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Yangon Stock Exchange to Launch in December

The Yangon Stock Exchange is set to launch on Dec. 9, after years of preparations to modernize Burma’s financial sector.

Striking Hlaing Tharyar Factory Workers Take Labor Dispute to the Capital

Around 100 workers from the Tai Yi shoe factory in Rangoon Division traveled to Naypyidaw Monday, seeking resolution to a dispute over labor rights.

TNLA Reports Deadly Clashes with Joint Force of Shan, Govt Troops

Ethnic Ta’ang rebels claim to have clashed with a joint force of Shan State Army-South (SSA-S) and Burma Army troops near the China border.

Ahead of Suu Kyi’s meetings with the president and army chief, revisiting a 2014 Commentary on why Burma’s political heavyweights must match words with action.

Two Rohingya Detained After Brawl Over Goose in Arakan State

Police in Buthidaung Township arrest two Rohingya Muslims accused of assaulting two ethnic Daingnet men in a quarrel over disputed ownership of a goose.

RANGOON — More than three weeks after the Nov. 8 election, National League for Democracy (NLD) leader Aung San Suu Kyi will visit President Thein Sein and military chief Snr-Gen Min Aung Hlaing in separate meetings on Wednesday. An audience with both men has long been sought after by Suu Kyi, whose party swept the […]

A Timeline of Suu Kyi’s Many Meetings

Ahead of Suu Kyi’s meetings with the President and Army Chief, The Irrawaddy looks back at the NLD leader’s dialogues with various officials since 1988.

Southeast Asia Urged to Halt Repeat of ‘Boat People’ Tragedy

Southeast Asian countries were urged Tuesday to treat migrants humanely and prevent deaths at sea during the four month “sailing season.”

China Struggles with IVF Demand as One-Child Policy Ends

A Chinese clinic says it offers patients seeking in-vitro fertilization the chance to choose the gender of their child, avoid approval checks and queues.

TV Anchor Seeks to Be Cambodia’s Political Peacemaker to Avoid Conflict

Cambodian news anchor Soy Sopheap has stepped into the role of political peacemaker in an effort to end a feud that threatens to ignite political conflict.

Stigma Stalks Burma’s HIV Patients Despite Advances in Treatment 

Ignorance and fear surrounding HIV are among the many challenges that will face Burma’s new government in overhauling a neglected health system.

Nepal Leaders, Ethnic Protesters Resume Talks to End Crisis

Nepal’s top political leaders met Monday with representatives of the Madhesi ethnic group in an effort to end a long-running crisis.


There is a common misperception that even Burma’s first, 1947 Constitution, barred persons married to foreign citizens from becoming the country’s president or vice president. I first heard this from Rangoon-based foreign diplomats in the 1990s, and some of them also claimed it was Aung San Suu Kyi’s father, General Aung San, who had insisted […]

RANGOON — For Thiha Saw, the general election held earlier this month was a revelation. As an experienced journalist and editor who had covered the country’s most recent polls—the 2010 general election and a 2012 by-election—he viewed the in-depth coverage of this year’s vote as something of a watershed moment for local media after years […]

Thai Border Imports Double Despite Export Lag

The total import volume of goods into Burma from Thailand has doubled in the last year at the largest overland border crossing between the two countries.

Family of Man Killed in Police Custody Claims Foul Play

The family of a man allegedly killed by police in Arakan State claims to have been offered money not to interfere in the case.

Government troops and ethnic Kokang rebels clashed briefly in Laukkai over the weekend, less than two weeks after martial law was lifted in the area.

Additional 53 Child Soldiers Released by Burma Army

The Burma Army has discharged another 53 child soldiers, according to Unicef, the United Nations children’s agency.

The Shan State Army-North rejects a Burma Army order to withdraw from key positions in central Shan State, preparing to defend itself against new attacks.


RANGOON — President Thein Sein and Commander-in-Chief Snr-Gen Min Aung Hlaing have agreed to meet National League for Democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Wednesday, ending nearly three weeks of uncertainty in the wake of the NLD’s emphatic election victory. In separate announcements posted on Facebook on Monday morning, Min Aung Hlaing wrote that […]

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