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Bago Chief Minister Accused of Encouraging Harassment of Myanmar Village Teachers

The NLD’s Bago chief minister, U Win Thein, has offended teachers by quipping that villagers should try to marry them to make them stay.
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Bago Chief Minister Accused of Encouraging Harassment of Myanmar Village Teachers

The NLD’s Bago chief minister, U Win Thein, has offended teachers by quipping that villagers should try to marry them to make them stay.

Monk Taken to Mandalay After Triggering Roadside Landmine in Myanmar’s Northern Shan State

Three monks on motorcycles tripped a landmine in northern Shan State, with one needing specialist treatment in Mandalay.
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Monk Taken to Mandalay After Triggering Roadside Landmine in Myanmar’s Northern Shan State

Three monks on motorcycles tripped a landmine in northern Shan State, with one needing specialist treatment in Mandalay.

Myanmar Govt Backs Minimum Price for Rice Amid Weak Market

Myanmar’s government has pledged to buy farmers’ paddy rice if the market drops below a certain price; some areas are already reporting prices below the government floor.
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Myanmar Govt Backs Minimum Price for Rice Amid Weak Market

Myanmar’s government has pledged to buy farmers’ paddy rice if the market drops below a certain price; some areas are already reporting prices below the government floor.

Myanmar Police Reject Lawsuits Against 3 Critics of Ex-Lower House Speaker

U Ye Htut, U Hla Swe and U Bo Bo Kyaw Nyein did not breach the Law Protecting the Privacy and Security of Citizens in comments about U Shwe Mann, police say.
The Irrawaddy

Myanmar Police Reject Lawsuits Against 3 Critics of Ex-Lower House Speaker

U Ye Htut, U Hla Swe and U Bo Bo Kyaw Nyein did not breach the Law Protecting the Privacy and Security of Citizens in comments about U Shwe Mann, police say.

Myanmar Military Kills Villager, Injures Another in Northern Rakhine State

Myanmar military says Kyauktaw Township villager shot dead while attempting to flee questioning; bystander injured as gunfire strikes his car.
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Myanmar Military Kills Villager, Injures Another in Northern Rakhine State

Myanmar military says Kyauktaw Township villager shot dead while attempting to flee questioning; bystander injured as gunfire strikes his car.

Thai Human Traffickers Flout Court Orders to Compensate Victims

In more than 99 percent of recent cases, convicted human traffickers in Thailand have ignored judges’ orders to pay compensation to their victims, data show.
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Thai Human Traffickers Flout Court Orders to Compensate Victims

In more than 99 percent of recent cases, convicted human traffickers in Thailand have ignored judges’ orders to pay compensation to their victims, data show.

US House Takes Hard Line on China over Hong Kong, Huawei

US House passes three bills supporting democracy in Hong Kong and one backing Canada’s handling of an extradition case involving a senior executive of China’s Huawei.
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US House Takes Hard Line on China over Hong Kong, Huawei

US House passes three bills supporting democracy in Hong Kong and one backing Canada’s handling of an extradition case involving a senior executive of China’s Huawei.

Vietnam Urges Restraint Amid Maritime Tensions With China

Vietnamese President Nguyen Phu Trong calls for restraint in disputed South China Sea as Chinese vessel continues to conduct survey in Vietnam’s exclusive economic zone.
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Vietnam Urges Restraint Amid Maritime Tensions With China

Vietnamese President Nguyen Phu Trong calls for restraint in disputed South China Sea as Chinese vessel continues to conduct survey in Vietnam’s exclusive economic zone.

How Will the 2020 Election Shape Myanmar’s Democracy?

This week, The Irrawaddy joins a poll monitor and a political party official to discuss the UEC’s partiality, identity politics and other factors in next year’s vote.
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How Will the 2020 Election Shape Myanmar’s Democracy?

This week, The Irrawaddy joins a poll monitor and a political party official to discuss the UEC’s partiality, identity politics and other factors in next year’s vote.

Civilians in Myanmar’s Conflict-Torn Rakhine State Left to Fend for Themselves

Amid constant threats to their security, Rakhine civilians are treated with suspicion by the military, while police and state officials are unable or unwilling to help.
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Civilians in Myanmar’s Conflict-Torn Rakhine State Left to Fend for Themselves

Amid constant threats to their security, Rakhine civilians are treated with suspicion by the military, while police and state officials are unable or unwilling to help.

 Forecasting the Coming Century for Myanmar—Without a Crystal Ball

Will the current transition lead Myanmar back into authoritarian rule, or is the country on the verge of finally breaking its historical cycle of thwarted opportunities?
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 Forecasting the Coming Century for Myanmar—Without a Crystal Ball

Will the current transition lead Myanmar back into authoritarian rule, or is the country on the verge of finally breaking its historical cycle of thwarted opportunities?

