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Family of 3 Killed in Yangon Tea Shop Blaze

The fire department says the blaze started when a leaking gas cylinder exploded and that authorities are searching for an employee they suspected caused it out of negligence. The post Family of 3 Killed in Yangon Tea Shop Blaze appeared first on The Irrawaddy
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Family of 3 Killed in Yangon Tea Shop Blaze

The fire department says the blaze started when a leaking gas cylinder exploded and that authorities are searching for an employee they suspected caused it out of negligence. The post Family of 3 Killed in Yangon Tea Shop Blaze appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

New Army Bases Spark Fears of Fresh Fighting in Kayah State

The establishment of four new bases in Kayah—a state covered by the four-month ceasefire—go against long-standing agreements between the Myanmar Army and the KNPP. The post New Army Bases Spark Fears of Fresh Fighting in Kayah State appeared first on The
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New Army Bases Spark Fears of Fresh Fighting in Kayah State

The establishment of four new bases in Kayah—a state covered by the four-month ceasefire—go against long-standing agreements between the Myanmar Army and the KNPP. The post New Army Bases Spark Fears of Fresh Fighting in Kayah State appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Pro-Military Rally in Capital Organized by Central War Veterans Group: Ex-Soldier

Under pressure from colleague, former captain later tells The Irrawaddy Wednesday’s demonstration was arranged by Naypyitaw-based group The post Pro-Military Rally in Capital Organized by Central War Veterans Group: Ex-Soldier appeared first on The Irrawadd
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Pro-Military Rally in Capital Organized by Central War Veterans Group: Ex-Soldier

Under pressure from colleague, former captain later tells The Irrawaddy Wednesday’s demonstration was arranged by Naypyitaw-based group The post Pro-Military Rally in Capital Organized by Central War Veterans Group: Ex-Soldier appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Yangon Municipal Body Must Strictly Enforce Its New Law

After two months, the legislation’s impact on residents’ daily lives is less than impressive. The post Yangon Municipal Body Must Strictly Enforce Its New Law appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
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Yangon Municipal Body Must Strictly Enforce Its New Law

After two months, the legislation’s impact on residents’ daily lives is less than impressive. The post Yangon Municipal Body Must Strictly Enforce Its New Law appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Concept, Context, Contestation—Art That Asks You to Look Inside Yourself

Art’s power to force us to face past, current and future crises and injustices is on strong display at the Secretariat’s latest contemporary art exhibition. The post Concept, Context, Contestation—Art That Asks You to Look Inside Yourself appeared firs
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Concept, Context, Contestation—Art That Asks You to Look Inside Yourself

Art’s power to force us to face past, current and future crises and injustices is on strong display at the Secretariat’s latest contemporary art exhibition. The post Concept, Context, Contestation—Art That Asks You to Look Inside Yourself appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Indian Police Arrest Rohingya Muslim Group Stuck on Bangladesh Border

The 31 Rohingya, fleeing a crackdown in India, were stranded on the border after being denied entry into Bangladesh and border officials failed to agree on what to do with them. The post Indian Police Arrest Rohingya Muslim Group Stuck on Bangladesh Border ap
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Indian Police Arrest Rohingya Muslim Group Stuck on Bangladesh Border

The 31 Rohingya, fleeing a crackdown in India, were stranded on the border after being denied entry into Bangladesh and border officials failed to agree on what to do with them. The post Indian Police Arrest Rohingya Muslim Group Stuck on Bangladesh Border appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Hong Kong to Unveil Bill Making Disrespect of China’s National Anthem a Crime

The move raises fresh concerns over freedom of expression in Hong Kong at a time of heightened tension between democracy activists and forces loyal to Beijing. The post Hong Kong to Unveil Bill Making Disrespect of China’s National Anthem a Crime appear
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Hong Kong to Unveil Bill Making Disrespect of China’s National Anthem a Crime

