When Ko Kyaw Zin Htun went to Malaysia to work in a furniture factory in 2008, at the age of 20, the prospect of winning a regional title in anything seemed remote.
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Request to hide how parliamentarians vote provokes discussion on the merits of secret voting and pressure to toe the party line.
Southeast Asian human rights experts are urging a regional human rights body to be given a far stronger protection mandate as its work comes under review five years after it was created.
Myanmar had the third-largest number of asylum seekers register with the UN in 2013, behind Syria and Democratic Republic of Congo.
Tim McLaughlin meets Deputy Information Minister and Presidential Spokesman U Ye Htut, who made the transition from military man to government official.
Like many in Ayeyarwady Region, the residents of Nyaung Lane Gone in Dedaye township turned to U San Sint when they were in trouble.
Residents of Kungyangon, a delta town at the southern end of Yangon Region, are waiting on their representatives to make good on promises.
The name Strand Road may evoke a sense of grandeur, but for many who live along this stretch of tarmac beside the Ayeyarwady River in Mandalay life is a constant struggle.
For civil servants in Myanmar, retirement often means having to fall back on the generosity of relatives, with pensions not enough to live on and the cost of living ever rising.
The peace process in Myanmar remains the best opportunity in many decades to address the political, social and economic issues that have long driven armed conflict, writes Ashley South.
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