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Suu Kyi Economic Adviser: National Interest Must Come First When Deciding Large Chinese Investments in Myanmar

Unlike its predecessors, the NLD govt is ensuring deals with China benefit Myanmar, Sean Turnell, adviser to the State Counselor, tells The Irrawaddy in an interview.

The Irrawaddy 20 Jan 2020 8:39 pm

Two Myanmar Constitution Amendment Bills Agreed by NLD, Ethnic Parties

With their refusal to endorse the parliamentary charter change committees bills, it remains to be seen how military MPs will respond when they are sent to Parliament.

The Irrawaddy 20 Jan 2020 7:59 pm

Thousands of Myanmar Workers Demand Higher Minimum Wage

Over 5,000 factory workers marched in protest near a Yangon industrial zone Sunday to demand higher wages as the government prepares to set the new minimum wage.

The Irrawaddy 20 Jan 2020 7:53 pm

Myanmars National Dialogue Must Be for All NCA Signatories Ahead of Peace Summit, EAOs Say

Nationwide ceasefire signatories continue talks to include other groups in the peace process, especially ahead of the next 21st-Century Panglong summit.

The Irrawaddy 20 Jan 2020 7:23 pm

No Genocidal Intent in Security Operations in Rakhine State, Myanmar Commission Says

The Independent Commission of Enquiry has declared that security operations in Rakhine in 2017 did not have genocidal intent, but admits that war crimes took place.

The Irrawaddy 20 Jan 2020 6:38 pm

The girl who went from depression to international medallist

Indian athlete Abida Akhtar overcame depression to compete at international level in Wushu.

BBC 20 Jan 2020 6:35 pm

Irans foreign minister cancels attendance at Davos summit

Mohammad Javad Zarif cancelling his trip to Davos Forum comes amid a crisis with Washington and disputes with Europe over Irans nuclear steps.

The Hindu 20 Jan 2020 5:27 pm

Former German military translator on trial as Iran spy

Presiding judge Thomas Bergmann said the trial would be held behind closed doors until further notice because of security concerns

The Hindu 20 Jan 2020 5:23 pm

Blaze Burns Mandalay Mall, Myanmar Police Sue Shop Owner

Police are suing the owner of a shoe shop in a Mandalay mall for poor electrical safety after a fire burned through the mall and caused over 1 billion kyats in damage.

The Irrawaddy 20 Jan 2020 4:32 pm

Chinese Presidents Claim That Beijing Not Arming EAOs Met With Skepticism in Myanmar

Political observers in Myanmar doubt President Xi Jinpings claim that China is not arming ethnic armed organizations based near the northern border.

The Irrawaddy 20 Jan 2020 4:20 pm

Muzaffarpur shelter home: India court convicts 19 in abuse case

News of physical and sexual abuse at the shelter, which housed girls as young as seven, outraged India.

BBC 20 Jan 2020 3:30 pm

Refined palm oil cargoes stuck at Indian ports after import curbs: sources

India announced the curbs on imports of refined palm oil on Jan. 8 in a bid to help domestic refiners raise their plant utilisation rates, according to industry officials

The Hindu 20 Jan 2020 3:22 pm

Tencent says to step up investment overseas and in smart retail

Tencent is known to have stakes in firms such as food delivery giant Meituan Dianping, e-commerce site Pinduoduo and video game companies such as Riot Games and Supercell

The Hindu 20 Jan 2020 1:21 pm

Britains Prince Harry Says No Other Option But To Step Back

Prince Harry says he had hoped to continue public service without funding, but now believes he and Meghan Markle have no option but to step back from official duties.

The Irrawaddy 20 Jan 2020 11:46 am

Rap and Rice Paddies: Thai Hip-Hop Creates Unlikely New Stars

The rising popularity of hip-hop in Thailand has created stars that have drawn the attention of major music industry players.

