar has been in turmoil since the military toppled democratically elected State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi and her civilian government almost two years ago, alleging massive fraud during elections her party won in 2020.
The ICC said it had granted its prosecutor's request to reopen an investigation into drug war killings and other suspected rights abuses.
Temperatures dip as low as -34 degrees Celsius hitting the country in the middle of a severe economic crisis with many residents unable to afford fuel to heat their homes.
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