Activists have complained that the profitability of jade mining led businesses and the government to neglect enforcing already weak regulations in the industry.
A Myanmar sunset, International Women's Day and a controversial Smurf festival round out this week's best images.
President Donald Trump is expanding his controversial travel ban to include six more countries.
Solving the pollution problem requires much more than just banning single-use plastics.
Myanmar's Swe Zin Htet says she hopes to push for LGBTQ equality in her home country, where queer people have limited rights.
Both the Myanmar military and insurgents in Rakhine State may be guilty of gross human rights violations, the UN special rapporteur on Myanmar warned this week.
Dramatic footage shows the Myanmar National Airlines jet skidding to a stop on its nose at Mandalay International Airport.
Wa Lone, 33, and Kyaw Soe Oo, 29, had been jailed since 2017. They had reported on the brutal crackdown on the minority group.
The news outlet called it "a police setup to silence their truthful reporting."
The parliament may finally pass a law next year to offer women some protection.