The Irrawaddy 20 Jan 2020 11:40 am

Worlds Richest 2,000 People Own More Than Poorest 4.6 Billion Combined: Oxfam

Some 2,150 billionaires have more money than the worlds poorest 4.6 billion people, while women work 12.5 billion hours a day unpaid, a new report from Oxfam says.

The Irrawaddy 20 Jan 2020 11:22 am

South Korea confirms first case of new coronavirus in Chinese visitor

The patient is a 35-year-old Chinese woman who flew from Wuhan, China to Incheon international airport on Sunday.

The Hindu 20 Jan 2020 10:26 am

Earthquake causes damage, injuries in China's Xinjiang region

The Ministry of Emergency Management said a number of people were injured, one seriously, and some small buildings and walls around properties collapsed.

The Hindu 20 Jan 2020 9:16 am

Malaysia sends back trash, says wont be worlds waste bin

Shipments of unwanted rubbish have been rerouted to Southeast Asia since China banned the import of plastic waste in 2018, but Malaysia and other developing countries are

The Hindu 20 Jan 2020 9:12 am

Crowded footbridge breaks over Indonesian river, killing 7

Rescuers are searching for 3 others, between 14 and 17 years old, still missing and feared dead, said Ujang Syafiri, who heads a local disaster mitigation agency.

The Hindu 20 Jan 2020 8:24 am

Trump hails China trade deal as much better than expected

Soybean exports to China plunged to $3 billion from more than $12 billion in 2017 and the Trump administration paid out $28 billion in aid to farmers in the past two year

The Hindu 20 Jan 2020 8:17 am

China counts sharp rise in coronavirus cases, 2 in Beijing

Authorities and media reports said the total number of infected people has topped 200.

The Hindu 20 Jan 2020 7:27 am

Combined total wealth of 63 Indian billionaires higher than the total 2018-19 Union Budget: Oxfam

The Time to Care; report was released in Davos ahead of the 50th Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum

The Hindu 20 Jan 2020 6:26 am

Ahead of holiday, China gears up to contain virus outbreak

17 new cases emerge; fears of travellers spreading infection.

The Hindu 19 Jan 2020 11:22 pm

Two officials hurt as Hong Kong rally turns violent

Told to disperse, crowd beats up police

The Hindu 19 Jan 2020 10:26 pm

Libya summit seeks end to foreign meddling

UN-led talks in Berlin a desperate bid to curb military interference, help relaunch political dialogue

The Hindu 19 Jan 2020 10:20 pm

Harry, Meghan to drop titles, retire as working royals

No more public funding; home renovation cost to be repaid

The Hindu 19 Jan 2020 9:56 pm

Royal Navy chief pushes for cooperation between U.K. and India

Admiral Tony Radakin laid particular emphasis on collaborations in the development of aircraft carriers and discussions on electric propulsion.

The Hindu 19 Jan 2020 9:25 pm

Indian school teacher in Shenzhen becomes first foreigner to contract coronavirus in China

Preeti Maheshwari, who works at an international school in the city, has been admitted to a local hospital after she fell seriously ill last Friday. Doctors confirmed tha

The Hindu 19 Jan 2020 6:30 pm

What Will Xi Jinpings Visit Mean for Myanmars Future?

The Irrawaddy talks with China analyst Ma Khin Khin Kyaw Kyee from ISP Myanmar and political analyst U Than Soe Naing about the impact of the Chinese presidents visit.

The Irrawaddy 19 Jan 2020 11:31 am

Russia strike kills five civilians in northwest Syria: monitor

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said three children were among those killed after midnight Friday in the village of Bala in the jihadist-run Idlib region

The Hindu 19 Jan 2020 9:24 am

Australian government to aid tourism industry as bushfires recede

Our federal response to these devastating bushfires is comprehensive and unprecedented, Prime Minister Scott Morrison was cited in a statement announcing the aid.

