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Hong Kong Court Charges Activists Over Tiananmen Square Commemoration

A court in Hong Kong has indicted 26 pro-democracy activists for their involvement in an event to mark the anniversary of China’s 1989 massacre of student protesters.

Myanmar’s Ayeyarwady Region Prepares Temporary Hospitals to Tackle Rise in COVID-19 Cases

Ayeyarwady Region is preparing numerous temporary clinics as coronavirus cases rise to 143.
The Irrawaddy

Myanmar’s Ayeyarwady Region Prepares Temporary Hospitals to Tackle Rise in COVID-19 Cases

Ayeyarwady Region is preparing numerous temporary clinics as coronavirus cases rise to 143.

Economic Clouds Gathering on China’s Horizon

Even before COVID-19, China’s economy was struggling due to over-investment, low productivity, modest consumer spending and demographic changes; its prognosis is bleak.
The Irrawaddy

Economic Clouds Gathering on China’s Horizon

Even before COVID-19, China’s economy was struggling due to over-investment, low productivity, modest consumer spending and demographic changes; its prognosis is bleak.

Chinese Media Say Western Groups Paying Myanmar NGOs to Oppose Investment Projects

Chinese Communist Party mouthpiece the Global Times has accused local groups opposed to Beijing’s megaprojects in Myanmar of spreading ‘Western propaganda’.
The Irrawaddy

Chinese Media Say Western Groups Paying Myanmar NGOs to Oppose Investment Projects

Chinese Communist Party mouthpiece the Global Times has accused local groups opposed to Beijing’s megaprojects in Myanmar of spreading ‘Western propaganda’.

US Coronavirus Deaths Exceed 200,000, University Reports

US President Donald Trump has faced renewed criticism of his handling of the coronavirus epidemic as the country’s death toll passed 200,000.
The Irrawaddy

US Coronavirus Deaths Exceed 200,000, University Reports

US President Donald Trump has faced renewed criticism of his handling of the coronavirus epidemic as the country’s death toll passed 200,000.

Japan to Ease COVID-19 Entry Ban to Allow Long-Term Stays

Japan plans to resume admitting foreigners for long-term stays from next month, but regular tourists will remain barred as a COVID-19 precaution.
The Irrawaddy

Japan to Ease COVID-19 Entry Ban to Allow Long-Term Stays

Japan plans to resume admitting foreigners for long-term stays from next month, but regular tourists will remain barred as a COVID-19 precaution.

For Myanmar Voters, the Election Is a Chance to Cast a Ballot for Democracy Itself

For most voters in Myanmar, election day is a chance not only to vote for their chosen candidates, but to express their rejection of the authoritarian rule of the past.
The Irrawaddy

For Myanmar Voters, the Election Is a Chance to Cast a Ballot for Democracy Itself

For most voters in Myanmar, election day is a chance not only to vote for their chosen candidates, but to express their rejection of the authoritarian rule of the past.

Myanmar Bans Restaurant Dining to Tackle COVID-19

President’s Office spokesman U Zaw Htay says all dine-in services will be banned across the nation as transmissions have been linked to restaurants.
The Irrawaddy

Myanmar Bans Restaurant Dining to Tackle COVID-19

President’s Office spokesman U Zaw Htay says all dine-in services will be banned across the nation as transmissions have been linked to restaurants.

Candidates From Four Parties in Myanmar’s Kachin State Face Off in Debate

Three hopefuls from popular ethnic parties and a ruling party lawmaker touted their policies and grilled one another in a pre-election debate in Kachin State on Monday.
The Irrawaddy

Candidates From Four Parties in Myanmar’s Kachin State Face Off in Debate

Three hopefuls from popular ethnic parties and a ruling party lawmaker touted their policies and grilled one another in a pre-election debate in Kachin State on Monday.

Man With Shady Background Behind a Political Party in Myanmar

The United Democratic Party is fielding more than 1,000 candidates in November’s election but its leader, U Kyaw Myint, has failed to answer questions about his past.
The Irrawaddy

Man With Shady Background Behind a Political Party in Myanmar

The United Democratic Party is fielding more than 1,000 candidates in November’s election but its leader, U Kyaw Myint, has failed to answer questions about his past.

India’s Taj Mahal Reopens to Visitors After More Than Six Months

India’s famed Taj Mahal monument has reopened to tourists, with special health precautions in place, after a six-month closure due to the coronavirus epidemic.
The Irrawaddy

India’s Taj Mahal Reopens to Visitors After More Than Six Months

India’s famed Taj Mahal monument has reopened to tourists, with special health precautions in place, after a six-month closure due to the coronavirus epidemic.

