Author Archives: Jacques de Goldfiem

Burmese culture and history

6 DECEMBER 2017

The 400-year history of Portuguese Catholics in Sagaing (Myanmar)

Some villages in central Myanmar are inhabited by the descendants of thousands of Portuguese, who were settled in the area by a kindly Taungoo dynasty king
https://frontiermyanmar.net/en/the-400-year-history-of-portuguese-catholics-in-sagaing

Wars, conflicts and strategy on 14 December in Asian history

WARS, CONFLICTS AND  STRATEGY ON 14 DECEMBER IN ASIAN HISTORY

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Updated on December 14, 2017

1897: The Pact of Biak-na-Bato creates a truce between the Spanish Government and the Philippine revolutionary government led by Emilio Aguinaldo, to end the Philippine Revolution
https://kahimyang.com/kauswagan/articles/820/today-in-philippine-history-december-14-1897-the-pact-of-biaknabato-was-signed
http://ffemagazine.com/philippines-history-this-week-the-truce-of-biak-na-bato/

1897-12-14 Truce of Biak-na-bato

1924: In China, Chiang Kai-shek troops occupy Hankou

1927: Chinese National Government breaks off diplomatic relations with the Soviet Union ending the cooperation with Comintern
http://history.04007.cn/en.php/HisMain/11712.htm

1937: Japanese install a puppet government in Beijing

1955: United Nations Security Council welcomes 16 new members, including Laos, Cambodia, Ceylon (now Sri Lanka), Nepal, but said no to Outer Mongolia and Japan

1961: Kennedy announces intent to increase aid to South Vietnam
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/kennedy-announces-intent-to-increase-aid-to-south-vietnam

1963: Chinese-Premier Zhou Enlai starts visits to 14 countries in Asia and Africa
http://www.fmprc.gov.cn/mfa_eng/ziliao_665539/3602_665543/3604_665547/t18001.shtml
http://history.04007.cn/en.php/HisMain/11648.html

1963-12 Zhou Enlai en Afrique

1964: During Vietnam War, Operation Barrel Roll begins
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/operation-barrel-roll-begins
http://www.wikiwand.com/en/Operation_Barrel_Roll

1966: The US authorities suggest to North Vietnam to extend Chrismas truce

1971: Over 200 of East Pakistan’s intellectuals including professors, journalists, doctors, artists, engineers, and writers are executed en masse, most notably at Rayerbazar and Mirpur
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Day_of_the_Martyred_Intellectuals
http://en.banglapedia.org/index.php?title=Killing_of_Intellectuals

1988: Last Sino-Vietnamese military border incident

2012: China submits to the UN a detailed explanation of its claims to a disputed area of the East China Sea
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-20730880
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Beijing-report-to-UN:-the-Senkaku-/-Diaoyu-are-Chinese-26637.html

 

On 14 December in South Asian history

ON 14 DECEMBER IN SOUTH ASIAN HISTORY

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Updated on December 14, 2017

1918: Birth of B.K.S. Iyengar, Indian yoga advocate
http://www.bksiyengar.com/Modules/Guruji/guru.htm

1924: Birth of Raj Kapoor, a legendery Indian actor, producer and director of Bollywood movies, who died on June 3, 1988
http://www.rediff.com/entertai/2003/apr/16dinesh.htm
http://www.mapsofindia.com/on-this-day/14th-december-1924-raj-kapoor-indian-actor-and-director-was-born

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=76Jz74wbgEk

1931: Birth of Jon Elia (Jaun Elia), Pakistani scholar, poet and philosopher, who died on November 8, 2002
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jon_Elia

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3urjzyCQDjw

1934: Birth of Shyam Benegal, Indian director and screenwriter
http://www.sscnet.ucla.edu/southasia/Culture/Cinema/Benegal.html
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0070867/

1946 : Birth of Sanjay Gandhi, Congress leader Indira Gandhi’s son, was died on June 23, 1980 in a plane crash
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sanjay_Gandhi
http://www.thehindu.com/books/books-reviews/the-life-and-death-of-sanjay-gandhi/article4428896.ece

1955: United Nations Security Council welcomes 16 new members, including, Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) and Nepal

1966: Death of Shailendra, Indian lyricist, born on August 30, 1923
http://www.india-forums.com/forum_posts.asp?TID=518619
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shailendra_(lyricist)

1971: Over 200 of East Pakistan’s intellectuals including professors, journalists, doctors, artists, engineers, and writers are executed en masse, most notably at Rayerbazar and Mirpur
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Day_of_the_Martyred_Intellectuals
http://en.banglapedia.org/index.php?title=Killing_of_Intellectuals

1984: Birth of Rana Daggubati, Indian actor and Producer
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rana_Daggubati
http://www.koimoi.com/actor/rana-daggubati/

2003: President of Pakistan Pervez Musharraf narrowly escapes a first assassination attempt
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/3318449.stm
http://edition.cnn.com/2003/WORLD/asiapcf/12/14/blast.musharraf/
http://www.nndb.com/people/877/000024805/

2003-12-14 Attentat contre Musharaff

2006: By Royal Edit, king Jigme Singye Wangchuck of Nepal hands over power to his eldest son Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/6184349.stm

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MT7q-RmovU8

2006: Death of Anton Balasingham, chief political strategist of Sri Lanka separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam
http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&artid=20610

 

Holidays and observances

Day of the Martyred Intellectuals (Bangladesh)

On 14 December in Southeast Asian history

ON 14 DECEMBER IN SOUTHEAST ASIAN HISTORY

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Updated on December 14, 2017

1869: Birth of Jose Maria Asuncion, Filipino painter and writer who died on May 2, 1925
https://kahimyang.com/kauswagan/articles/1635/today-in-philippine-history-december-14-1869-jose-maria-asuncion-was-born-in-sta-cruz-manila

1897: The Pact of Biak-na-Bato creates a truce between the Spanish Government and the Philippine revolutionary government led by Emilio Aguinaldo, to end the Philippine Revolution
https://kahimyang.com/kauswagan/articles/820/today-in-philippine-history-december-14-1897-the-pact-of-biaknabato-was-signed
http://ffemagazine.com/philippines-history-this-week-the-truce-of-biak-na-bato/

1897-12-14 Truce of Biak-na-bato

 

1914: Birth of Marie-Thérèse Nguyen Huu Thi Lan, later Imperial Princess Nam Phuong and Empress Nam Phuong, first and primary wife of Bao Dai, the last king of Annam and last emperor of Vietnam, from 1934 until her death on December 16, 1963
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nam_Phuong

1937: Death of Fabian de la Rosa, Filipino painter, born on May 5, 1869
http://www.artesdelasfilipinas.com/archives/30/master-of-genre-fabian-cueto-de-la-rosa-1869-1937
https://www.google.fr/search?q=fabian+dela+rosa&biw=1093&bih=520&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&sqi=2&ved=0ahUKEwiix4rVwdnJAhUEXBoKHePzArgQ_AUIBigB&dpr=1.25

Fabian de La Rosa 2

1955: United Nations Security Council welcomes 16 new members, including Laos and Cambodia, Ceylon (now Sri Lanka), Nepal, but said no to Outer Mongolia and Japan

1961: Kennedy announces intent to increase aid to South Vietnam
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/kennedy-announces-intent-to-increase-aid-to-south-vietnam

1964: During Vietnam War, Operation Barrel Roll begins
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/operation-barrel-roll-begins
http://www.wikiwand.com/en/Operation_Barrel_Roll

1966: The US authorities suggest to North Vietnam to extend Chrismas truce

1975: Six South Moluccan terrorists surrendered to police after holding 23 people hostage for 12 days on a train near the Dutch town of Beilen
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1975_Dutch_train_hostage_crisis

1980: Birth of Tata Young, Thai-American singer
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tata_Young

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JaIci_4H6QI

1981: Birth of Amber Chia, Malaysian supermodel and actress
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amber_Chia
http://www.amberchia.com/

1988: Last Sino-Vietnamese military border incident

2003: Death of Blas Ople, Filipino diplomat, born on February 3, 1927
http://www.senate.gov.ph/senators/senpres/ople.asp

2004: Death of Fernando Poe, Jr., Filipino actor and presidential candidate, born on August 20, 1939
http://www.nytimes.com/2004/12/14/international/asia/14poe.html?fta=y&_r=0
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/4089413.stm
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/3683857.stm

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WoBopvYnGBg

2016: Jailed Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim loses his final bid for freedom when a federal court rejected his appeal to set aside his sodomy conviction and five-year jail term
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/malaysian-opposition-leader-anwar-loses-final-bid-for-freedom/3365834.html
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/dec/14/jailed-former-malaysian-opposition-leader-anwar-ibrahim-loses-last-appeal

 

On 14 December in Japan’s history

ON 14 DECEMBER IN JAPAN’S HISTORY

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Updated on December 14, 2017

1009: Birth of 69th Japanese emperor Go-Sugaku from 1036 to 1045
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emperor_Go-Suzaku

1883: Birth of Morihei Ueshiba, Japanese martial artist and founder of Aikido, who died on 26 April 1969
http://www.blackbeltmag.com/daily/traditional-martial-arts-training/aikido/the-morihei-ueshiba-biography-from-sumo-to-aikido/
http://www.aikido-world.com/nuchicago/aikido1.htm
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Morihei_Ueshiba

Morihei Ueshiba 2

1937: Japanese install a puppet government in Beijing

1955: United Nations Security Council welcomes 16 new members, including Laos, Cambodia, Ceylon (now Sri Lanka), Nepal, but said no to Outer Mongolia and Japan

1985: Birth of Nonami Takizawa, Japanese actress
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nonami_Takizawa

1985: Birth of Ren Yagami, Japanese actor and singer
http://wiki.d-addicts.com/Yagami_Ren
http://www.yagamiren.com/

2012: China submits to the UN a detailed explanation of its claims to a disputed area of the East China Sea
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-20730880
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Beijing-report-to-UN:-the-Senkaku-/-Diaoyu-are-Chinese-26637.html

2014: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe wins comfortable re-election in a snap poll he had billed as a referendum on his economic policies, but a record low voter turn-out threatened to cloud any mandate
http://www.theguardian.com/world/video/2014/dec/14/japan-prime-minister-shinzo-abe-wins-election-video

 

Holidays and observances

Forty-seven Ronin remembrance day (Sengaku-ji, Tokyo)

On 14 December in Chinese history, Hong Kong and Taiwan

ON 14 DECEMBER IN CHINESE HISTORY, HONG KONG AND TAIWAN

To see another date, on Internet (Google…) type “On (date + month) in Chinese history”

Updated on December 14, 2017

835: in the Sweet Dew Incident, Emperor Wenzong of the Tang dynasty conspires to kill the powerful eunuchs of the Tang court, but the plot is foiled
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sweet_Dew_Incident
https://open.library.ubc.ca/cIRcle/collections/ubctheses/831/items/1.0093907

1927: Chinese National Government breaks off diplomatic relations with the Soviet Union ending the cooperation with Comintern
http://history.04007.cn/en.php/HisMain/11712.html

1937: Japanese install a puppet government in Beijing

1963: Chinese-Premier Zhou Enlai starts visits to 14 countries in Asia and Africa
http://www.fmprc.gov.cn/mfa_eng/ziliao_665539/3602_665543/3604_665547/t18001.shtml
http://history.04007.cn/en.php/HisMain/11648.html

1963-12 Zhou Enlai en Afrique

1978: People’s Republic of China performs nuclear test at Lop Nor (Xinjiang)

1994: In China, construction begins on the Three Gorges Dam in the Yangzi River
http://www.china-profile.com/history/indepth/id_138.htm
http://www.internationalrivers.org/china/three-gorges-dam

2012: China submits to the UN a detailed explanation of its claims to a disputed area of the East China Sea
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-20730880
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Beijing-report-to-UN:-the-Senkaku-/-Diaoyu-are-Chinese-26637.html

2013: A spacecraft carrying China’s first lunar  rover landed has on the moon, state television showed, a major step for the emerging superpower’s ambitious space programme.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/12/china-first-lunar-rover-set-touchdown-2013121454636469941.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-25356603

2015: One of China’s most prominent human rights lawyers, Pu Zhiqiang, goes on trial over online comments critical of the ruling Communist Party, as police scuffled with supporters gathered outside the courthouse
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-35089858
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/1891126/chinese-rights-lawyer-pu-zhiqiang-rejects-charges

0n 14 December in Asian history

1963-12 Zhou Enlai en Afrique

ON 14 DECEMBER IN ASIAN HISTORY

To see another date, on Internet, type “On (day + month) in Asian history »

Updated on December 14, 2017

835: in the Sweet Dew Incident, Emperor Wenzong of the Tang dynasty conspires to kill the powerful eunuchs of the Tang court, but the plot is foiled
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sweet_Dew_Incident
https://open.library.ubc.ca/cIRcle/collections/ubctheses/831/items/1.0093907

1009: Birth of 69th Japanese emperor Go-Sugaku from 1036 to 1045
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emperor_Go-Suzaku

1869: Birth of Jose Maria Asuncion, Filipino painter and writer who died on May 2, 1925
https://kahimyang.com/kauswagan/articles/1635/today-in-philippine-history-december-14-1869-jose-maria-asuncion-was-born-in-sta-cruz-manila

1883: Birth of Morihei Ueshiba, Japanese martial artist and founder of Aikido, who died on 26 April 1969
http://www.blackbeltmag.com/daily/traditional-martial-arts-training/aikido/the-morihei-ueshiba-biography-from-sumo-to-aikido/
http://www.aikido-world.com/nuchicago/aikido1.htm
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Morihei_Ueshiba

Morihei Ueshiba 2

1897: The Pact of Biak-na-Bato creates a truce between the Spanish Government and the Philippine revolutionary government led by Emilio Aguinaldo, to end the Philippine Revolution
https://kahimyang.com/kauswagan/articles/820/today-in-philippine-history-december-14-1897-the-pact-of-biaknabato-was-signed
http://ffemagazine.com/philippines-history-this-week-the-truce-of-biak-na-bato/

1897-12-14 Truce of Biak-na-bato

1914: Birth of Marie-Thérèse Nguyen Huu Thi Lan, later Imperial Princess Nam Phuong and Empress Nam Phuong, first and primary wife of Bao Dai, the last king of Annam and last emperor of Vietnam, from 1934 until her death on December 16, 1963
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nam_Phuong

1918: Birth of B.K.S. Iyengar, Indian yoga advocate
http://www.bksiyengar.com/Modules/Guruji/guru.htm

1924: In China, Chiang Kai-shek troops occupy Hankou

1924: Birth of Raj Kapoor, a legendery Indian actor, producer and director of Bollywood movies, who died on June 3, 1988
http://www.rediff.com/entertai/2003/apr/16dinesh.htm
http://www.mapsofindia.com/on-this-day/14th-december-1924-raj-kapoor-indian-actor-and-director-was-born

1927: Chinese National Government breaks off diplomatic relations with the Soviet Union ending the cooperation with Comintern
http://history.04007.cn/en.php/HisMain/11712.html

1931: Birth of Jon Elia (Jaun Elia), Pakistani scholar, poet and philosopher, who died on November 8, 2002
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jon_Elia

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3urjzyCQDjw

1934: Birth of Shyam Benegal, Indian director and screenwriter
http://www.sscnet.ucla.edu/southasia/Culture/Cinema/Benegal.html
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0070867/

1937: Japanese install a puppet government in Beijing

1937: Death of Fabian de la Rosa, Filipino painter, born on May 5, 1869
http://www.artesdelasfilipinas.com/archives/30/master-of-genre-fabian-cueto-de-la-rosa-1869-1937
https://www.google.fr/search?q=fabian+dela+rosa&biw=1093&bih=520&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&sqi=2&ved=0ahUKEwiix4rVwdnJAhUEXBoKHePzArgQ_AUIBigB&dpr=1.25

Fabian de La Rosa 2

1946 : Birth of Sanjay Gandhi, Congress leader Indira Gandhi’s son, who died on June 23, 1980 in a plane crash
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sanjay_Gandhi
http://www.thehindu.com/books/books-reviews/the-life-and-death-of-sanjay-gandhi/article4428896.ece

1955: United Nations Security Council welcomes 16 new members, including Laos, Cambodia, Ceylon (now Sri Lanka), Nepal, but said no to Outer Mongolia and Japan

1961: Kennedy announces intent to increase aid to South Vietnam
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/kennedy-announces-intent-to-increase-aid-to-south-vietnam

1963: Chinese-Premier Zhou Enlai starts visits to 14 countries in Asia and Africa
http://www.fmprc.gov.cn/mfa_eng/ziliao_665539/3602_665543/3604_665547/t18001.shtml
http://history.04007.cn/en.php/HisMain/11648.html

1963-12 Zhou Enlai en Afrique

1964: During Vietnam War, Operation Barrel Roll on Laos begins
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/operation-barrel-roll-begins
http://www.wikiwand.com/en/Operation_Barrel_Roll

1966: Death of Shailendra, Indian lyricist, born on August 30, 1923
http://www.india-forums.com/forum_posts.asp?TID=518619
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shailendra_(lyricist)

1966: The US authorities suggest to North Vietnam to extend Chrismas truce

1971: Over 200 of East Pakistan’s intellectuals including professors, journalists, doctors, artists, engineers, and writers are executed en masse, most notably at Rayerbazar and Mirpur
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Day_of_the_Martyred_Intellectuals
http://en.banglapedia.org/index.php?title=Killing_of_Intellectuals

1975: Six South Moluccan terrorists surrendered to police after holding 23 people hostage for 12 days on a train near the Dutch town of Beilen
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1975_Dutch_train_hostage_crisis

1978: People’s Republic of China performs nuclear test at Lop Nor (Xinjiang)

1980: Birth of Tata Young, Thai-American singer
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tata_Young

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JaIci_4H6QI

1988: Last Sino-Vietnamese military border incident

1989: Birth of Onew, South Korean singer
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Onew

1994: In China, construction begins on the Three Gorges Dam in the Yangzi River
http://www.china-profile.com/history/indepth/id_138.htm
http://www.internationalrivers.org/china/three-gorges-dam

1997: Ex South Korea president Chun Doo-hwan death sentence is commuted to life imprisonment
http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9403E3D7153EF930A15751C1A961958260

2003: President of Pakistan Pervez Musharraf narrowly escapes a first assassination attempt
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/3318449.stm
http://edition.cnn.com/2003/WORLD/asiapcf/12/14/blast.musharraf/
http://www.nndb.com/people/877/000024805/

2003-12-14 Attentat contre Musharaff

2004: Death of Fernando Poe, Jr., Filipino actor and presidential candidate, born on August 20, 1939
http://www.nytimes.com/2004/12/14/international/asia/14poe.html?fta=y&_r=0
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/4089413.stm
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/3683857.stm

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WoBopvYnGBg

2006: By Royal Edit, king Jigme Singye Wangchuck of Nepal hands over power to his eldest son Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/6184349.stm

2006: Death of Anton Balasingham, chief political strategist of Sri Lanka separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam
http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&artid=20610

2012: China submits to the UN a detailed explanation of its claims to a disputed area of the East China Sea
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-20730880
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Beijing-report-to-UN:-the-Senkaku-/-Diaoyu-are-Chinese-26637.html

2013: A spacecraft carrying China’s first lunar  rover landed has on the moon, state television showed, a major step for the emerging superpower’s ambitious space programme
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/12/china-first-lunar-rover-set-touchdown-2013121454636469941.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-25356603

2014: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe wins comfortable re-election in a snap poll he had billed as a referendum on his economic policies, but a record low voter turn-out threatened to cloud any mandate
http://www.theguardian.com/world/video/2014/dec/14/japan-prime-minister-shinzo-abe-wins-election-video

2015: One of China’s most prominent human rights lawyers, Pu Zhiqiang, goes on trial over online comments critical of the ruling Communist Party, as police scuffled with supporters gathered outside the courthouse
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-35089858
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/1891126/chinese-rights-lawyer-pu-zhiqiang-rejects-charges

2016: Jailed Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim loses his final bid for freedom when a federal court rejected his appeal to set aside his sodomy conviction and five-year jail term
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/malaysian-opposition-leader-anwar-loses-final-bid-for-freedom/3365834.html
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/dec/14/jailed-former-malaysian-opposition-leader-anwar-ibrahim-loses-last-appeal

Holidays and observances

Day of the Martyred Intellectuals (Bangladesh)

Forty-seven Ronin remembrance day (Sengaku-ji, Tokyo)

Main news of the last weeks

MAIN NEWS OF THE LAST WEEKS IN ASIA

Much more news and analysis if you see by countries or by topics

13 DECEMBER 2017

2 journalists, including Reuters reporter, arrested in Yangon

Two reporters, including a correspondent from the Yangon bureau of the Reuters news service, were arrested on the northern outskirts of the commercial capital last night and will face charges under Myanmar’s colonial-era Official Secrets Act
https://frontiermyanmar.net/en/2-journalists-including-reuters-reporter-arrested-in-yangon
http://www.elevenmyanmar.com/local/12776
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-42335097

Philippines: Martial law extended in Mindanao for another year

The Philippine Congress on Wednesday approved President Rodrigo Duterte’s request to extend martial law in the entire Mindanao island for one year, enraging civil society, church and militant groups
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2017/12/martial-law-philippines-extended/#cKAh2splrRIUzKu2.99
http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2017/12/13/545458/Philippines-martial-law-Mindanao-Daesh-Duterte
http://www.philstar.com/headlines/2017/12/14/1768251/duterte-wont-rule-out-nationwide-martial-law

12 DECEMBER 2017

EU withdraws support for Cambodia election authority after opposition dissolved

The EU on Tuesday pulled support for Cambodia’s election authority, questioning the legitimacy of upcoming polls after the dissolution of the opposition transformed the kingdom into a virtual one-party state under strongman Hun Sen
http://www.france24.com/en/20171212-cambodia-european-union-eu-withdraws-support-election-authority-opposition-dissolved
http://www.dw.com/en/eu-cuts-off-funds-for-cambodia-election-after-opposition-party-dissolved/a-41751427

A massive victory: On Left Alliance landslide in Nepal

the Left Alliance wins more than 70% of the 165 parliamentary seats being decided by the FPTP system. In the 110 seats allocated based on proportional representation, the Communist Party of Nepal (Unified Marxist-Leninist) won, with its ally, the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist-Centre), not far behind
http://nepalforeignaffairs.com/a-massive-victory-on-left-alliance-landslide-in-nepal-editorial-of-the-hindu-on-nepals-election-result/
http://kathmandupost.ekantipur.com/news/2017-12-12/election-overview-uml-victorious-in-77-federal-constituencies-leading-in-4.html

11 DECEMBER 2017

UN warns tough North Korea sanctions risk hurting millions in need of aid

The UN rights chief told the security council on Monday that tough sanctions imposed on North Korea are complicating the delivery of desperately needed humanitarian aid and called for an assessment
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/dec/11/north-korea-sanctions-human-rights-toll-united-nations
http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0004122631

EU resumes official contacts with Thai junta

The EU on Monday agreed to resume political contacts « at all levels » with Thailand, more than three years after suspending them in protest at the military coup in Bangkok
http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/politics/30333724
https://asia.nikkei.com/Politics-Economy/Policy-Politics/EU-to-resume-political-dealings-with-Thailand-following-election-promise?page=1

India’s Rahul Gandhi appointed president of Congress party

In a long-awaited move, Gandhi, the great-grandson of India’s founding prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru, was elected unopposed to head the party. He will take the reins from his mother Sonia, the party’s longest-serving president, since 1998
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/india/rahul-gandhi-takes-helm-of-congress-party-to-challenge-modi-1.2139035
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-42079137
http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report-from-reluctant-politician-to-congress-president-a-timeline-of-rahul-gandhi-s-political-journey-2566796

US, Japan and South Korea host joint missile tracking drills

The US, South Korea and Japan have started joint exercises to track missiles from North Korea, Seoul’s military has said. The two-day drills come just weeks after Pyongyang launched its most advanced missile to date
http://www.dw.com/en/us-japan-and-south-korea-host-joint-missile-tracking-drills/a-41732866
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/us-south-korea-japan-start-missile-tracking-drill-9487808

China, Taiwan spar over Chinese diplomat’s invasion threat

A threat by a senior Chinese diplomat to invade Taiwan the instant any U.S. warship visits the self-ruled island has sparked a war of words, with Taipei accusing Beijing of failing to understand what democracy means
http://zeenews.india.com/world/china-taiwan-spar-over-chinese-diplomats-invasion-threat-2064955.html
https://www.taiwannews.com.tw/en/news/3316709
https://sentinel.tw/prc-envoy-threatens-war-tw-port-calls/

9 DECEMBER 2017

Sri Lanka approves 2018 budget, aims for more investment

Sri Lanka’s coalition government on Saturday won the final vote on its 2018 budget which aims to boost investments and small businesses and cut the fiscal deficit to 4.8 percent of GDP from this year’s 5.2 percent
https://in.reuters.com/article/sri-lanka-budget/sri-lanka-approves-2018-budget-aims-for-more-investment-idINKBN1E30IU?rpc=401&
https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/third-reading-of-budget-2018-full-text-of-the-finance-ministers-speech/

8 DECEMBER 2017

Japan to purchase offensive missiles capable of striking North Korea

Japan’s Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera on Friday announced plans to buy offensive air-to-surface missiles, in a move likely to cause controversy considering the country’s decades-long pacifist history
http://www.dw.com/en/japan-to-purchase-offensive-missiles-capable-of-striking-north-korea/a-41707708
http://edition.cnn.com/2017/12/08/asia/japan-missiles-purchase-intl/index.html
http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0004117987

China unhappy as Philippines signs investment deal with Taiwan

China said on Friday it was seriously concerned about the Philippines signing a bilateral investment agreement with self-ruled Taiwan, claimed by China as its own with no right to any official foreign ties
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2123556/china-unhappy-philippines-signs-investment-deal-taiwan
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/193/107/214/1512743441979.html

Japan and EU reach free trade deal

Tokyo and Brussels have agreed a free trade accord, opening up the EU to Japanese cars and Japan to European cheese. Japan’s economy meanwhile has recorderd its longest uninterrupted growth since 1994
http://www.dw.com/en/japan-and-eu-reach-free-trade-deal/a-41708191
https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2017/12/08/national/politics-diplomacy/japan-eu-reach-final-accord-trade-pact-eye-implementation-early-2019/#.Wiq8oUriY2w
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20171208_35/

7 DECEMBER 2017

Leaders in South-east Asia condemn move to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital

Leaders of countries in South-east Asia on Thursday (Dec 7) reacted strongly to US President Donald Trump’s controversial decision to reverse a decades-old American policy and recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/leaders-in-south-east-asia-condemn-move-to-recognise-jerusalem-as-israels-capital

6 DECEMBER 2017

South Korea to build unit of swarming drones to counter nuclear-armed North

The South Korean army plans to create a combat unit of weaponised drones next year that would be capable of swarming nuclear-armed North Korea in the event of a conflict
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/12/06/south-korea-build-unit-swarming-drones-counter-nuclear-armed/

Taiwanese writer Chang Tieh-chih says he was denied entry to Hong Kong

Taiwanese writer and former Hong Kong resident, Chang Tieh-chi, has been denied entry to into the SAR
http://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/author-12062017105126.html
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2017/12/06/taiwanese-writer-chang-tieh-chih-says-denied-entry-hong-kong/
http://news.rthk.hk/rthk/en/component/k2/1368718-20171206.htm?spTabChangeable=0

Pakistani activist Raza Khan reported missing

A Pakistani peace activist has been abducted in the eastern city of Lahore, prompting fears for his safety, his family and fellow activists confirmed on Wednesday
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/12/pakistani-activist-raza-khan-reported-missing-171206091156178.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-42249090

5 DECEMBER 2917

Duterte declares CPP, NPA as terrorist organizations

Rodrigo Duterte has signed a proclamation declaring the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and the New People’s Army (NPA) as terrorist organizations
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/950017/duterte-declares-cpp-npa-as-terrorist-organizations#ixzz50VGDEsrr
https://www.theepochtimes.com/philippine-government-classifies-communists-as-terrorists_2380913.html