The Hindu 19 Jan 2020 7:13 am

Facebook Apologizes After Vulgar Translation of Chinese Leaders Name

Chinese leader Xi Jinpings name appeared as Mr Shithole in posts on the social media platform when translated into English from Myanmar.

The Irrawaddy 19 Jan 2020 6:50 am

The 'tiny' recipe to YouTube success

This Indian couple's miniature cooking videos have earned them hundreds of thousands of subscribers.

BBC 19 Jan 2020 6:02 am

Iran to send black boxes to Ukraine

Tehran to take assistance from experts in France, Canada and U.S.

The Hindu 18 Jan 2020 10:22 pm

China reports 4 new cases caused by coronavirus strain

Nearly 50 people have been infected across the world

The Hindu 18 Jan 2020 10:15 pm

Bilateral Trade and Investment Agreement needed between India and the European Union: Edgars Rinkevics

Latvian Foreign Minister expresses hope that there will be movement on the BTIA when Prime Minister Narendra Modi visits Brussels in March this year.

The Hindu 18 Jan 2020 10:12 pm

Legislating in a hurry after judicial order

Three Bills extending the tenure of service chiefs waltzed their way through the Pak. Parliament

The Hindu 18 Jan 2020 9:18 pm

A very Brazilian coup, captured on celluloid and sent for Oscars

Petra Costas documentary on ex-President Rousseffs impeachment has been nominated

The Hindu 18 Jan 2020 8:13 pm

Myanmar, China Sign Dozens of Deals on BRI Projects, Cooperation During Xis Visit

China and Myanmar capped President Xi Jinpings two-day visit by signing 33 agreements, including many to advance Beijings BRI projects in the country.

The Irrawaddy 18 Jan 2020 4:10 pm

Pakistan SC to entertain Musharrafs plea only after he surrenders to the law: Report

On Thursday, Pervez Musharraf, now based in Dubai, approached the Court to challenge the ruling of the special tribunal that had handed him death sentence on charges of h

The Hindu 18 Jan 2020 1:32 pm

Simpsons actor Hank Azaria says he will no longer voice Apu

The announcement by white actor Hank Azaria follows accusations of racial stereotyping.

BBC 18 Jan 2020 10:24 am

What Will 2020 Mean for Myanmars Democracy?

The Irrawaddy talks with writer U Kyaw Win and member of Parliament Ma Zin Mar Aung about the challenges facing Myanmar in 2020, from the Constitution to the election.

The Irrawaddy 18 Jan 2020 9:00 am

The Irrawaddy Business Roundup

This week, Myanmar celebrated the opening of a Thai fish factory and border trade with Laos, while the World Bank is forecasting a growth boost.

The Irrawaddy 18 Jan 2020 7:00 am

Pakistan two-star general: Farewell to a social media celebrity

Pakistan's military spokesman leaves his post after three headline-grabbing years, to praise and criticism.

BBC 18 Jan 2020 5:44 am

U.S. Supreme Court takes up presidential Electoral College dispute

The court will decide whether Electoral College voters are required to support the presidential candidate who wins a State.

The Hindu 18 Jan 2020 4:20 am

Downing of Ukraine airliner a bitter tragedy: Khamenei

But the incident should not be allowed to overshadow Soleimanis martyrdom, says Iranian leader

The Hindu 18 Jan 2020 12:30 am

Pakistan Islamists get 55 years in jail for protests

They took part in violent rallies in 2018

The Hindu 17 Jan 2020 10:22 pm

Phone scandal rocks Sri Lankas Opposition party

Leaked conversations featuring UNP leader reveal details on court cases against several high-profile figures

The Hindu 17 Jan 2020 10:06 pm

Rebel Groups Told to Unite to Save Myanmars Peace Process

Gen. Yawd Serk, the leader of an ethnic Shan armed group, urged his counterparts to compromise on demands to enable April's peace summit to takeplace.

The Irrawaddy 17 Jan 2020 8:22 pm