Amending Myanmar’s Constitution: an Issue That Will Not Go Away

With the route through Parliament stymied, could the Union Accord provide a path toward negotiations that lead to meaningful change after the election?
The Irrawaddy

Amending Myanmar’s Constitution: an Issue That Will Not Go Away

With the route through Parliament stymied, could the Union Accord provide a path toward negotiations that lead to meaningful change after the election?

The Day Myanmar Officially Adopted Its National Anthem

On this day in 1947, Myanmar’s legislature, preparing for independence, adopted ‘Kaba Ma Kyei’ as the national anthem; flags have come and gone, but the song remains.
The Irrawaddy

The Day Myanmar Officially Adopted Its National Anthem

On this day in 1947, Myanmar’s legislature, preparing for independence, adopted ‘Kaba Ma Kyei’ as the national anthem; flags have come and gone, but the song remains.

Legendary Sherpa, 1st to Conquer Everest 10 Times, Dies at 72

Ang Rita Sherpa, the first person to summit Mt. Everest 10 times—a feat he achieved without supplementary oxygen—has died at the age of 72.
The Irrawaddy

Legendary Sherpa, 1st to Conquer Everest 10 Times, Dies at 72

Ang Rita Sherpa, the first person to summit Mt. Everest 10 times—a feat he achieved without supplementary oxygen—has died at the age of 72.

Political Party Withdraws Election Broadcast After Censorship by Myanmar Authorities

The Democratic Party for a New Society has refused to broadcast its election campaign video after references to the rights of children and citizens were censored.
The Irrawaddy

Political Party Withdraws Election Broadcast After Censorship by Myanmar Authorities

The Democratic Party for a New Society has refused to broadcast its election campaign video after references to the rights of children and citizens were censored.

Second Unexploded Hand Grenade Found at Residence of Election Official in Myanmar’s Capital

Unexploded hand grenades were thrown at the home of the Naypyitaw Election Sub-Commission chairman on Saturday night, after the UEC ruled out delaying the Nov. 8 vote.
The Irrawaddy

Second Unexploded Hand Grenade Found at Residence of Election Official in Myanmar’s Capital

Unexploded hand grenades were thrown at the home of the Naypyitaw Election Sub-Commission chairman on Saturday night, after the UEC ruled out delaying the Nov. 8 vote.

Thai Protesters Petition King for Monarchy Reform, Political Change

Breaking a long-standing taboo on criticizing royalty, thousands of protesters in Bangkok on Sunday called for reform of the monarchy and the government’s resignation.
The Irrawaddy

Thai Protesters Petition King for Monarchy Reform, Political Change

Breaking a long-standing taboo on criticizing royalty, thousands of protesters in Bangkok on Sunday called for reform of the monarchy and the government’s resignation.

Myanmar’s Election Commission Rules Out Postponing Election Due to COVID-19

The election will proceed on Nov. 8 despite the COVID-19 epidemic, the UEC said, while vowing to ensure Health Ministry guidelines are enforced at all voting stations.
The Irrawaddy

Myanmar’s Election Commission Rules Out Postponing Election Due to COVID-19

The election will proceed on Nov. 8 despite the COVID-19 epidemic, the UEC said, while vowing to ensure Health Ministry guidelines are enforced at all voting stations.

Myanmar’s COVID-19 Center Yangon Imposes More Restrictions as Cases Soar

Stricter stay-at-home orders for the whole city started on Monday while businesses are being told to work from home as coronavirus cases rise by up to 500 per day.
The Irrawaddy

Myanmar’s COVID-19 Center Yangon Imposes More Restrictions as Cases Soar

Stricter stay-at-home orders for the whole city started on Monday while businesses are being told to work from home as coronavirus cases rise by up to 500 per day.

The Day Myanmar’s Daw Aung San Suu Kyi First Met Her Jailer

On this day in 1994, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, then under house arrest as the leader of Myanmar’s democracy movement, met junta leader Snr-Gen Than Shwe for the first time.
The Irrawaddy

The Day Myanmar’s Daw Aung San Suu Kyi First Met Her Jailer

On this day in 1994, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, then under house arrest as the leader of Myanmar’s democracy movement, met junta leader Snr-Gen Than Shwe for the first time.

Will COVID-19 and Continuing Armed Clashes Combine to Postpone Myanmar’s Election?

