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Update: Wed, Jan 17 2018    

Myanmar, Laos reach MoUs on sectoral cooperation

Myanmar and Laos have reached three memorandums of understanding on bilateral cooperation in three sectors, Myanmar News Agency reported Tuesday. The signing on late Monday was witnessed by Myanmar State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi and visiting Lao Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith.



Myanmar's Van Gogh Taken Too Soon, Leaves Legacy of Indomitable Beauty

While San Zaw Htway was in Insein prison, serving a 36-year sentence, he would gather the inedible, raw grains that were mixed in with his daily bowl of rice and throw them a few yards in order to feed the sparrows that gathered along a prison fence. At first, he had to throw the grains down three flights of stairs, but he disliked having the little birds so far away.



Uphill battle to curb child labour in Myanmar, where 13-year-olds work in construction

With 1 in 5 working instead of attending school, the country is grappling with a potential future crisis. The programme Get Real meets the children, their parents and the enforcers who are trying to stamp out the problem.



Irrawaddy Parliament Delays Special Assembly to Appoint New Chief Minister

The Irrawaddy Parliament has postponed its special meeting to Jan. 18 as the President's Office has yet to nominate a new chief minister to the regional government. The nomination letter had not arrived even as all the regional lawmakers were present at the assembly on Monday, so parliamentary speaker U Aung Kyaw Khaing rescheduled the meeting.



Trio of Kachin Parties Agree to Merger

After five years of effort, three Kachin political parties agreed to merge on Saturday in order to meet a desire among ethnic Kachin for a single, strong party. The Kachin Democratic Party , the Kachin State Democracy Party , and the Kachin National Congress agreed to the merger at a meeting of the Kachin Political Parties Coordination Committee in the Kachin State capital of Myitkyina.



Myanmar says temporary camp will house 30,000 Rohingya targeted for repatriation

Rohingya refugees line up for daily essentials distribution at Balukhali camp, near Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh on January 15, 2018. Photo - Reuters Rohingya refugees line up for daily essentials distribution at Balukhali camp, near Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh on January 15, 2018.



Myanmar, Bangladesh meet amid doubts about Rohingya repatriation plan

Hamid Hussain, a 71-year-old Rohingya refugee poses for photo after an interview with Reuters at Kutupalong camp, near Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh on January 13, 2018. Photo - Reuters Hamid Hussain, a 71-year-old Rohingya refugee poses for photo after an interview with Reuters at Kutupalong camp, near Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh on January 13, 2018.



Has the NLD Delivered a Knockout Blow to U Win Htein's Power?

National League for Democracy executive committee member U Win Htein's house in Naypyidaw was shuttered on Friday morning, sparking unconfirmed rumors on social media that the party had suspended him from his duties, and even that he had resigned. Sources close to U Win Htein told The Irrawaddy that the senior NLD official had submitted a letter of resignation to the party and was scheduled to travel to Australia for a vacation this weekend.



'10 found in Myanmar grave innocent civilians'

A Burmese vehicle drives behind Rohingya refugee camp at no man's land between Bangladesh-Myanmar border, in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh January 12, 2018. Photo: Reuters Rohingya Muslim insurgents said on Saturday that ten Rohingya found in a mass grave in Myanmar's troubled Rakhine state last month were "innocent civilians", and not members of their group.



UN flags plight of 'forgotten' Rohingya children in central Rakhine

A boy who works in a tea shop poses inside a Rohingya refugee camp outside Kyaukpyu in Rakhine state, Burma, May 17, 2017. Source: Reuters/Soe Zeya Tun SOME 60,000 children are "trapped" in appalling conditions in refugee camps in central Rakhine State of Burma , the United Nations Children's Fund said this week, their plight overshadowed by the hundreds of thousands of refugees in Bangladesh.



Burma prosecutes two for the 'crime' of investigative journalism

Reuters journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo are escorted by police. "WE ARE not doing anything wrong.



Rally route to highlight poaching

Guwahati: Nearly 50 cars will join the India Asean Car Rally, 2018, beginning here on Friday and take the route possibly used by rhino poachers to spread awareness against the killings. The nearly 7,000km rally will traverse the Northeast, Myanmar, Thailand and Laos in 24 days before coming back to Guwahati.



NIA arrests KYKL rebel involved in 2015 Manipur ambush that killed 18 jawans

The NIA had arrested one Khumlo Abi Anal alias Ambison a senior functionary and the 'regional chairman' of NSCN in Chandel district on June 29, 2015. The National Investigation Agency on Friday arrested one Naorem Premkanta Singh, a member of the proscribed Kanglei Yawol Kanna Lup that had carried out a major ambush leading to the death of 18 army personnel in Chandel district of Manipur on June 4, 2015.



6.0 magnitude earthquake hits Myanmar

Yangon, Jan 12 - An earthquake of 6.0 magnitude hit Myanmar's Bago region in the early hours of Friday, the Meteorology and Hydrology Department said. The epicenter was 27.3 km west-southwest of Phyu city in Bago region.



Japan to provide $3 million to Myanmar for Rohingya return

Myanmar's State Counselor and Foreign Minister Aung San Suu Kyi, right, and Japanese Foreign Minister, Taro Kono hold a joint press conference at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Naypyitaw, Myanmar Friday, Jan. 12, 2018. Myanmar's State Counselor and Foreign Minister Aung San Suu Kyi, right, shakes hands with Japanese Foreign Minister, Taro Kono after their joint press conference at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Naypyitaw, Myanmar Friday, Jan. 12, 2018.



Myanmar admission that soldiers killed Rohingya 'an important step,' U.S. envoy says

Myanmar's admission that soldiers were involved in the murder of 10 Muslims in September was an important step and the United States hoped it would be followed by more transparency and accountability, the U.S. ambassador said on Thursday. The European Union and representatives of Muslim nations renewed calls for a broader international investigation into violence in the western state of Rakhine, after the military said on Wednesday its soldiers had killed 10 captured Rohingya Muslim "terrorists" at the beginning of September.



Shallow 6.0-magnitude earthquake hits Myanmar - USGS

A strong 6.0-magnitude earthquake hit a remote region of central Myanmar early Friday, the US Geological Survey said. The shallow quake struck some 40 kilometers west of the town of Pyu, the USGS said.