The move raises fresh concerns over freedom of expression in Hong Kong at a time of heightened tension between democracy activists and forces loyal to Beijing. The post Hong Kong to Unveil Bill Making Disrespect of China’s National Anthem a Crime appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Cambodian Leader, in Beijing, says China Pledges Nearly $600M in Aid

Chinese President Xi told Cambodian PM Hun Sen he would push bilateral trade to $10 billion and strengthen political, economic and security cooperation between the countries. The post Cambodian Leader, in Beijing, says China Pledges Nearly $600M in Aid appear
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Cambodian Leader, in Beijing, says China Pledges Nearly $600M in Aid

Chinese President Xi told Cambodian PM Hun Sen he would push bilateral trade to $10 billion and strengthen political, economic and security cooperation between the countries. The post Cambodian Leader, in Beijing, says China Pledges Nearly $600M in Aid appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Yangon Municipal Body Invites Firms to Participate in Smart Parking Project

YCDC plans to implement system in 6 townships in central business district The post Yangon Municipal Body Invites Firms to Participate in Smart Parking Project appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
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Yangon Municipal Body Invites Firms to Participate in Smart Parking Project

YCDC plans to implement system in 6 townships in central business district The post Yangon Municipal Body Invites Firms to Participate in Smart Parking Project appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Organizers of Yangon’s 5th LGBTIQ Festival Promise Biggest Bash Yet

“Every year we aim to make our festival as fabulous as ever, and this year is going to be the one to beat," said co-director Jan Willem van Rooij. The post Organizers of Yangon’s 5th LGBTIQ Festival Promise Biggest Bash Yet appeared first on The Irraw
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Organizers of Yangon’s 5th LGBTIQ Festival Promise Biggest Bash Yet

“Every year we aim to make our festival as fabulous as ever, and this year is going to be the one to beat," said co-director Jan Willem van Rooij. The post Organizers of Yangon’s 5th LGBTIQ Festival Promise Biggest Bash Yet appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Party Logos Banned for Yangon Municipal Election

Candidates may use pictures of themselves in campaign material ahead of March vote, YCDC says The post Party Logos Banned for Yangon Municipal Election appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
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Party Logos Banned for Yangon Municipal Election

Candidates may use pictures of themselves in campaign material ahead of March vote, YCDC says The post Party Logos Banned for Yangon Municipal Election appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Deputy Speaker of Irrawaddy Region Parliament Denies Embezzlement Claims

In his first meeting with reporters since the scandal broke, U San Min Aung said he pocketed none of the money earmarked for vehicle purchases and actually spent some of his own. The post Deputy Speaker of Irrawaddy Region Parliament Denies Embezzlement Claim
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Deputy Speaker of Irrawaddy Region Parliament Denies Embezzlement Claims

In his first meeting with reporters since the scandal broke, U San Min Aung said he pocketed none of the money earmarked for vehicle purchases and actually spent some of his own. The post Deputy Speaker of Irrawaddy Region Parliament Denies Embezzlement Claims appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Public Demands Transparency in Forced Resignation of Kachin Ministers

Kachin organizations have reacted with disbelief to the news of the resignations which, they say, they do not follow official procedures and thus sew distrust in the government. The post Public Demands Transparency in Forced Resignation of Kachin Ministers ap
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Public Demands Transparency in Forced Resignation of Kachin Ministers

Kachin organizations have reacted with disbelief to the news of the resignations which, they say, they do not follow official procedures and thus sew distrust in the government. The post Public Demands Transparency in Forced Resignation of Kachin Ministers appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Asean Must Make the EU a Strategic Partner

Southeast Asian nations benefit from Brussels’ role as a counterweight to major powers in the region The post Asean Must Make the EU a Strategic Partner appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
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Asean Must Make the EU a Strategic Partner

Southeast Asian nations benefit from Brussels’ role as a counterweight to major powers in the region The post Asean Must Make the EU a Strategic Partner appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Myanmar Military Says Soldier Killed in Karen Rebel Attack

