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Belgian Firm’s Withdrawal from Mytel Operator Sees Minimal Impact

Newtec cut ties with Myanmar-military backed telecom operator in response to UN report; local partner Com & Com says number of subscribers affected won’t be large.

Myanmar Activists Refused Yangon Embassy Protest During Xi Visit

Yangon police have told activists that any protest at the Chinese Embassy during Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit would harm bilateral relations.
The Irrawaddy

Myanmar Activists Refused Yangon Embassy Protest During Xi Visit

Yangon police have told activists that any protest at the Chinese Embassy during Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit would harm bilateral relations.

Myanmar Military Finds Large Cache of Weapons in Cave in Northern Shan State

Myanmar military finds grenades, RPGs, explosives and other weaponry in a cave in northern Shan State; it says some of the material was likely manufactured by the KIA.
The Irrawaddy

Myanmar Military Finds Large Cache of Weapons in Cave in Northern Shan State

Myanmar military finds grenades, RPGs, explosives and other weaponry in a cave in northern Shan State; it says some of the material was likely manufactured by the KIA.

Chinese President Xi Jinping Arrives in Myanmar for Two-Day Visit

Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived in Naypyitaw on Friday for a two-day visit during which he will seek a commitment to China’s BRI projects from Myanmar’s leaders.
The Irrawaddy

Chinese President Xi Jinping Arrives in Myanmar for Two-Day Visit

Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived in Naypyitaw on Friday for a two-day visit during which he will seek a commitment to China’s BRI projects from Myanmar’s leaders.

Civil Servants Refusing to Work in Chin State’s Paletwa Amid Fighting Between Military, AA

Teachers and other civil servants are refusing assignments in Chin State’s Paletwa Township due to security concerns; many have even quit rather than work in the area.
The Irrawaddy

Civil Servants Refusing to Work in Chin State’s Paletwa Amid Fighting Between Military, AA

Teachers and other civil servants are refusing assignments in Chin State’s Paletwa Township due to security concerns; many have even quit rather than work in the area.

Brazil’s Tribes Stride Into Digital Age to Defend Their Culture, Forests

Facing renewed threats to their land, cultures and livelihoods, Brazil’s indigenous Amazon tribes are using social media, drones and other tech to get their message out.
The Irrawaddy

Brazil’s Tribes Stride Into Digital Age to Defend Their Culture, Forests

Facing renewed threats to their land, cultures and livelihoods, Brazil’s indigenous Amazon tribes are using social media, drones and other tech to get their message out.

Disease That Killed Millions of China’s Pigs Poses Global Threat

Governments worldwide are scrambling to shore up their defenses against African swine fever as the disease spills over China's borders.
The Irrawaddy

Disease That Killed Millions of China’s Pigs Poses Global Threat

Governments worldwide are scrambling to shore up their defenses against African swine fever as the disease spills over China's borders.

An Unstable, Weak Myanmar: China’s Strategic Goal?

Myanmar’s people welcome Chinese President Xi Jinping, but he has work to do if China truly wants to write a new chapter in the countries’ bilateral relationship.
The Irrawaddy

An Unstable, Weak Myanmar: China’s Strategic Goal?

Myanmar’s people welcome Chinese President Xi Jinping, but he has work to do if China truly wants to write a new chapter in the countries’ bilateral relationship.

Myanmar CSOs Urge Xi Jinping to Terminate Myitsone Dam Project

Civil society groups have called for transparency, impact assessments as Myitsone Dam, other Chinese projects in Kachin State are causing social, environmental problems.
The Irrawaddy

Myanmar CSOs Urge Xi Jinping to Terminate Myitsone Dam Project

Civil society groups have called for transparency, impact assessments as Myitsone Dam, other Chinese projects in Kachin State are causing social, environmental problems.

Xi Jinping Calls for ‘Concrete Planning and Implementation’ of Chinese Projects Ahead of Myanmar Visit

Chinese President Xi Jinping wrote in an op-ed in Myanmar’s state-owned newspapers that it’s time to move ahead on mutually beneficial development projects in Myanmar.
The Irrawaddy

Xi Jinping Calls for ‘Concrete Planning and Implementation’ of Chinese Projects Ahead of Myanmar Visit

Chinese President Xi Jinping wrote in an op-ed in Myanmar’s state-owned newspapers that it’s time to move ahead on mutually beneficial development projects in Myanmar.

Myanmar Homeowners Arrested After Chinese Migrant Border Raid in Myawaddy

Four Myawaddy homeowners face prosecution after a raid found they were sheltering Chinese citizens amid complaints of an influx of unruly migrants. 
The Irrawaddy

Myanmar Homeowners Arrested After Chinese Migrant Border Raid in Myawaddy

Four Myawaddy homeowners face prosecution after a raid found they were sheltering Chinese citizens amid complaints of an influx of unruly migrants. 