4 DECEMBER 2017

Bollywood icon Shashi Kapoor dies at 79

Bollywood icon Shashi Kapoor – a star of 1970s Indian cinema and a member of the Hindi film industry’s famous Kapoor family – died on Monday (Dec 4) aged 79 after a long illness
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/bollywood-icon-shashi-kapoor-dies-at-79-9468318
http://www.thehindu.com/entertainment/movies/shashi-kapoor-b-towns-ultimate-charmer-takes-final-bow/article21261699.ece?homepage=true
http://gulfnews.com/life-style/celebrity/desi-news/bollywood/veteran-indian-actor-shashi-kapoor-dies-1.2135198

Macau’s youngest pro-democracy lawmaker suspended

Macau’s youngest-ever lawmaker, a leading pro-democracy advocate, has been suspended from the city’s legislature in an echo of the disqualification of rebel Hong Kong legislators as China’s pressure on political opponents grows
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/macaus-youngest-pro-democracy-lawmaker-suspended
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2017/12/04/macaus-youngest-ever-pro-democracy-lawmaker-suspended-aggravated-disobedience-charge/

US, South Korea launch massive joint air exercise

Hundreds of aircraft including two dozen stealth jets began training Monday as the United States and South Korea launched a massive combined air force exercise
http://www.france24.com/en/20171204-usa-south-korea-launch-massive-joint-air-force-exercise
http://edition.cnn.com/2017/12/03/asia/north-korean-us-tensions-wargames-intl/index.html

2 DECEMBER 2017

Cambodian PM pulls back on threat to shut rights group founded by rival

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen has pulled back from a threat to close a human rights group founded by the detained Opposition Leader Kem Sokha, a pro-government website says
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2017-12-02/cambodian-pm-pulls-back-on-threat-to-shut-rights-group-founded-by-rival/1720800
http://en.freshnewsasia.com/index.php/6216-pm-hun-sen-allows-cchr-to-continue-its-function.html

1 DECEMBER 2017

North Korea skips China’s first political parties summit

China launched its first World Political Parties Dialogue, with representatives from more than 120 countries in attendance, including Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi. But in a sign of the testy relationship between Beijing and Pyongyang, North Korea did not send a delegation
https://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2017/12/01/North-Korea-skips-Chinas-first-political-parties-summit/1841512154601/?utm_source=sec&utm_campaign=sl&utm_medium=6

Japan’s Emperor Akihito will abdicate on April 30, 2019, government announces

Akihito, who will be succeeded by Crown Prince Naruhito, will be the first emperor to abdicate the Chrysanthemum Throne in about 200 years
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2122399/japans-emperor-akihito-will-abdicate-april-30-2019-government
https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2017/12/01/national/emperors-abdication-date-confirmed-april-30-2019/#.WiGRgUriY2w

30 NOVEMBER 2017

Pope urges ‘decisive measures’ to tackle Rohingya crisis on Bangladesh visit

Pope Francis demanded Thursday that the international community take « decisive measures » to resolve the causes of the mass exodus of Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar, breaking his recent silence over the issue
http://www.france24.com/en/20171130-pope-francis-bangladesh-rohingya-muslim
http://www.thedailystar.net/country/pope-francis-awaits-rousing-reception-in-bangladesh-as-he-arrives-dhaka-roman-catholic-church-1498540
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/43/81/21/1512053986586.html

UN divided over response to N Korea’s new missile test

The US is calling for more sanctions and the complete isolation of North Korea after another ballistic missile test. The United Nations Security Council has held an emergency meeting following Pyongyang’s latest launch
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/11/divided-response-koreas-missile-test-171130145040226.html

29 NOVEMBER 2017

Bangladesh priest disappearance casts pall over pope visit

A Catholic priest has disappeared in Bangladesh, police said Wednesday, as the Muslim-majority country stepped up security ahead of a landmark visit by Pope Francis that follows a rise in Islamist attacks on religious minorities
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/bangladesh/bangladesh-priest-disappearance-casts-pall-over-pope-visit-1.2132875
http://www.thedailystar.net/country/bangladesh-natore-priest-walter-william-rozario-missing-miscreants-demand-tk-three-lakh-ransom-1498180

28 NOVEMBER 2017

China sentences Taiwan activist to 5 years in prison for ‘subversion of state power’

A Taiwanese activist was sentenced in China to five years in prison Tuesday for holding lectures online and assisting the families of jailed dissidents in a sign of how Beijing’s crackdown on human rights extends beyond its borders
http://www.foxnews.com/world/2017/11/28/china-sentences-taiwan-activist-to-5-years-in-prison-for-subversion-state-power.html
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/acs/201711280031.aspx
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2017/11/29/2003683109

Pope Francis calls for respect for each person and ethnic group in Myanmar

Pope Francis called for respect for each ethnic group and its identity in Myanmar, amid international scrutiny over the mass exodus caused by a military crackdown in its troubled western Rakhine state
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/pope-francis-meets-myanmar-leader-aung-san-suu-kyi
http://www.dw.com/en/myanmar-pope-francis-meets-aung-san-suu-kyi-amid-rohingya-crisis/a-41557388
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/193/74/48/1511882035456.html

North Korea fires ballistic missile, South Korea says

North Korea fired one ballistic missile from Pyongsong, a city in South Pyongan Province, at around 1817 GMT over the sea between South Korea and Japan, South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said on Wednesday
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/north-korea-fires-ballistic-missile-says-us-and-south-korea-12694
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/north-korea-fires-missile-for-the-first-time-in-more-than-two-months/2017/11/28/0c136952-d46c-11e7-9461-ba77d604373d_story.html?utm_term=.f173b4859335

27 NOVEMBER 2017

Opinion: Pakistan’s ignominious surrender to Islamists

November 27 will be remembered as a « black day » in Pakistan – a day when religious hardliners forced the entire state to surrender over a blasphemy row. And the military sided with Islamists, writes DW’s Shamil Shams
http://www.dw.com/en/opinion-pakistans-ignominious-surrender-to-islamists/a-41543721
https://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2017/11/27/state-surrenders-to-zealots-demands/
http://nation.com.pk/27-Nov-2017/khadim-rizvi-calls-off-sit-in-as-govt-caved-into

Pope Francis arrives in Myanmar on diplomatically sensitive visit amid Rohingya refugee crisis

Thousands of Catholics have gathered in Yangon after journeys by train and bus, excited to get a glimpse of Pope Francis, who has begun a trip to Myanmar fraught with diplomatic risk due to the nation’s treatment of the minority Muslim Rohingya people
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/pope-francis-arrives-in-myanmar-on-high-stakes-visit-9444010
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-11-27/pope-francis-visits-myanmar-amid-rohingya-crisis/9198134?section=world
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-42132594

Bangladesh court upholds 2013 death sentence for 139 soldiers over mutiny

In 2013, a court had sentenced 152 soldiers to death for the 2009 killings in which dozens of officers were shot, hacked to death or burnt alive before being dumped into sewers or shallow graves
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/bangladesh-court-upholds-2013-death-sentence-for-139-soldiers-over-mutiny-12652
https://bdnews24.com/bangladesh/2017/11/27/high-court-s-bdr-mutiny-verdict-greeted-with-cheers-and-tears
http://www.observerbd.com/details.php?id=108210

26 NOVEMBER 2017

Chinese intellectuals urge Beijing authorities to stop ‘forcing’ tens of thousands of migrant workers out of city in wake of deadly fire

Petition protests against ‘ruthless human rights violations’ after safety drive sees some of the capital’s poorest residents forced out of illegally built homes
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2121633/chinese-intellectuals-urge-beijing-authorities-stop
https://www.scmp.com/photos/comment/harrys-view/2117864/harrys-view-november-2017

Nepal votes in first parliamentary election since 1999

On the first day of a historic two-phase national election, Nepalese voters will choose national and state representatives. Political stability has eluded Nepal for 27 years. Will the vote be a turning point?
http://www.dw.com/en/nepal-votes-in-first-parliamentary-election-since-1999/a-41533610
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-42126210

25 NOVEMBER 2017

Pakistan calls on army to restore order as blasphemy protests spread

The Pakistani government has called on the army to restore order in Islamabad and disperse anti-blasphemy protesters who have been demonstrating in the capital for the past fortnight
https://tribune.com.pk/story/1567872/1-clashes-erupt-after-law-enforcers-crackdown-on-islamabad-sit-in-dozens-injured-scores-detained/
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/clashes-in-pakistan-capital-as-police-move-to-disperse-sit-in-protesters-12595
https://www.dawn.com/news/1372800/a-timeline-of-the-crisis-that-has-gripped-islamabad-for-the-past-18-days

Li Keqiang: China will work with France on climate change

China is ready to work with France in a joint and positive effort to deal with climate change while maintaining multilateralism and an inclusive world economy, Premier Li Keqiang said when meeting with French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian at the Great Hall of the People
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/97/115/30/1511585735288.html

24 NOVEMBER 2017

Johor sultan supports Malaysia’s Pedra Branca challenge

Johor Sultan Ibrahim Iskandar has voiced his support for Malaysia’s move to apply for a revision of the International Court of Justice’s (ICJ) decision relating to the sovereignty of Pedra Branca, Middle Rocks and South Ledge
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/johor-sultan-supports-malaysia-s-pedra-branca-challenge-report-9435544

Mgr Emmanuel Fernando, the new bishop of Mannar, in the service of Tamils

Mgr Fidelis Lionel Emmanuel Fernando is the new bishop of Mannar, a diocese in Sri Lanka’s Northern Province, scene of major fighting during the country’s civil war. Pope Francis appointed him two days ago
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Mgr-Emmanuel-Fernando,-the-new-bishop-of-Mannar,-in-the-service-of-Tamils-42413.html
http://asiantribune.com/node/91290

23 NOVEMBER 2017

Myanmar, Bangladesh ink Rohingya return deal

Myanmar and Bangladesh signed an accord on Thursday (Nov 23) over terms for the return of hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims who have fled to Bangladesh, both governments said, amid concern that Myanmar’s powerful army could prove obstructive
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/myanmar-bangladesh-ink-rohingya-return-deal-9432828
http://www.observerbd.com/details.php?id=107505
http://www.dw.com/en/rohingya-myanmar-and-bangladesh-sign-deal-to-repatriate-refugees/a-41497951

22 NOVEMBER 2017

Militant leader accused of masterminding Mumbai attacks ordered freed by Pakistani court

A Pakistani court on Wednesday ordered the release of one of the alleged masterminds of the 2008 Mumbai attacks which killed more than 160 people, after months of US pressure on Islamabad over its alleged support for militants
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/south-asia/article/2121168/militant-leader-accused-masterminding-mumbai-attacks-ordered
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/nov/22/pakistani-court-orders-release-of-alleged-mastermind-of-mumbai-attacks
https://www.dawn.com/news/1372167/hafiz-saeed-set-to-be-freed-after-lhc-turns-down-extension-in-detention-order

US: Myanmar’s Rohingya Muslim crisis is ‘ethnic cleansing’

The United States declares the ongoing violence against Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar to be “ethnic cleansing”, putting more pressure on the country’s military to halt a crackdown that has sent more than 600,000 refugees flooding over the border to Bangladesh
https://www.voanews.com/a/rohingya-myanmar-ethnic-cleansing-us-secretary-state-rex-tillerson-says/4130022.html
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2121151/us-myanmars-rohingya-muslim-crisis-ethnic-cleansing

New journalist killing shocks India

Local Indian reporter Sudip Dutta Bhaumik has been shot and killed by a soldier on a military base. The National Union of Journalists said « democracy is being murdered every day. »
http://www.dw.com/en/india-shocked-at-journalists-murder-on-military-base/a-41476246
http://www.asiaone.com/asia/new-journalist-killing-shocks-india

21 NOVEMBER 2017

China jails prominent rights lawyer Jiang Tianyong for 2 years for inciting subversion

A prominent Chinese human rights lawyer was sentenced Tuesday to two years in prison on the vague charge of inciting subversion of state power, the latest verdict passed down in a sweeping crackdown on activism that has drawn widespread international criticism
http://www.dw.com/en/jiang-tianyong-chinese-rights-lawyer-sentenced-to-two-years-in-prison/a-41460569
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Christian-lawyer-Jiang-Tianyong-condemned-to-two-years-prison-for-‘subversion’–42373.html
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/121/26/24/1511257246675.html

China rejects claims it had hand in efforts to oust Mugabe

Beijing: Beijing has said speculation that it had a hand in ongoing efforts to dethrone Robert Mugabe is an “evil” plot designed to sully its reputation and derail China-Africa relations
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/nov/21/china-rejects-claims-it-had-hand-in-efforts-to-oust-robert-mugabe

Pakistan turns down China’s demand to allow its currency to be used in the Gwadar Free Zone

Pakistan has turned down China’s demand to allow its currency to be used in the Gwadar Free Zone under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor framework, arguing any such move would compromise its ‘economic sovereignty’
https://tribune.com.pk/story/1564050/2-pakistan-rejects-use-chinese-currency/

Vatican, China swap art in bid to mend strained ties

The Vatican and China will exchange paintings, vases and sculptures in a bid to mend often strained ties through « the diplomacy of art », officials said on Tuesday
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/lifestyle/vatican–china-swap-art-in-bid-to-mend-strained-ties-9426868
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/’Art-Diplomacy’:-two-exhibits-at-the-Vatican-Museums-and-Beijing%E2%80%99s-Imperial-Palace-42379.html

20 NOVEMBER 2017

Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe refuses to relax immigration rules despite shrinking population

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has insisted his administration has “no intention” of loosening the country’s strict immigration policy despite warnings about its fast shrinking – and ageing – population
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/japan-immigration-shinzo-abe-refuse-relax-rules-prime-minister-policy-shrinking-population-foreign-a8065281.html

Indian politician offers $1.5M for beheading of Bollywood star over Hindu queen, Muslim ruler romance film

A member of India’s Hindu nationalist ruling party offered a $1.5 million bounty Sunday for anyone who beheads the lead actress and the director of a yet-to-be released Bollywood film that’s sparked controversy for depicting a romance between a Hindu queen and Muslim ruler
http://www.foxnews.com/world/2017/11/20/indian-politician-offers-1-5m-for-beheading-bollywood-star-over-hindu-queen-muslim-ruler-romance-film.html
http://indianexpress.com/article/india/padmavati-controversy-supreme-court-madhya-pradesh-shivraj-singh-chouhan-rajput-sanjay-leela-bhansali4946652/
http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/film-padmavati-has-united-royals-across-party-lines-in-politics/1/1093690.html

Indonesian Speaker Setya Novanto arrested on second attempt by anti-corruption agency

Indonesia’s parliamentary Speaker has been taken into custody by the country’s anti-corruption agency, after he was arrested over his alleged role in causing state losses of $225 million linked to a national electronic identity card scheme
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2017-11-20/indonesian-speaker-setya-novanto-arrested-on-second-attempt-by-anticorruption-agency/1718364

19 NOVEMBER 2017

Sri Lanka curfew after Buddhist-Muslim violence in Galle

The Sri Lankan army enforced a curfew for a second successive night after dozens of Muslim homes and businesses were attacked near the southern city of Galle
https://www.thenational.ae/world/asia/sri-lanka-curfew-after-buddhist-muslim-violence-in-galle-1.677108
https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/anti-muslim-assaults-in-gintota/
http://www.island.lk/index.php?page_cat=article-details&page=article-details&code_title=175292

China lays out three-point plan to ease Rohingya crisis

China has offered to help Bangladesh and Myanmar resolve the Rohingya crisis, a move Chinese analysts said reflected Beijing’s more proactive and conciliatory tack on regional affairs
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2120607/china-lays-out-three-point-plan-ease-rohingya-crisis

18 NOVEMBER 2017

China, North Korea envoys talk up ties despite nuclear tensions

A senior Chinese envoy has met an aide to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Pyongyang, the two sides said on Saturday (Nov 18), stressing longstanding ties despite deep divisions over the North’s nuclear activities
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/china-north-korea-envoys-talk-up-ties-despite-nuclear-tensions-9418640
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=210865

17 NOVEMBER 2017

Secretary Tillerson signals shift in US policy toward Burma

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson just concluded a visit to Burma where he called upon the government to investigate allegations of atrocities committed by the Burmese military against the Rohingya
http://www.heritage.org/asia/commentary/secretary-tillerson-signals-shift-us-policy-toward-burma
http://edition.cnn.com/2017/11/15/asia/tillerson-myanmar-rohingya/index.html

16 NOVEMBER 2017

3,000 more US troops deployed to Afghanistan: Pentagon

The US Department of Defense has announced about 3,000 additional American troops have been deployed to Afghanistan under President Donald Trump’s new war strategy for the country
http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2017/11/16/542465/3000-more-US-troops-deployed-to-Afghanistan

Cambodia opposition laments ‘death of democracy’ as party banned

Cambodia’s Supreme Court dissolved the country’s main opposition party on Thursday (Nov 16) and banned more than 100 of its politicians, in a ruling blasted by a rights groups as the « death » of the nation’s democracy
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/cambodia-opposition-laments-death-of-democracy-as-party-banned-9413022
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-42006828
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/death-democracy-cnrp-dissolved-supreme-court-ruling

15 NOVEMBER 2017

North Korea: coward Trump deserves death penalty for insulting Kim Jong-un

North Korea’s state media on Wednesday slammed Donald Trump for insulting leader Kim Jong-un, saying the US president deserved the death penalty and calling him a coward for cancelling a visit to the inter-Korean border
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2120006/north-korea-coward-trump-deserves-death-penalty-insulting-kim

14 NOVEMBER 2017

Rodrigo Duterte calls Justin Trudeau’s questions about war on drugs an ‘insult’

The Philippines president, Rodrigo Duterte, attacked Canada’s Justin Trudeau at the end of a summit of Asian and western nations for raising questions about his war on drugs, a topic skirted by other leaders, including Donald Trump
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/nov/14/rodrigo-duterte-justin-trudeau-war-on-drugs-insult

13 NOVEMBER 2017

Vietnam, China agree to avoid conflicts in South China Sea

The agreement was announced in a joint statement after Chinese President Xi Jinping made a state visit to the Vietnamese capital of Hanoi on Monday
http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2017/11/13/542063/Vietnam-China-agreement-South-China-Sea-Xi-Jinping-Hanoi-ASEAN

Trump-Duterte: US president hails ‘great relationship’

US President Trump has said he has a « great relationship » with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte as the two met at a regional summit in Manila. The meeting got off to a rocky start with a group handshake gone awry
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-41964930
http://www.dw.com/en/donald-trump-meets-philippine-president-duterte-as-asean-summit-kicks-off-in-manila/a-41351485

12 NOVEMBER 2017

Trump offers to mediate in South China Sea row

Trump’s surprise proposal to insert himself into the decades-long row risked a backlash from China, which has repeatedly said the United States has no role to play in what it insists is a series of bilateral issues
http://zeenews.india.com/world/trump-offers-to-mediate-in-south-china-sea-row-2056430.html
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2119551/better-left-untouched-philippines-and-vietnam-wary
http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2017/11/12/541879/US-Trump-Vietnam-territorial-dispute-China-South-China-Sea

11 NOVEMBER 2017

China seeks closer dialogue with Japan, South Korea to tackle threat from Pyongyang

China on Saturday vowed to strengthen coordination with its neighbours in dealing with the North Korean issue, as US President Donald Trump complimented Beijing on helping to rein in Pyongyang
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2119478/china-seeks-closer-ties-japan-south-korea-tackle-threat

Nepal’s three-time premier of monarchy era Kirti Nidhi Bista dies at 90

Kirti Nidhi Bista, a three-time former prime minister during Nepal’s monarchy era, died in Kathmandu on Saturday, state television reported. He was 90
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/south-asia/article/2119467/nepals-three-time-premier-monarchy-era-kirti-nidhi-bista-dies
http://kathmandupost.ekantipur.com/news/2017-11-11/former-pm-bista-passes-away-at-90.html

Pervez Musharraf forms ‘grand alliance’ of 23 political parties

The grand alliance named Pakistan Awami Ittehad (PAI) will be headed by 74-year-old Musharraf, while Iqbal Dar has been appointed as Secretary General
http://www.freepressjournal.in/world/pervez-musharraf-forms-grand-alliance-of-23-political-parties/1168747

10 NOVEMBER 2017

At APEC, Trump vows the US will « no longer tolerate » unfair trade

US President Donald Trump gave a spirited airing of his « America First » doctrine in a speech to Asia-Pacific leaders on Friday, vowing his country will « no longer tolerate » unfair trade, closed markets and intellectual property theft, as he seeks to rewrite the rules of global commerce
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/at-apec-trump-vows-the-us-will-no-longer-tolerate-unfair-trade-12123
http://www.dw.com/en/apec-donald-trump-stresses-ties-with-asia-pacific-but-calls-for-better-trade-deals/a-41323594
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-41937426

Rodrigo Duterte, Philippines president says he killed someone as teenager

« At 16, I killed someone, » he told Filipinos in the Vietnamese city of Da Nang, where he is attending a regional summit. He said he stabbed the person « just over a look »
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-41939823
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/11/10/filipino-leader-claims-stabbed-someone-death-teenager-country/

9 NOVEMBER 2017

China, US ink $250 bn trade deals to mark Donald Trump’s first visit

Cash-rich China on Thursday wooed the US by signing deals worth more than USD 250 billion during President Donald Trump’s first visit, amidst his criticism of the Communist giant’s unfair business practices and the « chronic imbalance » in bilateral trade
http://zeenews.india.com/asia/china-us-ink-250-bn-trade-deals-to-mark-donald-trumps-first-visit-2055769.html
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2119211/deals-galore-us-firms-trumps-china-trip-are-real-trade
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/trump-criticises-trade-deficit-but-says-i-don-t-blame-china–12082

Xi, Trump committed to denuclearization on Korean Peninsula

Chinese President Xi Jinping said Thursday he and his US counterpart Donald Trump have reiterated firm commitment to the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and solving the nuclear issue through dialogue and negotiation
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/151/70/153/1510220285505.html
http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/11/09/trump-xi-say-will-solve-menace-north-korea-together.html

Taiwan is the most important issue in Sino-US ties, Xi tells Trump

Taiwan is the most important and sensitive issue in Sino-US ties, Chinese President Xi Jinping told visiting US President Donald Trump on Thursday, ahead of the one-year anniversary of Trump taking a precedent-breaking call from Taiwan’s president
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/xi-tells-trump-that-taiwan-is-the-most-important-issue-in-sino-us-ties
http://english.rti.org.tw/news/?recordId=77559
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/acs/201711090028.aspx

Bangladeshi academic missing amid spike in disappearances

Mubashar Hasan, a Bangladeshi professor internationally respected for his work on Islamist extremism has gone missing, police said Thursday, with activists fearing the worst amid a spate of disappearances in recent months
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/bangladesh/bangladeshi-academic-missing-amid-spike-in-disappearances-1.2121537
http://www.theindependentbd.com/post/122891

8 NOVEMBER 2017

Trump begins China visit

Donald Trump toured the Forbidden City with Chinese leader Xi Jinping on Wednesday (Nov 8) as the US president began the crucial leg of an Asian trip intended to build a global front against North Korea’s nuclear threats
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-41912325
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20171108_42/
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/trump-in-china-for-talks-on-north-korea-s-cruel-dictatorship-9387198

Ahead of APEC Summit, 17 NGOs appeal for activists held by Hanoi

A group of 17 non-governmental organizations have written  a joint letter calling on leaders who are gathering this week to take part in the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit to exert pressure on host nation Vietnam to release detained bloggers and human rights activists
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Ahead-of-APEC-Summit,-17-NGOs-appeal-for-activists-held-by-Hanoi-42260.html

7 NOVEMBER 2017

In South Korea, Trump adopts carrot-and-stick approach to North

US President Donald Trump has arrived in South Korea, where he met with President Moon Jae-in and both threatened North Korea with military action and invited it to make a deal with Washington
http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2017/11/07/541307/Donald-Trump-Seoul-Moon-Camp-Humphreys
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-11-07/donald-turmp-warns-ready-to-use-force-against-north-korea/9127902?section=world
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-41896635

Indonesia court recognises indigenous religions in landmark ruling

Indonesia’s Constitutional Court on Tuesday affirmed the rights of devotees of faiths outside the country’s officially recognised religions, in a move activists welcomed as a « new chapter for religious freedom. »
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/indonesia-court-recognises-indigenous-religions-in-landmark-ruling-12032
http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2017/11/07/rights-group-welcomes-landmark-court-ruling-on-native-faiths.html

6 NOVEMBER 2017

Two Kashmiri activists awarded Rafto Prize for human rights

Two activists from Indian-administered Kashmir will be awarded Norway’s Rafto Prize for human rights on Saturday for their long-term struggle against violence in the disputed territory, the jury announced
https://www.trtworld.com/europe/two-kashmiri-activists-awarded-rafto-prize-for-human-rights-11944

Trump: ‘samurai’ Japan will shoot down North Korean missiles after buying new weapons from US

US President Donald Trump on Monday said “samurai” Japan will soon have the capability to shoot down North Korean weapons, once it has bought “massive amounts of military equipment” from Washington. Standing next to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Trump promised to work in solidarity with Japan to confront “the North Korean menace”
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2118678/trump-samurai-japan-will-shoot-down-north-korean-missiles-after
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/videos/20171106171406446/
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/world/trump-says-japan-would-shoot-n-korean-missiles-out-of-sky-if-it-9377896

China slams Indian minister’s visit to disputed border region

China has objected to a visit by India’s defense minister to the remote state of Arunachal Pradesh, a disputed region administered by New Delhi but claimed by Beijing, saying the move would block efforts in maintaining peace in the region
http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2017/11/06/541216/China-Hua-Chunying-Arunachal-Pradesh-India-Nirmala-Sitharaman
http://indianexpress.com/article/india/china-objects-to-nirmala-sitharamans-visit-to-arunachal-pradesh-says-not-conducive-to-peace-and-tranquillity-of-region/

Marwan student «Baco» is new ISIS chief in Southeast Asia

A Malaysian bomber trained by slain terrorist Zulkifli Bin Hir or « Marwan » is the new chief of Islamic State (ISIS) in Southeast Asia, top police officials confirmed Monday
http://www.asiaone.com/asia/marwan-student-new-isis-chief-southeast-asia

4 NOVEMBER 2017

China extends national anthem ‘disrespect’ law to Hong Kong

China’s parliament has formally extended a law banning disrespect of the national anthem to cover Hong Kong, a move that critics say undermines the city’s autonomy and freedoms
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/nov/04/china-extends-national-anthem-disrespect-law-to-hong-kong
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2017/11/04/insulting-national-anthem-set-become-illegal-hong-kong-china-sets-ball-rolling-basic-law-legislation/

3 NOVEMBER 2017

South Korea’s main opposition party strips impeached president of membership

South Korea’s main opposition Liberty Korea Party decided Friday to strip former president Park Geun-hye, who was impeached and stood trial over corruption charges, of her membership
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/4/241/174/1509711033814.html
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=210324

2 NOVEMBER 2017

Over half a million Rohingya Muslims must return to Myanmar’s Rakhine as citizens: UN

The head of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) says Myanmar must grant citizenship to hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims so that they can return to the Southeast Asian country they fled government-run violence against the persecuted minority group
http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2017/11/02/540786/Myanmar-Rohingyas-UN-citizenship-Rakhine-Suu-Kyi-Bangladesh
http://www.mizzima.com/news-domestic-international/myanmar-refugees-must-return-citizens-un-refugee-chief

Philippines remains one of the most dangerous places on earth for journalists

The Philippines has been once again been recognised as one of the world’s most deadly countries for journalists, who are targeted by corrupt political and business actors with impunity
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2017/11/philippines-remains-one-dangerous-places-earth-journalists/#hGGB9JHeZtoRv63K.99

Brunei named most improved economy in the world

 Brunei Darussalam has been named the most improved economy in the world for the third year in a row in the World Bank’s Doing Business Report 2018, which was released on Wednesday
http://www.asiaone.com/asia/brunei-named-most-improved-economy-world

Malaysian royals call for Mahathir to be focus of sedition inquiry

A powerful Malaysian royal family called on Thursday for former prime minster Mahathir Mohamad to face a sedition probe for allegedly insulting an ethnic group from which they claim descent
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2118180/malaysian-royals-call-mahathir-be-focus-sedition-inquiry
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/selangors-royal-council-urges-sedition-probe-of-mahathir-over-bugis-pirate-comment

Xi Jinping sends rare message to Kim Jong-Un in sign relations could be improving

