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By   Flood-Related Death Toll Reaches 20

Flooding across Burma continues to take an economic and human toll, causing untold damage to crops and infrastructure and at least 20 fatalities.

By   Lawyer Sues Letpadan Police for Violating Due Process

Human rights lawyer Robert San Aung launches what could become a landmark case against two police officers involved in a brutal crackdown on student demonstrators.

By   Burmese Consulate Opens in Chiang Mai

Burma opened a new consulate in Chiang Mai on Wednesday with the country’s foreign minister Wunna Maung Lwin and ambassador Win Maung in attendance.

By   Activist Kyaw Thu to Receive Prestigious Magsaysay Award

Social worker and activist Kyaw Thu will travel to the Philippines next month to accept a Ramon Magsaysay Award for his public service.

By   Former Sri Lanka Leader Blames Others for Anti-Muslim Attacks

Mahinda Rajapaksa blamed unnamed conspirators for carrying out anti-Muslim attacks during his tenure, as he tries to woo voters ahead of next month’s elections.

By   Malaysian PM Axes Deputy, Attorney General Amid Fund Scandal

PM Najib Razak has fired the attorney general who had been investigating him and a deputy who has been among his most prominent critics.

By   US Institute: North Korea Launch Site Upgrade Complete

Construction to upgrade North Korea’s main rocket launch site now appears complete amid expectations a launch could take place soon, a US institute says.

By   Strong Earthquake Rocks Indonesia’s Papua Province

The US Geological Survey said the magnitude 7.0 earthquake struck at 6:41 am Tuesday, 247 kilometers west of Jayapura, the provincial capital of Papua.

By   Govt Seeks Final Telco Operator from Local Firms

A year after two foreign operators revolutionized Burma’s mobile market, the government is seeking a local company to spearhead the fourth and final telecom license.

By   The Irrawaddy Business Roundup (July 25, 2015)

Serge Pun and Associates tops corporate transparency survey, Chinese import restrictions to blame for lingering rice glut, and Burma seeks inaugural credit rating.

By   New Rangoon-Ho Chi Minh City Air Route Due Early October

Vietnamese airline VietJet announces it will be that country’s first private carrier to link with Rangoon in a year when Asean is ramping up connectivity.

By   KBZ’s Nang Lang Kham: ‘Women Are Taking a Lead Role’

Women are “a force for national development” says Ma Nang Lai Kham of the Kanbawza group of companies.

By   In Myanmar, Doing Aid Better

Magsaysay award-winner Lahpai Seng Raw, one of Myanmar’s leading civil society voices, echoes growing international calls to “do aid differently.”

By   Win Myo Thu: ‘Deforestation is Particularly Worrying’

Win Myo Thu, the director of EcoDev, speaks with The Irrawaddy about combating deforestation and defending the rights and livelihoods of local communities.

By   Dateline Irrawaddy: ‘The NLD Won’t Cease its Efforts Toward Reconciliation’

Political commentator Dr Yan Myo Thein and Rangoon Division lawmaker Dr Nyo Nyo Thin discuss their predictions for the general election.

By   Kachin Party Leader: ‘We Work for the State’s People, Not Just One Race’

The joint-secretary of the Unity and Democracy Party of Kachin State talks about election preparations and challenges in Burma’s conflict-plagued northernmost state.

By   Tikka Hun: Pictures Worth a Thousand Words

Tikka Hun, a graphic facilitator from Malaysia, is an artist who has become well known for her skill, speed and comprehension.


Sayadaw U Nayaka’s achievements on free and progressive education are matched by his determination to accomplish even more.

By   On Martyrs Day, One Man’s Tale of Tragedy Revisited

Nai Ngwe Thein, 93, is one of probably only a few people alive today to have witnessed the immediate aftermath of Gen. Aung San’s assassination.


The rapidly expanding Muse trade hub is falling prey to the scourge of Burma’s other proposed SEZs: skyrocketing land prices and loss of tenure rights.

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.