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Daw Aung San Suu Kyi Congratulates Myanmar’s MMA Champ During Meeting in Tokyo

State Counselor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi meets Myanmar MMA champ Aung La Nsang, aka the ‘Burmese Python’, in Tokyo and congratulates him on his recent ONE Championship win.
The Irrawaddy

Daw Aung San Suu Kyi Congratulates Myanmar’s MMA Champ During Meeting in Tokyo

State Counselor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi meets Myanmar MMA champ Aung La Nsang, aka the ‘Burmese Python’, in Tokyo and congratulates him on his recent ONE Championship win.

NLD: Myanmar Military MPs’ Meetings With Public an ‘Unethical’ Poll Tactic

National League for Democracy representatives say military-appointed lawmakers are holding ‘unethical’ meetings with voters from elected lawmakers’ constituencies.
The Irrawaddy

NLD: Myanmar Military MPs’ Meetings With Public an ‘Unethical’ Poll Tactic

National League for Democracy representatives say military-appointed lawmakers are holding ‘unethical’ meetings with voters from elected lawmakers’ constituencies.

Myanmar Appoints UN Rep. as Fifth Female Ambassador

Myanmar appoints Daw Hmway Hmway Khyne, a UN representative and outspoken critic of the UN’s accountability mechanisms on Myanmar, as its ambassador to Italy on Monday.
The Irrawaddy

Myanmar Appoints UN Rep. as Fifth Female Ambassador

Myanmar appoints Daw Hmway Hmway Khyne, a UN representative and outspoken critic of the UN’s accountability mechanisms on Myanmar, as its ambassador to Italy on Monday.

Bangladesh to Move Rohingya to Flood-Prone Island Next Month

Rohingya refugees to begin moving to Bhasan Char in Bay of Bengal next month, Bangladesh says, despite concerns over the island’s vulnerability to cyclones and flooding.
The Irrawaddy

Bangladesh to Move Rohingya to Flood-Prone Island Next Month

Rohingya refugees to begin moving to Bhasan Char in Bay of Bengal next month, Bangladesh says, despite concerns over the island’s vulnerability to cyclones and flooding.

Hong Kong Leader to Visit Japan After Huge Rally, Night of Violence

Chief Executive Carrie Lam heads to Japan as Hong Kong cleans up after a night of violence that saw more huge crowds take to the streets to protest Chinese influence.
The Irrawaddy

Hong Kong Leader to Visit Japan After Huge Rally, Night of Violence

Chief Executive Carrie Lam heads to Japan as Hong Kong cleans up after a night of violence that saw more huge crowds take to the streets to protest Chinese influence.

Indonesia’s Widodo Faces Test of Reform Credentials in 2nd Term

Joko Widodo sworn in for a second term as Indonesia’s president vowing to cut red tape, expand infrastructure, improve education and create jobs.
The Irrawaddy

Indonesia’s Widodo Faces Test of Reform Credentials in 2nd Term

Joko Widodo sworn in for a second term as Indonesia’s president vowing to cut red tape, expand infrastructure, improve education and create jobs.

A Visit to the Chinese Casino City in Laos Built by Myanmar Workers

Despite the delay in an official labor agreement with Laos, Myanmar workers are drawn to a Chinese-built special economic zone in the Golden Triangle by relatively higher wages.
The Irrawaddy

A Visit to the Chinese Casino City in Laos Built by Myanmar Workers

Despite the delay in an official labor agreement with Laos, Myanmar workers are drawn to a Chinese-built special economic zone in the Golden Triangle by relatively higher wages.

Japanese PM Urges Myanmar Military, Govt to Address Rights Issues in Rakhine

Japanese Prime Minister Abe urges Myanmar to act on rights abuses in Rakhine, during Tokyo meeting with Daw Aung San Suu Kyi; leaders also swap ideas on investment.
The Irrawaddy

Japanese PM Urges Myanmar Military, Govt to Address Rights Issues in Rakhine

Japanese Prime Minister Abe urges Myanmar to act on rights abuses in Rakhine, during Tokyo meeting with Daw Aung San Suu Kyi; leaders also swap ideas on investment.

Police Say Drugs Worth Nearly $2B Found Floating off Myanmar’s Coast

Fishermen off the coast of Myanmar’s Ayeyarwady Region found sacks floating in the ocean Wednesday containing nearly 650 kg of what police say are methamphetamines.
The Irrawaddy

Police Say Drugs Worth Nearly $2B Found Floating off Myanmar’s Coast

Fishermen off the coast of Myanmar’s Ayeyarwady Region found sacks floating in the ocean Wednesday containing nearly 650 kg of what police say are methamphetamines.