Chinese President Xi Jinping has sent North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un a rare message « out of politeness, » Beijing said Thursday, in his first public communication with his wayward neighbour for more than a year
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/11/02/xi-jinping-sends-rare-message-kim-jong-un-sign-relations-could/
http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2017/11/02/540704/China-Xi-North-Korea-Kim-relations

1st NOVEMBER 2017

Japan’s Shinzo Abe re-elected prime minister after big election win

Japan’s Shinzo Abe was re-elected prime minister on Wednesday after his ruling bloc’s big election win last month and days before a visit by US President Donald Trump that is expected to be dominated by concerns over a volatile North Korea
http://www.trtworld.com/asia/japan-s-shinzo-abe-re-elected-prime-minister-after-big-election-win-11854
http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0004040759

South Korean President Moon Jae-in rules out developing nuclear weapons to guard against threat from Pyongyang

South Korea will not develop atomic weapons of its own despite the threat from the nuclear-armed North, President Moon Jae-in declared on Wednesday
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2117935/south-korean-president-moon-jae-rules-out-developing-nuclear
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20171101000973

31 OCTOBER 2017

Cambodian opposition chief Kem Sokha loses appeal for release

Cambodia’s Supreme Court on Tuesday turned down an appeal by opposition leader Kem Sokha to be freed from jail, upholding a Sept. 26 decision by an appeals court and leaving him to face trial on charges of conspiring with the U.S. to overthrow the ruling Cambodian People’s Party
http://www.rfa.org/english/news/cambodia/release-10312017180728.html
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/court-upholds-sokha-detention-treason

Japan’s Democratic Party taps Upper House member Kohei Otsuka as new party president

The Democratic Party elected Upper House member Kohei Otsuka as new party president on Tuesday following the formal resignation of Seiji Maehara the previous day
https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2017/10/31/national/politics-diplomacy/dp-taps-upper-house-member-kohei-otsuka-new-party-president/#.Wfi4ZGjWw2w
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/yukio-edano-stands-up-as-the-leader-of-japans-biggest-opposition

South Korea, China agree to bring exchange, cooperation back onto ‘normal’ track

South Korea and China have agreed to put their bilateral relations back on the right track, apparently normalizing ties thathave been soured over the deployment of a U.S. missile defense system in South Korea, the foreign ministry said Tuesday
http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/nation/2017/11/120_238499.html
http://english.hani.co.kr/arti/english_edition/e_international/816672.html
http://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/news/article/article.aspx?aid=3040177

30 OCTOBER 2017

Taiwan to increase defence spending

Taiwan understands the need to spend more on its defence and will continue to increase its military spending, President Tsai Ing-wen said during a visit to Hawaii that has provoked anger from Beijing
http://www.trtworld.com/asia/taiwan-to-increase-defence-spending-11776

Beijing’s top diplomat in Hong Kong tells foreign envoys to respect China’s sovereignty

Foreign countries must respect China’s sovereignty and understand Beijing’s strategy on Hong Kong in a “comprehensive and accurate manner”, the head of foreign ministry office in Hong Kong told diplomats on Monday
http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/law-crime/article/2117680/beijings-top-diplomat-hong-kong-tells-foreign-envoys

29 OCTOBER 2017

Thailand enshrines ashes of King Bhumibol Adulyadej

The king’s ashes were enshrined in two royal temples and Thailand’s Grand Palace, where he had lain in state since he died aged 88 last October
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-41795352
https://www.bangkokpost.com/news/general/1350747/royal-relics-and-ashes-of-the-late-king-bhumibol-enshrined

Xi ally Li Qiang named Shanghai party boss — Xinhua

Li Qiang, an ally of Chinese President Xi Jinping, has been named the top Communist Party official in Shanghai, replacing Han Zheng who last week joined the elite Politburo Standing Committee, the official Xinhua News Agency said on Sunday
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/china/xi-ally-li-qiang-named-shanghai-party-boss-xinhua-1.2114840
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/chinas-leadership-changes-who-is-li-qiang-new-party-chief-of-shanghai

27 OCTOBER 2017

Malaysia unveils expansionary budget as polls loom; sees solid 2018 growth

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak announced an expansionary budget targeted at his vote bank on Friday (Oct 27), as he looks to shore up support ahead of a tough election that must be called by next August
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/malaysia-unveils-expansionary-budget-as-polls-loom-najib-razak-9350222

Moody’s project Korea to post 3% GDP growth this year and 2.8% in 2018

Moody’s Investors Service says South Korea is on course to post three percent GDP growth this year, citing the country’s diversified and competitive economy with strong potential for high income levels
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=210043

26 OCTOBER 2017

Thailand begins royal cremation for late King Bhumibol Adulyadej

The cremation of the revered King Bhumibol Adulyadej officially began on Thursday (Oct 26) with Buddhist religious rites and ceremonial candle-lighting by saffron-robed monks
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/200000-thais-gather-around-grand-palace-as-funeral-rites-for-king-bhumibol-begin
http://www.france24.com/en/20171026-thailand-bid-spectacular-final-farewell-late-king-bhumibol-cremation
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-41748220
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qcqDZxt-1wo

25 OCTOBER 2017

China congress: No heir apparent as Xi reveals top leadership

China has revealed its new senior leadership committee, breaking with tradition by not including a clear successor to President Xi Jinping (see the full list of new leaders)
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-41743804
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-10-25/meet-president-xi-jinping-new-leadership-team/9086372?section=world
http://www.chinadailyhk.com/articles/101/76/75/1508905872099.html
http://www.ecns.cn/2017/10-25/278369.shtml

24 OCTOBER 2017

Hong Kong democracy activists Joshua Wong and Nathan Law granted bail

Jailed Hong Kong democracy activists Joshua Wong and Nathan Law were released on bail Tuesday pending an appeal against sentences handed down for their role in the 2014 Umbrella Movement protests
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-10-24/hong-kong-activist-joshua-wong-freed-on-bail-pending-appeal/9080716?section=world
http://www.trtworld.com/asia/jailed-hong-kong-activists-released-on-bail-11615
http://www.asiaone.com/asia/jailed-hong-kong-activist-joshua-wong-released-bail-0

Indonesia passes law to ban organisations deemed against secular Pancasila ideology

Around 1,000 Indonesians, led by hardline Islamist groups, protested outside parliament on Tuesday (Oct 24) as lawmakers approved a presidential decree banning any civil organisations deemed to go against the country’s secular state ideology
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/indonesia-passes-law-to-ban-organisations-deemed-against-its-ideology-9340170

What China’s elevation of President Xi Jinping to the Communist pantheon means for the superpower’s future

China’s Communist Party votes to enshrine President Xi Jinping’s ideology in its constitution, making him the country’s most powerful leader since chairman Mao Zedong
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/xi-jinping-china-communist-party-constitutional-amendment-ideology-enshrined-superpowers-future-mao-a8017111.html
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2017-10-24/xi-jinping-becomes-most-powerful-chinese-leader-since-mao-has-name-added-to-constitution/1711526
http://www.dw.com/en/chinas-communist-party-boosts-xi-jinpings-status/av-41092174

23 OCTOBER 2017

UN urges Sri Lanka to start investigating war crimes

Pablo de Greiff, the UN special rapporteur on the promotion of justice and reparation, said Sri Lanka had been slow to deliver on its promise of justice for atrocities during the island’s bloody 37-year civil war
http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2017/10/23/539627/Sri-Lanka-UN-war-crimes-investigation-justice-Maithripala-Sirisena-Tamil

India to open talks with all parties in disputed Jammu and Kashmir

The Indian government has announced it will commence talks in the disputed state of Jammu and Kashmir with all parties, including separatists who are calling for independence or a merger with Pakistan
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/oct/23/india-to-open-talks-with-all-parties-in-disputed-jammu-and-kashmir
http://www.thestatesman.com/india/government-announces-sustained-dialogue-solve-kashmir-problem-1502515964.html
http://www.newindianexpress.com/nation/2017/oct/23/centre-appoints-former-ib-director-dineshwar-sharma-to-initiate-sustained-dialogue-in-jammu-and-kash-1680634.html

22 OCTOBER 2017

Coalition retains two-thirds majority in victory for Japan’s PM Abe

The ruling coalition regained a two-thirds majority in the Oct. 22 Lower House election, giving Prime Minister Shinzo Abe another victory in his bid to stay in power
http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201710230012.html
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/japanese-voters-brave-typhoon-to-cast-ballot-in-snap-election/2017/10/22/8c7aeab4-b5dd-11e7-9e58-e6288544af98_story.html?utm_term=.fe83ad906928
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/editors/3/proamendmentblocwins23majority/

21 OCTOBER 2017

Filmmaker Wong Kar-wai becomes first Hong Kong director to win Lumière Award

Wong became the first local director to win the Lumière Award – often described as the “Nobel Prize for cinema” – joining a list of high-profile filmmakers including Martin Scorsese and Quentin Tarantino
http://www.asiaobserver.org/all-about-hong-kong

20 OCTOBER 2017

UN tells China to release human rights activists and pay them compensation

The United Nations has demanded that China should immediately release prominent human rights activists from detention and pay them compensation, according to an unreleased document obtained by The Guardian
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/oct/20/un-china-report-release-human-rights-activists-pay-compensation
http://www.foxnews.com/world/2017/10/20/un-panel-urges-china-to-release-and-compensate-3-activists.html

China summons British ambassador to Beijing, over ‘raft of incorrect comments’ after UK activist barred from Hong Kong

Beijing on Friday summoned London’s ambassador in a tit-for-tat protest stemming from Hong Kong’s denial of entry to a British human rights activist
http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/politics/article/2116341/china-summons-british-ambassador-beijing-over-raft-incorrect

Australia strengthens ties with Cambodia as Sweden ‘reconsiders engagement’

Australia will begin holding regular high-level talks with senior members of the Cambodian Government, despite other countries rethinking their engagement with the increasingly authoritarian kingdom
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2017-10-20/australia-strengthens-ties-with-cambodia-as-sweden-reconsiders-engagement/1710712

19 OCTOBER 2017

Philippines’ Duterte says Malaysian militant Dr Mahmud killed

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte confirmed on Thursday (Oct 19) that Malaysian Mahmud Ahmad, once tipped to become Islamic State’s point man in Southeast Asia, was killed by the military
http://www.thestar.com.my/news/regional/2017/10/19/philippines-duterte-says-malaysian-islamist-militant-killed/
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/malaysias-most-wanted-terrorist-mahmud-ahmad-dead-duterte-9325804

The Pakistani militant group Jamaat-ul-Ahraar confirms killing of chief Umar Khorasani in drone attack

The Jamaat-ul-Ahraar (JuA), a breakaway faction of the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), on Thursday confirmed the death of its chief Umar Khalid Khorasani in a US drone strike in Afghanistan’s Paktia province a couple of days ago
https://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2017/10/19/jamaat-ul-ahraar-confirms-killing-of-chief-umar-khorasani-in-drone-attack/
https://www.dawn.com/news/1364849/umar-khalid-khorasani-9-associates-confirmed-killed-by-us-drone-strike

Pakistani court indicts ousted PM Sharif and his family members

Pakistan’s former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has been indicted on corruption charges stemming from leaked documents known as the Panama Papers
http://www.trtworld.com/asia/pakistani-court-indicts-ousted-pm-sharif-and-his-family-members-11481
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/207/170/228/1508414929686.html

18 OCTOBER 2017

Central government exercises overall jurisdiction over Hong Kong, says Xi Jinping in communist congress speech

Chinese Xi Jinping says that the central government exercises full control over Hong Kong and Macau. He was speaking at the opening of the 19th Chinese Communist Party National Congress on Wednesday, though did not make direct reference to the Hong Kong independence movement
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2017/10/18/central-govt-exercises-overall-jurisdiction-hong-kong-says-xi-jinping-communist-congress-speech/

Taiwan responds to Xi’s tough messages at 19th Congress with worries

Taiwan’s Minister of Foreign Affairs admitted Chinese President Xi Jinping’s stern message is probably to create a hurdle for Taiwan on the world stage
https://www.taiwannews.com.tw/en/news/3277365

Xi Jinping delivers report to CPC 19th congress, stressing socialism with Chinese characteristics in new era

Xi Jinping called on all members of the Communist Party of China (CPC) to « secure a decisive victory in building a moderately prosperous society in all respects and strive for the great success of socialism with Chinese characteristics for a new era
http://www.ecns.cn/2017/10-18/277457.shtml
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2115858/key-points-xis-speech-chinas-communist-party-congress
http://live.china.org.cn/2017/10/17/opening-ceremony-of-the-19th-cpc-national-congress/

17 OCTOBER 2017

Philippine President Duterte declares Marawi ‘liberation’ from jihadists

Philippine President Duterte has declared that Marawi city is now liberated from IS-linked jihadists. Rebuilding and rehabilitating the war-torn city will be a test case for Duterte, say analysts
http://www.dw.com/en/philippine-president-duterte-declares-marawi-liberation-from-jihadists/a-40988478
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/duterte-declares-marawi-liberated-military-says-30-militants-9317748

Suicide bombers, gunmen kill 71 in attacks on Afghan security forces

Two separate suicide and gun attacks on police and soldiers in Afghanistan left at least 71 dead and nearly 170 wounded on Tuesday (Oct 17) in the latest devastating assaults on beleaguered security forces
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/south-asia/suicide-bombers-gunmen-kill-32-in-attack-on-afghan-police
http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2017/10/17/538895/Afghanistan-Taliban-Paktia-Ghazni-Farah

Declassified US files reveal new details of Indonesia’s mid-60s mass killings

Declassified files have revealed new details of US government knowledge of and support for an Indonesian army extermination campaign that killed several hundred thousand civilians during anti-communist hysteria in the mid-1960s
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/oct/17/indonesia-anti-communist-killings-us-declassified-files

Malaysian teacher Mahmud Ahmad seen as new ‘emir’ of pro-Islamic State militants in Southeast Asia

Institute of Policy Analysis and Conflict said he controlled recruitment and financing and was the contact for foreigners wanting to join the fight in the Philippines or with IS in the Middle East
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2115735/malaysian-teacher-mahmud-ahmad-seen-new-emir-pro-militants
http://www.asiaone.com/asia/ex-lecturer-malaysia-set-take-over-faction-philippines

16 OCTOBER 2017

European Union ministers ban all investments and oil exports to North Korea in punishing sanctions

The European Union imposed fresh sanctions on North Korea on Monday as part of international efforts to punish the pariah regime for its nuclear and ballistic weapons programmes
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2115618/european-union-ministers-ban-all-investments-and-oil-exports

Jakarta governor Anies Baswedan sworn in amid calls from hardliners for « Islamic lifestyle »

Indonesian President Joko Widodo swore in former education minister Anies Baswedan as Jakarta’s governor on Monday, months after an election that opened up religious and ethnic divisions in the world’s biggest Muslim-majority country
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/jakarta-governor-sworn-in-amid-calls-from-hardliners-for–islamic-lifestyle–9316138
http://www.antaranews.com/en/news/113087/president-jokowi-inaugurates-baswedan-uno-as-jakarta-governor-vice-governor
http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2017/10/16/profile-anies-baswedan.html

Last leaders of Muslim militant siege in southern Philippines, killed in fighting

The two final surviving leaders of a deadly siege in the southern Philippines, including a top Asian terror suspect, were killed on Monday in one of the final battles by thousands of troops to retake the last area in Marawi city held by pro-Islamic State militants
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2115487/isnilon-hapilon-last-leader-muslim-militant-siege-southern
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/leaders-of-marawi-war-killed-in-clashes-with-philippine-forces-defence-secretary

15 OCTOBER 2017

Duterte says he refused British aid, ready to lose Europe

The Philippine president said he has asked his finance secretary to reject an unspecified British financial aid package and that he’s ready to cut diplomatic ties with all European countries critical of his deadly anti-drug crackdown
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/75/139/219/1508040330199.html

China expels former justice minister Wu Aiying from party for graft

Wu Aiying, 65, was justice minister from 2005 until February this year, according to her official resume, and one of only a handful of senior female officials in China
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/china/china-expels-former-justice-minister-from-party-for-graft-1.2106081

Cambodia’s political prince Norodom Ranariddh submits to strongman Hun Sen as opposition crumbles

With Cambodia’s opposition warning of the imminent death of its democracy, the historic rival who once beat Prime Minister Hun Sen in an election said there was no option but to work with the strongman
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2115422/cambodias-political-prince-norodom-ranariddh-submits

14 OCTOBER 2017

Bangladesh chief justice is accused of corruption as he departs country

Bangladesh’s chief justice has been accused of serious crimes, including corruption, by the country’s government, as he departed for Australia expressing his fears for judicial independence in the nation
https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2017/10/14/asia-pacific/crime-legal-asia-pacific/bangladesh-chief-justice-accused-corruption-departs-country/#.WeORlmi0M2z

12 OCTOBER 2017

Kidnapped Canadian-American family freed in gun battle after 5 years of captivity in Afghanistan

Canadian Joshua Boyle, his American wife Caitlan Coleman and their children are finally free after five years held hostage in Pakistan by the Taliban-linked Haqqani network
https://www.thestar.com/news/world/2017/10/12/kidnapped-canadian-family-released-after-5-years-of-being-held-hostage.html
http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/10/12/557326885/u-s-woman-and-family-freed-after-5-years-in-captivity-in-afghanistan

Bangladesh issues warrants for opposition leader’s arrest

The move came after the government of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina launched a crackdown on the opposition, arresting leaders and supporters of Zia`s Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP)
http://zeenews.india.com/asia/bangladesh-issues-warrants-for-opposition-leaders-arrest-2049678.html

First joint air patrols over Sulu Sea launched by Malaysia, Philippines and Indonesia

Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines launched a joint air patrol on Thursday (Oct 12) to monitor and respond to suspicious activity in the Sulu Sea – waters known for terrorist movements
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/first-joint-air-patrols-over-sulu-sea-launched-by-malaysia-9304708

11 OCTOBER 2017

Cambodia’s Hun Sen calls for unity against ‘Great Power’ Interference

Cambodia’s Prime Minister Hun Sen called on Wednesday for the Cambodian people to “stand up” against what he called meddling in the country’s internal affairs by the United States and other nations, urging citizens to unite in defense of Cambodia’s sovereignty
http://www.rfa.org/english/news/cambodia/unity-10112017162840.html

Sex with underage wife is rape, Indian supreme court rules

India’s supreme court has struck down a law allowing men to have sex with children as young as 15 provided the pair are married
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/oct/11/sex-with-underage-wife-is-indian-supreme-court-rules
http://www.dw.com/en/indias-top-court-says-sex-with-child-bride-is-rape/a-40902473
http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report-sc-says-girl-child-can-t-be-treated-as-commodity-calls-separate-marriage-laws-for-hindus-and-muslims-mockery-2552174

9 OCTOBRE 2017

India court commutes death sentence for deadly Gujarat riots

An Indian court has commuted the death sentences given by a lower court to 11 people after one of the many deadly riots that swept the western state of Gujarat 15 years ago in which more than 1,000 people died
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/india/death-sentence-for-11-in-train-burning-case-commuted-1.2102999
http://www.livemint.com/Politics/dcNf9VKC84zlq0mnxLQhPJ/Godhra-train-burning-case-Gujarat-high-court-commutes-death.html

Philippines apologises to China for using Taiwan logo at ceremony

The Philippines apologised to China on Monday for a « grievous but purely unintentional » mistake after it displayed the logo of the defence ministry of Taiwan, not China, at an event marking Beijing’s donation of 3,000 rifles to Manila.
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/philippines-apologises-to-china-for-using-taiwan-logo-at-ceremony-9292746
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2114532/philippines-sorry-grievous-error-saw-it-use-taiwan

8 OCTOBER 2017

North Korean leader promotes sister Kim Yo-jong

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has promoted his younger sister to a senior post in the one-party state, according to state media
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/10/north-korean-leader-promotes-sister-kim-yo-jong-171008172800383.html
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-10-09/kim-jong-uns-closest-aide-is-sister-kim-yo-jong/9030854?section=world
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20171008_18/

Who killed former Pakistan prime minister Benazir Bhutto?

Ten years ago Benazir Bhutto returned to Pakistan to run in elections. Within two months a suicide attack had killed her but authorities are no closer to catching her killers
https://www.thenational.ae/world/asia/who-killed-former-pakistan-prime-minister-benazir-bhutto-1.665423

7 OCTOBER 2017

Taiwan presents defense budget for 2018

The Ministry of National Defense has drafted a budget for 2018 which raises defense spending by 1.9 percent to NT$327.8 billion (US$10.7 billion), a far cry from the 50-percent leap needed to reach 3 percent of the Gross Domestic Product
https://www.taiwannews.com.tw/en/news/3269913

6 OCTOBER 2017

1,000 Chinese soldiers reportedly still in Doklam a month after border stand-off ended

About 1,000 Chinese soldiers are reported to be still deployed in a disputed border region in the Himalayas that was the scene of a 10-week stand-off between India and China
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2114265/1000-chinese-soldiers-reportedly-still-doklam-month

Party chief of Da Nang relieved of post, removed from powerful Communist Party of Vietnam central committee

The Central Committee of the Communist Party of Vietnam has dismissed the Party chief of Da Nang from his post and eliminated him from the committee for violating principle, including using invalid degrees and accepting cars and houses from businesses
http://tuoitrenews.vn/news/politics/20171006/party-chief-of-da-nang-relieved-of-post-removed-from-powerful-central-committee/41936.html
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/vietnam-sacks-top-communist-official

Cambodian government files lawsuit to dissolve main opposition party

Cambodian government lawyers file a lawsuit to demand the dissolution of the main opposition party, in a move that would help Prime Minister Hun Sen extend his 32-year rule when the poor Southeast Asian nation votes next year
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2114260/cambodian-government-files-lawsuit-dissolve-main-opposition
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2017/10/cambodia-opposition-party/#i5XkHpbs0LvuRRi9.97

5 OCTOBER 2017

No reason for Singapore to cut military ties with Taiwan, sources say

Singapore has no reason to end its military training programme with Taiwan even though the city state has strengthened military ties with Beijing, sources and observers say
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2114170/no-reason-singapore-cut-military-ties-taiwan-sources

Japanese-born Kazuo Ishiguro wins Nobel Prize in Literature

A Japan-born British author has won this year’s Nobel Prize in Literature. Kazuo Ishiguro has received wide acclaim for « The Remains of the Day » and other novels
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20171005_30/
https://www.theguardian.com/books/2017/oct/05/kazuo-ishiguro-wins-the-nobel-prize-in-literature

Bolkiah, sultan of Brunei, celebrates 50 years in power

Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah is marking 50 years on Brunei’s throne with a spectacular and lavish ceremony at his golden-domed palace. Among the sultan’s contemporary monarchs, only Queen Elizabeth II has had a longer reign
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/your-gilded-chariot-awaits-brunei-sultan-celebrates-50-years-in-power-1.2101019
http://www.asiaone.com/asia/brunei-sultan-mark-golden-jubilee-lavish-celebrations

4 OCTOBER 2017

Cambodia opposition leader Mu Sochua flees government crackdown

Mu Sochua, the deputy leader of Cambodia’s main opposition party, has fled the country, fearing she would be arrested amid a government crackdown on the opposition
https://asia.nikkei.com/Politics-Economy/Policy-Politics/Cambodian-opposition-lawmaker-flees-calls-for-sanctions?page=1
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/10/cambodia-opposition-leader-flees-government-crackdown-171004154907403.html
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/half-of-cambodias-opposition-have-fled-country-in-crackdown

3 OCTOBER 2017

Pakistan’s disgraced ex-PM Nawaz Sharif re-elected head of ruling party

Pakistan’s ruling party on Tuesday re-elected ousted premier Nawaz Sharif as its leader, saying he was “back with full force”, a day after using its parliamentary majority to amend a law to allow him to re-take the job
http://nation.com.pk/national/03-Oct-2017/nawaz-sharif-reelected-as-pml-n-s-president-unopposed
https://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2017/10/03/nawaz-sharif-re-elected-pml-n-president/

In Japan, Yukio Edano’s liberal party officially launched

The new party formed by Yukio Edano of the Democratic Party submitted a notice of establishment to the internal affairs minister on Tuesday morning
http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0003980928

2 OCTOBER 2017

Indian journalists form human chain to protest rising violence against them

Outraged by journalists being increasingly subjected to intimidation, threats, violence and even killings in various parts of the country, scores of journalists held a protest rally and march here on Monday to demand strong action ~ by the Centre as well as states ~ against perpetrators of such crimes
http://www.thestatesman.com/india/journalists-form-human-chain-protest-rising-violence-1502504053.html
http://indianexpress.com/videos/news-video/protest-at-chandigarh-press-club-for-violence-against-journalists/

Trump hails ‘very strong’ ties with Thailand

Donald Trump welcomed Thai junta leader chief Prayut Chan-O-Cha to the White House on Monday, trying to turn the page after coups rocked one of America’s oldest alliances
http://www.asiaone.com/asia/trump-hails-very-strong-ties-thailand
http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/politics/30328384
http://www.nationmultimedia.com/cartoon/20139

1st OCTOBER 2017

Tens of thousands march to defend Hong Kong’s rule of law against China

Organisers estimated about 40,000 people joined the march against China’s « authoritarians rule. » The march has been an annual fixture over the past few years on China’s October 1 National Day
http://www.trtworld.com/asia/tens-of-thousands-march-to-defend-hong-kong-s-rule-of-law-against-china-10989
http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/politics/article/2113583/national-day-protest-hong-kong-draws-40000-streets

Italy orders North Korea ambassador home over missiles

Italy has ordered North Korea’s incoming new ambassador to leave the country in a protest over Kim Jong-Un’s missile launches and nuclear tests
http://eurasiadiary.com/en/news/world/194820-italy-orders-north-korea-ambassador-home-over-missiles

30 SEPTEMBER 2017

Rex Tillerson: US in contact with North Korea

The US says it has open channels of communication with North Korea and is « probing » whether the Pyongyang government is ready to enter talks on giving up its nuclear weapons programme
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/09/rex-tillerson-china-korea-talks-170930035204341.html
http://www.france24.com/en/video/20170930-rex-tillerson-opens-channels-communication-north-korea-seeking-de-escalate-tension
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-41454007

29 SEPTEMBER 2017

Cambodia mourns legendary architect Vann Molyvann

The most prolific figure in Cambodia’s New Khmer Architecture movement Vann Molyvann died at the age of 91 at home in Siem Reap province yesterday morning
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/5083941/nation-mourns-legendary-architect-vann-molyvann/
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/visionary-architect-vann-molyvann-dies-90

UN chief urges Burma to end ‘nightmare’ for Rohingyas

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres urged Myanmar’s authorities on Thursday to immediately end military operations that have sent over 500,000 Rohingya Muslims fleeing to Bangladesh
http://www.france24.com/en/20170929-united-nations-chief-guterres-urges-burma-myanmar-end-nightmare-rohingyas
http://edition.cnn.com/2017/09/28/asia/myanmar-un-security-council/index.html

Communist Party expels former high-flyer Sun Zhengcai in countdown to key congress

Former political star Sun Zhengcai has been expelled from China’s Communist Party and will face prosecution, state media reported on Friday – two months after his shock downfall and just weeks before a key five-yearly leadership reshuffle
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2113438/chinas-communist-party-expels-former-political-high
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20170929_33/
http://chinaplus.cri.cn/news/china/9/20170929/33348.html

China issues white paper on public health

The Chinese government Friday published a white paper on public health, stressing that health is a precondition for the survival of humanity and the development of human society
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/185/226/66/1506682149754.html

Philippines slams 39 countries calling for end to killings

The Philippine government has denounced 39 mostly Western nations, including the United States, Britain and France, which have urged it to end thousands of killings under President Rodrigo Duterte’s anti-drug crackdown and allow an investigation in cooperation with the international community
http://www.foxnews.com/world/2017/09/29/philippines-slams-39-countries-calling-for-end-to-killings.html
http://www.philstar.com/headlines/2017/09/30/1744077/philippines-drug-war-alarms-39-countries-un

Vietnam court sentences to death PetroVietnam ex-chairman in mass trial

A Vietnam court sentenced to death a former chairman of state-run PetroVietnam on Friday after finding him guilty in the mass trial of 51 officials and bankers accused of graft and mismanagement that led to losses of US$69 million (£51.43 million)
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/vietnam-court-sentences-to-death-petrovietnam-ex-chairman-in-mass-trial-9262556
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4932126/Vietnam-ex-banker-sentenced-death-fraud-saga.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490

