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(...)

An eyewitness account of the 1916 Rising, in a letter written by a retired judge from Ailesbury Road, Dublin 4 to his daughter in Burma, has be(...)

Taxis and private vehicles line up outside Mandalay International airport  in Mandalay, Myanmar.

The Dublin-based engineering design, architecture, project and construction management firm PM Group has won a major contract with the Asian De(...)

The Kuthodaw Pagoda in Mandalay is home to the biggest book in the world. Built during the reign of King Mindon, it houses 729 stupas, or stone-inscription caves, containing  entire canon of Theravada Buddhism.  Photograph: Nicolas Asfouri/AFP/Getty Images

The Kuthodaw Pagoda in Mandalay is home to the biggest book in the world. A Unesco World Heritage Site, it contains the entire canon of Buddhis(...)