The system is part of a 2014 election reform deal between the CPP and opposition CNRP that ended almost a year of deadlock following the disputed 2013 ballot.
Seven bodies are found in two shallow graves in a village outside of Lashio in Shan State.
MyWelfare gives food, clothes and toys to some 500 Rohingya Muslim refugees.
On March 30, an historic transfer of presidential power took place in the Myanmar capital, Naypyidaw. Htin Kyaw, a close aide to democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi, was sworn in as Myanmar's president.
Thousands of Tibetans worldwide cast ballots on March 20, choosing members of parliament and a Sikyong, the top leader responsible for political and diplomatic decisions for the Dharamsala, India-based government-in-exile known as the Central Tibetan Administration.
Myanmar’s first freely elected parliament went into session on Feb. 1, but challenges remain following decades of repressive military rule.
Due to low market prices for their harvested salt, the owners of small sea salt farms in Cambodia now find themselves unable to pay back loans taken out from their banks. And this is forcing them to sell their fields to larger firms.
In 2011, President Thein Sein’s government persuaded 16 major nonstate armed groups to come together for peace negotiations, but only eight of those groups signed a cease-fire agreement last October.
Wednesday Dec. 12, 2015 marked 40 years since the communist Pathet Lao took control of the country, a former French colony and six-century-old monarchy, and set up a socialist regime closely aligned to neighboring Vietnam.
Some 30 million voters headed to the polls on Nov 8 in elections are seen as a test whether the military's grip on power will loosen, allowing the country to transition toward greater democracy.
Clashes between government troops and ethnic armies have forced tens of thousands of villagers to flee their homes and have resulted in some casualties among government soldiers and rebel troops.
The Myanmar government army has been attacked by the Shan State Progressive Party (SSPP) and its militant arm, the Shan State Army-North.
Successful, free and fair elections on Nov. 8 will show whether democratic reforms gradually introduced since 2011 are on track.
Two lawmakers from the opposition Cambodian National Rescue Party (CNRP) were beaten outside Cambodia's parliament on Monday Oct 26, during a demonstration in support of the ruling party.
Thousands of Myanmar's nationalist monks and their supporters prayed, clapped and held speeches at a large rally in Yangon, Sunday, October 4, 2015, in a show of the growing clout of hard-line Buddhists ahead of a Nov. 8 election. Photos: RFA/Aung Thein & Htet Arkar
In a single day, the Shanghai index lost 8.5% and the world took note.