Myanmar Court Set to Issue Warrant for US Man Who Failed to Attend Court in Cannabis Case

A Mandalay court is preparing an arrest warrant and to take the bail money for a US man accused of running a cannabis plantation, although he allegedly had a permit.  
The Irrawaddy

Myanmar Court Set to Issue Warrant for US Man Who Failed to Attend Court in Cannabis Case

A Mandalay court is preparing an arrest warrant and to take the bail money for a US man accused of running a cannabis plantation, although he allegedly had a permit.  

Ethnic Armed Groups Based on Myanmar’s Border With China Welcome Xi Jinping

In a sign of their close relationship with Beijing, Myanmar ethnic armed groups based near the border with China made a special effort to welcome Xi Jinping.
The Irrawaddy

Ethnic Armed Groups Based on Myanmar’s Border With China Welcome Xi Jinping

In a sign of their close relationship with Beijing, Myanmar ethnic armed groups based near the border with China made a special effort to welcome Xi Jinping.

Ex-EU Diplomat Reportedly Accused of Spying for China as Police Conduct Raids in Germany, Brussels

According to a German magazine, police have conducted raids across Germany and in Brussels as part of an investigation into alleged spying by China.
The Irrawaddy

Ex-EU Diplomat Reportedly Accused of Spying for China as Police Conduct Raids in Germany, Brussels

According to a German magazine, police have conducted raids across Germany and in Brussels as part of an investigation into alleged spying by China.

US, China Sign ‘Phase One’ Deal for Truce in Bruising Trade War

Reaching a truce in their trade war, the US and China have signed a deal that will see a rollback of some US tariffs and require China to boost purchases of key products.
The Irrawaddy

US, China Sign ‘Phase One’ Deal for Truce in Bruising Trade War

Reaching a truce in their trade war, the US and China have signed a deal that will see a rollback of some US tariffs and require China to boost purchases of key products.

Myanmar Court Sentences Man to Death by Hanging for Love Triangle Murder

After a three-year trial, a court in Ayeyarwady Region has found a local man guilty of murdering his girlfriend’s ex-lover and burying the body on a farm in 2016.
The Irrawaddy

Myanmar Court Sentences Man to Death by Hanging for Love Triangle Murder

After a three-year trial, a court in Ayeyarwady Region has found a local man guilty of murdering his girlfriend’s ex-lover and burying the body on a farm in 2016.

Myanmar Lawyers Seek Presidential Approval to Sue Police for Revealing Raped Toddler Identity

The Independent Lawyers’ Association of Myanmar has asked the President for permission to sue the police officers who identified the raped toddler known as ‘Victoria’.
The Irrawaddy

Myanmar Lawyers Seek Presidential Approval to Sue Police for Revealing Raped Toddler Identity

The Independent Lawyers’ Association of Myanmar has asked the President for permission to sue the police officers who identified the raped toddler known as ‘Victoria’.

Chinese President Xi Jinping’s Myanmar Trip Aimed at Pushing Beijing’s ‘Two-Ocean’ Strategy

During his upcoming visit to Myanmar, Chinese President Xi Jinping’s top priority will be advancing Beijing’s strategy to project its power into the Indian Ocean.
The Irrawaddy

Chinese President Xi Jinping’s Myanmar Trip Aimed at Pushing Beijing’s ‘Two-Ocean’ Strategy

During his upcoming visit to Myanmar, Chinese President Xi Jinping’s top priority will be advancing Beijing’s strategy to project its power into the Indian Ocean.

Daw Aung San Suu Kyi Vows Probe Into Kayah Farmland Seizures by Myanmar Military

During her visit to Kayah State, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi promised to look into military land grabs but ignored complaints about a statue of her father, Gen. Aung San.
The Irrawaddy

Daw Aung San Suu Kyi Vows Probe Into Kayah Farmland Seizures by Myanmar Military

During her visit to Kayah State, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi promised to look into military land grabs but ignored complaints about a statue of her father, Gen. Aung San.

Reform of Myanmar Human Rights Commission Lacks Transparency, Critics Say

Activists are voicing concerns about Myanmar’s newly replaced human rights commission, saying the new members lack diversity and were selected without transparency.
The Irrawaddy

Reform of Myanmar Human Rights Commission Lacks Transparency, Critics Say

Activists are voicing concerns about Myanmar’s newly replaced human rights commission, saying the new members lack diversity and were selected without transparency.

ICJ to Rule on Emergency Measures in Myanmar Genocide Case on Jan. 23: Gambia

The Gambian government has tweeted that the World Court will rule Jan. 23 on its request that emergency measures be taken against Myanmar in the Rohingya genocide case.
The Irrawaddy

ICJ to Rule on Emergency Measures in Myanmar Genocide Case on Jan. 23: Gambia

The Gambian government has tweeted that the World Court will rule Jan. 23 on its request that emergency measures be taken against Myanmar in the Rohingya genocide case.

