Watch Boris Johnson pine for colonial Burma at Shwedagon Pagoda [VIDEO]

A video emerged over the weekend of UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson reciting the colonial-era poem “Mandalay” by Rudyard Kipling during a visit to Shwedagon Pagoda with local dignitaries in January. Johnson’s recital of the poem was quickly interrupted by the UK ambassador to Myanmar, Andrew Patrick, who called it “not appropriate.” The foreign secretary, unaware of ...

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Disabled millionaire ‘psychic’ who advised Asian elites dies at 58

Disabled millionaire ‘psychic’ who advised Asian elites dies at 58

Swe Swe Win, a Myanmar fortuneteller who had the ears of several Southeast Asian politicians for over two decades and influenced major political events, died at 4:20am on Sunday...

100 million-year-old flower species discovered in Myanmar amber

100 million-year-old flower species discovered in Myanmar amber

One day, in a rainforest on a content that no longer exists, a Triceratops or a Tyrannosaurus rex may have bumped into a tree, knocking seven little flowers into a glob of tree...

Bogyoke Aung San’s office will be open to the public this Martyrs’ Day

Bogyoke Aung San’s office will be open to the public this Martyrs’ Day

We all know that every year, the Secretariat Compound is open to the public for one day on July 19 in commemoration of Martyrs’ Day. And while each year presents a rare...

Descendants of conquerors to return artifacts stolen during Anglo-Burmese War

Descendants of conquerors to return artifacts stolen during Anglo-Burmese War

The descendants of British conquerors who took home a stash of rare mementos after the conquest of Lower Burma more than 160 years ago will voluntarily release the artifacts from...

Battling drugs and commercial fishing boats, Myanmar’s ‘sea gypsies’ struggle to make a living

Battling drugs and commercial fishing boats, Myanmar’s ‘sea gypsies’ struggle to make a living

By Athens Zaw Zaw With a swift breath the teenage boy dives into the turquoise waters of southern Myanmar, a spear clutched in his hand, but below him lies nothing but a graveyard...

Archaeology Department aims to repair Bagan temples by 2020

Archaeology Department aims to repair Bagan temples by 2020

Repairs to 389 temples and other religious structures in Bagan that were damaged by an earthquake last August will be completed by 2020, announced the Department of Archaeology,...

Remnant mortar shells from WWII found in Rakhine

Remnant mortar shells from WWII found in Rakhine

Ten unexploded mortar shells were discovered in a village located in Rakhine State’s Kyauktaw Township yesterday afternoon, according to Eleven. A father and son had...

N. Korean agents may have killed the daughter of a Myanmar judge in 1985

N. Korean agents may have killed the daughter of a Myanmar judge in 1985

Newly released documents reveal that North Korea may have been responsible for the death of a Myanmar woman about two years after the 1983 Rangoon bombing. She was the daughter of...

Thai soap angers family of Myanmar’s last king

Thai soap angers family of Myanmar’s last king

The family of Myanmar’s last king hit out on Sunday at a Thai soap opera inspired by the palace intrigue of their ancestors, accusing Thailand of double standards in how it...