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By   Former USDP Gen-Sec Denies Involvement in Jade Trade

Maung Maung Thein has slammed last month’s Global Witness report into Burma’s jade trade, saying that the accusations against him were “groundless and one sided”.

By   Locals Urge Japan to Rule Out Burma Coal Plant Funding

Villagers have urged Japanese government agencies and corporate investors not to underwrite three contentious coal power projects in southern Burma.

By   Clashes Cease in Wan Hai, but for How Long?

Officers of the Shan State Army-North do not believe the current lull in the Burma Army’s two-month offensive is likely to last more than a

By   USDP Official Who Posted Fake Suu Kyi Image Rearrested

Ruling party official Than Tun was rearrested on Wednesday after he had previously been charged and released for sharing a fake image of Aung San

By   China Releases Journalist after Guilty Plea

Gao Yu, 71, who was imprisoned on a state secrets conviction, was released for medical reasons after pleading guilty during a closed-door appeal hearing.

By   North, South Korea Plan Further Talks after Standoff

North and South Korea have agreed to hold talks in December aimed at further easing tensions following the end to an armed standoff in August.

By   Gunmen Attack During Prayers at Bangladeshi Mosque

Gunmen opened fire on worshippers during evening prayers at a Shi'ite Muslim mosque in Bangladesh on Thursday, killing one person and wounding three.

By   Thai Graft, Royal Insult Cases Threaten To Embroil Junta

Accusations of corruption involving a park built to honor Thailand’s revered monarchy are threatening to damage an anti-graft drive by the ruling junta.

By   The Irrawaddy Business Roundup (Nov. 28, 2015)

Burma’s first EITI report may lack key data; new government faces economic downturn; Thailand aims to boost commerce; KBZ to build satellite Internet network.

By   Microsoft, Shwe Taung Group Ink Licensing Agreement

The Shwe Taung Group, whose chairman was once accused of ties to the narcotics trade, has become the second local company to partner with the

By   ADB to Provide Loan for Rangoon Power Upgrade  

The Asian Development Bank will provide US$80 million to an electricity infrastructure project in Rangoon to upgrade the city’s electricity transmission.


Two weeks since the general election, Burma’s reference foreign exchange rate has slid further against the US dollar, sitting at just under 1,300 kyat.


The Irrawaddy speaks with Phyo Wai Yarzar, chairman of the Myanmar Tourism Marketing Committee, about the future of Burma’s tourism industry.

By   KIA Spokesman: ‘Loud Explosions Will Scare People’

The Irrawaddy speaks with La Nan, a spokesperson for the KIA, about the recent conflict in Kachin State’s Mohnyin District.

By   Karen Leader: ‘If They Keep Attacking Us, There Will Be No Peace’

The Irrawaddy speaks with the KNDO’s David Thakapaw about the peace deal recently signed by other factions within the Karen political leadership.


Managing director of the Mandine Real Estate Agency Than Oo discusses Burma’s real estate market, which has been seeing a cool-down ahead of the election.

By   Clashes Cease in Wan Hai, but for How Long?

Officers of the Shan State Army-North do not believe the current lull in the Burma Army’s two-month offensive is likely to last more than a


Ja Nan, an ethnic Kachin peace facilitator, is one of only a handful of women privy to the inner workings of Burma’s ceasefire negotiations.


Muslim businesses have become the target of anti-Islamic sentiment propagated by radical Buddhists who have found a powerful voice in Burma’s more open political landscape.


A campaign by members of Ma Ba Tha to shut down cattle abattoirs is not the first time Buddhist monks have tried to save cows

By   Karen Refugee Eyeing Premier League With Sheffield United

An ethnic Karen refugee who was born at a camp on the Thai border earns a professional contract with the English football club Sheffield United.

By   Thailand Dashes Burma’s SEA Games Gold Hopes With 3-0 Win

A spirited performance is not enough for Burma at the Southeast Asian Games football final, with the under-23 team falling to favored Thailand 3-0.

By   Burma Earns Shot at Gold With 2-1 Win Over Vietnam

Burma edges past Vietnam in the semifinal match of the Southeast Asian Games football competition, winning 2-1 to earn a chance at the gold medal.

By   ‘No stars, No Problem’ for Burma’s Young Footballers

Burma’s under-23 side captures the nation’s imagination by storming into the semifinals unbeaten, stirring hopes of a first Southeast Asian Games football gold since 1973.