Human rights group reports that about 345 people are being held in a police station in inhumane conditions. The Arakan Army has announced that it is close to defeating another army battalion in Rakhine; meanwhile, the repatriation of Chinese nationals involved in Myanmar-based online scams continues.

Today's headlines: Thousands of young men try to leave Myanmar after conscription is introduced. A few weeks before India’s elections, the opposition Congress party has its bank accounts frozen. Satellite photos show Egypt is building a wall next to the Rafah crossing. Japan successfully launched the new H3 space rocket. US and China agree to hold follow-up talks on North Korea and the Middle East.

| 17/02/2024
by Steve Suwannarat

Struggling to contain the rebels, the generals reintroduce conscription for both men and women aged 18 to 45, for two years that can be extended to five in emergency situations. The law was on the books but never enforced under Aung San Suu Kyi’s democratically elected government.

| 12/02/2024

Today's news: Fugitives and defectors to Bangladesh increase among Myanmar border guards who report losing contact with commanders; Escalation between the Philippines and China continues in the South China Sea near Scarborough Shoal; Qatar wins the Asian football cup for the second time in a row; In Azerbaijan, Ilham Aliev is re-elected president for the fifth time with a 'Bulgarian majority'.

| 12/02/2024

Today's news: Arab diplomacy meets in Saudi Arabia to end the war in Gaza; Delhi aims to discontinue the visa-free policy to Myanmar and block entry to the north-east; A Houhti court sentences 13 people to death by public execution for homosexuality; Ulan Bator aims to launch the country's first satellite to strengthen communications; Outgoing president Ilham Aliev in the lead with counting almost complete.

| 09/02/2024

Today's news: five dead and dozens injured in a landslide in Mindanao; Activist Agnes Chow is wanted by Hong Kong police; Militiamen in northern Myanmar hand over 60 more Chinese accused of online fraud and weapons possession; Bangkok wants to cancel the decriminalisation of cannabis; Domestic tourism in Russia grows +20%.

| 07/02/2024
by Sumon Corraya

At least 106 Burmese paramilitary border guards fled to Bangladesh in one day due to clashes caused by the 1027 offensive in Myanmar. Shots fired on the border by the army resulted in the death of two civilians, including a Rohingya refugee. Dhaka protest with the Myanmar ambassador.

| 06/02/2024
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