The KNLA blamed the death on the military for encroaching on its area of control in Karen State's Papun Township without prior notice. The post Myanmar Military Says Soldier Killed in Karen Rebel Attack appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
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Myanmar Military Says Soldier Killed in Karen Rebel Attack

The KNLA blamed the death on the military for encroaching on its area of control in Karen State's Papun Township without prior notice. The post Myanmar Military Says Soldier Killed in Karen Rebel Attack appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Gov’t Silent on Army’s Claim that Suu Kyi Wants AA ‘Crushed’

President’s Office insists details of discussions at Jan. 7 security meeting are confidential The post Gov’t Silent on Army’s Claim that Suu Kyi Wants AA ‘Crushed’ appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
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Gov’t Silent on Army’s Claim that Suu Kyi Wants AA ‘Crushed’

President’s Office insists details of discussions at Jan. 7 security meeting are confidential The post Gov’t Silent on Army’s Claim that Suu Kyi Wants AA ‘Crushed’ appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Obituary: David Abel, Economics Czar Under Myanmar’s Military Regime, Dies

The UK-educated economist headed several ministries but fell out with the top generals over his efforts to open up the economy. He died Sunday at the age of 84. The post Obituary: David Abel, Economics Czar Under Myanmar’s Military Regime, Dies appeare
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Obituary: David Abel, Economics Czar Under Myanmar’s Military Regime, Dies

The UK-educated economist headed several ministries but fell out with the top generals over his efforts to open up the economy. He died Sunday at the age of 84. The post Obituary: David Abel, Economics Czar Under Myanmar’s Military Regime, Dies appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Three Kachin State Ministers Told to Quit ‘on Suu Kyi’s Orders’

Chief minister instructed 3 cabinet members to submit resignation letters on Friday, one of the trio says The post Three Kachin State Ministers Told to Quit ‘on Suu Kyi’s Orders’ appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
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Three Kachin State Ministers Told to Quit ‘on Suu Kyi’s Orders’

Chief minister instructed 3 cabinet members to submit resignation letters on Friday, one of the trio says The post Three Kachin State Ministers Told to Quit ‘on Suu Kyi’s Orders’ appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Mandalay Govt to Receive 3rd Repayment of Development Funds

The former officials will make their latest installment of the more than $1.3 million in suspect development funds next week, said the region's planning and finance minister. The post Mandalay Govt to Receive 3rd Repayment of Development Funds appeared first
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Mandalay Govt to Receive 3rd Repayment of Development Funds

The former officials will make their latest installment of the more than $1.3 million in suspect development funds next week, said the region's planning and finance minister. The post Mandalay Govt to Receive 3rd Repayment of Development Funds appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

From Pariah to Demi-God: Transgender Leader a Star at Massive Indian Festival

On Tuesday the Kinnar Akhada became the first transgender group to bathe at the ancient Kumbh Mela festival, traditionally reserved for reclusive Hindu priests. The post From Pariah to Demi-God: Transgender Leader a Star at Massive Indian Festival appeared fi
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From Pariah to Demi-God: Transgender Leader a Star at Massive Indian Festival

On Tuesday the Kinnar Akhada became the first transgender group to bathe at the ancient Kumbh Mela festival, traditionally reserved for reclusive Hindu priests. The post From Pariah to Demi-God: Transgender Leader a Star at Massive Indian Festival appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Ghosn May Have Had Questionable Ethics, Co-Chair of External Nissan Probe Says

The ousted chairman denies the charges against him, which include understating his salary for eight years and temporarily transferring personal financial losses to Nissan's books. The post Ghosn May Have Had Questionable Ethics, Co-Chair of External Nissan Pr
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Ghosn May Have Had Questionable Ethics, Co-Chair of External Nissan Probe Says

