Hundreds of members of the ethnic Pa-O community attended a military rally in Taunggyi on Wednesday, with one local leader claiming they were coerced with threats of eviction.
Nang Htwe Hmone is one of only seven women among the 69 candidates in Saturday's poll, but she feels confident about becoming Mandalay's next Shan ethnic affairs minister.
Just three years after being voted out in a presidential election in Sri Lanka, strongman Mahinda Rajapaksa is back at the center of power.
Myanmar Social Welfare Minister U Win Myat said the two governments have agreed to start repatriating the first group of 2,000 refugees on Nov. 15.
An entrenched, male-dominated ‘security approach’ has left the peace process deadlocked.
US federal agents are racing to find who sent 10 pipe bombs to prominent Democrats and critics of President Trump as leads point to Florida as the origin of the packages.
The Irrawaddy speaks to veteran Thai journalist Kavi Chongkittavorn about the key issues facing Myanmar, and its ties with Thailand, ASEAN and the West.
Cambodia failed to allay criticisms of authoritarianism and rights abuses that threaten the country's duty-free trading access to the European Union.
Police have said the shooting was an accident, but are adamant there will be no let-up in the anti-crime campaign, which is proving popular with many in Uttar Pradesh.
Firebrand monk says he will take up arms if Myanmar’s military leadership is charged at the International Criminal Court.
The Lahu Baptist Convention said the United Wa State Army has freed 92 of its leaders, days after a Kachin Baptist group reported the release of dozens of its own members.
The youths are being held on suspicion of the murder of a military intelligence officer who was shot in Sittwe in late September.
Both armed groups based in the area have issued statements condemning the shooting dead of Shwe Kyin Sayardaw, leaving questions as to who is responsible for the murder.
Many fear PM Narendra Modi's Hindu nationalist govt is about to act on its stated position – that it wants to deport all Rohingya Muslims from the country.
"The government must decisively repel international pressures against anyone, not only the Tatmadaw," a spokesman said. "But the government has not yet done enough in that regard."