A truck with war victims who fled from the conflict zone arrives at a monastery which is being set as temporary refugee camp in Lashio, northern Shan State, Burma.  Photograph: Lynn Bo Bo/EPA

Fifty government troops and police officers died in clashes last week with ethnic minority insurgents in Shan state, Burma (Myanmar) near the border (...)

The British army has announced plans to create a new social media warfare unit. File photograph: Tim Ireland/PA Wire

A new British army unit will use psychology and social media to help Britain “fight in the information age”.The 77th Brigade will begin operations in(...)

United Nations secretary general Ban Ki-Moon is among those on the shortlist for the Tipperary International Peace Award. Photograph: Justin Lane/EPA

A holocaust survivor, a Burmese human rights lawyer and the United Nations secretary general are among those shortlisted for the Tipperary Internation(...)

From left: Chinese PM Li Keqiang, Myanmar president Thein Sein, US president Barack Obama, Malaysian PM Najib Razak and Russia Federation PM Dmitry Medvedev at the Asean summit. photograph: Gemunu Amarasinghe/AP Photo

Competition between China and the United States for regional influence in Asia is one of the big geopolitical stories and is set to remain so.Against (...)

Wind turbines: ESB International has been making presentations on the subject of renewables in Asia. photograph: fabrizio bensch/ reuters

One major presence at the Asia Pacific Ireland Business Forum was the ESB’s international consulting arm, which made a presentation on the subject of (...)

The Sule Pagoda, located in the heart of downtown Yangon, is 2,500 years old. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Few places resonate more in the history of modern Burma than the sprawling red brick Victorian complex at No 300 Theinbyu Road in downtown Yangon. It (...)

Rohingya  have been described as “among the world’s least wanted and one of the world’s most persecuted minorities”. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / THE IRISH TIMES

Abdulkareem and his wife Robeza have not given their tiny week-old baby boy a name, because they fear he will not live for much longer. Born with a(...)

Buddhist monks in a hotel in Mandalay, Burma’s second largest city. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

In an airy hall decorated with Buddhist motifs, the man considered one of Burma’s most dangerous sits supervising hundreds of novice monks as they sit(...)

Bustle: Buddhist monks in Mandalay, Burma’s second-largest city. Images of Aung San Suu Kyi are everywhere, from newspapers  to bags and fridge magnets. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons
Inside Burma

On the streets of Rangoon “the Lady” is a fridge magnet. Once banned under the censorship laws of Burma’s former military regime, Aung San Suu Kyi’(...)

Firemen and rescue workers at the rubble of a building today after an explosion at a metal recycling shop in Bang Khen district in northern of Bangkok, Thailand. At least seven people died in the explosion caused by workmen while dismantling a suspected second World War  era bomb. The explosion sparked a fire that engulfed the shop, news reports and medical officers said. Photograph: EPA 0:58

A suspected second World War bomb has exploded in the Thai capital as scrap metal workers tried to cut it open with a blow torch, killing at le(...)