28 SEPTEMBER 2017

Malaysia bans travel to N.Korea

Malaysia has prohibited its citizens from traveling to North Korea due to mounting tension on the Korean Peninsula
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20170928_32/

3-year-old girl named Nepal’s new living goddess

A 3-year-old girl became Nepal’s new living goddess Thursday, revered by both Hindus and Buddhists in the Himalayan nation
http://www.foxnews.com/world/2017/09/28/3-year-old-girl-named-nepals-new-living-goddess.html
http://www.euronews.com/2017/09/28/nepal-traditions-three-year-old-girl-becomes-new-living-goddess
http://kathmandupost.ekantipur.com/news/2017-09-28/new-kumari-trishna-shakya-takes-reign-as-living-goddess-in-photos.html

All North Korean firms and joint ventures in China to be closed

China announced on Thursday that all North Korean firms and joint ventures in China would be closed, as part of the latest sanctions imposed on Pyongyang over its nuclear weapons programme
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-09-29/china-orders-north-korean-business-closed-under-un-sanctions/8999040?section=world
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2113262/all-north-korean-firms-and-joint-ventures-china-be
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/china/china-orders-north-korean-businesses-closed-under-un-sanctions-1.2097737

Japan’s Lower House dissolved, new general election on October 22

Japan’s Lower House of the Diet has been dissolved for a snap election. Japan’s Cabinet has set the date for a snap general election on October 22nd. The campaign will begin on October 10th
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20170928_23/
http://www.euronews.com/2017/09/28/abe-dissolves-japans-parliament-and-sets-oct-22-election-date

27 SEPTEMBER 2017

Former Thai PM Yingluck sentenced in absentia to 5 years’ jail for negligence

Thailand’s ousted prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra was handed a five-year prison sentence on Wednesday (Sep 27) after the country’s highest court found her guilty of negligence in the management of a rice subsidy scheme
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/former-thai-pm-yingluck-sentenced-in-absentia-to-5-years-jail-9255530
http://www.dw.com/en/yingluck-sentencing-the-downfall-of-thailands-shinawatra-family/g-40707831

Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike forms ‘Party of Hope’ before Japanese election

Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike is set to reshape national politics with the formation of a new party and a new attack on the status quo
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2017-09-27/tokyo-governor-yuriko-koike-forms-party-of-hope-before-japanese-election/1704922
http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0003969072

25 SEPTEMBER 2017

Pakistan-Russia joint military exercise begins

A two-week long joint counterterrorism exercise between the special forces of Pakistan and Russia began in Minralney Vody, Russia
http://eurasiadiary.com/en/news/politics/192485-pakistan-russia-joint-military-exercise-begins
https://www.voanews.com/a/pakistan-russia-friendship-joint-anti-terror-drill/4043265.html

Japan’s Abe announces snap election amid worries over North Korea

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said he would dissolve parliament’s lower house on Thursday for a snap election, seeking a mandate to stick to his tough stance towards a volatile North Korea and rebalance the social security system
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/world/japan-s-abe-triggers-snap-election-amid-north-korea-crisis-9247120
http://ippreview.com/index.php/Home/Blog/single/id/558.html

23 SEPTEMBER 2017

China follows UN sanctions with bans, limits on fuel products to North Korea

China said on Saturday (Sep 23) it will ban exports of some petroleum products to North Korea, as well as imports of textiles from the isolated North, in line with a United Nations Security Council resolution passed after Pyongyang’s latest nuclear test
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/china-follows-un-sanctions-with-bans–limits-on-fuel-products-to-north-korea-9244112
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/76/231/163/1506145418516.html
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/sep/23/china-to-enforce-un-sanctions-against-north-korea

22 SEPTEMBER 2017

Singapore and China to deepen defence ties with more bilateral exercises

Singapore and China will further deepen military ties, such as through stepping up bilateral exercises between the two countries’ navies and armies
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/singapore-and-china-reaffirm-commitment-to-deepen-defence-ties

Hong Kong-Macao office gets new director

The State Council, China’s Cabinet, appointed on Friday Zhang Xiaoming as director of the Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/191/48/177/1506093517280.html
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2017/09/22/chinas-top-official-hong-kong-zhang-xiaoming-leaves-beijing-post/

21 SEPTEMBER 2017

Korea approves $8m in aid to N. Korea via UN agencies

South Korea on Thursday approved a plan to provide $8 million in aid to North Korea via UN agencies as it seeks to handle humanitarian issues separately from political situations
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20170921000273
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20170921_26/
http://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/news/article/article.aspx?aid=3038739

20 SEPTEMBER 2017

Pakistan, US agree to ‘stay engaged’ after Trump’s tough talk

Breaking the ice in their ties, Pakistan and the US have agreed to “stay engaged” and carry forward the relationship that has been under strain after President Donald Trump warned Islamabad against providing safe havens to terrorists
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/pakistan/pakistan-us-agree-to-stay-engaged-after-trump-s-tough-talk-1.2093516
https://tribune.com.pk/story/1511338/pakistan-us-agree-stay-engaged-pm-abbasi-meets-mike-pence/
https://www.dawn.com/news/1358882/pakistan-us-agree-to-remain-engaged-as-abbasi-meets-vice-president-mike-pence

19 SEPTEMBER 2017

Taiwan suspends oil exports to North Korea, imports of clothing

Taiwan has suspended refined oil and LNG exports to North Korea, as well as clothing and textile imports, to comply with United Nations resolutions, a largely symbolic move by the island to show it is a responsible member of the international community
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-northkorea-missiles-taiwan/taiwan-suspends-oil-exports-to-north-korea-imports-of-clothing-idUSKCN1BU18I

Donald Trump threatens to ‘totally destroy’ North Korea in UN speech

Donald Trump has threatened to “totally destroy” North Korea in a bellicose first address to the UN general assembly, in which he lashed out at a litany of US adversaries, calling on “righteous” nations to confront them
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/sep/19/donald-trump-threatens-totally-destroy-north-korea-un-speech
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2111918/trump-addresses-shared-menace-north-korea-and-iran

Aung San Suu Kyi says Burma does not fear scrutiny, but refuses to blame army for abuse of Rohingya

In refusing to acknowledge what is happening in Rakhine state and using her position to promote the idea that abuses against the Rohingya are not being perpetrated or will not be punished, the Myanmar leader is belying the claim she made during the televised address that, ‘Our government has emerged as a body committed to human rights’
http://edition.cnn.com/2017/09/18/asia/aung-san-suu-kyi-speech-rohingya/index.html
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/09/aung-san-suu-kyi-condemns-human-rights-violations-170919034711821.html
https://www.thenational.ae/world/asia/aung-san-suu-kyi-speech-those-looking-for-rohingya-intervention-may-now-want-to-give-up-1.629930

Singapore to promote stronger Asean-China cooperation: PM Lee Hsien Loong

Singapore will promote stronger Asean-China cooperation during its chairmanship of the regional grouping next year, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said at a meeting with Premier Li Keqiang on Tuesday (Sept 19), the first day of his visit to China
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/singapore-to-promote-stronger-asean-china-cooperation-pm-lee-hsien-loong
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/pm-lee-arrives-in-beijing-for-three-day-official-visit-to-china

18 SEPTEMBER 2017

Nawaz Sharif’s party clinches local election victory in Pakistan

The wife of ousted Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has captured his parliamentary seat with a reduced majority in a by-election
http://www.euronews.com/2017/09/18/nawaz-sharifs-party-clinches-local-election-victory-in-pakistan
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/pakistan/pakistan-s-ruling-party-wins-close-parliamentary-race-1.2092021
https://www.thenews.com.pk/print/230749-Nawaz-defeats-Imran

China, Russia begin joint drills near North Korea

China and Russia have started joint naval drills near North Korea, amid continuing tensions chiefly between Pyongyang and Washington that risk turning into a military conflict
http://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2017/09/18/535556/China-Russia-joint-drills-North-Korea
https://en.tempo.co/read/news/2017/09/18/074910162/China-Russia-Begin-Naval-Drills-Near-North-Korea

Dozens arrested after anti-communist mob attacks Indonesia meeting on 1965 massacre

A mob opposed to public discussion of Indonesia’s 1965 massacre of communists tried to force its way into a Jakarta building where they believed communists were meeting, injuring five police officers
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2111725/dozens-arrested-after-anti-communist-mob-attacks-indonesia
http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2017/09/18/lawmakers-want-discussion-on-1965-purge-banned.html

17 SEPTEMBER 2017

Macao votes in legislative election

The election of the sixth Legislative Assembly of China’s Macao Special Administrative Region (SAR) kicked off on Sunday morning, with more than 300,000 registered voters expected to cast their ballots in polling stations
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/177/242/169/1505643725216.html
http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/politics/article/2111580/macau-set-record-turnout-legislative-assembly-polls

India mourns death of hero Marshal Arjan Singh

Marshal of Indian Air Force (IAF) Arjan Singh died in New Delhi on Sunday. The 98-year-old war veteran, who died in a hospital after a heart attack, will be given a state funeral on Monday morning
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/india/nation-mourns-death-of-hero-marshal-arjan-singh-1.2091509
http://indianexpress.com/article/india/his-life-was-dedicated-to-mother-india-pm-modi-pays-rich-tribute-to-marshal-of-iaf-arjan-singh-4848155/
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/videos/news/state-funeral-for-marshal-arjan-singh-tomorrow/videoshow/60718537.cms?utm_source=Colombia&utm_medium=OrganicNative&utm_campaign=CTNCPV&utm_ctn=16582151-297447

16 SEPTEMBER 2017

Why Najib’s Washington visit was a success

I never intended to write this piece but the nonsense that I have been reading on social media in the past three days has compelled me to put to writing to separate fact from fiction
http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/why-najibs-washingtoon-visit-was-a-success#fvjLidkQTBOiWGM2.97
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/trump-called-me-friend-gave-a-personal-send-off-malaysias-prime-minister-najib
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KpSZRsL1Lks

15 SEPTEMBER 2017

North Korea provokes again, fires another missile over Japan

In yet another provocation to the world, North Korea fired another missile that flew over Japan, deepening the regional tensions that have intensified over the last few months
http://www.asiapacificstar.com/news/254722988/north-korea-provokes-again-fires-another-missile-over-japan
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/09/north-korea-fires-missile-japan-170914221944101.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-41281050

Cambodia PM calls on US to withdraw Peace Corps volunteers

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen called on the United States on Friday to withdraw Peace Corps volunteers in an escalating row over accusations that U.S. agents conspired with an opposition leader to plot treason
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/world/cambodia-pm-calls-on-us-to-withdraw-peace-corps-volunteers-9219602
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/breaking-hun-sen-suggests-us-embassy-pull-out-peace-corps-volunteers

14 SEPTEMBER 2017

UN urges Myanmar to end Rohingya violence

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and the UN Security Council called on Myanmar’s government to end its military campaign against the Rohingya
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/09/urges-rohingya-violence-170913174112622.html
http://www.euronews.com/2017/09/13/un-urges-end-to-rohingya-violence-in-myanmar

Abe, Modi launch India’s first bullet train project

India on Thursday inched closer to its dream of getting a bullet train when Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his Indian counterpart, Narendra Modi, laid the foundation stone for the country’s first high-speed rail link based on Japan’s famed shinkansen technologygy
https://asia.nikkei.com/Politics-Economy/International-Relations/PM-Modi-and-Japan-s-Abe-launch-Indian-shinkansen-project?page=1
http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report-narendra-modi-and-shinzo-abe-launch-bullet-train-project-10-important-statements-made-by-pm-2545514

East Timor President says to swear in Mari Alkatiri as PM

« Today I announce to all the people that the president of the republic … has nominated Dr. Mari Alkatiri to become the prime minister, » President Francisco « Lu Olo » Guterres told a news conference
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/179/203/224/1505384911173.html
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2111149/mari-alkatiri-gets-second-shot-east-timors-prime-minister

China backs UN Security Council’s first Myanmar statement in nine years as ethnic bloodshed forces 380,000 Rohingya to flee

Myanmar said last week it was negotiating with Russia and China to ensure they blocked any censure by the Security Council over the violence in Rakhine state
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/diplomacy/article/2111097/un-chief-and-security-council-call-myanmar-end-violence-against

13 SEPTEMBER 2017

South Korea tests new ‘stealth’ cruise missile in show against Kim Jong-un regime

The country’s military said the air-to-surface Taurus missile, fired from an F-15 fighter jet, travelled through obstacles at low altitudes before hitting a target off its western coast
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/north-korea-nuclear-crisis-latest-south-test-cruise-missile-kim-jong-un-regime-taurus-war-military-a7944691.html
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=208628
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-09-14/south-korea-conducts-advanced-missile-test-amid-north-threats/8943290?section=world

Singapore names first woman president amid concerns over election process

Halimah Yacob, a former speaker of parliament from the Muslim Malay minority, was ‘elected’ to the largely ceremonial post. But critics expressed dismay that other candidates were disqualified and the election went uncontested
http://www.trtworld.com/asia/singapore-names-first-woman-president-amid-concerns-over-election-process-10456
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/halimah-yacob-declared-president-elect-9211392

12 SEPTEMBER 2017

North Korea: UN Security Council unanimously adopts new sanctions over nuclear test

The United Nations Security Council has unanimously voted to impose new sanctions on North Korea over its sixth and most powerful nuclear test
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-09-12/north-korea-un-unanimously-adopts-new-sanctions/8894362?section=world
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/09/security-council-slaps-sanctions-north-korea-170911221328811.html
http://www.trtworld.com/asia/north-korea-slams-un-sanctions-10420

Radio Free Asia closes Phnom Penh bureau amid crackdown by Hun Sen

Radio Free Asia has decided to close its nearly 20-year old bureau in Cambodia’s capital Phnom Penh amid a relentless crackdown by Prime Minister Hun Sen’s authoritarian regime on independent media ahead of critical polls next year, RFA President Libby Liu announced Tuesday
http://www.rfa.org/english/news/cambodia/crackdown-raf-09122017084157.html
http://www.rfa.org/about/releases/statement-on-cambodia-09122017092506.html

11 SEPTEMBER 2017

Malay woman set to be Singapore president

Singapore is likely to have its first female president, with only one candidate qualifying Monday for an election limited to members of the minority Malay community
http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/A/AS_SINGAPORE_PRESIDENT?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2017-09-11-09-22-06
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/i-promise-to-do-the-best-that-i-can-to-serve-the-people-of-9205824

Maldives suspends a third of its lawyers

Officials in the Maldives have suspended at least 54 lawyers and have charged them with contempt of court for filing a petition demanding the rule of law in the South Asian archipelago
https://www.voanews.com/a/maldives-suspends-a-third-of-its-lawyers/4023492.html

Lam accused of undermining freedom of expression in Hong Kong by 13 universities, academic institutions as pro-independence posters appearing on Hong Kong campuses

Thirteen Hong Kong universities and academic institutions accused the Chinese-ruled city’s leader of undermining freedom of expression amid a row over pro-independence banners appearing on campuses
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/pro-independence-posters-appearing-on-hong-kong-campuses-stoke-9206188#cxrecs_s
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/lam-accused-of-undermining-freedom-of-expression-in-hong-kong-by-13-universities

Taiwanese activist Lee Ming-cheh ‘confesses’ to subversion charges in China

A Taiwanese democracy activist confessed Monday to charges of attempting to subvert Chinese government power during a trial in China that has been slammed by rights activists and further soured cross-strait relations
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2017/09/11/taiwanese-activist-lee-ming-cheh-confesses-subversion-charges-china/
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/acs/201709110022.aspx
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2017/09/12/2003678278

10 SEPTEMBER 2017

Rodrigo Duterte defends his decision to declare a special non-working holiday in Ilocos Norte on dictator Ferdinand Marcos’ 100th birth anniversary

The outspoken Duterte, who has previously hailed Marcos as the country’s best-ever president, has declared the anniversary a holiday in Marcos’ home province of Ilocos Norte where they still wield political power
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/929402/ferdinand-marcos-100th-birth-anniversary-rodrigo-duterte-marcos-family
http://www.manilatimes.net/ilocanos-marcos-hero-duterte/349959/

9 SEPTEMBER 2017

Hong Kong, ASEAN conclude Free Trade Agreement negotiations

Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) announced on Saturday the conclusion of the negotiations on a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) and a related Investment Agreement
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/141/47/68/1504950886173.html

Rohingya exodus to Bangladesh nears 300,000: UN

Nearly 300,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled Myanmar’s Rakhine state into Bangladesh in the 15 days since new violence erupted, the United Nations said Saturday (Sep 9)
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/world/rohingya-exodus-to-bangladesh-nears-300-000-un-9200758
http://www.euronews.com/2017/09/09/red-cross-says-a-humanitarian-crisis-is-looming-for-the-rohingya

8 SEPTEMBER 2017

Mexico expels North Korean ambassador over weapons test

Mexico has expelled North Korea’s ambassador in strong protest at Pyongyang’s recent missile and nuclear tests
http://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2017/09/08/534431/Mexico-North-Korea-ambassador-Kim-Hyong-Gil-persona-non-grata

7 SEPTEMBER 2017

Two handed death sentence for 1993 Mumbai blasts

An Indian court has sentenced to death two men convicted of involvement in a series of bombings that killed 257 people in Mumbai in 1993
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/09/handed-death-sentence-1993-mumbai-blasts-170907105826622.html
http://indianexpress.com/article/india/1993-mumbai-serial-blasts-death-for-taher-merchant-feroz-abdul-rashid-khan-abu-salem-sentenced-to-life-4832705/

6 SEPTEMBER 2917

Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi denounces ‘terrorists’, silent on Rohingya exodus

Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi has blamed « terrorists » for « a huge iceberg of misinformation » on the violence in Rakhine state, but made no mention of the nearly 125,000 Rohingya Muslims who have recently fled over the border to Bangladesh
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-09-06/myanmar-suu-kyi-denounces-terrorists-silent-on-rohingya/8878652?section=world
http://www.kansas.com/news/nation-world/article171421672.html
http://www.aljazeera.com/video/news/2017/09/suu-kyis-silence-rohingya-crisis-explained-170906150029941.html
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/revoke-nobel-peace-prize-of-myanmar-leader-petition-1.2086138

5 SEPTEMBER 2017

Gauri Lankesh: Indian journalist shot dead in Bangalore

A prominent Indian journalist critical of Hindu nationalist politics has been shot dead in the southern state of Karnataka, police say
https://globalvoices.org/2017/09/06/gauri-lankesh-a-journalist-who-was-critical-of-indias-right-wing-is-gunned-down-outside-her-home/
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-41172115
http://www.dailyo.in/politics/gauri-lankesh-assassination-hindutva-journalist-killed-journalism-bjp-amit-malviya/story/1/19361.html

Tsai names Tainan Mayor Lai Ching-te as premier

President Tsai Ing-wen named Tainan City Mayor Lai Ching-te as replacement for outgoing Premier Lin Chuan during a news conference at the Presidential Office Sept. 5 in Taipei City
http://www.taiwantoday.tw/news.php?unit=2&post=120984
https://asia.nikkei.com/Politics-Economy/Policy-Politics/Taiwan-s-next-premier-thought-to-be-China-moderate?page=2

4 SEPTEMBER 2017

Hong Kong drops BBC World Service to be replaced with Chinese state broadcaster

The BBC World Service’s 24-hour broadcast has officially been stopped and replaced with China’s state radio in Hong Kong
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/hong-kong-bbc-world-service-china-state-broadcaster-china-national-radio-a7928746.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-41152231

Taiwanese premier resigns amid rising public discontent, but says he completed his major missions

Taiwan will appoint a new premier and form a new cabinet later this week following the resignation of incumbent Lin Chuan amid growing criticism of the government’s performance
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2109632/taiwanese-premier-set-resign-amid-rising-public
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/aipl/201709040026.aspx
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2017/09/05/2003677820/1

Sri Lanka president defends ex-general accused of war crimes

Sri Lanka’s president on Sunday vowed to protect his former ambassador to six South American nations, an ex-army chief accused of crimes in the bloody final phase of the country’s civil war
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2109712/sri-lanka-president-defends-ex-general-accused-war-crimes
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/09/sri-lanka-leader-shield-general-war-crimes-case-170903193335527.html
http://asiantribune.com/node/90929

3 SEPTEMBER 2017

North Korea claims it has successfully detonated a hydrogen bomb meant for an intercontinental ballistic missile

North Korea aid it successfully detonated a nuclear weapon meant for an intercontinental ballistic missile, hours after saying it had developed an advanced hydrogen bomb of « great destructive power »
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/kim-jong-un-nuclear-war-atomic-bomb-south-korea-tension-a7926631.html
http://foreignpolicy.com/2017/09/03/north-korean-nuclear-test-spites-both-washington-and-beijing/
http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2017/09/03/n-korea-bomb-prompts-global-condemnation

Narendra Modi appoints India’s first female defence minister

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi named a female legislator as the country’s new defence minister on Sunday (Sept 3), the first time a woman has been appointed to the key portfolio overseeing border tensions with China and Pakistan
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/south-asia/narendra-modi-appoints-indias-first-female-defence-minister
https://www.voanews.com/a/indian-prime-minister-modi-drops-ministers-as-economy-slips/4013252.html

Cambodian opposition leader Kem Sokha, leader arrested for ‘treason’

Cambodian opposition leader Kem Sokha was arrested early Sunday on an espionage charge, accused of conspiring with a foreign power to harm the country, according to a government statement
http://www.smh.com.au/world/cambodian-opposition-leader-kem-sokha-arrested-over-alleged-plot-with-us-20170902-gy9n71.html
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/developing-cnrp-leader-kem-sokha-arrested-treason
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/5081076/cnrp-president-kem-sokha-arrested-claims-regime-change/

Cambodian government closes Cambodia Daily newspaper after tax row

One of Cambodia’s last independent newspapers, the Cambodia Daily, has announced it will close after the government ordered it to pay a huge tax bill
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-41141473

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/cambodia-daily-confirms-it-will-close-monday
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/5081102/cambodia-daily-close/

China firmly opposes and strongly condemns DPRK nuclear test

China’s Foreign Ministry issued a statement on Sunday, expressing firm opposition to and strong condemnation of a nuclear test undertaken by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea
http://chinaplus.cri.cn/news/politics/11/20170903/23003.html
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2109533/china-condemns-north-korean-nuclear-test
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/sep/03/xi-jinping-dark-shadow-north-korea-nuclear-test-chinese-brics

2 SEPTEMBER 2017

Australia and East Timor strike historic deal to end maritime dispute

Australia and East Timor have struck a deal to end a contentious dispute over maritime borders that cut through lucrative oil and gas fields
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/australasia/article/2109465/australia-and-east-timor-strike-deal-end-maritime-dispute

http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2017/09/02/timor-sea-dispute-australia-and-timor-leste-achieve-historic-deal

Over 2,600 homes burned in Rohingya-majority Rakhine: Myanmar

The Myanmar government says over 2,600 houses have been burned down over the past week in the Rohingya-majority areas of the country’s northwest, which have been the scene of one of the deadliest outbreaks of violence against the persecuted Muslim community in decades
http://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2017/09/02/533772/Myanmar-Rakhine-Rohingya-Muslims-Arakan-Rohingya-Salvation-Army-ARSA-Bangladesh-UNHCR

1st SEPTEMBER 2017

Japan’s main opposition party, the Democratic Party, selects former foreign minister Seiji Maehara as its new leader

Japan’s main opposition Democratic Party selected former foreign minister Seiji Maehara as its new leader on Friday amid its struggle to become a viable alternative to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Liberal Democratic Party (LDP)
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2109305/japans-main-opposition-party-selects-former-foreign-minister
https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2017/09/01/national/politics-diplomacy/maeharas-election-democratic-party-president-may-put-pressure-abe-coalition/#.Wam0uchJY2w

 

On 13 December in Asian history

ON 13 DECEMBER IN ASIAN HISTORY

To see another date, on Internet (Google…), type “On (day + month) in Asian history »

Updated on December 13, 2017

769: Death of Du Hongjian, Chinese chancellor, born in 709
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Du_Hongjian

1627: Wei Zhongxian, maybe the most powerfull eunuch in Chinese history, commits suicide
http://history.04007.cn/en.php/HisMain/11668.html
http://www.chinaknowledge.de/History/Ming/personsweizhongxian.html

Wei Zhongxian

1678: Birth of Yongzheng, 4th Qing emperor (1722-1735)
http://www.newworldencyclopedia.org/entry/Yongzheng_Emperor
http://www.npm.gov.tw/exh98/yongzheng/en0201.htm

1769: After the defeat of its fourth invasion army. China renounces to invade Burma

1863: Gojong is enthroned as emperor of Korea
http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/special/2008/12/176_35304.html

1897: In China, Port-Arthur (Lüshun) is occupied by the Russian

1920: Birth of Kaysone Phomvihana, Laos Prime minister (1975-1991) and president from 1991 to 1992
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kaysone_Phomvihane

1921: By a Four-Powers Pact, Britain, France, Japan and the United States pledge mutual respect for the possessions and mandates of other signatories in the Pacific

1929: Birth of Ngo Quang Truong, South Vietnam general who died on January 22, 2007
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ng%C3%B4_Quang_Tr%C6%B0%E1%BB%9Fng

1931: Japanese Government of Tsuyoshi Inukai is formed
http://www.ndl.go.jp/portrait/e/datas/17.html

1936: Birth of His Highness Prince Karim Aga Khan (Aga Khan IV), Imam (leader) of the Shia Imami Ismaili Muslims
http://www.anusha.com/agakhan.htm
http://ismailimail.wordpress.com/2007/03/09/more-pictures-of-his-highness-prince-karim-aga-khan-in-islamabad-pakistan/

1937: Japanese troops take Nanjing and start mass killings and rapes

http://www.historyplace.com/worldhistory/genocide/nanking.htm
http://www.history.com/topics/nanjing-massacre
http://www.pacificwar.org.au/JapWarCrimes/TenWarCrimes/Rape_Nanking.html

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jbzv5-Oh60I

1944: Birth of Hwang Jang Lee, Korean martial artistand film actor
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hwang_Jang_Lee
http://www.hkcinemagic.com/en/people.asp?id=504

1944: Japanese kamikaze crashes into US cruiser Nashville, kills 138
http://kamikazeimages.net/books/ships/nashville/index.htm

1944-12-13 USS Nashville après kamicaze

1954: Agreement between USA, France and Vietnam to provide military  assistance to South Vietnam Ngo Dinh Diem government

1960: In Laos, Phoumi Nosavan attacks Vientiane. After the victory, he  will install a rightist government with Boun Oum as Prime Minister
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boun_Oum

1960: Birth of Daggubati Venkatesh, Indian film actor
http://www.gloriousindia.com/profiles/Daggubati_Venkatesh
http://celebprofile.blogspot.fr/2011/03/victory-venkatesh-telugu-actor-photos.html

1964: Birth of Hide (Hideto Matsumoto), Japanese  musician who commited suicide on May 2, 1998
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hide_(musician)

1968: Birth of Chen Hong, Chinese actress, wife of  Chen Kaige
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chen_Hong_(actress)
http://www.hkcinemagic.com/en/people.asp?id=8234

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sGNY8MjU7c4

1972: Vietnam peace negotiations in Paris deadlocked
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/peace-negotiations-in-paris-deadlocked

1974: North Vietnamese begins attack on Phuoc Long Province
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/north-vietnamese-commence-attack-on-phuoc-long-province

1980: Birth of Bosco Wong, Hong Kong singer and actor
https://www.spcnet.tv/Bosco-Wong-Chung-Chak-ac11.html#.VIscP73LRMs

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2sSyQC-csHU

1986: Death of Smita Patil, Indian actress, born on October 17, 1955
http://www.hindilyrics.net/profiles/smita-patil.html
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smita_Patil
http://www.magnamags.com/stardust/the-paranoias-and-phobias-of-smita-patil/2593
http://www.mapsofindia.com/on-this-day/13th-december-1986-smita-patil-actress-passed-away 

 

1991: North and South Korea sign a treaty of non aggression and  reconciliation after 46 years of conflict
http://www.nytimes.com/1991/12/13/world/koreas-sign-pact-renouncing-force-in-a-step-to-unity.html