China Denies Ever Manipulating Currency After US Lifts Designation

A day after being removed from the US Treasury Department’s currency manipulator list, China says it never engaged in the practice.
The Irrawaddy

China Denies Ever Manipulating Currency After US Lifts Designation

A day after being removed from the US Treasury Department’s currency manipulator list, China says it never engaged in the practice.

Japan’s Defense Minister Urges China to Respect Int’l Norms

Ahead of a visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping next spring, Japanese Defense Minister Taro Kono has urged Beijing to adhere to international norms of maritime security.
The Irrawaddy

Japan’s Defense Minister Urges China to Respect Int’l Norms

Ahead of a visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping next spring, Japanese Defense Minister Taro Kono has urged Beijing to adhere to international norms of maritime security.

Infographics: Chinese Leaders’ Visits to Myanmar Over 6 Decades


The Irrawaddy presents an infographic examining high-level visits to Myanmar by Chinese leaders from 1954 to 2014, and their significance for bilateral relations.
The Irrawaddy

Infographics: Chinese Leaders’ Visits to Myanmar Over 6 Decades


The Irrawaddy presents an infographic examining high-level visits to Myanmar by Chinese leaders from 1954 to 2014, and their significance for bilateral relations.

Myanmar Military, AA Swap Blame for Civilian Deaths in Chin State

The Myanmar military and the Arakan Army have both said that the other side is responsible for the deaths of three civilians last week in Chin State.
The Irrawaddy

Myanmar Military, AA Swap Blame for Civilian Deaths in Chin State

The Myanmar military and the Arakan Army have both said that the other side is responsible for the deaths of three civilians last week in Chin State.

Busy Schedule Awaits Chinese President Xi During His 2-Day Visit to Myanmar  

During his Jan. 17-18 visit, Chinese President Xi will sign MOUs, meet political, military and other leaders, and preside over celebrations of 70 years of bilateral ties.
The Irrawaddy

Busy Schedule Awaits Chinese President Xi During His 2-Day Visit to Myanmar  

During his Jan. 17-18 visit, Chinese President Xi will sign MOUs, meet political, military and other leaders, and preside over celebrations of 70 years of bilateral ties.

Myanmar Parliamentary Committee Finalizes Proposed Changes for Undemocratic Constitution

The Constitution Amendment Committee has finished reviewing proposed changes, moving the amendment process one step closer to submitting two bills to Parliament.
The Irrawaddy

Myanmar Parliamentary Committee Finalizes Proposed Changes for Undemocratic Constitution

The Constitution Amendment Committee has finished reviewing proposed changes, moving the amendment process one step closer to submitting two bills to Parliament.

Yangon Zoo, the Oldest One in Southeast Asia

It is 114 years since the opening of Yangon’s zoo, which is the oldest in Southeast Asia. The zoo has survived World War II and attempts to relocate it to the suburbs.
The Irrawaddy

Yangon Zoo, the Oldest One in Southeast Asia

It is 114 years since the opening of Yangon’s zoo, which is the oldest in Southeast Asia. The zoo has survived World War II and attempts to relocate it to the suburbs.

Australia’s Koalas, Wallabies Endangered by Bushfire ‘Ecological Disaster’

Canberra has committed 50 million Australian dollars to a wildlife recovery program as koalas, rock wallabies and other species face an extinction threat from bushfires.
The Irrawaddy

Australia’s Koalas, Wallabies Endangered by Bushfire ‘Ecological Disaster’

Canberra has committed 50 million Australian dollars to a wildlife recovery program as koalas, rock wallabies and other species face an extinction threat from bushfires.

High Court Rescinds ex-Pakistan President Musharraf’s Death Sentence

A court in Pakistan has overturned ex-president Pervez Musharraf’s death sentence, saying the special tribunal that handed it down was unconstitutional.
The Irrawaddy

High Court Rescinds ex-Pakistan President Musharraf’s Death Sentence

A court in Pakistan has overturned ex-president Pervez Musharraf’s death sentence, saying the special tribunal that handed it down was unconstitutional.

Widely Viewed as Ghosn Reference, Yamaha’s Tweet Over Instrument Case Goes Viral

A tweet by Yamaha Music warning of the dangers of putting a person inside a musical instrument case—seen as an allusion to ex-Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn—has gone viral.
The Irrawaddy

Widely Viewed as Ghosn Reference, Yamaha’s Tweet Over Instrument Case Goes Viral

A tweet by Yamaha Music warning of the dangers of putting a person inside a musical instrument case—seen as an allusion to ex-Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn—has gone viral.

AA Soldiers Beat Civilians After Attempted Rape in Myanmar’s Chin State

A local group says Arakan Army soldiers beat civilians in Paletwa, Chin State when they attempted to stop one soldier from raping an ethnic Khumi woman.
The Irrawaddy

AA Soldiers Beat Civilians After Attempted Rape in Myanmar’s Chin State

A local group says Arakan Army soldiers beat civilians in Paletwa, Chin State when they attempted to stop one soldier from raping an ethnic Khumi woman.

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