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Virgin Mary Statue Destroyed in Myanmar’s Shan State; Ethnic Kayan Accuse Pa-O Militia

Kayan leaders are calling on authorities in the Pa-O Self-Administered Zone to act after a statue of the Virgin Mary belonging to a catholic Kayan community was destroyed.

Ethnic Shanni Reject Move to Grow Naga Territory in NW Myanmar

Ethnic Shanni communities in Sagaing Division are speaking out against a move by an ethnic Naga politician to add land to the Naga Self-Administered Zone.
The Irrawaddy

Ethnic Shanni Reject Move to Grow Naga Territory in NW Myanmar

Ethnic Shanni communities in Sagaing Division are speaking out against a move by an ethnic Naga politician to add land to the Naga Self-Administered Zone.

Yangon MPs Draft Bill to Rein In Mismanagement of Public Funds

Yangon’s lawmakers are drafting a law to stop the authorities wasting funds, awarding contracts behind closed doors and failing to pay taxes on profits.  
The Irrawaddy

Yangon MPs Draft Bill to Rein In Mismanagement of Public Funds

Yangon’s lawmakers are drafting a law to stop the authorities wasting funds, awarding contracts behind closed doors and failing to pay taxes on profits.  

Myanmar Tour Guides Object to Granting Entry to Chinese Tourists With Health Notes

Mandalay tour guides say the government’s call for travel agencies to ask Chinese visitors for health clearances is motivated by financial concerns, not health worries.
The Irrawaddy

Myanmar Tour Guides Object to Granting Entry to Chinese Tourists With Health Notes

Mandalay tour guides say the government’s call for travel agencies to ask Chinese visitors for health clearances is motivated by financial concerns, not health worries.

Operator of Water Bus Service in Myanmar’s Biggest City Faces Lawsuit for Unpaid Fuel Bills

Petro & Trans Group said it would sue the operator of Yangon’s Water Bus service over nearly $50,000 worth of unpaid fuel bills.
The Irrawaddy

Operator of Water Bus Service in Myanmar’s Biggest City Faces Lawsuit for Unpaid Fuel Bills

Petro & Trans Group said it would sue the operator of Yangon’s Water Bus service over nearly $50,000 worth of unpaid fuel bills.

Rakhine Delegation Meets with Myanmar Military Chief, Draws Criticism

An ethnic Rakhine delegation led by a senior Arakan National Party member met with Myanmar’s military chief Thursday, prompting questions from the Rakhine community.
The Irrawaddy

Rakhine Delegation Meets with Myanmar Military Chief, Draws Criticism

An ethnic Rakhine delegation led by a senior Arakan National Party member met with Myanmar’s military chief Thursday, prompting questions from the Rakhine community.

Organizers Mulling Scaled-Down Tokyo Marathon Over Coronavirus Fears

The number of runners taking part in next month’s Tokyo Marathon, the largest such race in Asia, may be scaled back due to the coronavirus outbreak, organizers said.
The Irrawaddy

Organizers Mulling Scaled-Down Tokyo Marathon Over Coronavirus Fears

The number of runners taking part in next month’s Tokyo Marathon, the largest such race in Asia, may be scaled back due to the coronavirus outbreak, organizers said.

Coronavirus Cases Rise Again in China as Recession Looms for Japan, Singapore

The number of new coronavirus cases in China’s Hubei province has risen again; a US passenger allowed to leave a cruise ship in Cambodia has tested positive in Malaysia.
The Irrawaddy

Coronavirus Cases Rise Again in China as Recession Looms for Japan, Singapore

The number of new coronavirus cases in China’s Hubei province has risen again; a US passenger allowed to leave a cruise ship in Cambodia has tested positive in Malaysia.

Major Thai Coffee Brand Vows to Repay 200 Debt-Ridden Farmers

Thailand’s Doi Chaang Coffee has vowed to repay farmers who were forced to borrow money and driven into debt after waiting years for the social enterprise to pay them.
The Irrawaddy

Major Thai Coffee Brand Vows to Repay 200 Debt-Ridden Farmers

Thailand’s Doi Chaang Coffee has vowed to repay farmers who were forced to borrow money and driven into debt after waiting years for the social enterprise to pay them.

The Day Myanmar Honored an UK MP for His Panglong Efforts

In 1981, dictator Gen. Ne Win awarded the British MP Arthur Bottomley the prestigious Aung San Tagun title in recognition of his work on the 1947 Panglong Agreement.
The Irrawaddy

The Day Myanmar Honored an UK MP for His Panglong Efforts

In 1981, dictator Gen. Ne Win awarded the British MP Arthur Bottomley the prestigious Aung San Tagun title in recognition of his work on the 1947 Panglong Agreement.

Irrawaddy Business Roundup

Myanmar lost millions of dollars a day in border trade with China this week due to the coronavirus, but a major foreign investment in the power sector was announced.
The Irrawaddy

Irrawaddy Business Roundup

Myanmar lost millions of dollars a day in border trade with China this week due to the coronavirus, but a major foreign investment in the power sector was announced.