1991-12-13 Treaty

1993: President Fidel V. Ramos signs into law Republic Act No. 7659 imposing death penalty on heinous crimes
https://kahimyang.com/kauswagan/articles/817/today-in-philippine-history-december-13-1993-president-fidel-v-ramos-signed-into-law-republic-act-no-7659-imposing-death-penalty-on-heinous-crimes
http://www.lawphil.net/statutes/repacts/ra1993/ra_7659_1993.html

1995: China’s most influential democracy activist, Wei Jingsheng, who  already had spent 16 years in prison, is sentenced to 14 more years

1996: Death of Chinese playwright Cao Yu, born on September 24, 1910
http://history.04007.cn/en.php/HisMain/11696.html
http://www.nytimes.com/1996/12/16/theater/cao-yu-86-modernized-chinese-drama.html

2001: Suicide attack on Indian parliament by Kashmiri militants
http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/dates/stories/december/13/newsid_3695000/3695057.stm
http://www.dw.com/en/suicide-bombers-attack-indian-parliament/a-352279

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t0i40K1W0QY

2006: Sultan Nizam Zainal Abidin (elected on 3 November) starts his 5  years term as king of Malaysia
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mizan_Zainal_Abidin_of_Terengganu

2008: Burma’s military government frees Sandar Win, the daughter of the  late leader Ne Win, who has been under house arrest for more than six years.  Her husband and three sons were sentenced to death, although they have not yet  been executed
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/7781368.stm

2008: The United States say that it will suspend fuel aid shipments to  energy-strapped North Korea until Pyongyang agrees to a written plan to verify  its nuclear disarmament
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia-pacific/2008/12/200812132740240913.html

2009: A cargo aircraft transporting over 35 tons of arms from North  Korea is seized and its five-man crew detained after landing at Bangkok airport  for refuelling
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia-pacific/2009/12/2009121343419230693.html
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia-pacific/2009/12/200912142174131953.html

2011: Death of Kabir Chowdhury, Bangladeshi academic, born on February 9, 1923
http://en.banglapedia.org/index.php?title=Chowdhury,_Kabir

2011: Sultan Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah, 84, who was king previously in the 1970s, becomes the first person to hold the position twice and is crowned in a ceremony steeped in centuries-old Malay royal traditions
http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Malaysia/Story/A1Story20111213-316041.html

2012: Japan scrambles fighter jets in response to a Chinese plane in the Senkaku (Diaoyu) Islands dispute
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/14/world/asia/japan-scrambles-jets-in-island-dispute-with-china.html?_r=0
http://collapsechina.blogspot.fr/2012/12/tokyo-responds-to-chinese-plane-sending.html

 

Main news on Burma (Myanmar)

13 DECEMBER 2017

2 journalists, including Reuters reporter, arrested in Yangon

Two reporters, including a correspondent from the Yangon bureau of the Reuters news service, were arrested on the northern outskirts of the commercial capital last night and will face charges under Myanmar’s colonial-era Official Secrets Act
https://frontiermyanmar.net/en/2-journalists-including-reuters-reporter-arrested-in-yangon
http://www.elevenmyanmar.com/local/12776
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-42335097

28 NOVEMVER 2017

Pope Francis calls for respect for each person and ethnic group in Myanmar

Pope Francis called for respect for each ethnic group and its identity in Myanmar, amid international scrutiny over the mass exodus caused by a military crackdown in its troubled western Rakhine state
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/pope-francis-meets-myanmar-leader-aung-san-suu-kyi
http://www.dw.com/en/myanmar-pope-francis-meets-aung-san-suu-kyi-amid-rohingya-crisis/a-41557388
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/193/74/48/1511882035456.html

27 NOVEMBER 2017

Pope Francis arrives in Myanmar on diplomatically sensitive visit amid Rohingya refugee crisis

Thousands of Catholics have gathered in Yangon after journeys by train and bus, excited to get a glimpse of Pope Francis, who has begun a trip to Myanmar fraught with diplomatic risk due to the nation’s treatment of the minority Muslim Rohingya people
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/pope-francis-arrives-in-myanmar-on-high-stakes-visit-9444010
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-11-27/pope-francis-visits-myanmar-amid-rohingya-crisis/9198134?section=world
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-42132594

23 NOVEMBER 2017

Myanmar, Bangladesh ink Rohingya return deal

Myanmar and Bangladesh signed an accord on Thursday (Nov 23) over terms for the return of hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims who have fled to Bangladesh, both governments said, amid concern that Myanmar’s powerful army could prove obstructive
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/myanmar-bangladesh-ink-rohingya-return-deal-9432828
http://www.observerbd.com/details.php?id=107505
http://www.dw.com/en/rohingya-myanmar-and-bangladesh-sign-deal-to-repatriate-refugees/a-41497951

17 NOVEMBER 2017

Secretary Tillerson signals shift in US policy toward Burma

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson just concluded a visit to Burma where he called upon the government to investigate allegations of atrocities committed by the Burmese military against the Rohingya
http://www.heritage.org/asia/commentary/secretary-tillerson-signals-shift-us-policy-toward-burma
http://edition.cnn.com/2017/11/15/asia/tillerson-myanmar-rohingya/index.html

2 NOVEMBER 2017

Over half a million Rohingya Muslims must return to Myanmar’s Rakhine as citizens: UN

The head of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) says Myanmar must grant citizenship to hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims so that they can return to the Southeast Asian country they fled government-run violence against the persecuted minority group
http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2017/11/02/540786/Myanmar-Rohingyas-UN-citizenship-Rakhine-Suu-Kyi-Bangladesh
http://www.mizzima.com/news-domestic-international/myanmar-refugees-must-return-citizens-un-refugee-chief

29 SEPTEMBER 2017

UN chief urges Burma to end ‘nightmare’ for Rohingyas

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres urged Myanmar’s authorities on Thursday to immediately end military operations that have sent over 500,000 Rohingya Muslims fleeing to Bangladesh
http://www.france24.com/en/20170929-united-nations-chief-guterres-urges-burma-myanmar-end-nightmare-rohingyas
http://edition.cnn.com/2017/09/28/asia/myanmar-un-security-council/index.html

24 SEPTEMBER 2017

 Myanmar: How the military still controls the country, not Aung San Suu Kyi

In the debate over whether Aung San Suu Kyi should do more to stop the violence in Myanmar, it’s often pointed out that she has limited power to intervene — the « de facto leader » has widespread support, but the army still rules the joint, writes Liam Cochrane
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2017-09-24/myanmar-how-the-military-still-controls-the-country-not-aung-san-suu-kyi/1703974

19 SEPTEMBER 2017

Aung San Suu Kyi says Burma does not fear scrutiny, but refuses to blame army for abuse of Rohingya

In refusing to acknowledge what is happening in Rakhine state and using her position to promote the idea that abuses against the Rohingya are not being perpetrated or will not be punished, the Myanmar leader is belying the claim she made during the televised address that, ‘Our government has emerged as a body committed to human rights’
http://edition.cnn.com/2017/09/18/asia/aung-san-suu-kyi-speech-rohingya/index.html
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/09/aung-san-suu-kyi-condemns-human-rights-violations-170919034711821.html
https://www.thenational.ae/world/asia/aung-san-suu-kyi-speech-those-looking-for-rohingya-intervention-may-now-want-to-give-up-1.629930

14 SEPTEMBER 2017

UN urges Myanmar to end Rohingya violence

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and the UN Security Council called on Myanmar’s government to end its military campaign against the Rohingya
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/09/urges-rohingya-violence-170913174112622.html
http://www.euronews.com/2017/09/13/un-urges-end-to-rohingya-violence-in-myanmar

9 SEPTEMBER 2017

Rohingya exodus to Bangladesh nears 300,000: UN

Nearly 300,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled Myanmar’s Rakhine state into Bangladesh in the 15 days since new violence erupted, the United Nations said Saturday (Sep 9)
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/world/rohingya-exodus-to-bangladesh-nears-300-000-un-9200758
http://www.euronews.com/2017/09/09/red-cross-says-a-humanitarian-crisis-is-looming-for-the-rohingya

6 SEPTEMBER 2917

Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi denounces ‘terrorists’, silent on Rohingya exodus

Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi has blamed « terrorists » for « a huge iceberg of misinformation » on the violence in Rakhine state, but made no mention of the nearly 125,000 Rohingya Muslims who have recently fled over the border to Bangladesh
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-09-06/myanmar-suu-kyi-denounces-terrorists-silent-on-rohingya/8878652?section=world
http://www.kansas.com/news/nation-world/article171421672.html
http://www.aljazeera.com/video/news/2017/09/suu-kyis-silence-rohingya-crisis-explained-170906150029941.html
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/revoke-nobel-peace-prize-of-myanmar-leader-petition-1.2086138

2 SEPTEMBER 2017

The Rohingya in Myanmar: what you need to know

What makes Myanmar’s Rohingya Muslims one of the most persecuted communities in the world? What is the conflict between the majority Buddhists and the minority Rohingya all about, and what should be done to resolve it?
http://www.dw.com/en/the-rohingya-in-myanmar-what-you-need-to-know/a-40340067

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/0/rohingya-muslims/

2 SEPTEMBER 2017

Over 2,600 homes burned in Rohingya-majority Rakhine: Myanmar

The Myanmar government says over 2,600 houses have been burned down over the past week in the Rohingya-majority areas of the country’s northwest, which have been the scene of one of the deadliest outbreaks of violence against the persecuted Muslim community in decades
http://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2017/09/02/533772/Myanmar-Rakhine-Rohingya-Muslims-Arakan-Rohingya-Salvation-Army-ARSA-Bangladesh-UNHCR

Myanmar troops open fire on civilians fleeing attacks

Myanmar soldiers opened fire on fleeing Rohingya civilians – mostly women and children – as they attempted to cross the border into Bangladesh and escape surging violence
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/08/myanmar-violence-traps-rohingya-bangladesh-border-170826101215439.html
http://www.dw.com/en/myanmar-troops-open-fire-on-rohingya-villagers/a-40248799
http://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2017/08/26/533025/Myanmar-violence-Rohingya

25 AUGUST 2017

Rohingya insurgent attack leaves 71 dead

Ethnic Rohingya militants in western Myanmar launched overnight attacks on more than two dozen police and border outposts, leaving 71 people dead, the government said Friday, in a significant escalation of their armed struggle
http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/A/AS_MYANMAR_ATTACKS?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2017-08-25-09-14-16

24 AUGUST 2017

Myanmar’s Rakhine a human rights crisis: Kofi Annan

The Rakhine Advisory Commission, led by its chairman, the former UN Chief Kofi Annan, gave this assessment, without identifying the Rohingyas by name, in its final report released on Thursday
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/myanmar-s-rakhine-a-human-rights-crisis-kofi-annan-9153350

11 JULY 2017

India-Myanmar: Fast-tracking the Eastward Push

Bilateral relations between India and Myanmar have historically been uneven and contingent on specific leadership approaches on both sides. Under India’s incumbent Prime Minister (PM) Narendra Modi, this complex relationship has seen renewed commitment within the broader agenda of “Act East” – a timely upgradation of India’s post-Cold War tilt towards southeast Asia and beyond
http://www.ipcs.org/article/india/india-myanmar-fast-tracking-the-eastward-push-5323.html

16 JUNE 2017

Yangon Court Releases Myanmar Satire Columnist Detained Under Controversial Law

A Myanmar court in Yangon on Friday released a detained satire columnist of an independent newspaper after the publication’s top editor testified that he was solely responsible for an article that allegedly insulted the armed forces under a controversial telecommunications law
http://www.rfa.org/english/news/myanmar/yangon-court-releases-myanmar-satire-columnist-detained-under-controversial-law-06162017161031.html

24 MAY 2017

Aung San Suu Kyi Opens Second Round of Myanmar Peace Talks

The second round of peace talks under Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi, called « 21st Century Panglong”, commenced in the capital Naypyitaw Wednesday amid a cloud of frustration over the lack of progress made since the first conference held under her leadership in August
http://www.voanews.com/a/aung-san-suu-kyi-opens-second-round-myanmar-peace-talks/3868567.html
http://www.atimes.com/article/peace-process-pieces-myanmar/
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20170524_29/

18 MAY 2017

Myanmar’s army sues journalists for satirical article

Myanmar’s military on Wednesday sued two local journalists using a controversial censorship law over an article they wrote criticising the top brass as fears grow over curbs on press freedom
http://www.mizzima.com/news-domestic/myanmar%E2%80%99s-army-sues-journalists-satirical-article
http://www.mmtimes.com/index.php/national-news/yangon/26031-the-voice-daily-chief-editor-writer-face-defamation-suit.html
https://www.irrawaddy.com/news/burma/burma-army-files-article-66d-lawsuit-satirical-piece.html

4 MAY 2017

Vatican and Myanmar establish diplomatic relations as Suu Kyi visits

The Vatican and Myanmar established full diplomatic relations on Thursday in the latest step in the former pariah Asian state’s rehabilitation by the international community
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Pope-Francis-and-Aung-San-Suu-Kyi-establish-full-diplomatic-relations-40650.html
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/vatican-and-myanmar-agree-to-establish-diplomatic-ties-8818552

18 APRIL 2017

Myanmar publisher who criticised establishment is found stabbed to death

A Myanmar publisher whose magazine has criticised the military, political and business establishment was found stabbed to death in his office at the weekend, police said on Tuesday
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/myanmar-publisher-who-criticised-establishment-is-found-stabbed/3687830.html

11 APRIL 2017

China, Burma reach deal on oil pipeline after nearly a decade of talks

China and Burma (Myanmar) have reached an agreement on an oil pipeline between the neighbouring countries after almost a decade of talks, with the project due to start “very quickly”, Chinese vice foreign minister Liu Zhenmin said
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2017/04/china-burma-reach-deal-oil-pipeline-nearly-decade-talks/#uvt4L56RjYUdgljc.97
http://www.mmtimes.com/index.php/national-news/25676-myanmar-and-china-sign-crude-oil-pipeline-agreement.html

2 APRIL 2017

Suu Kyi’s party wins string of seats in by-elections but is rejected by Myanmar’s minorities

Aung San Suu Kyi’s one-year-old government won a string of seats in Myanmar by-elections on Sunday but was bruised by losses in ethnic minority areas
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2084194/suu-kyis-party-wins-string-seats-elections-rejected
https://www.irrawaddy.com/news/burma/127740.html

1 APRIL 2017

Myanmar goes to polls for by-elections, in first vote since Suu Kyi swept to power

Myanmar goes to the polls on Saturday for the first time since Aung San Suu Kyi’s party swept to power a year ago, in an early indication of views on her leadership amid increased fighting with armed ethnic groups and slower economic growth
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/myanmar-goes-to-polls-for-by-elections-in-first-vote-since-suu/3643878.html
http://www.euronews.com/2017/04/01/myanmar-by-election-seen-as-test-for-aung-san-suu-kyi

30 MARCH 2017

Myanmar – A year of democracy

 A year ago, Aung San Suu Kyi’s party took over the reins of the country as Myanmar’s first elected government in half a century. Things haven’t turned for the better for everyone since then. Verena Hölzl reports
http://www.dw.com/en/myanmar-a-year-of-democracy/a-38210040

24 MARCH 2017

UN to probe alleged crimes against Rohingya in Myanmar

UN mission will investigate allegations of killings, rape and torture by security forces against Rohingya in Myanmar
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/03/probe-alleged-crimes-rohingya-myanmar-170324113526685.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-39380041

17 MARCH 2017

China, Russia block UN statement on Myanmar

China and Russia blocked a proposed UN Security Council statement on Friday that would have expressed concern over the tense situation in Myanmar’s Rakhine state, diplomats said
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2080159/china-russia-block-un-statement-myanmar

6 FEBRUARY 2017

30 dead as intense fighting breaks out in Myanmar-China border town

At least 30 people were killed Monday in a day of intense fighting in a town on Myanmar’s border with China, authorities said, after rebels dressed in police uniforms launched a surprise raid
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2076489/30-dead-intense-fighting-breaks-out-myanmar-china-border
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-39182713

4 FEBRUARY 2017

Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi vows to investigate crimes against Rohingya Muslims

Myanmar’s leader Aung San Suu Kyi has promised to investigate UN allegations of atrocities against Rohingya Muslims in Rakhine State
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-02-04/myanmars-suu-kyi-vows-to-investigate-crimes-against-rohingya/8241036?section=world

3 FEBRUARY 2017

UN condemns ‘devastating’ Rohingya abuse in Myanmar

The UN has accused security forces in Myanmar of committing serious human rights abuses, including gang-rape, savage beatings and child Killing
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-38858655
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/02/rohingyas-killed-myanmar-crackdown-170203101817841.html

29 JANUARY 2017

Suu Kyi Muslim political advisor Ko Ni shot and killed at Yangon airport in Myanmar

A gunman has killed a legal adviser for Myanmar’s ruling National League for Democracy, shooting the lawyer in the head at close range as he walked out of the Yangon Airport
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-01-30/prominent-myanmar-suu-kyi-ally-assassinated/8221980?section=world
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2066370/prominent-muslim-lawyer-gunned-down-yangons-international

11 JANUARY 2017

Burma: Fresh fears for freedom of speech under Aung San Suu Kyi’s administration

Given the dozens of people who have been charged or jailed under the new administration for supposed online defamation of the regime, it appears those expectations may have been misplaced
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2017/01/burma-fresh-fears-freedom-speech-aung-san-suu-kyis-administration/

8 JANUARY 2017

Buddhist hardliners stop Myanmar Muslim ceremony

Hardline Buddhist nationalists stopped a Muslim religious ceremony in Yangon on Sunday, witnesses and organisers said, as Islamophobic tensions boil over amid a bloody military campaign against Rohingya in northern Rakhine state
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/buddhist-hardliners-stop-myanmar-muslim-ceremony/3422998.html

30 DECEMBER 2016

Nobel laureates slam Suu Kyi over Myanmar’s Rohingya crisis, call for UN intervention

More than a dozen Nobel laureates on Thursday urged the United Nations to “end the human crisis” of Myanmar’s Rohingya minority group, whose members have been fleeing to Bangladesh to escape a bloody military crackdown that has killed at least 86 people
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2058191/nobel-laureates-slam-suu-kyi-over-myanmars-rohingya-crisis
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-38470232

19 DECEMBER 2016

ASEAN meeting on Rohingya ‘genocide’ ends with humanitarian access promise

Myanmar has agreed to grant « necessary humanitarian access » to the troubled Rakhine State, after a rare intervention from South-East Asian countries
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-12-20/asean-meeting-on-rohingyas-secures-humanitarian-access-promise/8133666?section=world
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/asean-offers-myanmar-humanitarian-assistance-for-rakhine/3379138.html
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2016/12/rohingya-violence-burmese-army-true-suu-kyi-failed-report/

30 NOVEMBER 2016

Myanmar’s ongoing great power balancing act

Donald Trump’s recent victory calls into question Washington’s commitment to its current engagement strategy, let alone the ‘rebalance’. Even with its new civilian leadership, Myanmar is unlikely to move headlong into a new dependence relationship with the West, geopolitically or otherwise
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2016/11/30/myanmars-ongoing-great-power-balancing-act/

21 NOVEMBER 2016

‘Mass destruction’ of ethnic Rohingya villages underway in Burma, human rights group warns

New satellite imagery from Burma’s western Rakhine state reveals mass destruction in ethnic Rohingya villages, said Human Rights Watch on Monday, calling for an urgent United Nations investigation into alleged abuses
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/11/21/mass-destruction-of-ethnic-rohingya-villages-underway-in-burma-h/
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-38049106

15 NOVEMBER 2016

Burma Army Says 86 Killed in Fighting in Arakan State

As many as 69 members of what Burma’s government has described as a Rohingya Muslim militant group and 17 security forces have been killed in a recent escalation of fighting in northwestern Arakan State, the army said on Tuesday
http://www.irrawaddy.com/news/burma/burma-army-says-86-killed-in-fighting-in-arakan-state.html

2 NOVEMBER 2016

Japan competes with China for Myanmar influence with 800 billion yen (7,73 US $) aid deal

Japan will provide aid worth 800 billion yen (US$7.73 billion) to Myanmar over five years as it competes for regional influence with the country’s biggest trading partner China
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2042380/japan-competes-china-myanmar-influence-800-billion-yen-aid-deal
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20161102_34/

19 OCTOBER 2016

India and Myanmar agree to closely coordinate with each other on border security while Prime Minister Modi offers economic support

India and Myanmar on Wednesday agreed to closely coordinate with each other on border security while Prime Minister Narendra Modi reaffirmed New Delhi’s commitment to help develop Myanmar
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/india/india-myanmar-to-closely-coordinate-on-border-security-1.1915392
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20161019_36/

10 OCTOBER 2016

In Myanmar, Rakhine border raids kill nine police officers

Nine Myanmar police officers were killed in coordinated attacks by insurgents on posts along the border with Bangladesh early yesterday, an official and police said
http://www.mmtimes.com/index.php/national-news/22992-rakhine-border-raids-kill-nine-police-officers.html
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/10/attack-kills-myanmar-police-bangladesh-border-161010132157512.html

8 OCTOBER 2016

US lifts sanctions on Myanmar but vows to keep pushing for democratic reform and human rights

US President Barack Obama has lifted sanctions on Myanmar and pledged to assist the country’s civilian government led by de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi in carrying on its efforts for political reform and broad-based economic growth
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2026300/us-lifts-sanctions-myanmar-vows-keep-pushing-democratic
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-10-08/us-lifts-economic-sanctions-on-myanmar/7915136

4 OCTOBER 2016

The US, Myanmar and the dragon in the background

Moves by the Obama administration to soften sanctions and reward Myanmar’s progress to democracy, while welcome, are not enough to meet the country’s economic growth needs, giving China a strategic advantage, Monish Tourangbam and Pawan Amin write.
http://www.newmandala.org/us-myanmar-dragon-background/

18 SEPTEMBER 2016

Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi gets Harvard humanitarian award

 Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi has been honoured as the 2016 humanitarian of the year by students and faculty at the Harvard Foundation
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2020415/nobel-laureate-aung-san-suu-kyi-gets-harvard-humanitarian

14 SEPTEMBER 2016

Obama Pledges to Lift All Sanctions Against Myanmar

President Obama pledged on Wednesday to lift all remaining sanctions against Myanmar, seeking to reward the country’s recent moves toward democracy after decades of brutal military rule
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/15/world/asia/myanmar-obama.html?ref=asia&_r=0
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/world/obama-vows-to-lift-myanmar-sanctions-as-suu-kyi-visits/3127248.html

10 SEPTEMBER 2016

China eyes closer military ties with Myanmar

China’s military wants to strengthen ties with neighbouring Myanmar by having more exchanges and greater cooperation, a top officer told Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi during a visit to the Southeast Asian country
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/china-eyes-closer-military-ties-myanmar
http://www.ecns.cn/military/2016/09-10/225992.shtml

31 AUGUST 2016

Historic peace conference begins in Myanmar

Peace talks between Myanmar’s government and warring ethnic minorities kicked off Wednesday in a bid to end decades of conflict that have claimed thousands of lives and kept the country mired in poverty
http://www.asiasentinel.com/politics/myanmar-panglong-peace-summit-kicks-off/
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20160831_31/
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/peace-vital-to-building/3089780.html

29  AUGUST 2016

India, Myanmar join hands to fight border insurgency

India and Myanmar have agreed to continue efforts to combat insurgent activities in the border areas and infuse new energy into a much- delayed highway project during Myanmar President U Htin Kyaw’s visit to India.
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/india-myanmar-join-hands-to-fight-border-insurgency
http://www.thedailystar.net/frontpage/together-we-fight-terr

19 AUGUST 2016

China’s Xi Jinping Pledges Support for Myanmar’s Peace Process

Myanmar State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi received a pledge of support from Chinese President Xi Jinping on Friday in Beijing an upcoming peace conference that will bring together Myanmar government representatives, the national military, and armed ethnic groups
http://www.rfa.org/english/news/myanmar/chinas-xi-jinping-pledges-support-for-myanmars-peace-process-08192016155956.html
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20160819_06/

13 JULY 2016

Burmese Buddhist leaders against anti-Muslim Ma Ba Tha movement

For the first time, the Sangha Maha Nayaka Committee openly disavows the extremist group. In a statement, Buddhist leaders say they never supported the ideas and statements by ultra-nationalists. For a Ma Ba Tha spokesman, the group is a voluntary organisation that does not require anyone’s approval
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Burmese-Buddhist-leaders-against-anti-Muslim-Ma-Ba-Tha-movement-38032.html
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/myanmars-top-monks-parry-claims-of-buddhist-hardliners-amid-surge-in-sectarian-violence

7 JULY 2016

Mixed reviews on Myanmar government’s first 100 days

July 7 marked the 100th day in office for Myanmar’s National League for Democracy (NLD) government. The cabinet, led by State Counsellor, foreign minister and de facto leader of the nation Aung San Suu Kyi, has focused largely on trying to end armed conflicts in Myanmar and establishing a stronger rule of law
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/mixed-reviews-on-myanmar/2939194.html

7 JUNE 2016

Myanmar BBC reporter gets jail, hard labor

A BBC reporter in Myanmar has been jailed for three months with hard labor after being convicted of assaulting a police officer while covering a student protest, his lawyer said Tuesday.
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/asia/2016-06/07/content_15445807.html
http://www.mmtimes.com/index.php/national-news/mandalay-upper-myanmar/20701-bbc-reporter-jailed-for-assaulting-police-officer.html

8 APRIL 2016

Myanmar: New Suu Kyi government releases 69 prisoners

A Myanmar court has freed 69 jailed students in the first wave of detainee releases after Aung San Suu Kyi pledged that the release of activists and political prisoners would be the first priority of her new government
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2016-04-08/myanmar-court-frees-student-activists-after-aung-san-suu-kyi-pledge/1567492
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/04/myanmar-aung-san-suu-kyi-government-releases-69-prisoners-160408094045351.html
http://www.euronews.com/2016/04/08/dozens-of-political-prisoners-released-in-myanmar/

6 APRIL 2016

China pledges support for new Myanmar government

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi pledged Beijing’s support for Myanmar’s new government after holding talks with Daw Aung San Suu Kyi that touched on China’s sometimes controversial investment projects, including the suspended Myitsone dam.
http://www.mmtimes.com/index.php/national-news/yangon/19857-china-pledges-support-for-new-myanmar-government.html
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2016-04/06/c_135255773.htm

4 APRIL 2016

Myanmar’s Suu Kyi drops two ministerial jobs, takes on spokeswoman role

Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi has dropped plans to run two major ministries but will act as spokeswoman for the country’s new president, a ruling party official said
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/myanmars-suu-kyi-drops-two-ministerial-jobs-takes-spokeswoman-role
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20160404_27/

30 MARCH 2016

Htin Kyaw sworn in as Myanmar’s first elected civilian president in décades

Mr Htin Kyaw, the man chosen by Aung San Suu Kyi to serve as her proxy, was sworn in as Myanmar’s president on Wednesday (March 30), becoming the country’s first civilian leader after decades of military rule since 1962
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/htin-kyaw-sworn-in-as-myanmars-first-elected-civilian-president-in-decades
http://www.voanews.com/content/myanmar-swears-in-first-civilian-head-of-state-since-1962/3260795.html
http://www.mmtimes.com/index.php/national-news/19730-transcript-president-u-htin-kyaw-s-inaugural-address.html
http://www.irrawaddy.com/burma/the-faces-of-the-next-five-years-burmas-sworn-in-leadership.html

25 MARCH 2016

The Yangon Stock Exchange opens doors for first day of trading

The Yangon Stock Exchange is scheduled to come to life at 9:30 this morning when First Myanmar Investment shares become free to trade electronically, following a pre-launch lockdown during which even the FMI public relations team was turned away.
http://www.sltrib.com/home/3705479-155/yangon-stock-exchange-opens-for-business
http://www.mmtimes.com/index.php/business/19653-ysx-opens-doors-for-first-day-of-trading.html

22 MARCH 2016

Aung San Suu Kyi to be nominated to Burmese cabinet as foreign minister

Aung San Suu Kyi will be foreign minister in Burma’s first civilian government for decades, her party said on Tuesday, giving the democracy champion a formal post despite being blocked from the presidency.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/burmamyanmar/12200741/Aung-San-Suu-Kyi-Cabinet-nominated-Burma.html
http://www.dw.com/en/myanmars-president-elect-nominates-suu-kyi-to-cabinet/a-19132857