The Irrawaddy talks with U Sai Ye Kyaw Swar Myint of the People’s Alliance for Credible Elections about the possibility of a pandemic postponement of the November vote.
The Irrawaddy

Will COVID-19 and Continuing Armed Clashes Combine to Postpone Myanmar’s Election?

The Irrawaddy talks with U Sai Ye Kyaw Swar Myint of the People’s Alliance for Credible Elections about the possibility of a pandemic postponement of the November vote.

Sacrifices of September 1988 Not Forgotten as Myanmar’s Long March to Democracy Continues

As Myanmar prepares for November’s general election, the 32nd anniversary of the bloody coup that brought the SLORC to power reminds us of what is at stake.
The Irrawaddy

Sacrifices of September 1988 Not Forgotten as Myanmar’s Long March to Democracy Continues

As Myanmar prepares for November’s general election, the 32nd anniversary of the bloody coup that brought the SLORC to power reminds us of what is at stake.

Carter Center Launches Election Monitoring Mission in Myanmar

Due to COVID-19 travel restrictions, monitoring and reporting by Myanmar citizens will be remotely overseen by international specialists.
The Irrawaddy

Carter Center Launches Election Monitoring Mission in Myanmar

Due to COVID-19 travel restrictions, monitoring and reporting by Myanmar citizens will be remotely overseen by international specialists.

Myanmar’s NLD Says Postponing November Election Would Lead to Chaos

Ruling party says voting should go forward despite COVID-19 restrictions, as delaying it would mean postponing it to an uncertain future.
The Irrawaddy

Myanmar’s NLD Says Postponing November Election Would Lead to Chaos

Ruling party says voting should go forward despite COVID-19 restrictions, as delaying it would mean postponing it to an uncertain future.

Myanmar Military Offers More COVID-19 Quarantine Beds to Civilians

The military’s spokesman, Major General Zaw Min Tun, tells The Irrawaddy that thousands of civilians could be quarantined on military land across Myanmar.
The Irrawaddy

Myanmar Military Offers More COVID-19 Quarantine Beds to Civilians

The military’s spokesman, Major General Zaw Min Tun, tells The Irrawaddy that thousands of civilians could be quarantined on military land across Myanmar.

People’s Pioneer Party Stands by Nationalist Candidate in Myanmar’s Election

The party's chairwoman says it has no intention to ditch a candidate who has been revealed to have nationalist sympathies.
The Irrawaddy

People’s Pioneer Party Stands by Nationalist Candidate in Myanmar’s Election

The party's chairwoman says it has no intention to ditch a candidate who has been revealed to have nationalist sympathies.

Japan’s Neighbors Hope to Improve Ties as Suga Succeeds Abe as Prime Minister

As Yoshihide Suga took over as prime minister of Japan, the governments of China, South Korea and Russia expressed a desire to improve ties.
The Irrawaddy

Japan’s Neighbors Hope to Improve Ties as Suga Succeeds Abe as Prime Minister

As Yoshihide Suga took over as prime minister of Japan, the governments of China, South Korea and Russia expressed a desire to improve ties.

A Poll, a Senior General and the Demise of His Promise of a New Democratic Era in Myanmar

Snr-Gen Saw Maung’s vow that the army would return to the barracks after the 1990 vote never materialized; conspiracy theories about his sudden fall from grace abound.
The Irrawaddy

A Poll, a Senior General and the Demise of His Promise of a New Democratic Era in Myanmar

Snr-Gen Saw Maung’s vow that the army would return to the barracks after the 1990 vote never materialized; conspiracy theories about his sudden fall from grace abound.

UPDATE: Myanmar Reports 18 More COVID-19 Deaths, Taking Toll to 57

A teenage girl and a 90-year-old man were among 18 new COVID-19 fatalities announced on Thursday; Myanmar has now reported 3,895 cases with 57 deaths.
The Irrawaddy

UPDATE: Myanmar Reports 18 More COVID-19 Deaths, Taking Toll to 57

A teenage girl and a 90-year-old man were among 18 new COVID-19 fatalities announced on Thursday; Myanmar has now reported 3,895 cases with 57 deaths.

Myanmar, S. Korea Pledge to Step Up Cooperation on Trade, Investment, Energy

South Korea has reaffirmed its commitment to deepen economic ties with Myanmar after projects agreed during President Moon’s visit last year were delayed due to COVID-19.
The Irrawaddy

Myanmar, S. Korea Pledge to Step Up Cooperation on Trade, Investment, Energy

South Korea has reaffirmed its commitment to deepen economic ties with Myanmar after projects agreed during President Moon’s visit last year were delayed due to COVID-19.

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