Myanmar’s President Calls for Military Not to Meddle in Politics

Myanmar’s President U Win Myint has quoted Gen. Aung San to demand the military stop meddling in politics during a ceremony to unveil a statue of the independence hero.
The Irrawaddy

Myanmar’s President Calls for Military Not to Meddle in Politics

Myanmar’s President U Win Myint has quoted Gen. Aung San to demand the military stop meddling in politics during a ceremony to unveil a statue of the independence hero.

‘We Have Never Talked About Secession’: RCSS Chief

Gen. Yawd Serk, the head of one of Shan State’s largest ethnic armed groups, talked to The Irrawaddy about the peace process and his relationship with Myanmar’s military.
The Irrawaddy

‘We Have Never Talked About Secession’: RCSS Chief

Gen. Yawd Serk, the head of one of Shan State’s largest ethnic armed groups, talked to The Irrawaddy about the peace process and his relationship with Myanmar’s military.

Artillery Shell Strikes School, Injuring 21 Young Students in Myanmar’s Rakhine State

The Arakan Army and the Myanmar military are trading blame as yet another shell strikes a village, this time injuring 21 young students at a school in Buthidaung.
The Irrawaddy

Artillery Shell Strikes School, Injuring 21 Young Students in Myanmar’s Rakhine State

The Arakan Army and the Myanmar military are trading blame as yet another shell strikes a village, this time injuring 21 young students at a school in Buthidaung.

Tourists’ Porn Video Shot at Myanmar’s Bagan World Heritage Site Provokes Outrage

A porn video shot by two Italians at a pagoda in World Heritage-listed Bagan and posted online has prompted calls for harsh penalties for badly behaved foreign tourists.
The Irrawaddy

Tourists’ Porn Video Shot at Myanmar’s Bagan World Heritage Site Provokes Outrage

A porn video shot by two Italians at a pagoda in World Heritage-listed Bagan and posted online has prompted calls for harsh penalties for badly behaved foreign tourists.

Police Failed on Victoria Rape Case: New Home Affairs Minister

On his first day as home affairs minister, Lt-Gen Soe Htut said police failed to build a proper case in the high-profile rape of a toddler known as Victoria in Naypyitaw.
The Irrawaddy

Police Failed on Victoria Rape Case: New Home Affairs Minister

On his first day as home affairs minister, Lt-Gen Soe Htut said police failed to build a proper case in the high-profile rape of a toddler known as Victoria in Naypyitaw.

Yangon’s Italian Food Festival Returns With Wine, Cheese and Culture

The Italian Embassy throws its second Italian Food Festival on Feb. 23 with fine food and wine as well as activities including chances to make your own pizza and mozzarella.
The Irrawaddy

Yangon’s Italian Food Festival Returns With Wine, Cheese and Culture

The Italian Embassy throws its second Italian Food Festival on Feb. 23 with fine food and wine as well as activities including chances to make your own pizza and mozzarella.

How Does the NLD’s Push to Amend Myanmar’s Constitution Differ From the USDP’s?

Like the NLD, the USDP once tried to amend the charter, launching its bid in Parliament in 2013. What are the key differences between the two parties’ approaches?
The Irrawaddy

How Does the NLD’s Push to Amend Myanmar’s Constitution Differ From the USDP’s?

Like the NLD, the USDP once tried to amend the charter, launching its bid in Parliament in 2013. What are the key differences between the two parties’ approaches?

China Mulls Delaying Parliament Amid Virus Outbreak

The Chinese government is considering delaying the opening of the annual National People’s Congress as the coronavirus epidemic continues to spread.
The Irrawaddy

China Mulls Delaying Parliament Amid Virus Outbreak

The Chinese government is considering delaying the opening of the annual National People’s Congress as the coronavirus epidemic continues to spread.

Facebook Removes More Than 20 Accounts, Pages Linked to Myanmar Military-Backed Mytel

Facebook has removed a total of 23 accounts and pages linked to military-backed telecom operator Mytel for ‘coordinated inauthentic behavior’
The Irrawaddy

Facebook Removes More Than 20 Accounts, Pages Linked to Myanmar Military-Backed Mytel

Facebook has removed a total of 23 accounts and pages linked to military-backed telecom operator Mytel for ‘coordinated inauthentic behavior’

Chinese State Firm, HK’s VPower to Implement Three Electricity Projects in Myanmar

A joint venture between a Chinese state-owned company and Hong Kong’s VPower will invest in three power projects in Myanmar with total capacity of 900 megawatts.
The Irrawaddy

Chinese State Firm, HK’s VPower to Implement Three Electricity Projects in Myanmar

A joint venture between a Chinese state-owned company and Hong Kong’s VPower will invest in three power projects in Myanmar with total capacity of 900 megawatts.

Myanmar Military Chief Expected to Appoint Loyalists as Reshuffle Looms 

The recent appointment of an officer seen as loyal to Sen-Gen Min Aung Hlaing as Home Affairs chief is expected to be followed by a shake-up of the Tatmadaw’s top brass.
The Irrawaddy

Myanmar Military Chief Expected to Appoint Loyalists as Reshuffle Looms 

The recent appointment of an officer seen as loyal to Sen-Gen Min Aung Hlaing as Home Affairs chief is expected to be followed by a shake-up of the Tatmadaw’s top brass.

