Georgia State Capitol: Veteran sets himself on fire to protest VA, officials say

The Georgia State Capitol in Atlanta on a sunny day. (iStock) An Air Force veteran Tuesday set himself on fire while “wearing a vest lined with fireworks and flammable devices,” officials said in an email. The 58-year old man from Mableton, Ga., had been “disgruntled” with the Veteran Administration system, according to Commissioner Mark McDonough of the Georgia Department […]

Mongolian democracy has a familiar ailment, and it’s all about money

While 30 percent of Mongolians live below the poverty line, in parts of the capital, businesses thrive, reshaping the city with new buildings. (Giulia Marchi/For The Washington Post) ULAANBAATAR — Every post had its price. About $400,000 to become a cabinet minister, $120,000 to be the director of a government agency, $4,000 for a senior […]

Myanmar fires general who led campaign against Rohingya

Under pressure from Canada and the European Union, the Myanmar military on Monday dismissed a general who is alleged to have led a brutal campaign against Rohingya Muslims last year. It was an unexpected move, one that suggests the military may be prepared to accept some measure of accountability for the crisis. Even as it […]