The Mong Wong, Burma’s Newest Citizens, Face Backlash By

Lawmakers debate the citizenship and name of Shan State’s Mong Wong-Burmans, with some claiming Burma’s previous government had ulterior motives in granting them rights.

Clause Célèbre: Taiwan Leader Must Convince China She’s No ‘Splittist’ By

Tsai Ing-wen becomes Taiwan’s first woman president this month, when her mission will be to convince China her party is not seeking independence.


North Korea kicks off the first congress of its ruling Workers’ Party in 36 years, with Kim Jong-un expected to further consolidate his control.


Representatives of eight non-state armed groups that signed the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement meet Dr. Tin Myo Win to discuss reforming a body key to peace negotiations.


Locals near the Letpadaung copper mining area in Sagaing Division’s Salingyi Township staged a series of protests as mining resumed on Thursday.

Facebook Firebrand Arrested Over Alleged Defamation of Burma’s Leaders By

Nay Myo Wai, ultra-nationalist provocateur and leader of a fringe political party, is arrested for allegedly defaming the president, army chief and Aung San Suu Kyi.


A proposal from President Htin Kyaw to form a new ministry for State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi is brought to the Union Parliament floor.

Mandalay Maps New Zoning Plan By

The Mandalay City Development Committee (MCDC) is finishing a new zoning plan, in an effort to preserve the city’s cultural heritage while allowing for growth.


Burma’s Hotels and Tourism Ministry focuses on local, community-based tourism in its new 100-day policy, hoping to provide sustainability for the fast-growing industry.


Arakan State fighting becomes focus of heated discussions in Parliament, but a legislative path to resolution of the conflict remains unclear.

Aging Thailand Takes Toll on Indebted Households By

A ballooning number of Thai families are looking after elderly relatives at a cost that countrywide adds up to just under a third of household income.

‘Waiting for Order to Kill’: China Video Seeks Army Recruits By

China’s military is catering to a younger crowd with a recruitment video featuring aircraft carriers and special forces troops set to a rap-rock soundtrack.


Burma’s religious affairs minister worries that one monk’s recent spree of pagoda-building on other faiths’ lands is fueling religious tensions in Karen State.


Landslides and flooding have destroyed hundreds of houses in Kachin State’s Chipwi Township, with rescue personnel struggling to reach the affected population.

Lashio Residents Hope Slashings Will Stop After Drug Bust By

A major drug bust in Lashio, Shan State, results in 46 arrests, bringing hope to citizens recently terrorized by assailants armed with machetes and swords.


Repatriation of refugees along the Thai-Burma border was discussed recently during a meeting of stakeholders, but there remains no firm timetable on a large-scale return.

Parliament OKs Review of Private Hospital Project in Rangoon By

Parliament green-lights discussion on the future of a plot of Health Ministry-owned land in Rangoon after a lawmaker objected to its use by the private sector.


In the wake of World Press Freedom Day, celebrated on Tuesday, The Irrawaddy revisits a history of Burmese media stretching back to the 1800s.

Broadcaster’s Terminology in Arakan Conflict Coverage Irks Military By

Burma’s military, known as the Tatmadaw, condemns a Burmese broadcaster for calling an ethnic armed organization the “Rakhine Tatmadaw,” in reference to the Arakan Army.

Nobel Laureate Urges Modi to Curb Child Slavery as India Reels from Drought By

Nobel laureate Kailash Satyarthi has appealed to India’s prime minister to ensure children are not trafficked in the face of the worst drought in decades.
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