IDPs in Myanmar’s Rakhine See No Hope of Return Home

Without jobs, displaced northern Rakhine villagers are forced to survive on limited food in shabby huts with no prospect of a return to their homes.
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IDPs in Myanmar’s Rakhine See No Hope of Return Home

Without jobs, displaced northern Rakhine villagers are forced to survive on limited food in shabby huts with no prospect of a return to their homes.

Bomb Explodes Near New NLD Office in Rakhine State

Local residents and National League for Democracy members are reeling after an explosion shook the construction site of a new party office in Buthidaung, Rakhine State.
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Bomb Explodes Near New NLD Office in Rakhine State

Local residents and National League for Democracy members are reeling after an explosion shook the construction site of a new party office in Buthidaung, Rakhine State.

Myanmar Police Free Pop Singer After Mistaken Arrest on Drug Charges

Myanmar singer Phyo Pyae Sone and his colleagues were detained for two days after police accused them of possessing 10 ketamine pills.
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Myanmar Police Free Pop Singer After Mistaken Arrest on Drug Charges

Myanmar singer Phyo Pyae Sone and his colleagues were detained for two days after police accused them of possessing 10 ketamine pills.

More Anti-China Protests Planned in Hong Kong; Rail Service Still Limited

Hong Kong demonstrators expected to show support for Taiwan on its National Day; city’s rail service still not back to normal after being damaged during weekend protests.
The Irrawaddy

More Anti-China Protests Planned in Hong Kong; Rail Service Still Limited

Hong Kong demonstrators expected to show support for Taiwan on its National Day; city’s rail service still not back to normal after being damaged during weekend protests.

Beijing Plans to Restrict Visas for US Visitors With ‘Anti-China’ Links

China reportedly plans to introduce new rules that would make it harder for Americans with ties to intelligence services or human rights groups to enter the country.
The Irrawaddy

Beijing Plans to Restrict Visas for US Visitors With ‘Anti-China’ Links

China reportedly plans to introduce new rules that would make it harder for Americans with ties to intelligence services or human rights groups to enter the country.

The Day Myanmar’s PM Arrived in London on a Failed Quest for Independence

On this day in 1941, Prime Minister U Saw arrived in London seeking independence; after being rebuffed and contacting Japan, he spent the war detained by the British.
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The Day Myanmar’s PM Arrived in London on a Failed Quest for Independence

On this day in 1941, Prime Minister U Saw arrived in London seeking independence; after being rebuffed and contacting Japan, he spent the war detained by the British.

Myanmar Court to Announce Bail Decision in Toddler Rape Case in Two Weeks

Naypyitaw court will announce whether toddler rape case defendant Aung Gyi qualifies for bail on Oct. 23; legal adviser urges court to deny bail but lawyer hopeful.
The Irrawaddy

Myanmar Court to Announce Bail Decision in Toddler Rape Case in Two Weeks

Naypyitaw court will announce whether toddler rape case defendant Aung Gyi qualifies for bail on Oct. 23; legal adviser urges court to deny bail but lawyer hopeful.

Myanmar Court Fines Villagers, Chinese Mining Firm Employee in Waste Dispute

Six Sagaing residents fined for obstructing Wanbao Co., which they accuse of dumping waste; Chinese employee of the firm fined for injuring villager in vehicle accident.
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Myanmar Court Fines Villagers, Chinese Mining Firm Employee in Waste Dispute

Six Sagaing residents fined for obstructing Wanbao Co., which they accuse of dumping waste; Chinese employee of the firm fined for injuring villager in vehicle accident.

Two Civilians Die Amid Fighting Between AA and Myanmar Military

Government officials and aid workers are unable to retrieve the bodies of two civilians in Rakhine State, as ongoing fighting has cut off access to their village.
The Irrawaddy

Two Civilians Die Amid Fighting Between AA and Myanmar Military

Government officials and aid workers are unable to retrieve the bodies of two civilians in Rakhine State, as ongoing fighting has cut off access to their village.

Myanmar to Appeal to Thai King on Behalf of 2 Death Row Convicts on Oct. 21

Myanmar will submit an appeal to the Thai king on Oct. 21 asking that the death sentences against migrant workers Win Zaw Htun and Zaw Lin be commuted.
The Irrawaddy

Myanmar to Appeal to Thai King on Behalf of 2 Death Row Convicts on Oct. 21

Myanmar will submit an appeal to the Thai king on Oct. 21 asking that the death sentences against migrant workers Win Zaw Htun and Zaw Lin be commuted.