The ousted chairman denies the charges against him, which include understating his salary for eight years and temporarily transferring personal financial losses to Nissan's books. The post Ghosn May Have Had Questionable Ethics, Co-Chair of External Nissan Probe Says appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Fresh ARSA Attack Injured Six Police Officers: Govt

Citing a video that went viral online on Saturday, State media have announced that a mid-week attack by ARSA on a police van in northern Rakhine State injured six. The post Fresh ARSA Attack Injured Six Police Officers: Govt appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
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Fresh ARSA Attack Injured Six Police Officers: Govt

Citing a video that went viral online on Saturday, State media have announced that a mid-week attack by ARSA on a police van in northern Rakhine State injured six. The post Fresh ARSA Attack Injured Six Police Officers: Govt appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

The Education System and National Reconciliation

If Myanmar is to rid itself of internal conflict, Burmans must recognize the daily institutionalized discrimination faced by ethnic groups. The post The Education System and National Reconciliation appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
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The Education System and National Reconciliation

If Myanmar is to rid itself of internal conflict, Burmans must recognize the daily institutionalized discrimination faced by ethnic groups. The post The Education System and National Reconciliation appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Is China Deliberately Sowing Discord over the Myitsone Dam?

This week, The Irrawaddy discusses the Chinese Embassy’s controversial recent statement about the dam, and the government’s worrying silence on the project’s future The post Is China Deliberately Sowing Discord over the Myitsone Dam? appeared first on T
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Is China Deliberately Sowing Discord over the Myitsone Dam?

This week, The Irrawaddy discusses the Chinese Embassy’s controversial recent statement about the dam, and the government’s worrying silence on the project’s future The post Is China Deliberately Sowing Discord over the Myitsone Dam? appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Police Investigate Suspected Burglary of Ancient Pagoda in Bago Region

Authorities said a waterproof layer of concrete added in recent years to the top of the pagoda, which dates back to A.D. 4, was damaged but nothing was stolen. The post Police Investigate Suspected Burglary of Ancient Pagoda in Bago Region appeared first on T
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Police Investigate Suspected Burglary of Ancient Pagoda in Bago Region

Authorities said a waterproof layer of concrete added in recent years to the top of the pagoda, which dates back to A.D. 4, was damaged but nothing was stolen. The post Police Investigate Suspected Burglary of Ancient Pagoda in Bago Region appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Four Years on, Justice Yet to be Found for Kachin Teachers Raped and Murdered 

The Kachin community is adamant that it will continue to pursue justice in the case of two volunteer Kachin teachers who were raped and murdered in 2015. The post Four Years on, Justice Yet to be Found for Kachin Teachers Raped and Murdered  appeared first o
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Four Years on, Justice Yet to be Found for Kachin Teachers Raped and Murdered 

The Kachin community is adamant that it will continue to pursue justice in the case of two volunteer Kachin teachers who were raped and murdered in 2015. The post Four Years on, Justice Yet to be Found for Kachin Teachers Raped and Murdered  appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

AA Must Give Up Goal of Confederation: Myanmar Military

Ceasefire cannot cover Rakhine as threat remains from ARSA and ‘insurgent’ attacks by AA on police, senior Army officers say The post AA Must Give Up Goal of Confederation: Myanmar Military appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
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AA Must Give Up Goal of Confederation: Myanmar Military

Ceasefire cannot cover Rakhine as threat remains from ARSA and ‘insurgent’ attacks by AA on police, senior Army officers say The post AA Must Give Up Goal of Confederation: Myanmar Military appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Exile Group Declares ‘Independence’ for Kachin State

Move not recognized by Kachin leaders based in Myitkyina The post Exile Group Declares ‘Independence’ for Kachin State appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
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Exile Group Declares ‘Independence’ for Kachin State

