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Dozens injured in crackdown on Myanmar garment worker protest

Dozens of Myanmar garment workers were injured on Monday after a clash with assailants wielding iron bars outside a Chinese-owned factory in Yangon, witnesses and hospital staff said. A garment worker wounded after a clash with assailants is seen in a hospital in Yangon, Myanmar October 15, 2018.



Irrawaddy Govt Tells Ex-Chief Minister to Return Over $3 M in Development Funds

The Irrawaddy Region government has warned its former chief minister to return within two months the 5.2 billion kyats he collected in regional development funds or face a lawsuit. The previous regional administration, led by U Thein Aung, had raised funds for its Ayeyarwady Multi-Developments Foundation by organizing concerts and soliciting contributions from local businesses and reconstituted it as the Ayeyarwady Health and Education Multi-Developments Foundation before handing over power to a new government in early 2016.



'Passage of Life': A family drama that treats refugees with respect

Hollywood films about the immigrant experience are common enough , while Japanese films on the same topic are rare, save for those about Zainichi in Japan. The winner of two prizes in the Asian Future section of last year's Tokyo International Film Festival, Akio Fujimoto's "Passage of Life" is the first Japanese film I've seen that foregrounds people from Myanmar living here, though the problems of the film's family are common to migrants from many countries, from the parents' harsh struggle to make a living to the father's doomed quest for refugee status.



3 killed in Myanmar military fighter jets crash

Yangon, Oct 16 : At least three people, including two pilots, were killed in two military fighter jets crash in Minbu township of Myanmar's Magway region on Tuesday. A female student on the ground died after she was hit by pieces of the jets' wreckage in the incident, Xinhua news agency reported.



Sixth Suspect Arrested in Currency Manipulation Crackdown

The Bureau of Special Investigation has detained a joint auditor of the Yangon Region Gold Entrepreneurs Association for allegedly participating in attempts to manipulate the kyat-dollar exchange rate. U Nyi Nyi Oo is the sixth person to be detained by the BSI since President's Office spokesperson U Zaw Htay announced a crackdown on currency market manipulation in late September.



3 Myanmar journalists in court over story gov't calls false

Three detained journalists have appeared in a Myanmar court to face charges filed against them by the Yangon government, which alleges a story they published was false. The journalists for local Eleven Media Group were arrested Oct. 9 after publishing a story alleging fund mismanagement by Yangon government officials.



UN Security Council asked to hear from UN mission on Myanmar atrocities

UN Special Envoy for Myanmar Christine Schraner Burgener arrives at Sittwe airport on Oct 15, 2018 after visiting Maung Daw Township at the Bangladesh-Myanmar border area in Rakhine State. NEW YORK: The United States and eight other countries on Tuesday requested a United Nations Security Council meeting on Myanmar to hear from a UN fact-finding mission that has accused the country's military of atrocities against Muslim Rohingyas.



UN Security Council asked to hear from UN mission on Myanmar atrocities

The United States and eight other countries on Tuesday requested a UN Security Council meeting on Myanmar to hear from a UN fact-finding mission that has accused the country's military of atrocities against Muslim Rohingyas. UN Special Envoy for Myanmar Christine Schraner Burgener arrives at Sittwe airport on October 15, 2018 after visiting Maung Daw Township at the Bangladesh-Myanmar border area in Rakhine State.



Ethnic minority army expels 8 priests, nuns, teachers from Myanmar

Catholic clergy and laypeople have been expelled from Myanmar's northern Shan state by a China-backed ethnic minority army. Two Salesian priests, three nuns from the Missionary Society of St. Paul and three lay teachers were ordered by the United Wa State Army to leave the Wa Hills, which border China, reported ucanews.com .



Protesters Injured in Labor Dispute

Six people were seriously injured in a beating of employees on strike at a Chinese factory in Yangon and were hospitalized, said strike leaders on Monday evening. A group of men beat employees who had joined a sit-down strike at the west gate of Fu Yun Garment Factory in Dagon Seikkan Township against the dismissal of their colleagues on Monday morning.



Chinese-Made Fighter Jets Crash in Magwe, Killing Girl, Pilots

A sixth-grade girl and two pilots were killed when a pair of military planes crashed in Magwe Region's Minbu Township on Tuesday morning. Thwel Zin Nyein, who lived in Minbu's 4th Ward, was struck and killed by debris from one of the planes that crashed during a training exercise.



Repatriated by India, seven Rohingya are back home

The seven Rohingya men repatriated by India to Myanmar on October 4 are back at their homes in North Rakhine's Kyauktaw area. They were escorted through a four-day journey from Moreh to Kyauktaw by Myanmar immigration officials, and were handcuffed for part of the way.



Urgent : Two Myanmar jet pilots, young girl killed

Two Myanmar fighter pilots were killed in separate crashes due to heavy fog Tuesday, officials said, with the debris from one of the planes killing a young girl in her home. Poor visibility caused one F-7 jet to fly into a telecommunications tower near Magway air force base more than 500 kilometres northwest of Yangon, an air force official told AFP.



Analysis: Yangon Public Losing Patience With Mercurial Chief Minister

Of Myanmar's 14 state and regional chief ministers, few have seen such highs and lows in terms of their public approval as Yangon's U Phyo Min Thein. In 2016, the country's biggest nationalist group, Ma Ba Tha, threatened to target him with a nationwide protest after he vowed to wipe the group out.



Anti-Corruption Commission Asked to Probe Kachin State Highway Project

A lawyer from Myitkyina, Kachin State, filed a complaint with the Anti-Corruption Commission on Saturday asking it to investigate the regional government's implementation of a highway improvement project. U Tin Tun Thein told The Irrawaddy that the regional government failed to seek approval from the regional Parliament for the 11-billion-kyat project, claiming there is no record of it having called for bids to be tendered.



Military Chief Says National Peace Deal Must Guarantee 'Non-Separation'

NAYPYITAW/YANGON - Senior General Min Aung Hlaing on Monday insisted that the "non-separation" of ethnic minority states and regions had to be part of any future peace deal with the country's ethnic armed groups as the Constitution demanded it. Myanmar's military chief made the remarks on the first of a three-day "peace summit" in Naypyitaw that has brought him together with State Counselor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and the leaders of 10 ethnic armed groups to break the deadlock in the country's stalled peace process.



Ta'ang Armed Group Says Shan Woman it Detained in August Freed

The Ta'ang National Liberation Army says it has released an ethnic Shan woman it detained nearly two months ago for allegedly informing on two of its fighters who were extorting money from business owners in Shan State. Nang Mo Hom, a mother of three, was abducted at gunpoint by TNLA fighters from her home in Namhkam Township in northern Shan on Aug. 17. The ethnic armed group accused her of obstructing its fighters from collecting customs duties and claimed that information she provided the Myanmar military resulted in the death of one of the fighters in July 2017.





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