Myanmar Labor Activists Fined for Factory Protest

Yangon labor activists say they have lost trust in government – with the November election looming – after they were prosecuted for asking the authorities for help.
The Irrawaddy

Myanmar Labor Activists Fined for Factory Protest

Yangon labor activists say they have lost trust in government – with the November election looming – after they were prosecuted for asking the authorities for help.

The House That Shaped Myanmar’s History

The Aung San Museum in Yangon is where the independence leader wrote his speeches and prepared the Panglong Agreement. Decisions made there continue to shape Myanmar.
The Irrawaddy

The House That Shaped Myanmar’s History

The Aung San Museum in Yangon is where the independence leader wrote his speeches and prepared the Panglong Agreement. Decisions made there continue to shape Myanmar.

First Group of Japanese Evacuees From Wuhan Completes Quarantine

Nearly 200 Japanese people evacuated from China amid the coronavirus outbreak have been allowed to go home after two weeks of quarantine at sites near Tokyo.
The Irrawaddy

First Group of Japanese Evacuees From Wuhan Completes Quarantine

Nearly 200 Japanese people evacuated from China amid the coronavirus outbreak have been allowed to go home after two weeks of quarantine at sites near Tokyo.

Cruise Ship Shunned Over Coronavirus Fears Arrives in Cambodia

The cruise ship MS Westerdam, which was barred entry by five countries amid the coronavirus outbreak, has been allowed to anchor near Cambodia’s port of Sihanoukville.
The Irrawaddy

Cruise Ship Shunned Over Coronavirus Fears Arrives in Cambodia

The cruise ship MS Westerdam, which was barred entry by five countries amid the coronavirus outbreak, has been allowed to anchor near Cambodia’s port of Sihanoukville.

Coronavirus Death Toll Leaps in China’s Hubei Province; Party Bosses Sacked

The death toll from the coronavirus in China’s Hubei surged by a daily record of 242 and daily cases jumped by 14,840 under a new diagnosis method.
The Irrawaddy

Coronavirus Death Toll Leaps in China’s Hubei Province; Party Bosses Sacked

The death toll from the coronavirus in China’s Hubei surged by a daily record of 242 and daily cases jumped by 14,840 under a new diagnosis method.

Mobilizing Young, First-Time Voters Is an Investment in Myanmar’s Future

The diplomatic missions of Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden are organizing their annual Nordic Day Event on Feb. 14. The topic of this year’s Nordic Day is ‘Mobilization of Young Voters’.
The Irrawaddy

Mobilizing Young, First-Time Voters Is an Investment in Myanmar’s Future

The diplomatic missions of Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden are organizing their annual Nordic Day Event on Feb. 14. The topic of this year’s Nordic Day is ‘Mobilization of Young Voters’.

Virus cases top 200 in Japan as 40 more found infected on cruise ship

Of the 203 confirmed infections in Japan, 174 are passengers and crew on the Diamond Princess, which has been placed in quarantine.
The Irrawaddy

Virus cases top 200 in Japan as 40 more found infected on cruise ship

Of the 203 confirmed infections in Japan, 174 are passengers and crew on the Diamond Princess, which has been placed in quarantine.

Myanmar’s Panglong Monument Embodies a Promise of Democracy, Autonomy and Equality

The obelisk at Panglong in Shan State marks the place where Gen. Aung San and ethnic leaders signed the landmark agreement in 1947 to restore independence from Britain.
The Irrawaddy

Myanmar’s Panglong Monument Embodies a Promise of Democracy, Autonomy and Equality

The obelisk at Panglong in Shan State marks the place where Gen. Aung San and ethnic leaders signed the landmark agreement in 1947 to restore independence from Britain.

On Union Day, Views on Aung San

To mark Union Day, Feb. 12, some of Burma’s leading politicians, activists and religious figures speak about the country’s late independence leader, General Aung San.
The Irrawaddy

On Union Day, Views on Aung San

To mark Union Day, Feb. 12, some of Burma’s leading politicians, activists and religious figures speak about the country’s late independence leader, General Aung San.

Myanmar Military Denies Shelling Villages in Karen State

The Myanmar military has denied accusations that it fired on Karen villages in early February, claiming it fired only on a Karen National Liberation Army Brigade 5 base.
The Irrawaddy

Myanmar Military Denies Shelling Villages in Karen State

The Myanmar military has denied accusations that it fired on Karen villages in early February, claiming it fired only on a Karen National Liberation Army Brigade 5 base.

15 Rohingya Women, Children Dead as Fishing Trawler Sinks in Bay of Bengal

At least 15 Rohingya refugees were killed, 73 were rescued and many more were missing early Tuesday after a fishing boat capsized en route to Malaysia from Cox’s Bazar.
The Irrawaddy

15 Rohingya Women, Children Dead as Fishing Trawler Sinks in Bay of Bengal

At least 15 Rohingya refugees were killed, 73 were rescued and many more were missing early Tuesday after a fishing boat capsized en route to Malaysia from Cox’s Bazar.

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