Myanmar

Rebel army closes in on 2 townships in western Myanmar

More than 750 junta soldiers were killed during the capture of two bases, the group claimed.

Asia

Philippines, Japan sign groundbreaking defense pact as ‘counterweight’ to China

Agreement provides a framework for security operations including joint military drills and maritime patrols.

Myanmar

Myanmar still getting jet fuel despite calls to cut supply: rights group

Junta airstrikes have increased five-fold this year, UN rights official said

Commentaries

Laos can feed itself, but its food security is complicated

A farm sector incentivized to export will mean more cash crops, fewer staples, and rising fertilizer imports.

Tibet

Dalai Lama marks 89th birthday, allays concerns about his health

In first public statement after knee surgery, the Tibetan spiritual leader says he feels ‘physically fit.’

North Korea

North Korean leader’s sister denounces South’s border drills

Seoul resumed live-fire artillery exercises after suspending the inter-Korean tension reduction pact.

Tibet

Dalai Lama marks 89th birthday, allays concerns about his health

In first public statement after knee surgery, the Tibetan spiritual leader says he feels ‘physically fit.’

‘Streetside’ school caters to Myanmar’s poor