Yangon Auditor-General Says Regional Govt Told Her Not to Send FY2017-18 Spending Report to MPs

Yangon Auditor-General says regional govt instructed her only to send copies of her office’s report on govt spending in FY2017-18 to the chief minister and speaker.
The Irrawaddy

Yangon Auditor-General Says Regional Govt Told Her Not to Send FY2017-18 Spending Report to MPs

Yangon Auditor-General says regional govt instructed her only to send copies of her office’s report on govt spending in FY2017-18 to the chief minister and speaker.

Satellite Images Reveal China’s Aircraft Carrier ‘Factory’

China has nearly finished a vast harbor near Shanghai as a space to build and dock a new class of large aircraft carriers; construction of the first is under way.
The Irrawaddy

Satellite Images Reveal China’s Aircraft Carrier ‘Factory’

China has nearly finished a vast harbor near Shanghai as a space to build and dock a new class of large aircraft carriers; construction of the first is under way.

Malaysia Works to Clear Ports of Plastic Waste Shipments

Malaysian ports have upped scrutiny after a ban in China sent huge inflows of plastic waste shipments to its shores; many of the vessels lack the required permits.
The Irrawaddy

Malaysia Works to Clear Ports of Plastic Waste Shipments

Malaysian ports have upped scrutiny after a ban in China sent huge inflows of plastic waste shipments to its shores; many of the vessels lack the required permits.

Houses Torched, Hundreds Left Homeless Near Site of Indonesia’s New Capital

Conflict between two Indonesian communities reignites near the site of the country's planned new capital, leaving hundreds homeless due to arson.
The Irrawaddy

Houses Torched, Hundreds Left Homeless Near Site of Indonesia’s New Capital

Conflict between two Indonesian communities reignites near the site of the country's planned new capital, leaving hundreds homeless due to arson.

Death of a Kachin Leader Who Narrowly Missed Myanmar’s Presidency Due to a Coup

On this day in 1971, Kachin leader Sima Duwa Sinwa Naung died aged 57. When the military seized power in the 1962 coup, he was days away from being sworn in as president.
The Irrawaddy

Death of a Kachin Leader Who Narrowly Missed Myanmar’s Presidency Due to a Coup

On this day in 1971, Kachin leader Sima Duwa Sinwa Naung died aged 57. When the military seized power in the 1962 coup, he was days away from being sworn in as president.

Mon Soldier Killed on Myanmar-Thai Border in Karen Attack

The Mon National Liberation Army has reported a death after a dawn attack by the Karen National Liberation Army at the Three Pagodas Pass.
The Irrawaddy

Mon Soldier Killed on Myanmar-Thai Border in Karen Attack

The Mon National Liberation Army has reported a death after a dawn attack by the Karen National Liberation Army at the Three Pagodas Pass.

Yangon MPs Fear ‘No Lively Debate’ on Govt Spending as Access to Auditor General’s Report Uncertain

Yangon chief minister, speaker assign regional Public Account Committee to review auditor general’s FY2017-18 report, allegedly denying MPs chance to see it first.
The Irrawaddy

Yangon MPs Fear ‘No Lively Debate’ on Govt Spending as Access to Auditor General’s Report Uncertain

Yangon chief minister, speaker assign regional Public Account Committee to review auditor general’s FY2017-18 report, allegedly denying MPs chance to see it first.

Timeline: Irregularities & Significant Events in Myanmar’s Toddler Rape Case

To provide an overview of what has gone wrong with the ‘Victoria’ child-rape case, The Irrawaddy presents a timeline of key events since the crime occurred in May.
The Irrawaddy

Timeline: Irregularities & Significant Events in Myanmar’s Toddler Rape Case

To provide an overview of what has gone wrong with the ‘Victoria’ child-rape case, The Irrawaddy presents a timeline of key events since the crime occurred in May.

AA Claims Myanmar Military Deploys Helicopters After Taking Major Losses

The Arakan Army claims the Myanmar military has suffered over 40 casualties in the past week and local residents say the army has now deployed helicopters in the area.
The Irrawaddy

AA Claims Myanmar Military Deploys Helicopters After Taking Major Losses

The Arakan Army claims the Myanmar military has suffered over 40 casualties in the past week and local residents say the army has now deployed helicopters in the area.

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.
The Irrawaddy

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.
The Irrawaddy

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.
The Irrawaddy

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.
The Irrawaddy

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.
The Irrawaddy

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.
The Irrawaddy

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.
The Irrawaddy

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.
The Irrawaddy

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.
The Irrawaddy

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?
The Irrawaddy

 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.
The Irrawaddy

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.
The Irrawaddy

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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