15 MARCH 2016

Myanmar elects Htin Kyaw as first civilian president in decades

Myanmar’s parliament has elected Htin Kyaw as the country’s next president, the first civilian leader after more than 50 years of military rule.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-35808921
http://www.mmtimes.com/index.php/national-news/nay-pyi-taw/19423-u-htin-kyaw-from-computer-science-grad-to-nld-loyalist.html
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/htin-kyaw-suu-kyis-schoolfriend-myanmars-proxy-president

13 MARCH 2016

Myanmar army frees 46 child soldiers: state media

Myanmar’s powerful military releases 46 child soldiers from service, state media reports, the latest move towards ending a scourge that has long beset the nation.
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2016-03-13/myanmar-army-frees-46-child-soldiers-state-media/1558258

10 MARCH 2016

NLD names U Htin Kyaw for president

U Htin Kyaw has been named as Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s candidate for the presidency, ending four months of uncertainty following the landslide election victory of her National League for Democracy
http://www.mmtimes.com/index.php/national-news/19403-nld-names-u-htin-kyaw-for-presiden.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-35770535
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/burmamyanmar/12189606/Who-is-poised-to-be-Burmas-new-president-The-rise-of-Aung-San-Suu-Kyis-former-driver-and-loyal-aide.html

1  MARCH 2016

Burmese ‘Gypsy Writer’ Maung Tha Ya Dies At 86

Renowned Burmese writer Maung Tha Ya, author of over 60 books, passed away at age 86 in the US on Monday
http://www.irrawaddy.com/burma/burmese-gypsy-writer-maung-tha-ya-dies-at-86.html

25 FEBRUARY 2016

Myanmar government and signatory armed groups agree to prevent further clashes

The Myanmar government, eight signatory ethnic armed groups and civil society groups have agreed to seek ways to prevent further clashes, an official report said Thursday, quoting a statement from the Joint Cease fire Monitoring Committee (JCMC)http://worldaffairsjournal.org/content/myanmar-government-eight-ethnic-armed-groups-agree-prevent-further-clashes
http://www.mmtimes.com/index.php/national-news/yangon/19161-military-sends-warning-to-shan-palaung-armies.html

17 FEBRUARY 2016

Myanmar rebels continue fight despite ceasefire deal

As a large number of rebel groups continue fighting in northern states, communities are being torn apart
http://www.aljazeera.com/blogs/asia/2016/02/myanmar-rebels-continue-fight-ceasefire-deal-160217144556153.html

9 FEBRUARY 2016

The Rohingya issue is more than a humanitarian crisis

With a new parliament sworn in and the date for selecting a new president fast approaching, Myanmar’s National League for Democracy (NLD) is now tasked with laying the foundation for the country’s democratic development. At the heart of this challenge lies curbing religious extremism and integrating the Muslim Rohingya minority into Burmese society
http://www.fairobserver.com/region/asia_pacific/rohingya-issue-humanitarian-crisis-43405/

8 FEBRUARY 2016

Myanmar presidential nominees to be named March 17

The cut off point for presidential candidate proposals will be March 17, Win Khaing Than, the speaker of Myanmar’s combined houses of parliament told lawmakers Monday.
https://sg.news.yahoo.com/myanmar-presidential-nominees-named-march-17-093558768.html
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2016-02-08/myanmar-presidential-vote-to-begin-on-march-17-as-transition-talks-between-aung-san-suu-kyi-military/1545150
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2016/02/aung-san-suu-kyi-burmese-presidency/

5 FEBRUARY 2016

Myanmar’s Suu Kyi names former general to head key advisory panel

Myanmar democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s party on Friday nominated Shwe Mann, one of the country’s most powerful politicians, to head a prominent legal advisory panel, as the freshly-elected parliament prepares to choose a new president.
http://worldaffairsjournal.org/content/suu-kyi-names-former-general-head-key-advisory-panel

1 FEBRUARY 2016

Historic day in Myanmar as Aung San Suu Kyi’s NLD party takes power

Myanmar’s parliament dominated by pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s party on Monday began a new and historic session that will install the country’s first democratically elected government in more than 50 years
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-35456982
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/02/myanmar-era-parliament-holds-historic-session-160201043336484.html
http://edition.cnn.com/2016/01/31/asia/myanmar-aung-san-suu-kyi-nld/index.html
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2016-02-01/aung-san-suu-kyis-prodemocracy-mps-take-their-seats-in-myanmars-parliament/1542366

22 JANUARY 2016

In Myanmar, 52 political prisoners released in amnesty

More than 50 political prisoners, including one New Zealander, have walked free from prisons across Myanmar today, in a presidential amnesty for over 100 inmates
http://www.mmtimes.com/index.php/national-news/18625-52-political-prisoners-released-in-surprise-amnesty.html
http://www.euronews.com/2016/01/22/myanmar-begins-releasing-political-prisoners/

8 JANUARY 2016

China frets over relations with Myanmar

China is clearly anxious over the trajectory of relations with Myanmar, concerned that a West-ward shift in policy under President U Thein Sein will go even further in that direction under the new government to be led by Daw Aung San Suu Kyi
http://www.mmtimes.com/index.php/national-news/18379-china-frets-over-relations-with-myanmar.html

28 DECEMBER 2015

Burma activist jailed for six months for mocking military junta

A political activist in Burma has been jailed for six months for a social media post mocking the country’s powerful military establishment, in the latest sign of a renewed crackdown on free speech as the country struggles to chart a new democratic course
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/burmamyanmar/12071449/Burma-activist-jailed-for-six-months-for-mocking-military-junta.html

18 DECEMBER 2015

What’s Next for U.S. Policy toward Myanmar?

The resounding victory of opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s party is an outcome many in the United States had long wanted to see. But rather than being an end goal in itself, the election results signaled the start of a more challenging process and have taken Myanmar into completely uncharted territory
http://cogitasia.com/whats-next-for-u-s-policy-toward-myanmar/

9 DECEMBER 2015

Washington cuts sanctions on Myanmar ahead of democratic transition

The US has temporarily lifted certain trade sanctions on Myanmar, aiming to reinvigorate trade and support a peaceful political transition after a historic victory by democratic leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s party in November elections
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/washington-cuts-sanctions-myanmar-ahead-democratic-transition

13 NOVEMBER 2015

Myanmar election results: Suu Kyi’s NLD wins landslide victory

With more than 80% of contested seats now declared, Aung San Suu Kyi’s party has more than the two-thirds it needs to choose the president, ending decades of military-backed rule
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-34805806
http://edition.cnn.com/2015/11/13/asia/myanmar-aung-san-suu-kyi-historic-win/index.html

11 NOVEMBRE 2015

Myanmar president and army chief congratulate Suu Kyi

Myanmar President Thein Sein and the country’s powerful army chief have congratulated opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi as her party continued to steam towards victory in the country’s historic élections
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/11/myanmar-president-promises-peaceful-transfer-power-151111091302625.html
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/myanmar-s-army-chief/2253566.html

8 NOVEMBER 2015

Polling peaceful in Myanmar’s first free election in 25 years

Voting unfolded smoothly in Myanmar on Sunday with no reports of violence to puncture a mood of jubilation marking the Southeast Asian nation’s first free nationwide election in 25 years, its biggest stride yet in a journey to democracy from dictatorship
http://atimes.com/2015/11/polling-peaceful-in-myanmars-first-free-election-for-25-years/
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-34756381
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/11/voting-ends-myanmar-parliamentary-election-151108090030043.html

2 NOVEMBER 2015

 7 things you may not know about Burma’s historic élections

 Burma will vote on November 8 in its first national elections since a civilian government was introduced in 2011, ending nearly 50 years of military rule. Here are seven factors at play in the pending elections that may surprise readers
http://asiancorrespondent.com/2015/11/7-things-you-may-not-know-about-burmas-historic-elections/

26 OCTOBER 2015

Exclusive: ‘Strong evidence’ of genocide in Myanmar

Al Jazeera’s Investigative Unit has uncovered what amounts to « strong evidence » of a genocide coordinated by the Myanmar government against the Rohingya people, according to an assessment by Yale University Law School
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/10/exclusive-strong-evidence-genocide-myanmar-151024190547465.html

15 OCTOBER 2013

Burma signs ceasefire deal with eight rebel factions

Myanmar’s government and eight smaller ethnic rebel armies signed a ceasefire agreement to end more than six decades of fighting, but other more powerful groups refused to come on board, signaling that peace will remain elusive.
http://www.france24.com/en/20151015-burma-myanmar-government-ceasefire-rebels
http://www.euronews.com/2015/10/15/myanmar-s-president-hails-ceasefire-deal-with-rebels-as-historic/

14 OCTOBER 2015

Myanmar activist arrested over Facebook post on military

A female Myanmar opposition activist has been arrested over a satirical Facebook post about the military, officials said on Wednesday (Oct 14), in the latest crackdown against free speech in the country
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/myanmar-activist-arrested/2192694.html
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/729936/myanmar-activist-arrested-over-facebook-post-on-military

20 SEPTEMBER 2015

Myanmar approves ‘discriminatory’ marriage bill

Myanmar’s president has signed a law requiring Buddhist women to seek permission before marrying outside their faith. Parliament passed the bill in July despite criticism that it discriminates against religious minorities and encourages anti-Muslim sentiment
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/09/myanmar-approves-discriminatory-marriage-bill-150920075228353.html

28 AUGUST 2015

Myanmar parliament suspended ahead of crunch polls

The combined houses of parliament will reconvene only after the November 8 vote, the first nationwide poll in a quarter of a century to be contested by opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s hugely popular National League for Democracy (NLD)
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/myanmar-parliament/2083362.html

20 AUGUST 2015

Myanmar approves controversial religion bills

The bills regulating religious conversion and polygamy were approved by parliament on Thursday, according to a spokesman for Aung San Suu Kyi’s opposition, who said his party had voted against the proposed legislation over fears that it was detrimental to human rights
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/myanmar-approves/2064264.html

13 AUGUST 2015

 Shwe Mann ousted as head of Burma’s ruling party in ‘internal coup’

Myanmar President Thein Sein has moved to consolidate his power in the country’s ruling Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) by forcing out his chief rival Shwe Mann as party chairman, months ahead of a November general election
http://www.irrawaddy.org/burma/shwe-mann-sacked-as-party-chief-in-power-struggle-with-thein-sein.html
http://www.mmtimes.com/index.php/national-news/15976-security-forces-surround-usdp-meet.html
http://cogitasia.com/shwe-manns-fall-from-power-a-mixed-blessing-for-myanmar/

21 JULY 2015

Myanmar editors fined for insulting president

A Myanmar court on Tuesday fined two editors of a weekly newspaper 1 million kyat (US$809) each after finding them guilty of violating the country’s media laws by insulting the president
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/631140/myanmar-editors-fined-for-insulting-president
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-33618558

13 JULY 2015

Myanmar’s president Thein Sein will not run for second term, his office says

Myanmar president Thein Sein decides not to run in a parliamentary election scheduled for November 8, a senior official from his office says, meaning he will not be eligible for a second term as head of state
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2015-07-14/myanmars-president-thein-sein-will-not-run-for-second-term-his-office-says/1469508

Analysis: Why Burma’s election will be neither free nor fair

Burmese President Thein Sein will do his best to hold a free and fair election on November 8, but however hard he tries this election will not deliver democracy
http://asiancorrespondent.com/134120/why-burmas-election-will-neither-be-free-nor-fair/

8 JULY 2015

Myanmar general election set for Nov 8

Myanmar officials on Wednesday announced November 8 as the date for a historic general election set to be the first contested by Aung San Suu Kyi’s opposition in a quarter of a century
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asean/617084/myanmar-general-election-set-for-nov-8
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-33441000

25 JUNE 2015

Myanmar’s parliament keeps Aung San Suu Kyi away from the presidential election

With their veto power intact, the military still keep the main opposition leader out of the run for the presidency. Only 388 lawmakers out of 664 voted in favour of changing the constitution, far short of the 75 per cent threshold
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Myanmar’s-parliament-keeps-Aung-San-Suu-Kyi-away-from-the-presidential-election-34615.html
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/myanmar-parliament/1941000.html

11 JUNE 2015

Rebels declare ‘ceasefire’ with Myanmar army

Rebels who have fought Myanmar’s army along a rugged border area with China for four months declared a unilateral ceasefire Thursday, after fighting left scores dead, threatened a nationwide peace pact and spilled over the frontier
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/589689/rebels-declare-ceasefire-with-myanmar-army

10 JUNE 2015

Aung San Suu Kyi arrives in China for first visit

Myanmar’s opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi has arrived in Beijing to meet with Chinese leaders, on a trip that will further underline the Nobel laureate’s apparent transition from human rights defender to pragmatic politician
http://edition.cnn.com/2015/06/10/asia/myanmar-china-suu-kyi-visit/index.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-33064192

2 JUNE 2015

Myanmar jails writer for 2 years for ‘insulting religion’

Myanmar on Tuesday jailed a writer for two years with hard labour for « insulting religion », his lawyer said, with rights groups condemning the verdict as the country’s latest strike on freedom of expression
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/myanmar-jails-writer-2-years-insulting-religion-lawyer
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/activists-o

28 MAY 2015

UN council holds first-ever briefing on Myanmar human rights

The United Nations Security Council on Thursday held its first closed-door briefing on the human rights situation in Myanmar, focusing on the dire situation of the country’s Rohingya Muslim minority
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/un-council-holds-first/1879094.html

16 MAY 2015

Myanmar denies responsibility for migrant boat crisis

Myanmar’s government has said it is not responsible for the migrant boat crisis in south-east Asia, and may not attend an emergency summit on the issue.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-32766748

8 MAY 2015

Myanmar president meets ethnic rebel leader in peace push

Myanmar President Thein Sein held a surprise meeting with a powerful armed group representing the ethnic Wa minority on Friday as the government tries to convince an array of rebel groups to sign a ceasefire
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/myanmar-president-meets-ethnic-rebel-leader-peace-push
http://www.irrawaddy.org/burma/thein-sein-makes-surprise-visit-to-ethnic-leaders.html

31 MARCH 2015

Myanmar army and rebels sign draft ceasefire agreement

Myanmar’s president Tuesday signed a draft national ceasefire with armed rebel groups that the UN hailed as a « historic and significant achievement » as the country tries to end decades of civil war
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-32126918
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/513799/un-myanmar-leader-hail-historic-draft-ceasefire-pact

30 MARCH 2015

Myanmar, rebels agree landmark draft peace deal

Myanmar peace negotiators agreed the draft text of a historic nationwide ceasefire agreement on Monday, as the country edges closer to ending decades of conflict between ethnic minority groups and the government
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/512627/myanmar-rebels-agree-landmark-draft-peace-deal
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/myanmar-rebels-agree/1757654.html

25 MARCH 2015

Myanmar signs deal to buy Thunder fighter from Pakistan

Pakistan’s Ministry of Defense said that a contract had been signed for Islamabad to sell the JF-17 Thunder multirole fighter, also known as the FC-1 Xiaolong, which was jointly developed by Chengdu Aircraft Industry Group and Pakistan Aeronautical Complex
http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?id=20150325000059&cid=1101

25 MARCH 2015

Myanmar charges 69 protesters with rioting after police crackdown

A Myanmar court laid charges, including rioting, on Wednesday against 69 students involved in a protest two weeks ago that was broken up in a police action that drew sharp criticism from Western governments, a student activist said
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/myanmar-charges-69-protesters-rioting-after-police-crackdown

19 MARCH 2015

2 Myanmar journalists jailed on defamation charges

The Mawlamyine Township Court in Mon State has sentenced two local journalists to two months in prison under section 500 of defamation charges. It is the first time for the journalists to face imprisonment on defamation charges in more than 100 years since the British colonial rule to successive Myanmar governments
http://www.elevenmyanmar.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=9361:two-journalists-jailed-for-defamation&catid=44:national&Itemid=384

14 MARCH 2015

China sends fighter jets to Myanmar border after bomb kills four

China sent fighter jets to patrol its border with Myanmar after a bomb dropped by a Myanmar warplane killed four Chinese in southwestern Yunnan province, state media reported Saturday
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/496925/china-sends-fighter-jets-to-myanmar-border-after-bomb-kills-four
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-31885318
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asean/497000/myanmar-denies-bombing-china

10 MARCH 2015

Myanmar police crack down on student protesters

At least 16 police officers and eight protesters were reportedly hurt, when Myanmar police clashed with students, monks and journalists as they broke up protesters calling for academic freedom, according to news reports and witnesses
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/03/myanmar-police-crack-student-protesters-150310123609713.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-31812028

3 MARCH 2015

Myanmar students defy deadline to disperse

Hundreds of students protesting against an education bill in Myanmar have defied an order to disperse.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-31716169
http://www.irrawaddy.org/multimedia-burma/tension-mounts-as-clock-ticks-for-student-demonstrators.html

2 MARCH 2015

Myanmar president hosts rare Suu Kyi talks amid constitution debate

Myanmar President Thein Sein had a rare meeting on Monday with opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi to discuss constitutional changes and the first election under the country’s new democratic system, a minister said
http://www.voanews.com/content/reu-myanmar-president-hosts-rare-suu-kyi-talks-amid-constitution-debate/2664546.html

27 FEBRUARY 2015

United Nations warns on Myanmar reform ‘set back’

The UN’s human rights chief has warned that Myanmar’s treatment of minorities and suppression of free speech is setting back its political reforms.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-31635566

20 FEBRUARY 2015

Myanmar army deepens offensive on ethnic rebels near China border

Myanmar’s army has continued an offensive to flush out rebels from areas around a flashpoint town on the northeastern border with China, state media said Friday, in 11 days of fighting that have displaced tens of thousands of people.
http://www2.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/480062/myanmar-army-deepens-offensive-on-ethnic-rebels-near-china-border

17 FEBRUARY 2015

Myanmar declares emergency in war-torn region as fighting rages

Myanmar on Tuesday declared a state of emergency in a conflict-torn border region, where ferocious fighting between the army and ethnic rebels has sent thousands fleeing airstrikes and fierce gun battles
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/myanmar-declares-emergency-war-torn-region-fighting-rages
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/02/myanmar-declares-state-emergency-war-torn-region-150217124515270.html

13 FEBRUARY 2015

47 Myanmar soldiers reported dead in clashes with Kokang rebels

Days of clashes with rebels from a minority ethnic group in northern Myanmar have left 47 government soldiers dead and dozens more wounded, state media reported Friday
http://edition.cnn.com/2015/02/12/asia/myanmar-violence/index.html
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/02/myanmar-kokang-rebels-kill-dozens-soldiers-150213072401121.html

11 FEBRUARY 2015

Myanmar revokes Rohingya voting rights after protests

Rohingya Muslims will not be able to vote in Myanmar’s referendum after the prime minister withdrew temporary voting rights following protests
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-31421179

24 JANUARY 2015

More than 400 child soldiers freed from Myanmar army in 2014: UN

There are no verifiable figures on how many children are currently serving in Myanmar’s huge military, which has faced a slew of accusations over rights abuses, including the forced recruitment of children to work as porters or even human mine detectors
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/459825/more-than-400-child-soldiers-freed-from-myanmar-army-in-2014-un

7 JANUARY 2015

China’s influence in Myanmar facing growing scrutiny

Mounting local opposition to Chinese-backed infrastructure projects in Myanmar over the past few months has again led to growing scrutiny on Beijing’s influence in the Southeast Asian state
http://thediplomat.com/2015/01/chinas-influence-in-myanmar-facing-growing-scrutiny/

2 DECEMBER 2014

Is the Myanmar regime splintering?

With one year remaining before Myanmar’s general election there is growing concern, both internationally and domestically, that the reform process is at best beginning to stagnate and at worst rolling back in some critical areas.
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2014/12/02/is-the-myanmar-regime-splintering/

22 NOVEMBER 2014

UN presses Myanmar over Rohingya rights

The United Nations adopted a resolution Friday 21 urging Myanmar to grant citizenship to its Rohingya Muslim minority, ramping up pressure on Rangoon to scrap a controversial identity plan.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/444762/un-presses-myanmar-over-rohingya-rights

19 NOVEMBER 2014

Suu Kyi party admits ‘cannot win’ fight to change constitution

Aung San Suu Kyi’s opposition party on Wednesday admitted it « cannot win » its battle to scrap parts of a junta-era constitution that bars her from Myanmar’s presidency, decrying a parliamentary decision to postpone amendments until after 2015 elections
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/suu-kyi-party-admits-cannot-win-fight-change-constitution

22 Dead as Burma Army Fires on Kachin Military Academy

Twenty-two ethnic Kachin soldiers were killed and 15 others wounded when Burmese troops fired on a rebel base in Laiza on Wednesday, rebel officers confirmed.
http://www.irrawaddy.org/burma/22-dead-burma-army-fires-kachin-military-academy-rebels-say.html

18 NOVEMBER 2014

Myanmar rules out constitutional change before polls

Myanmar’s parliament speaker said Tuesday the current junta-drafted constitution, which bars opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi from becoming president, cannot be changed before elections in November 2015.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/444056/myanmar-rules-out-constitutional-change-before-polls
http://www.irrawaddy.org/burma/military-mps-object-constitutional-change.html

14 NOVEMBER 2014

Aung San Suu Kyi condemns ‘unjust’ constitution

Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi has said constitutional rules which bar her from running for president because her sons are half British are « unfair, unjust and undemocratic ».
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-30049266

President Obama tells Myanmar to move forward on democracy

On the road to democracy, Myanmar has sputtered, and it’s time to move forward, said President Obama from the porch of an infamously symbolic home in the country’s largest city.
http://edition.cnn.com/2014/11/14/world/asia/myanmar-obama-democracy/index.html?hpt=ias_c1

7 NOVEMBER 2014

Report accuses Myanmar generals of war crimes

Military activities carried out by Myanmar’s powerful minister of home affairs when the country was under army dictatorship could constitute war crimes, a new study has said.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/11/report-accuses-myanmar-generals-war-crimes-20141177143567931.html

1 NOVEMBER 2014

UN bill urges Myanmar to drop identity plan

 A new UN draft resolution takes aim at Myanmar’s aggressive campaign to have its Rohingya Muslims identify as a term they reject, urging « access to full citizenship on an equal basis. »
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/11/un-bill-urges-myanmar-drop-identity-plan-201411102155672770.html

31 OCTOBER 2014

Myanmar, government opens talks with Aung San Suu Kyi on peace, reconciliation and reforms

On the orders of the head of state Thein Sein, the talks include the Nobel Peace Laureate, the head of the army, ethnic representatives and those of the main political parties. For the first time the various spirits and powers of the country come together for discussions. However, for critics it’s just a façade ahead of the upcoming East Asia Summit
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Myanmar,-government-opens-talks-with-Aung-San-Suu-Kyi-on-peace,-reconciliation-and-reforms-32576.html
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/myanmar-moots-changing-constitution-barring-suu-kyi-presidency-0

24 OCTOBER 2014

Detained Myanmar reporter Aung Naing shot dead

A military statement said that Aung Naing was arrested in Mon state at the end of September while covering clashes near the border between Thailand and Myanmar, which is also known as Burma.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-29758329
http://www.irrawaddy.org/burma/missing-reporter-killed-custody-burma-army-report.html

23 OCTOBER 2014

Burmese military wants to retain veto power of constitutional reforms

With 25% of the seats allocated to them by law, the military control the country and all modern and democratic reform in society. Issues in dispute include Art. 59 (F) which prevents Aung San Suu Kyi becoming president and Art. 436, on the military veto. The next elections scheduled for late October and early November 2015.
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Burmese-military-wants-to-retain-veto-power-of-constitutional-reforms-32501.html

17 OCTOBER 2014

Study: Rohingya Among World’s Most Persecuted

The Rohingya minority community in Myanmar should rank as one of the most excluded, persecuted and vulnerable communities in the world. That is the conclusion of a pair of studies, prepared over a three-year-period, looking at the plight of the stateless group.
http://www.voanews.com/content/stateless-rohingya-deemed-among-worlds-most-persecuted/2486813.html

7 OCTOBER 2014

Myanmar pardons 3,000 prisoners

Myanmar’s government has pardoned 3,073 prisoners, including 58 foreign nationals, as part of an amnesty that rights groups said included more than a dozen political prisoners.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/10/myanmar-pardons-more-than-3000-prisoners-20141078411568883.html
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/436372/myanmar-frees-3000-prisoners-including-ex-military-figures

30 AUGUST 2014

Myanmar ‘loses ten million people’ in census

Myanmar has discovered it has only 51 million people – far less than the previously estimated 60 million, according to preliminary results of the latest census.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/08/myanmar-loses-ten-million-people-census-201483055945633777.html
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/myanmar-census-shows-population-9m-fewer-estimated

25 AUGUST 2014

President’s post unlikely for Suu Kyi

There are many reasons, the first of which is the maths involved. A quarter of Parliament’s 664 seats are reserved for the military. The military-backed Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) has another 336
http://www.asianewsnet.net/news-63761.html

24 JULY 2014

Myanmar lets Medecins Sans Frontieres back into Rakhine

Myanmar has invited the aid agency Medecins Sans Frontieres to resume its work in Rakhine state, which has been plagued by sectarian violence
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-28471142

13 JULY 2014

Over 50 journalists charged for protesting without permission

Over 50 journalists who staged a silent protest during President Thein Sein’s visit to the Myanmar Peace Center on Saturday have been charged for protesting without permission, according to senior police sources.
http://www.elevenmyanmar.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=6760:journalists-and-protestors-charged-with-section-18&catid=44:national&Itemid=384

12 JULY 2014

Journalists stage ‘silent protest’ while President meets with artists

Journalists staged a silent protest after the police stopped journalists who were holding a boycott and wearing t-shirts with the slogan ‘Stop Killing Press’ while coming to cover the meeting between President Thein Sein and artists held at Myanmar Peace Center
http://elevenmyanmar.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=6743:journalists-stage-silent-protest-while-president-meets-with-artists&catid=44:national&Itemid=384

10 JULY 2014

Five reporters in Myanmar sentenced to 10 years in jail

A Myanmar court has sentenced five journalists to jail with hard labour for 10 years for writing that the military was making chemical weapons
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-28247691
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/07/myanmar-jails-journalists-10-years-2014710113757674385.html

4 JULY 2014

Myanmar Buddhists Threaten to Kill Muslims

Myanmar police cordoned off Mandalay’s Muslim neighborhood as hundreds of Buddhists wielding knives, swords and bamboo poles roamed the city on Friday, following communal riots that killed two people earlier in the week
http://www.voanews.com/content/myanmar-buddhists-threaten-to-kill-muslims/1950712.html
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/418879/curfew-imposed-in-mandalay-after-religious-attacks
http://www.elevenmyanmar.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=6658:curfew-imposed-in-mandalay-following-two-deaths-in-unrest&catid=44:national&Itemid=384

2 JULY 2014

Sectarian unrest shakes major Myanmar city

Myanmar police fired warning shots after an angry mob attacked Muslim property in the central city of Mandalay, authorities said Wednesday, in the latest eruption of religious unrest to shake the Buddhist-majority nation.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/418645/sectarian-unrest-shakes-major-myanmar-city

25 JUNE 2014

Myanmar amends public protest law

Myanmar’s parliament amended a controversial law that requires people to obtain permission for public protests and subjects violators to penalties, including prison terms, state media reported Wednesday.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/417317/myanmar-amends-public-protest-law

13 JUNE 2014

Burmese vote to retain Suu Kyi Burma presidential ban

Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi’s hopes of becoming Myanmar’s president next year have been dealt a blow when a parliamentary committee voted not to change a constitutional clause that bars her from the post
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/415192/suu-kyi-presidency-chances-fade
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-27838184
http://www.irrawaddy.org/burma/suu-kyis-presidential-bid-dead-yet-nld.html

7 JUNE 2014

Suu Kyi faces pushback from army over public pressure

Analysts say her tactics on charter change may backfire
http://www.asianewsnet.net/Suu-Kyi-faces-pushback-from-army-over-public-press-61181.html

24 MAI 2014

Myanmar ‘needs charter change’

The United Nations (UN) human rights envoy to Myanmar on Saturday expressed concern over the military’s veto power on constitutional changes, which he said are crucial for the country’s democratic transition and next year’s elections

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/411546/un-rights-envoy-myanmar-needs-constitution-change

17 MAY 2017

Myanmar rally calls for charter change

Thousands of people joined a rally in Myanmar’s main city on Saturday to call for changes to a military-drafted constitution that bars opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi from becoming president.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/410321/myanmar-rally-calls-for-charter-change

2 MAY 2014

UN envoy: Myanmar must give status to Muslims

The top United Nations envoy to Myanmar says the country’s Rohingya Muslims must have a path to citizenship, otherwise their security will remain under threat
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/05/2014520519321853.html
http://asiancorrespondent.com/122304/un-envoy-burma-must-give-status-to-muslims/

30 APRIL 2014

Cracks Appear in US Myanmar Rapprochement



Recent legislation introduced to U.S. Congress to put conditions on U.S. cooperation with Myanmar’s military may be one of the first signs of emerging dissatisfaction with President Barack Obama’s rapprochement policy with the post-junta government

http://thediplomat.com/2014/04/cracks-appear-in-us-myanmar-rapprochement/

23 APRIL 2014

Myanmar’s Military Goes Back to the Barracks

Myanmar’s feared military, the Tatmadaw, which dominated the country’s politics and economy for decades until democracy came in 2010, has been returning to the barracks much faster and more completely than anyone could have imagined, according to a new report by the Brussels-based International Crisis Group

http://www.asiasentinel.com/politics/myanmar-military-barracks/

21 APRIL 2014

Veteran Myanmar pro-democracy campaigner Win Tin dies

Win Tin, one of the founders of Myanmar’s pro-democracy opposition and the nation’s longest-serving political prisoner, died Monday at the age of 84 after battling for decades to bring freedom to a nation that suffered under military rule
http://www.euronews.com/2014/04/21/myanmar-democracy-activist-win-tin-dies-at-85/
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/veteran-myanmar-pro-democracy-campaigner-win-tin-dies-0

14 APRIL 2014

An Open Letter to Aung San Suu Kyi

Daw Suu refused to address the plight of the oppressed Rohingya, who originally come from Bangladesh, when she met its prime minister

http://fpif.org/open-letter-aung-san-suu-kyi/

2 APRIL 2014

UN slams Rohingya census exclusion in Myanmar

The UN agency helping Myanmar carry out its first census in decades said it was « deeply concerned » members of the long-persecuted Rohingya Muslim population were not being counted, accusing the government of going back on its word
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/403122/un-slams-rohingya-census-exclusion

15 MARCH 2014

The French Connection

Relations between Myanmar and France date back to the early 18th century, but ties were largely on hold in recent decades due to Western sanctions on Myanmar’s former military regime. Since the current government introduced reforms after coming to power in 2011, however, the two countries have moved quickly to increase their engagement

http://www.irrawaddy.org/interview/magazine-in-person/french-connection.html

6 MARCH 2014

Transition In Myanmar: Regional Implications And Future Directions – Analysis

http://www.eurasiareview.com/06032014-transition-myanmar-regional-implications-future-directions-analysis/

2 MARCH 2014

Myanmar couple in ‘first gay wedding’

The marriage does not enjoy any legal status but followed the customs of other Myanmar weddings, with the two men arriving in solemn procession followed by six groomsmen in front of some two hundred guests.

