Myanmar farmers protest at Chinese copper mine

Protests have been taking place at Letpadaung for years. Source: Flickr Hundreds of villagers in Myanmar protested against the resumption of operations at a Chinese-backed...

US “concerned” about Shan conflict

Myanmar’s 22 large, powerful rebel armies present a considerable challenge to the new government. Source: Wikimedia The US embassy in Myanmar has said it is...

Chinese frigates dock at Yangon 

China’s Navy is hoping to extend its links with Myanmar. Source: Wikimedia   Two naval vessels from China have arrived in Yangon for a five-day visit...

Rebel armies plan federation

Nay Pyi Taw’s grip on ethnically distinct Kachin State is loose. Source: YouTube Leaders from 17 rebel armies in Myanmar are meeting in Kachin State...

Wa rebels leave Panglong

 Wa-Bang, northern Shan State. Source: Wikimedia One of Myanmar's most powerful rebel armies has walked out of the so-called Panglong peace conference. Representatives of the heavily...

Malaysia’s billionaire list shrinks 

Ananda Krishnan: a solid second. Source: Flickr The Malaysian rich list saw the number of billionaires shrink from 16 in 2015 to 12 this year,...

NLD MPs take their seats

Suu Kyi has to cope with a military veto on constitutional reform. Source: BBC Aung San Suu Kyi has led her National League for Democracy...

Myanmar’s use of child soldiers under fire

The poverty of rural Myanmar makes children vulnerable to enforced recruitment. Source: Asean Economist Washington has downgraded Myanmar in its annual human trafficking report, citing...

Refugees begin return to Myanmar 

Conflict with Karen nationalist armies has driven many citizens to flee across the Thai frontier. Source: YouTube The voluntary repatriation of 68 Burmese refugees from...

Chinese bank axes rebels’ account

The Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army is heavily tied to the drugs trade. One of China's biggest state-owned lenders has suspended an account used to...

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