Move not recognized by Kachin leaders based in Myitkyina The post Exile Group Declares ‘Independence’ for Kachin State appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Job Jitters Mount as China’s Factories Sputter Ahead of Lunar New Year

hile many factories traditionally close ahead of China's most important holiday, businesses are shutting earlier than usual this year as the prolonged trade war curtails orders. The post Job Jitters Mount as China’s Factories Sputter Ahead of Lunar New
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Job Jitters Mount as China’s Factories Sputter Ahead of Lunar New Year

hile many factories traditionally close ahead of China's most important holiday, businesses are shutting earlier than usual this year as the prolonged trade war curtails orders. The post Job Jitters Mount as China’s Factories Sputter Ahead of Lunar New Year appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Vietnam Prepares for Kim Jong Un Visit Amid Talk of Second Summit With Trump

The Southeast Asian country is keen to host the summit as a demonstration of its normalized ties with the United States, its foe during the Vietnam War, sources told Reuters. The post Vietnam Prepares for Kim Jong Un Visit Amid Talk of Second Summit With Trum
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Vietnam Prepares for Kim Jong Un Visit Amid Talk of Second Summit With Trump

The Southeast Asian country is keen to host the summit as a demonstration of its normalized ties with the United States, its foe during the Vietnam War, sources told Reuters. The post Vietnam Prepares for Kim Jong Un Visit Amid Talk of Second Summit With Trump appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Thai Universities Tap into Rising Chinese Demand

These Chinese students hope to escape a highly competitive but poor education system back home and land well-paying jobs in Southeast Asia's second biggest economy. The post Thai Universities Tap into Rising Chinese Demand appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
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Thai Universities Tap into Rising Chinese Demand

These Chinese students hope to escape a highly competitive but poor education system back home and land well-paying jobs in Southeast Asia's second biggest economy. The post Thai Universities Tap into Rising Chinese Demand appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Yangon Sets Date For Municipal Elections

On March 31, voters will get to decide who fills 105 local seats, including six on the Yangon City Development Committee's executive board. The post Yangon Sets Date For Municipal Elections appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
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Yangon Sets Date For Municipal Elections

On March 31, voters will get to decide who fills 105 local seats, including six on the Yangon City Development Committee's executive board. The post Yangon Sets Date For Municipal Elections appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Irrawaddy Region Deputy Speaker Submits Resignation

The Irrawaddy Region parliament will soon decide on whether to accept the resignation of U San Min Aung following his expulsion from the NLD on accusations of embezzlement. The post Irrawaddy Region Deputy Speaker Submits Resignation appeared first on The Irr
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Irrawaddy Region Deputy Speaker Submits Resignation

The Irrawaddy Region parliament will soon decide on whether to accept the resignation of U San Min Aung following his expulsion from the NLD on accusations of embezzlement. The post Irrawaddy Region Deputy Speaker Submits Resignation appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Shan State’s ‘Coffee Lady’ Moves up the Value Chain

Amara Arabica producer helping small farmers in Ywangan Township learn processing techniques, find export markets The post Shan State’s ‘Coffee Lady’ Moves up the Value Chain appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
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Shan State’s ‘Coffee Lady’ Moves up the Value Chain

Amara Arabica producer helping small farmers in Ywangan Township learn processing techniques, find export markets The post Shan State’s ‘Coffee Lady’ Moves up the Value Chain appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Border Guard Police Wounded in Rakhine Rebel Ambush: Myanmar Army

The Myanmar Army says the AA injured six officers in an ambush in northern Rakhine State on Wednesday. The AA denies the claim and says they may have been hit by friendly fire. The post Border Guard Police Wounded in Rakhine Rebel Ambush: Myanmar Army appeare
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Border Guard Police Wounded in Rakhine Rebel Ambush: Myanmar Army

The Myanmar Army says the AA injured six officers in an ambush in northern Rakhine State on Wednesday. The AA denies the claim and says they may have been hit by friendly fire. The post Border Guard Police Wounded in Rakhine Rebel Ambush: Myanmar Army appeared first on The Irrawaddy.