Muslim Villager Shot Dead by Army While Going Fishing in Rakhine, Locals Say

Residents of Sin The Pyin Village in Buthidaung Township say man, 60, was shot by soldiers from a hill in the area; Army reports clash with AA in nearby village.
The Irrawaddy

Muslim Villager Shot Dead by Army While Going Fishing in Rakhine, Locals Say

Residents of Sin The Pyin Village in Buthidaung Township say man, 60, was shot by soldiers from a hill in the area; Army reports clash with AA in nearby village.

Three Myanmar Soldiers Killed as TNLA Attacks Army Convoy in Northern Shan State

TNLA attack on army trucks kills three soldiers, wounds three; armed group says convoy was heading into its zone; seven civilians suffer minor injuries, lawmaker says.
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Three Myanmar Soldiers Killed as TNLA Attacks Army Convoy in Northern Shan State

TNLA attack on army trucks kills three soldiers, wounds three; armed group says convoy was heading into its zone; seven civilians suffer minor injuries, lawmaker says.

Government of Myanmar’s Chin State Asks for Help Finding Missing Civilians

The Chin State government is asking Myanmar’s peace negotiating team for help as accusations mount against the Arakan Army over civilian disappearances.
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Government of Myanmar’s Chin State Asks for Help Finding Missing Civilians

The Chin State government is asking Myanmar’s peace negotiating team for help as accusations mount against the Arakan Army over civilian disappearances.

When a North Korean Bombing Rocked Yangon

On this day in 1983, a South Korean president on a visit to Yangon survived an assassination attempt that severed diplomatic ties between Pyongyang and the Myanmar government.
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When a North Korean Bombing Rocked Yangon

On this day in 1983, a South Korean president on a visit to Yangon survived an assassination attempt that severed diplomatic ties between Pyongyang and the Myanmar government.

HK Pro-Democracy Activist Appeals Sentence in 2016 Rioting Case

Hong Kong independence advocate Edward Leung appeals six-year prison sentence in 2016 case, providing potential new flashpoint for ongoing anti-government protests.
The Irrawaddy

HK Pro-Democracy Activist Appeals Sentence in 2016 Rioting Case

Hong Kong independence advocate Edward Leung appeals six-year prison sentence in 2016 case, providing potential new flashpoint for ongoing anti-government protests.

India ‘Transports’ Kashmiri Detainees to Distant Prisons

Hundreds of people detained without trial by Indian authorities following a crackdown in Kashmir have been moved to jails hundreds of kilometers from the disputed region.
The Irrawaddy

India ‘Transports’ Kashmiri Detainees to Distant Prisons

Hundreds of people detained without trial by Indian authorities following a crackdown in Kashmir have been moved to jails hundreds of kilometers from the disputed region.

Leading Rakhine Party Calls on Myanmar Govt to Provide IDP Aid 

 The Arakan National Party says no progress will be made in Rakhine State until the government stops fighting rebel groups and changes the military-drafted Constitution.
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Leading Rakhine Party Calls on Myanmar Govt to Provide IDP Aid 

 The Arakan National Party says no progress will be made in Rakhine State until the government stops fighting rebel groups and changes the military-drafted Constitution.

Workers Say Myanmar Factory Closure Suspicious, Demand Jobs Back

A group of workers at the Sky Man steel factory in Yangon say the owners are closing to avoid honoring a compensation agreement, and are demanding their jobs back. 
The Irrawaddy

Workers Say Myanmar Factory Closure Suspicious, Demand Jobs Back

A group of workers at the Sky Man steel factory in Yangon say the owners are closing to avoid honoring a compensation agreement, and are demanding their jobs back. 

Mortar Blast Hits Two Civilians in Myanmar’s Shan State

A mortar exploded in a tea plantation in Shan State Tuesday, killing one civilian and wounding another; some say the mortar was left after fighting in the area last month.
The Irrawaddy

Mortar Blast Hits Two Civilians in Myanmar’s Shan State

A mortar exploded in a tea plantation in Shan State Tuesday, killing one civilian and wounding another; some say the mortar was left after fighting in the area last month.

DKBA Commander Assassinated in Myanmar’s Karen State

A commander of a splinter faction of the Karen National Union was shot Saturday by an unidentified assassin, prompting speculation about internal power struggles.
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DKBA Commander Assassinated in Myanmar’s Karen State

A commander of a splinter faction of the Karen National Union was shot Saturday by an unidentified assassin, prompting speculation about internal power struggles.