By   Court Rules Out Bail for Detained Former Monk U Gambira

A court in Mandalay’s Maha Aung Myay Township denied bail Wednesday to detained former monk U Gambira, a prominent figure in the 2007 Saffron Revolution.

By   Thein Sein Honors Army and Cabinet With Excellence Awards

The outgoing president gives 32 out of 33 President’s Excellent Performance awards to members of his inner circle in Naypyidaw.

By   Union Parliament Approves Joint Bill Committee

The Union Parliament has approved a joint bill committee—consisting of members from both parliamentary houses—to scrutinize bills before a Union-level vote.


An air force plane crashes near Naypyidaw, with one reported survivor.

By   UN: S. Lanka War Crimes Investigation Must Be Impartial

The United Nations will not force Sri Lanka to use international judges in investigating war crimes, but any process must be impartial, UN official says.

By   US Intel Warns of Expansion of Terror Groups in Bangladesh

Efforts by Bangladesh’s prime minister to undermine political opposition could provide openings for transnational terrorist groups, US intelligence says.

By   Hong Kong Activists, Police Clash over Holiday Food Stalls

Hong Kong’s Lunar New Year celebration descended into chaos this week as protesters and police clashed over a street market selling local delicacies.

By   China Offers Rewards for Online ‘Terrorist’ Tip-Offs

China has pledged to reward people who report online “terrorist” content up to 100,000 yuan (US$15,200) for each tip off, an official news agency reported.


The Central Bank of Myanmar announced on Tuesday that 13 foreign banks have applied to operate in Burma in a second round of licensing.

By   Ooredoo Receives Multi-Million Dollar Loan from ADB and IFC

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and International Finance Corporation (IFC) have approved a US$300 million loan for foreign telecom operator Ooredoo.

By   With Mining Law Changes, Are Foreign Firms Set to Dig In?

Long-anticipated revisions to Burma’s Mining Law could spur foreign investment in a sector that remains vulnerable to frontier market perils.


Despite completion of several overpasses already, it is unclear whether Rangoon’s ambitious construction projects will solve the city’s traffic problems.


The NLD’s Tun Tun Hein, head of the Lower House’s Bill Committee, spoke with The Irrawaddy about his plans to propose laws within Parliament.


This week, the panel discusses Burma’s new Parliament and how, going forward, it will handle the country’s important political and ethnic issues.


Ma Thandar, the widow of murdered journalist Par Gyi, is a newly elected NLD MP and she spoke about her party’s approach in the new


  This week, the panel discusses the prospect of power sharing in the government between the military, the NLD and ethnic parties.

By   A Kachin Leader’s Legacy Lives On Through His Daughter

The eldest daughter of former KIO leader Maran Brang Seng will enter the Kachin State parliament on Feb. 8 to pursue her father’s struggle for

By   Kachin Displaced Pin Their Hopes on New NLD Government

Living in limbo for more than four years, many IDPs hope the new government will prioritize peace in Kachin State so they could go home.


The mixed martial arts rise of Aung La N Sang, known in the United States as “The Burmese Python,” took even his family by surprise.

By   Yangon gridlock: solutions elusive as traffic chokes city

Experts say a holistic approach is needed to resolve Rangoon’s ever-worsening traffic jams, but the government’s response has been to tinker around the edges.

By   Karen Refugee Eyeing Premier League With Sheffield United

An ethnic Karen refugee who was born at a camp on the Thai border earns a professional contract with the English football club Sheffield United.

By   Thailand Dashes Burma’s SEA Games Gold Hopes With 3-0 Win

A spirited performance is not enough for Burma at the Southeast Asian Games football final, with the under-23 team falling to favored Thailand 3-0.

By   Burma Earns Shot at Gold With 2-1 Win Over Vietnam

Burma edges past Vietnam in the semifinal match of the Southeast Asian Games football competition, winning 2-1 to earn a chance at the gold medal.

By   ‘No stars, No Problem’ for Burma’s Young Footballers

Burma’s under-23 side captures the nation’s imagination by storming into the semifinals unbeaten, stirring hopes of a first Southeast Asian Games football gold since 1973.