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Myanmar's State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi at a hospital in Naypyidaw on Wednesday. Photo: Thet Aung/AFP via Getty Images

Myanmar's military TV station announced Monday the army has declared a one-year state of emergency after taking power and detaining Aung San Suu Kyi and other top ruling party leaders.

Why it matters: The coup comes after escalating tensions between the civilian government and the military following last November's elections, which Nobel laureate Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy (NLD) party won by a landslide.

  • Myanmar was ruled by the military until 2011. But it had been "celebrated as a rare case in which generals willingly handed over some power to civilians" after it respected the NLD's 2015 election win, the New York Times notes.

What's happening: The military said that the country's army chief, Senior Gen. Min Aung Hlaing, was now in charge.

  • NLD spokesperson Myo Nyunt told Reuters that the 75-year-old party leader Suu Kyi and President Win Myint were among those "taken" in early-morning raids Monday local time.
  • Communications were disrupted in the capital Naypyitaw and Yangon, where soldiers took up positions in the main commercial center's city hall, Reuters notes.
  • State TV went off air hours before parliament had been due to sit for the first time since the NLD's November election win.

Driving the news: The NLD won enough seats to form a government last November, but the military said the elections were not fair.

  • The election commission rejected allegations of fraud, but the military has said in recent days that it would "take action" over the outcome, per the BBC.

What they're saying: Secretary of State Antony Blinken expressed "grave concern and alarm" at the developments in Myanmar in a statement soon after the coup.

  • White House spokesperson Jen Psaki said in an earlier statement the U.S. was "alarmed" by reports that the military "has taken steps to undermine the country’s democratic transition," including the arrest of Suu Kyi and others.
  • President Biden has been briefed on the situation, said Psaki, who called on the military to release the detained officials and "adhere to democratic norms and the rule of law."
  • In a statement, a spokesperson for UN Secretary-General António Guterres condemned the coup as "a serious blow to democratic reforms."

Of note: Suu Kyi won a 1991 Nobel Peace Prize during her nonviolent campaign for democracy that saw her placed under house arrest for a total of 15 years.

Editor's note: This article has been updated with new details throughout.

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Driving the news: Also on Sunday, U.S. gymnast MyKayla Skinner won the silver medal in the vault on Sunday after stepping in for Simone Biles, who withdrew from the event to prioritize her mental health and well-being.

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5 events to watch today...
  • 🏃 Track & Field: Watch the men’s 100m final at 8:50 a.m. ET on nbcolympics.com
  • 🏐 Men’s volleyball: USA plays Argentina in the group stage at 8:45 a.m. on NBC.
  • 🤸 Gymnastics event finals: Watch the replay of the men's floor exercise and pommel horse, as well as the women's vault and uneven bars starting at 9:30 p.m. on NBC.
  • 🤽Men's water polo: USA takes on Greece in group play at 10:30 p.m. ET on CNBC.
  • 🏊Women's springboard final: Watch the replay tonight on NBC.

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Team USA's Ryan Murphy, Zach Apple, Michael Andrew and Caeleb Dressel celebrate winning gold in the final of the men's 4x100m medley relay swimming event during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at the Tokyo Aquatics Centre in Tokyo on Aug. 1. Photo: Odd Andersen/AFP via Getty Images

Day nine of the Tokyo Olympic Games Sunday saw the final day of swimming competition end with a historic win for Team USA.

The big picture: The U.S. men's 4x100-meter medley relay team set a new record world as they won the final and Caeleb Dressel earned a fifth gold — becoming the fifth American to do so. Team USA's Bobby Finke won the 1,500-meter freestyle.