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/397965/myanmar-couple-in-first-gay-wedding

1 MARCH 2014

Foreign investment in Myanmar triples

Foreign investment in Myanmar is set to triple in the current fiscal year ending March 30, with 50% going into manufacturing, media reports said on Saturday.

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/397664/foreign-investment-in-myanmar-triples

28 FEBRUARY 2014

Myanmar to mull interfaith marriage law

Myanmar’s president has asked parliament to consider an intermarriage law, spearheaded by an extremist monk that is aimed at « protecting » Buddhists in the former junta-ruled nation

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/02/myanmar-mull-interfaith-marriage-law-2014228125531626809.html

http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/myanmar-leader-proposes-interfaith-marriage-law

Burma: Médecins Sans Frontières ordered to leave Rakhine state

Burma’s government said it wants the international aid group Doctors Without Borders to leave a state torn by sectarian violence, in a move linked to the agency’s work with the long-persecuted Rohingya Muslim minority
http://www.france24.com/en/20140228-burma-doctors-without-borders-MSF-end-all-activities-health/
http://asiancorrespondent.com/120085/burma-medicins-sans-frontieres-ordered-to-leave-rakhine-state/

1 FEBRUARY 2014

Journalists Detained for Reporting Alleged Burmese Chemical Weapons Factory

Four journalists and the CEO of the Rangoon-based Unity journal have been detained by the Burma police force’s Special Branch after the newspaper reported the existence of an alleged chemical weapons factory in central Burma

http://www.irrawaddy.org/burma/journalists-detained-reporting-alleged-burmese-chemical-weapons-factory.html

26 JANUARY 2014

World Bank pledges $2bn development aid for Burma

The World Bank has pledged $2bn in development aid to Burma for projects including energy supply and healthcare. Bank president Jim Yong Kim announced the aid during his first visit there.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-25903687

23 JANUARY 2014

Myanmar mobs kill 40 Muslims

Buddhist mobs killed at least 40 Muslims when they stormed a village in western Myanmar last week, hunting down residents with knives, a human rights group said, citing witness testimony and a wide network of local sources

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/391154/myanmar-mobs-kill-40-muslims-says-rights-group

22 JANUARY 2012

Burmese Child Soldier Imprisoned for Leaving Military

A former child soldier who is under the coordinated protection of the International Labor Organization and Burmese authorities has been sentenced to one year in prison for deserting his unit, a local rights group says.

http://www.irrawaddy.org/burma/burmese-child-soldier-imprisoned-leaving-military.html

18 JANUARY 2014

Myanmar frees scores of child soldiers

Myanmar’s army has freed 96 children and young people from its armed forces, the United Nations said Saturday, hailing a « historic step » towards ending the use of child soldiers in the formerly junta-run nation.

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/390265/myanmar-frees-scores-of-child-soldiers

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/01/myanmar-releases-child-soldiers-from-service-2014118103450393981.html

17 JANUARY 2014

ASEAN Ministers Conclude First High-Level Meeting in Burma

ASEAN foreign ministers have concluded the first-ever high-level meeting hosted by Burma, also known as Myanmar, since the once-isolated country joined the grouping in 1997

http://www.voanews.com/content/asean-ministers-conclude-first-high-level-meeting-in-burma/1832420.html

15 JANUAY 2014

Burma military ‘using rape as weapon’

Burma’s military has continued to use rape as a weapon of war even after a nominally civilian government was elected in 2010, a women’s group says.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-25730758

9 JANUARY 2014

Keep an eye on the people with the guns in Myanmar’s transition

I fear that Myanmar’s transition to better governance could start to go off the rails in 2014. While a serious train wreck seems unlikely, the mood in the country could sour as problems pile up, which could make the national election expected at the end of 2015 a messy affair. As a result, the new government that will likely take office in early 2016 might be less effective than the current one.

http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2014/01/09/keep-an-eye-on-the-people-with-the-guns-in-myanmars-transition/

7 JANUARY 2014

Burmese Journalists Demand Release of Colleague

Journalists in Myanmar staged a protest Tuesday to denounce new threats to press freedom and demand the release of a fellow reporter — the first to be jailed since junta rule ended.
http://www.voanews.com/content/burmese-journalists-demand-release-of-colleague/1824984.html
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/388499/myanmar-reporters-protest-new-threats-to-press-freedom

2 JANUARY 2014

Burma’s President Supports Changing Army-Drafted Constitution

Burma’s president gave his backing on Thursday for amending a military drafted constitution and indicated support for changes that would make Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi eligible to lead the country.
http://www.voanews.com/content/reu-burma-president-supports-changing-army-drafted-constitution/1822140.html

01 JANUARY 2014

Myanmar takes first step to clear way for Suu Kyi

The ruling party has formally proposed a Constitutional amendment that currently bars Aung San Suu Kyi from being president of the country

http://www.asianewsnet.net/Myanmar-takes-first-step-to-clear-way-for-Suu-Kyi–55617.html

http://www.irrawaddy.org/burma/usdp-announces-surprise-constitutional-amendment-proposal.html

31 DECEMBER 2013

Myanmar president grants prisoners amnesty

Myanmar has freed five prisoners and more are expected
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/12/myanmar-president-grants-prisoners-amnesty-201312314465251868.html
http://www.voanews.com/content/burma-releases-more-political-prisoners/1820559.html

28 DECEMBER 2013

Suu Kyi’s party to run in Myanmar elections

The party of Myanmar’s pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi has declared that it will take part in 2015 parliamentary elections even if the country’s constitution barring her from running for president is not amended.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/12/suu-kyi-party-myanmar-elections-20131228144916841111.html

20 DECEMBER 2013

Suu Kyi signals threat to boycott 2015 election

Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi has suggested for the first time that a boycott of the 2015 election may be on the cards unless her demands to amend an « undemocratic » Constitution are heeded.

http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/suu-kyi-signals-threat-boycott-2015-election

11 DECEMBER 2013

Burma Frees 44 Political Prisoners

Burma has released 44 political prisoners, in the latest step towards fulfilling President Thein Sein’s promise to free all political detainees by the end of the year

http://www.voanews.com/content/burma-frees-44-political-prisoners/1807886.html

19 NOVEMBER 2013

Burma’s Promise: President Thein Sein’s 11 Commitments to Obama one year ago

Here is what those 11 commitments are and where they stand today:

http://fpif.org/burmas-promise-president-thein-seins-11-commitments-obama/

18 NOVEMBER 2013

UN calls for end to Myanmar clashes

The United Nations has called for an immediate end to clashes between Myanmar troops and ethnic Kachin rebels, as hundreds of civilians remain trapped in a remote area with limited food and shelter.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/11/un-calls-end-myanmar-clashes-20131118145121343591.html

15 NOVEMBER 2013

Myanmar frees 69 political prisoners: officials

Myanmar on Friday said it had released dozens of detained activists as the fast-changing former pariah state hosts top-level international visitors, including from the European Union.
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/myanmar-frees-69-political-prisoners-officials

31 OCTOBER 2013

Myanmar minority allowed to form political party

Ethnic minority Kachin leaders in Myanmar’s war-torn far north on Thursday hailed a government decision to allow them to form a political party as a step towards finding elusive peace.
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/myanmar-minority-allowed-form-political-party

29 OCTOBER 2013

Myanmar workers in Thailand earning under minimum wage

Many Myanmar migrants working in Thailand are earning less than the minimum wage of BHT 300 a day (US$ 10), according to the Education and Development Foundation.

http://www.elevenmyanmar.com/national/3882-myanmar-workers-in-thailand-earning-under-minimum-wage

28 OCTOBER 2013

Pope urges dialogue in Myanmar at talks with Suu Kyi

Pope Francis called for inter-religious dialogue in Myanmar on Monday at an audience for Nobel Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi in which the two also discussed her long campaign for democracy.
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/pope-urges-dialogue-myanmar-talks-suu-kyi

26 OCTOBER 2013

Thein Sein’s decision not to run paves the way for a challenge between Aung San Suu Kyi and Shwe Mann in 2015



Myanmar President Thein Sein, who led the reform process in the past two years, will not run for a second mandate in 2015, this according to Shwe Mann, speaker of the lower house and head of the ruling Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP). His likely adversary will be Aung San Suu Kyi. Like her, Mann wants the constitution amended to allow the country’s main opposition leader to run.

http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Thein-Sein’s-decision-not-to-run-paves-the-way-for-a-challenge-between-Aung-San-Suu-Kyi-and-Shwe-Mann-in-2015-29383.html

25 OCTOBER 2013

UN envoy slams Myanmar’s anti-Muslim violence

« The situation in Rakhine State has fed a wider anti-Muslim narrative in Myanmar, which is posing one of the most serious threats to the reform process, » Tomas Ojea Quintana, UN special rapporteur on the situation in human rights in Myanmar, said on Thursday. « Rakhine State remains in a situation of profound crisis. »

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/10/un-envoy-slams-myanmar-anti-muslim-violence-201310250350636671.html

22 OCTOBER 2013

Suu Kyi finally gets EU Sakharov rights prize

Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Tuesday finally received the EU’s Sakharov rights prize she won in 1990 at the height of a brutal military crackdown, but said her work was not yet done.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/375888/suu-kyi-finally-gets-eu-sakharov-rights-prize

21 OCTOBER 2013

Suu Kyi urges world to pressure Myanmar leaders on reform

Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Monday urged European Union and world leaders to pile pressure on her country’s government to complete its reform process.
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/suu-kyi-urges-world-to/856198.html

17 OCTOBER 2013

Myanmar journalist Sein Win dies

Sein Win, a renowned journalist in Myanmar who championed press freedom and endured three stints in prison as he chronicled several decades of his country’s turbulent history, died Thursday at age 91.

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/375121/sein-win-force-for-press-freedom-in-myanmar-dies

http://asiancorrespondent.com/114545/sein-win-force-for-press-freedom-in-burma-dies/

10 OCTOBER 2013

Burma agrees preliminary deal with Kachin rebels

The Burmese authorities say they have signed a preliminary peace agreement with ethnic Kachin rebels in the north.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-24480495

Myanmar takes Asean chair

Myanmar won a new diplomatic prize Thursday for its dramatic political reforms, taking the helm of Southeast Asia’s regional bloc despite warnings from some critics that the move was premature. http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/374040/myanmar-takes-asean-chair http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/former-pariah-myanmar-takes-asean-chair

Myanmar opposition spokesman fined over election claim

Myanmar’s opposition spokesman said Thursday he had been fined for a statement he made claiming that ballot sheets were tampered with in landmark by-elections that saw Aung San Suu Kyi’s party enter parliament last year.

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/374028/myanmar-opposition-spokesman-fined-over-election-claim

9 OCTOBER 2013

Sexual violence in Burma

Burma was not one of the 115 countries to sign up to the UN Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative (PSVI) launched by William Hague at the UN General Assembly on 24 September 2013. Despite Burma’s refusal to sign the initiative the British Government will still pay to train soldiers from the Burmese Army, which is accused of using rape as a weapon and child soldiers.

http://asiapacific.anu.edu.au/newmandala/2013/10/09/sexual-violence-in-burma/

1st OCTOBER 2013

Fresh violence in Rakhine state as Burma leader visits

Hundreds of Buddhists have rioted in western Myanmar, killing a 94-year-old Muslim woman and setting more than 70 homes ablaze, police say.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-24354159
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/10/myanmar-rioters-attack-muslims-burn-homes-2013101105542511855.html

Only 30% of Myanmar has access to electricity, says minister

Myanmar currently provides electricity to 30 per cent of the population according to the Minister Electric Power, Khin Maung Soe.

http://www.asianewsnet.net/Only-30-of-Myanmar-has-access-to-electricity-says–52304.html

30 SEPTEMBER 2013

Muslims in Hiding in Burma After Latest Bout of Sectarian Strife

Terrified Muslims hid in their homes in northwest Burma on Monday after armed police dispersed a Buddhist mob that torched houses and surrounded a mosque in the latest outbreak of sectarian violence. Clashes between Buddhists and Muslims have killed at least 237 people and left more than 150,000 homeless since June of last year
http://www.voanews.com/content/reu-muslims-in-hiding-in-burma-after-latest-bout-of-sectarian-strife/1759616.html
http://asiancorrespondent.com/113915/sectarian-tensions-flare-in-burma-town/

20 SEPTEMBER 2013

Dalai Lama to Burmese monks : Enough anti- Rohingya violence

The Tibetan spiritual leader recalls the teachings of the Buddha and appeals to the Burmese monks : no more attacks and violence against « your Muslim brothers and sisters . » Aung San Suu Kyi calls for amendments to the Constitution to solve the ethnic problem . In the sixth anniversary of the Saffron Revolution monks call on authorities to apologize .
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Dalai-Lama-to-Burmese-monks-:-Enough-anti–Rohingya-violence-29059.html

16 SEPTEMBER 2013

Aung San Suu Kyi meets Dalai Lama

Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi has risked prompting Chinese anger after it was confirmed she had a private meeting with the Dalai Lama on the sidelines of a Prague rights conference, its spokesman said Monday.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/370012/suu-kyi-meets-dalai-lama-risking-china-ire

25 AUGUST 2013

Twelve arrested after fresh unrest in Myanmar

At least 12 people have been arrested after a renewed bout of religious violence in Myanmar’s northern Sagaing region in which dozens of homes were set ablaze.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/08/2013825133757670971.html

23 AUGUST 2013

China’s troubled Myanmar policy

A self-serving approach has clouded local perceptions of China’s presence, especially in troubled Kachin State.
http://thediplomat.com/2013/08/23/chinas-troubled-myanmar-policy/

Burma’s Parliament Approves $100 Million Loan From China

Burma’s Parliament has approved the government’s decision to borrow US$100 million from China, despite opposition from the National League for Democracy (NLD) and other parties.

http://www.irrawaddy.org/archives/42738

21 AUGUST 2013

UN envoy says Myanmar failed to protect him in attack

The UN’s rights envoy on Myanmar Wednesday slammed the nation’s government for failing to protect him when his convoy came under attack in a town reeling from religious unrest.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/365744/un-envoy-says-myanmar-failed-to-protect-him-in-attack
http://www.voanews.com/content/un-envoy-accuses-burma-of-failing-to-protect-him/1734057.html

15 AUGUST 2013

Rohingya activist held after Facebook post

An activist has been arrested in Myanmar after posting photos on Facebook from violent clashes between displaced Muslims and security forces in country’s restive state of Rakhine, police and an activist have said.

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/08/201381571457149651.html

13 AUGUT 2013

Burma must declare war against corruption

Corruption in Burma (Myanmar) is systemic and widespread, and will be the most significant threat to the country’s future economic growth and development.

http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2013/08/13/burma-must-declare-war-against-corruption/

8 AUGUST 2013

Burma marks 25 years since brutal junta crackdown

Politicians, Buddhist monks and thousands of Burmese citizens attended rallies in Yangon on Thursday to mark the 25th anniversary of the brutal « 8888 » crackdown on student protests la http://www.france24.com/en/20130808-burma-marks-25-years-8888-junta-student-crackdownunched by the country’s former junta rulers on August 8, 1988.
http://www.france24.com/en/20130808-burma-marks-25-years-8888-junta-student-crackdown
http://asiancorrespondent.com/111694/burmas-president-urged-to-make-an-apology-for-1988-killings/
http://www.voanews.com/content/burma-marks-25-years-since-88-uprising/1725732.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-23602365

7 AUGUST 2013

Burma Army Frees More Child Soldiers as Part of Pact to End Practice

The Burma Army discharged 68 children and young people on Wednesday, the United Nations said, exactly a month after it released 42 children and young adults who had been recruited for soldiering and other duties.
http://www.irrawaddy.org/archives/41542
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/363519/myanmar-frees-kids-from-military

23 JULY 2013

Burma frees a further 73 political prisoners

The Burmese authorities say they are releasing another 73 political prisoners, after a promise by President Thein Sein to free all dissidents by the end of the year.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-23416223

19 JULY 2013

EU reopens preferential trade with Myanmar

Myanmar is set to profit from a preferential trade agreement with the European Union (EU) starting on July 19, according to an EU press release.
http://www.elevenmyanmar.com/business/2808-eu-reopens-preferential-trade-with-myanmar

Myanmar’s president says doesn’t object to Suu Kyi running for president

Myanmar President Thein Sein is not preparing himself at the moment to contest the 2015 presidential election and has « no objections » to Nobel peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi running, he said in an interview aired on Friday.
http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20130719-438670.html

Myanmar military to return 18,000 acres of confiscated land

The Myanmar military will return over 18,000 acres of confiscated farmlands to their original owners, according to the Minister of Defence.

http://www.asianewsnet.net/Myanmar-military-to-return-18000-acres-of-confisca-49278.html

17 JULY 2013

Burmese president meets France’s Hollande

Burma’s President Thein Sein met French President François Hollande and Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault on Wednesday for talks on economic and diplomatic ties, in the second leg of his European tour.                                                                                                                                   http://www.france24.com/en/20130717-burma-president-thein-sein-meet-france-francois-hollande

Paris-based Watchdog calls for crimes against the media in Burma

Reporters Without Borders has written an open letter dated 16 July 2013 to Burmese President Thein Sein, who begins a two-day visit to France started on Wednesday, calling for an investigation into the former military government’s crimes against the media since 1962.

http://asiancorrespondent.com/110770/paris-based-watchdog-call-for-crimes-against-the-media-in-burma/

13 JULY 2013

Burma signs treaty with Wa ethnic group

Burma’s government and rebels from the ethnic Wa guerrilla group have reached a peace deal, state media has reported.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-23300441

11 JULY 2013

Buddhist bin Laden’ or man of peace? Monk leads anti-Muslim campaign in Myanmar

Wirathu is the leader of a Buddhist extremist movement known as 969. He was once jailed for anti-Muslim violence and believes it is vital that Buddhist people keep their business, relationships and land dealings away from followers of Islam.

http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/07/11/19395152-buddhist-bin-laden-or-man-of-peace-monk-leads-anti-muslim-campaign-in-myanmar?lite

8 JULY 2013

Myanmar jails 2 Buddhists for riot murders

Myanmar has sentenced two Buddhist men to seven years in prison for murders during religious violence in March that left dozens of people dead, a local official said Monday.                                                                                                                                   http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20130708-435602.html

http://www.euronews.com/2013/07/08/two-buddhists-jailed-for-murder-in-burmese-religious-riots/

Myanmar frees 42 children from military

Myanmar has discharged 42 children and young people from its armed forces, UN agencies said Monday, urging increased efforts to free child soldiers as the country emerges from military rule.

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/358915/myanmar-frees-children-from-the-armed-forces-un

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/07/20137810464011516.html

5 JULY 2013

Burma Lower House endorses controversial media bill

The Printing and Publishing Enterprise Bill submitted by the Ministry of Information with amendments was approved at Thursday’s Lower House of Parliament session, the state-run New Light of Myanmar newspaper reported today.

http://asiancorrespondent.com/110271/burma-lower-house-endorses-the-controversial-media-bill/

26 JUNE 2013

Myanmar’s “Look West” policy: Is China being sidelined ?

Under Thein Sein, the country is seeking to evolve from its reliance on China. http://thediplomat.com/2013/06/26/myanmars-look-west-policy-is-china-being-sidelined/

25 JUNE 2013

Myanmar bans Time’s ‘Buddhist Terror’

Myanmar late Tuesday banned a controversial Time magazine cover story on Buddhist-Muslim religious violence « to prevent further conflict », according to a government spokesman, after days of angry reaction to the article.

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/356907/myanmar-bans-time-buddhist-terror

24 JUNE 2013

Burmese leader defends ‘anti Muslim’ monk Ashin Wirathu

Burmese President Thein Sein has defended a Buddhist monk accused of fomenting a wave of anti-Muslim violence in the country.                                                                                                                                http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-23027492

21 JUNE 2013

Will Myanmar’s Soldiers Return to Barracks?

Civil-military relations and constitutional reform in a changing society                        http://asiasentinel.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=5515&Itemid=168           http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2013/06/21/myanmar-civil-military-relations-and-constitutional-reform/

14 JUNE 2013

From Factories to Teashops, Child Labor a ‘Tradition’ in Burma

Child servers are a common sight at the average teashop or restaurant in Burma, where often the underage employees are working at the expense of schooling.                                                                                             http://www.irrawaddy.org/archives/37540

6 JUNE 2013

Aung San Suu Kyi says she wants to run for president

Addressing the World Economic Forum (WEF) on East Asia in the capital Naypyidaw, the Nobel Peace laureate appealed for the amendment of the military-drafted constitution which prevents her from leading the country. http://edition.cnn.com/2013/06/06/world/asia/myanmar-suu-kyi-presidential-aspiration/index.html?hpt=ias_c1  http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/aung-san-suu-kyi-says-she-wants-to-run-f/699802.html

30 MAY 2013

Burma reaches ceasefire deal with ethnic Kachin rebels

The Burmese government and ethnic rebels from the Kachin Independence Organisation (KIO) have reached a seven-point ceasefire deal.                                                                                                                                                  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-22716088                                                                           http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/05/20135301064426259.html

28 MAY 2013

Suu Kyi criticizes two-child limit on Muslims in western Myanmar

Nobel peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi has joined human rights activists in criticizing a two-child limit imposed on Muslim families by authorities in areas of western Myanmar in an attempt to control their population. http://edition.cnn.com/2013/05/28/world/asia/myanmar-rohingya-child-limit/index.html?hpt=ias_c1                                                                                                                                                                  http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Aung-San-Suu-Kyi:-Rohingya-Muslims-discriminated-against-in-two-child-law-28036.html

25 MAY 2013

Two child limit imposed on Myanmar’s Rohingya

Authorities in Myanmar’s western Rakhine state have imposed a two-child limit for Muslim Rohingya families, a policy that does not apply to Buddhists in the area, and comes amid accusations of ethnic cleansing in the aftermath of sectarian violence                                                                                                                                               http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20130526-425281.htmlhttp://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/05/2013525133356670103.html

24 MAY 2013

As Burma Opens, Critical NGOs look in

Some international organizations urge foreign businesses to stay out until conditions improve http://asiasentinel.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=5443&Itemid=217

21 MAY 2013

Myanmar jails Muslims over religious violence

A Myanmar court has sentenced seven Muslims to prison terms in connection with religious violence in March that left dozens of people dead, a justice official said.                                                                                                                            http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/05/2013521154453691869.html

20 MAY 2013

Obama hosts Myanmar leader in historic visit

Myanmar President Thein Sein has become the first leader of his country to visit the White House in nearly half a century, as Washington offers a strong symbolic gesture to back his reforms.                                            http://www.aljazeera.com/news/americas/2013/05/201352023713744342.html

17 MAY 2013

Myanmar frees group of dissidents

Myanmar has released more than 20 political prisoners, a government official has said, just hours before President Thein Sein leaves for a landmark state visit to the US.                                                                                                                                                      http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/05/2013517104457315241.html

2 MAY 2013

China Provides Fighter Copters to Burma Armed Group

China has provided missile-equipped helicopters to Burma’s largest armed ethnic rebel group, a report said this week, in a move that one Burmese military analyst said could hurt bilateral ties.                                                                                         http://www.rfa.org/english/news/burma/wa-04302013201404.html

2 MAY 2013

Cambodia, Hong Kong Slip in Press Freedom Poll

Press freedom took a knock in Hong Kong, Cambodia, and Thailand while Burma chalked up the best gains for media reforms in Asia over the past year, says an annual global Survey                                                                                                           http://www.rfa.org/english/news/cambodia/media-05012013234119.html

26 APRIL 2013

US to boost trade, military ties with Burma

Burma could get broad duty-free access to the U.S. market by year’s end as the United States tries to deepen trade and military ties with the former military dictatorship.                                                                                                                                               http://asiancorrespondent.com/106540/us-to-boost-trade-military-ties-with-burma/

23 APRIL 2013

Myanmar frees dozens of prisoners

Myanmar on Tuesday pardoned dozens of political prisoners, activists said, a day after the European Union agreed to end almost all sanctions against the Southeast Asian state.                                                                                            http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/myanmar-frees-dozens-of-prisoners/649342.html                                                                                     http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-22265293

22 APRIL 2013

EU ends Myanmar sanctions; arms embargo remains

EU foreign ministers agreed Monday to lift the last of the bloc’s trade, economic and individual sanctions against Myanmar, hailing « a new chapter » with the Southeast Asian country.                                                                                                        http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/world/eu-ends-myanmar-sanctions-arms-embargo-r/647660.html                                                                                http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-22254493

21 APRIL 2013

Myanmar’s economic prospects and its real potential

Myanmar’s economic potential has been vastly enhanced by the access to foreign resources — in the form of new trading opportunities, the inflow of foreign investment, elevated levels of bilateral and multilateral assistance — that President U Thein Sein’s commitment to political, social and economic reform has unleashed.                                                                                                  http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2013/04/21/myanmars-economic-prospects-and-its-real-potential/

20 APRIL 2013

Diplomats: EU to drop sanctions against Burma

The European Union will drop most sanctions against Burma to reward the country’s progress toward democracy, two EU diplomats said Friday. http://asiancorrespondent.com/105934/diplomats-eu-to-drop-sanctions-against-burma/             http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/burmamyanmar/10006542/EU-to-lift-sanctions-against-Burma-permanently.html

18 APRIL 2013

Democracy veteran Win Tin warns of dark times ahead

As the Burmese new year begins, democracy veteran U Win Tin warns that its transition is being threatened by dark forces as Aung San Suu Kyi struggles to maintain her moral authority                                                                                                               http://asiancorrespondent.com/105636/burma-democracy-veteran-win-tin-warns-of-dark-times-ahead/

6 APRIL 2013

13 Myanmar soldiers killed in border clash

Thirteen Myanmar soldiers were killed and two others went missing in a clash with unidentified armed forces at the border area of southern Ranong province, the same location where 92 Thais were arrested last year, a Thai military officer said yesterday. http://www.nationmultimedia.com/national/13-Myanmar-soldiers-killed-in-border-clash-30203515.html

1 APRIL 2013

Private newspapers return to Myanmar

Private dailies in the former British colony, also known as Burma, were forced to shut down following a military coup in 1964. http://www.euronews.com/2013/04/01/private-newspapers-return-to-myanmar/

22 MARCH 2013

Deadly riots continue in central Myanmar

Two days of rioting between Buddhists and Muslims in a central Myanmar town has killed at least 20 people, a legislator said. http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/03/201332271825415121.html                                                 http://www.euronews.com/2013/03/22/deadly-ethnic-violence-erupts-in-myanmar/

21 MARCH 2013

At least 10 dead in Myanmar riots: MP

At least 10 people have been killed in riots in central Myanmar, an MP said Thursday, prompting international concern at the country’s worst communal unrest since a wave of Buddhist-Muslim clashes last year.                                                                     http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20130321-410409.html

18 MARCH 2013

Australia and Burma open defence talks

Australia is to ease restrictions on military engagement with Burma following democratic reforms carried out since the country’s ruling generals relinquished their half-century grip on power in 2011.                                                                   http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/mar/18/australian-opens-defence-talks-burma

18 MARCH 2013

China counter-pivots on Myanmar

A quiet, modulated dance is being played out in Myanmar. It is not a waltz, with its rhythmical, proper movements, and only on the surface are events in Myanmar equally decorous. If China and the United States are the dancers, then Myanmar is the master of ceremonies. Underlying this proper facade rivalries are apparent. When and how the music will stop is unclear                                                                                                                           http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Southeast_Asia/SEA-01-180313.html

11 MARCH 2013

Report: Burma police used phosphorus at mine protest

An eagerly awaited official report has confirmed that police in Burma used smoke bombs that contain phosphorus during a crackdown on anti-mine protesters last year that left 108 people with burns, mostly Buddhist monks. The report also recommended the controversial Chinese-backed project continue.                                                                                                                                                http://asiancorrespondent.com/101748/burma-myanmar-copper-mine-protest/                                                                                                                                    http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20130312-408031.html

8 MARCH 2013

Burma’s opposition NLD holds first congress

Burma’s opposition National League for Democracy (NLD) is holding its first ever congress, at which it will elect party leaders for the first time. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-21710640                                                                                                                       http://www.asianewsnet.net/New-Myanmar-a-test-for-Suu-Kyis-party-43685.html                          http://www.euronews.com/2013/03/08/myanmar-suu-kyi-s-party-holds-first-ever-congress/

6 MARCH 2013

The Challenges of Myanmar and the Rest

Myanmar has experienced a profound transformation over the past months, and President Thein Sein’s recent 10-day visit to Europe should be regarded as a historic challenge for Europe and the rest of the global community.                                                            http://www.eias.org/publication/eu-asia-glance/challenges-myanmar-and-rest?goback=%2Egde_4023266_member_219802893

4 MARCH 2013

President Suu Kyi?

It is worth asking the question: Can Aung San Suu Kyi make an effective transition from political symbol to political leader?                                         http://www.fpif.org/articles/president_suu_kyi

24 FEBRUARY 2013

Burma debate keeps going on unitary state vs. federal union

The people of Burma have been longing for a peaceful and prosperous country since the 1948 independence victory. But regrettably, the nation’s independence hero General Aung San was assassinated a year ahead of liberation. As a result, civil wars throughout the nation came forward with the independence offered by British colonial rule.                                                                                        http://asiancorrespondent.com/99077/opinion-burma-debate-keeps-going-on-unitary-state-vs-federal-union/

17 FEBRUARY 2013

UN accuses Myanmar army of torture against rebels

Serious human rights abuses are still being committed in Myanmar despite democratic reforms and progress in resolving conflicts with ethnic groups, according to the United Nations.                                                                                                                  http://www.euronews.com/2013/02/17/un-accuses-myanmar-army-of-torture-against-rebels/

15 FEBRUARY 2013

Myanmar officials ‘involved in land grab’

A damning report on the violence at a copper mine in northern Myanmar last November accuses government officials of siding with Chinese and Myanmar military investors to force villagers to surrender their farmland to the mine. Police brutally broke up protests against the move but these have not died down.                                                                                                                                                                   http://asianewsnet.net/Myanmar-officials-involved-in-land-grab–42777.html

13 FEBRUARY 2013

Suu Kyi offers to mediate Myanmar peace talks

Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi has offered to help negotiate an end to conflicts between the government and the country’s ethnic minority groups.                                                                                                                                                                              http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/02/2013212235432194734.html

7 FEBRUARY 2013

Group Formed to Free Dissidents in Myanmar

Burma announced Thursday that it would establish a presidential steering committee to “grant liberty” to those imprisoned for voicing political dissent, in the government’s first public acknowledgement that it is holding political prisoners in the country’s jails http://www.rfa.org/english/news/burma/prisoners-02072013180917.html

28 JANUARY 2013

Myanmar secures debt relief worth almost $6bn

Myanmar on Monday 28 hailed a deal with international lenders to cancel nearly $6 billion of its debt, another milestone in the rapid transformation of the former junta-ruled nation.                                                                                                        http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20130128-398512.html                                                                                                        http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/01/201312882635377625.html

26 JANUARY 2013

Myanmar captures key rebel-held outpost

Myanmar troops have captured a key strategic outpost from rebels in the northern Kachin state, according to rebels, as the government criticised the US over its concerns about the escalating violence.                                                                                                  http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/01/2013126142659670778.html

21 JANUARY 2013

Kachin rebels say Myanmar ignoring ceasefire

Myanmar troops have attacked rebel positions in northeast Kachin despite a ceasefire order from the president and an invitation to the rebels to take part in peace talks, a rebel spokesman and a local source have said.                                                                      http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/01/20131212566922246.html

19 JANUARY 2013

Burma ceasefire ‘holds’ in rebel-held Kachin areas

A ceasefire announced by the Burmese military fighting rebels in northern Kachin state appears to be holding., http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-21096488

16 JANUARY 2013

Myanmar revokes anti-dissident law: state media

Myanmar has repealed a law that was used to jail critics of the former junta, state media said Wednesday, as the fast-changing nation works to overhaul a legal system once used to crush dissidents.                                                                                               http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20130116-396032.html                                                                                           http://www.latimes.com/news/world/worldnow/la-fg-wn-myanmar-repeals-dissidents-law-20130116,0,4788537.story?track=rss

3 JANUARY 2013

Burma military admits airstrikes against Kachin rebels

Burma’s military acknowledged launching airstrikes against ethnic Kachin rebels in the north and said it captured a hilltop post from where the insurgents had attacked government supply convoys.                                                                                      http://asiancorrespondent.com/94687/burma-military-admits-airstrikes-against-kachin/

28 DECEMBER 2012

Burma gives go-ahead for private newspapers in 2033                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-20856701

24 DECEMBER 2012

Myanmar or Burma? Debate over nation’s name persists

Despite its obscurity abroad, the term Myanmar will probably prevail over Burma in the tug of words over the Southeast Asian nation’s name. http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-myanmar-burma-name-20121224,0,5071578.story?goback=%2Egde_1972950_member_195667021%2Egmr_1972950%2Egde_1972950_member_199773461

13 DECEMBER 2012

Burma’s police: The long road to reform

Last week, television viewers in Burma were treated to a remarkable sight: the police force formally apologising for using excessive force to break up a protest at a mine site, and injuring more than 20 Buddhist monks. This unusual event was in response to widespread public criticism of the violence, which will also be the subject of an official enquiry led by Aung San Suu Kyi.                                                     http://www.lowyinterpreter.org/post/2012/12/13/Burmas-police-The-long-road-to-reform.aspx?goback=%2Egde_108552_member_199237096

29 NOVEMBER 2012

Burmese police break up copper mine protest

Police in Burma have used water cannon and tear gas to break up a protest against a vast Chinese-backed copper mine in the north-west of the country
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-20536992

19 NOVEMBER 2012

US President Obama hails Burma’s ‘remarkable journey’

Burma is on a « remarkable journey » of reform that has much further to go, Barack Obama said as he made the first visit to the South East Asian nation by a serving US president
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-20386066
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/11/20121118171250497121.html
http://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/138439/sebastian-strangio/what-obama-wants-from-myanmar

18 NOVEMBER 2012

Myanmar to look at Rohingya rights

Myanmar’s president has pledged to consider new rights for the stateless Rohingya minority ahead of a landmark visit by President Barack Obama, but stopped short of a full commitment that citizenship and other new freedoms would be granted.
http://www.thedailystar.net/newDesign/news-details.php?nid=257938

15 NOVEMBER 2012

Myanmar’s president grants 452 prisoners amnesty

Hundreds of prisoners in Myanmar have been granted their freedom, according to the state-run newspaper, just days before President Barack Obama is scheduled to become the first sitting U.S. head of state to visit the fledgling democracy
http://edition.cnn.com/2012/11/14/world/asia/myanmar-prisoner-release/index.html?hpt=ias_c2

14 NOVEMBER 2012

Reforms in Myanmar: Challenges and prospects

In a week’s time, US President Barack Obama is scheduled to visit Asia’s – and perhaps the world’s – hottest destination: Myanmar. He should « see » the ugly realities of the country’s reforms that lie just beneath their surface and hear the cries of the wretched of Myanmar, such as the Muslim Rohingya and the Christian Kachins.
http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2012/11/20121114102511809369.html

9 NOVEMBER 2012

Obama to make historic visit to Myanmar

President Barack Obama later this month will become the first US leader to visit Myanmar, marking the strongest international endorsement so far of the fragile democratic transition in the once-isolated Southeast Asian country after decades of military rule.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/11/201211942656163448.html

4 NOVEMBER 2012

Aung San Suu Kyi Refuses to Take Sides in Burma Ethnic Violence

Burmese democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi has urged tolerance in response to a wave of ethnic violence in the west of the country, but says she will not take sides. In an interview with the BBC Saturday, the Nobel Peace laureate said she does « not think one should use one’s moral leadership » to promote a particular cause without looking into the sources of the problem
http://www.voanews.com/content/aung_san_suu_kyi_refuses_to_take_sides_in_burma_ethnic_violence/1538987.html

3 NOVEMBER 2012

EU chief Barroso offers new development aid to Burma

European Commission chief Jose Manuel Barroso has offered Burma more than $100m (£62m; 78m euros) in development aid as he met President Thein Sein
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-20189448

2 NOVEMBER 2012

World Bank approves first aid to Burma in 25 years

The World Bank has approved an $80 million grant to support Burma’s reform efforts after suspending aid to the nation for 25 years. The funds are destined for infrastructure projects in rural villages, the bank said http://www.france24.com/en/20121102-world-bank-approves-first-burma-grant-aid-25-years-80-million-reform-myanmar-infrastructure http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20121102-381134.html

31 OCTOBER 2012

Myanmar ‘rejects talks’ on ethnic violence

Myanmar has rejected an offer by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations to open talks aimed at quelling deadly communal violence there, according to the regional bloc’s chief
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/10/2012103161130375846.html

27 OCTOBER 2012

Thousands displaced by ethnic violence in Burma

Thousands of displaced people have surged towards already overcrowded camps in western Myanmar, the UN has said, after new communal violence that has left dozens dead. Tens of thousands of mainly Muslim Rohingya are already crammed into squalid camps around the state capital Sittwe after deadly violence between Rohingya and Buddhists began in June.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/10/201210276502242958.html http://www.france24.com/en/20121027-burma-rakhine-state-thousands-displaced-deadly-ethnic-violence-buddhists-rohingya-muslims

19 OCTOBER 2012

US invites Myanmar to joint military drills

The United States has invited Myanmar to the world’s largest multi-national military field exercise, a powerful symbolic gesture toward a military with a grim human rights record and a milestone in its rapprochement with the West
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/10/2012101910515790866.html

16 OCTOBER 2012

Myanmar president re-elected ruling party leader

Myanmar’s reformist President Thein Sein was re-appointed Tuesday as head of the ruling party at a key meeting aimed at reviving its flagging political fortunes against a resurgent opposition. http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20121016-378051.html http://www.voanews.com/content/burmese-president-retains-party-leadership/1527421.html

14 OCTOBER 2012

Burma army-backed party to choose new leadership

The Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) wants to regroup after the newly legalised opposition NLD, led by Aung San Suu Kyi, trounced nearly all its candidates in April by-elections. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-19940499

4 OCTOBER 2012

Burma’s Corrupt Legal System

http://asiasentinel.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=4868&Itemid=168

28 SEPTEMBER

Myanmar reforms irreversible, Thein Sein tells UN

Myanmar’s top leader assured the world yesterday that the radical reforms his country has taken so far are irreversible, even as the United States announced a day before that it would begin easing a decade-old ban on imports from the South East Asian nation
http://www.asianewsnet.net/home/news.php?id=36889&sec=1

24 SEPTEMBER 2012

Myanmar president leaves for historic US tour

Myanmar’s President Thein Sein headed to the United States on Monday for a landmark visit that coincides with a triumphal American tour by opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20120924-373491.html
21 SEPTEMBER 2012

Aung San Suu Kyi Urges Cooperation Among Burma’s Leaders

Burmese democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi urged cooperation among leaders in her country to work for its good. Speaking briefly during a visit to the United Nations Friday, she said the time has come for the Burmese people to take responsibility for democratizing their own country http://www.voanews.com/content/burma-aung-san-suu-kyi-welcomes-lifting-of-us-sanctions/1512515.html

20 SEPTEMBER 2012

Burmese editor and publisher charged with libel

The editor and publisher of an independent journal in Burma have been charged with defamation after publishing a story about alleged corruption in government
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-19659294

19 SEPTEMBER 2012

Aung San Suu Kyi receives Congressional honour

Aung San Suu Kyi, the Burmese democracy leader, has received Congress’s highest award, hours before she was due to meet President Barack Obama
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/burmamyanmar/9553804/Aung-San-Suu-Kyi-receives-Congressional-honour.html

17 SEPTEMBER 2012

Burma frees 514 prisoners in political reforms

More than 500 prisoners are to be released on humanitarian grounds in Burma, just days ahead of a trip by Aung San Suu Kyi to the United States http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/burmamyanmar/9548356/Burma-frees-514-prisoners-in-political-reforms.html

6 SEPTEMBER 2012

9 judges resign amid pressure from Burma lawmakers

All nine judges on Burma’s presidentially appointed Constitution Tribunal abruptly resigned Thursday after the lower house of parliament voted to impeach them in a standoff within Burma’s nascent government http://asiancorrespondent.com/88909/9-judges-resign-amid-pressure-from-burma-lawmakers/ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-19498968

4 SEPTEMBER 2012

Dozens of child soldiers have been discharged from the Myanmar military, state media said Tuesday, months after the country agreed with the United Nations to curb the use of underage recruits
http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20120904-369562.html

2 SEPTEMBER 2012

Buddhist monks stage anti-Rohingya rally

Hundreds of Buddhist monks marched in the Burmese city of Mandalay on Sunday 2 to back President Thein Sein’s proposal to deport members of the Rohingya Muslim minority group. Fighting between the two sides has left almost 90 people dead since June.
http://www.france24.com/en/20120903-buddhist-monks-march-back-rohingya-deportation-plan-muslim-myanmar-sectarian-conflict


Myanmar to allow daily newspapers next year: minister

Myanmar’s new information minister on Sunday predicted newspapers would be able to publish daily from early 2013, heralding fresh reform for a sector recently freed from decades of draconian censorship. http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20120902-369181.html

1 SEPTEMBER 2012

Burma’s student leader Moe Thee Zun returns home

A prominent Burmese student leader, who was sentenced to death in his absence, has returned to Burma – the latest in a series of leading exiles to do so
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-19450435 http://www.voanews.com/content/prominent_exiled_activist_returns_to_burma/1499979.html

29 AUGUST 2012

Thein Sein shuffles to restart reform

A cabinet reshuffle in Myanmar aims to put President Thein Sein’s increasingly stalled reform process back on track. The highly anticipated shake-up, announced on Monday, will empower reformers at the expense of hardliners and could provide new impetus behind the president’s stated policy priorities of national reconciliation and economic development.
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Southeast_Asia/NH30Ae03.html

27 AUGUST 2012

Myanmar president promotes reformers in cabinet shake-up

Myanmar President Thein Sein announced a long-awaited reshuffle of his cabinet on Monday that sees his top reformers moved into key ministerial posts and reassignments for remnants of the former military junta. http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/48802303/ http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/1222432/1/.html

26 AUGUST 2012

US sends basketball players to Burma

As the two countries’ diplomatic relations warm, the US embassy said that four « sports envoys » will be in Burma this week as part of a State Department-sponsored programme « to emphasise the importance of academics, cooperation, and respect for diversity. » http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/burmamyanmar/9500603/US-sends-basketball-players-to-Burma.html

20 AUGUST 2012

Burmese government ends “all media” censorship after 50 years

From today, newspapers and broadcasts of political or religious nature will not be subject to prior examination. Last year, the government had already removed controls on less ideologically « sensitive » newspapers and magazines. A further signal of the path of democratic reforms promoted by Thein Sein. http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Burmese-government-ends-“all-media”-censorship-after-50-years-25583.html
http://asiancorrespondent.com/87985/burma-government-ends-censorship-of-local-media/

17 AUGUST 2012

New reform balance in Myanmar

After a drawn-out selection process, Myanmar’s military parliamentarians have appointed Admiral Nyan Tun as the country’s new vice president, a choice that may help to consolidate President Thein Sein’s position and signal a shift in the military’s position on his ambitious reform agenda http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Southeast_Asia/NH17Ae01.html

6 AUGUST 2012

Myanmar lifts suspensions on journals after protests

Myanmar’s government has agreed to lift suspensions on two weekly journals within two weeks, their editors said on Monday, just days after rare protests by journalists in two cities to demand more press freedom. http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/48527459/
http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20120806-363837.html

4 AUGUST 2012

Myanmar journalists protest against censorship

Dozens of journalists marched in Myanmar’s main city Saturday to protest the suspension of two journals amid fears officials are rowing back on pledges to ease strict junta-era censorship laws, an AFP reporter said. http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20120804-363436.html http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2012-08-04/burmese-journalists-protest-suspensions/993306

4 AUGUST 2012

Irony Behind Rohingya Crisis

It may be an irony that some of the world’s worst discrimination against an ethnic Muslim minority has been occurring in Southeast Asia, home to the world’s biggest Muslim population.
http://www.rfa.org/english/east-asia-beat/rohingya-08032012220302.html

3 AUGUST 2012

US Congress renews Burma import ban

But Republican minority leader in the Senate, Mitch McConnell, said Thursday he was encouraged by Burma’s progress in the past year-and-a-half. He said lawmakers would monitor developments there “with hope for the future.”
http://asiancorrespondent.com/87006/us-congress-renews-burma-import-ban/

1 AUGUST 2012

Report blasts Myanmar treatment of Rohingya

Myanmar security forces have killed, raped or carried out mass arrests of Rohingya Muslims after deadly sectarian riots in the northeast in June, a rights group has said, adding the authorities had done little to prevent the initial unrest.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/08/20128154245751775. html
http://asiancorrespondent.com/86908/human-rights-group-cites-atrocities-in-western-burma/

20 JULY 2012

US hopes for economic kick start in reformed Myanmar

The arrival of Derek Mitchell in Myanmar as the first US ambassador to the country in 22 years anchors a new page in US-Myanmar relations. It is the ultimate manifestation of the US recognition and affirmation of the democratic reforms adopted by Myanmar President Thein Sein. Complementing Mitchell’s arrival was Washington’s expected announcement on the implementation of easing the financial sanctions on Myanmar, a move that has been fervently lobbied for and anxiously awaited by eager US companies for months.
http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/722110.shtml

19 JULY 2012

Burma TV marks Suu Kyi father’s Martyrs’ Day memorial

Burmese state TV has shown live footage of a ceremony honouring the father of opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, in what is seen as another sign of change.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-18898103

13 JULY 2012

Clinton meets with Burma’s President Thein Sein, discusses investment, human rights

Two days after President Obama formally lifted prohibitions on U.S. investment in Burma, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton met with Burmese President Thein Sein, marking another step in the administration’s rapid normalization of relations with the formerly isolated country. http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/clinton-meets-with-burmas-president-thein-sein-discusses-investment-human-rights/2012/07/13/gJQAwMKHiW_story.html

12 JULY 2012

Myanmar’s army can’t be left behind: Thein Sein

Myanmar’s military has a much reduced role in now, but cannot be ‘left behind’ by moves towards democratic reforms, President Thein Sein says
http://www.asianewsnet.net/home/news.php?id=33282&sec=1

11 JULY 2012

US eases economic sanctions on Myanmar

The United States eased its economic sanctions on Myanmar while maintaining a ban on ties with its military, President Barack Obama announced on Wednesday.In a statement issued after the appointment of the first US ambassador to Burma in two decades, Obama said Myanmar, which was until recently dominated by a notorious military regime, is making progress towards democracy http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/1213021/1/.html http://edition.cnn.com/2012/07/11/world/asia/us-myanmar-easing-sactions/index.html?hpt=ias_c2

10 JULY 2012

Hardline ex-general named to be new Burma VP

One of the military’s representatives in parliament said  that his bloc has nominated Myint Swe to fill the job that Tin Aung Myint Oo vacated earlier this month for health reasons. Myint Swe has been serving in the important position of chief minister of the Yangon region, with responsibility over the country’s biggest city and commercial center.
http://asiancorrespondent.com/85636/hardline-ex-general-named-to-be-new-burma-vp/

4 JULY 2012

Burma vice president’s resignation announced

Lawmakers were told Wednesday that President Thein Sein had accepted the resignation of Vice President Tin Aung Myint Oo for health reasons. The resignation took effect July 1, though he was widely reported to have quit in early May. http://asiancorrespondent.com/85351/burma-vice-presidents-resignation-announced/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/burmamyanmar/9375143/Burmas-hardline-vice-president-steps-down-in-further-sign-of-reform.html

21 JUNE 2012

Myanmar’s Suu Kyi in historic speech to British parliament

Aung San Suu Kyi urges the world to help Myanmar complete its journey towards democracy as she became the first foreign woman to address both houses of Britain’s parliament
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/1209133/1/.html

16 JUNE 2012

Suu Kyi gives Nobel speech in Norway, 21 years later

Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi gave her Nobel speech in Norway on Saturday, more than two decades after she won the peace prize. http://edition.cnn.com/2012/06/16/world/europe/norway-suu-kyi-nobel/index.html?hpt=ias_c2
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/17/world/asia/aung-san-suu-kyi-accepts-nobel-peace-prize.html?ref=asia http://www.aljazeera.com/news/europe/2012/06/201261610252337322.html

15 JUNE 2012

UN urges Bangladesh to take in people fleeing Burma violence

Tens of thousands of refugees have fled Burma’s province of Rakhine by boat. About 30,000 are already in camps in Bangladesh. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-18460804

13 JUNE 2012

Aung San Suu Kyi heads to Europe for historic trip out of Burma

Democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi left Burma on Wednesday on her first trip to Europe since 1988 to formally accept the Nobel Peace Prize that thrust her into the global limelight two decades ago.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/burmamyanmar/9328365/Aung-San-Suu-Kyi-heads-to-Europe-for-historic-trip-out-of-Burma.html

11 JUNE 2012

Burma declares emergency after sectarian riots

Burmese President Thein Sein has imposed a state of emergency and ordered troops to patrol the western state of Rakhine after a surge in sectarian violence between Muslims and Buddhists left at least seven people dead on Friday.
http://www.france24.com/en/20120611-burma-declares-state-emergency-after-deadly-sectarian-clashes-rakhine-muslims-buddhists http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/burmamyanmar/9323433/Tensions-rise-in-Burma-as-Thein-Sein-declares-state-of-emergency-in-western-state.html
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/1206969/1/.html

5 JUNE 2012

Myanmar state press appeals to « leader » Suu Kyi

Myanmar’s state media hailed Aung San Suu Kyi Monday as « the hope of Myanmar » and a leader alongside the president in a rare tribute to the democracy icon that urged the pair to « cooperate »
http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20120605-350715.html

30 MAI 2012

Aung San Suu Kyi in first foreign trip in 24 years

Aung San Suu Kyi, Burma’s democracy leader, has arrived in Thailand for her first trip abroad in more than two decades http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/burmamyanmar/9297758/Aung-San-Suu-Kyi-in-first-foreign-trip-in-24-years.html

17 MAY 2012

A pride with no parade for Burma’s first gay festival

Hundreds of people in Burma have attended the country’s first public gay pride event http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-18106018

Obama eases ban on Burma investment, but sanctions on junta remain

In an effort to encourage reform, US President Barack Obama on Thursday eased bans on investment in Burma’s financial services industry and on doing business in the country but kept sanctions against « individuals associated with the former regime » http://www.france24.com/en/20120517-obama-eases-ban-burma-investment-keeps-sanctions-junta-military-financial-services http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/1201943/1/.html

14 MAY 2012

South Korean President Lee Myung-bak in Burma visit

South Korean President Lee Myung-bak is to visit Burma, the first time a South Korean leader has visited the country since a deadly bomb attack 29 years ago
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-18055319

2 MAY 2012

Suu Kyi joins Burmese parliament for first time

Opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi was sworn in to Burma’s parliament for the first time on Wednesday, cementing a risky detente between her party and the country’s military rulers http://www.france24.com/en/20120502-burma-aung-san-suu-kyi-un-swearing-in-parliament http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-17918414

23 APRIL 2012

EU agrees to suspend most Burma sanctions

The European Union has formally agreed to suspend sanctions against Burma for a year in recognition of « historic changes », officials say. An embargo on arms sales, however, will stay in place, the EU Council said
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-17813656

Suu Kyi’s party ‘boycotts’ assembly over oath

Aung San Suu Kyi, Myanmar’s pro-democracy leader, and newly elected MPs from her National League for Democracy (NLD) party have refused to attend the opening session of parliament over a dispute regarding the wording of the parliamentary oath
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/04/201242341831595332.html

13 APRIL 2012

British PM David Cameron on landmark Myanmar visit

British Prime Minister David Cameron arrived in Myanmar Friday on the first visit by a high-profile Western leader to the nation in decades. Speaking alongside pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi in Yangon, he said that sanctions should be suspended, rather than lifted entirely, to encourage further progress in democracy and human rights in Myanmar
http://edition.cnn.com/2012/04/13/world/asia/myanmar-britain-cameron/index.html?hpt=ias_c2http://
www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-17698526

11 APRIL 2012

Suu Kyi meets Myanmar president

Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi has met President Thein Sein, as she prepares to take a seat in parliament after her by-election victory
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/04/20124114643591166.html

7 APRIL 2012

Burma President Meets with Karen Rebels

President Thein Sein meets  with members of a peace delegation from the rebel Karen National Union. The meeting, which lasted more than an hour, was the first time the president had talked with rebel leaders since he issued a call for dialogue last August
http://www.voanews.com/english/news/asia/Burma-President-Meets-with-Karen-Rebels-146521725.html http://worldnews.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/04/06/11055405-war-has-yet-to-end-for-the-karen-a-christian-minority-in-myanmar

5 APRIL 2012

US to soften sanctions on Myanmar

Hillary Clinton, the US secretary of state, has said Washington will ease restrictions on investment to Myanmar and move quickly to name an ambassador in a further sign of thawing relations between the long-isolated state and Western powers http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/04/20124419585627384.html

3 APRIL 2012

Asean calls for Burma sanctions to be lifted

Leaders of the Association of South East Asian Nations (Asean), meeting in Cambodia, have called for economic sanctions against Burma to be lifted
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-17599929

1 APRIL 2012

Myanmar opposition claims landmark Suu Kyi win

Myanmar’s opposition claimed a historic victory on Sunday for pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi in her first bid for a seat in parliament, sparking scenes of jubilation among supporters