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By   Govt to Select Final Telecoms Partners in September

Burma’s government will soon announce which local companies will comprise a consortium to be granted a fourth and final telecoms license in the once-closed country.

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Heavy rain over the past few days has inundated parts of Kachin State, including in the jade-rich region of Hpakant, and Mogaung and Mohnyin townships.

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Stray fire near a displacement camp in Kachin State causes scores to flee, according to a local religious charity providing aid for conflict-affected civilians.

By   A Night of Shakespeare at the Strand

Around 200 people gathered in Rangoon’s Strand Hotel on Monday evening for a theater performance by the renowned London-based venture Shakespeare’s Globe.

By   Australia’s Secretive Refugee Camps Run into New hurdle: Ethical Investors

Investors in the company that runs Australia's secretive refugee camps are starting to flex their muscles in a way that may achieve greater transparency and

By   Rioters Rampage Against Residence Law in Northeast India

Rioters set fire to the homes of seven lawmakers during a rampage to protest new legislation defining who can claim residence in the state of

By  , Sri Lanka Leader Calls for Reforms to Promote Ethnic Harmony

Sri Lanka's president has asked the country's newly elected lawmakers to draft political reforms to promote ethnic reconciliation in the post-war era.

By  , Phuketwan Journalists Acquitted of Defaming Thai Navy

Two journalists were acquitted Tuesday in a criminal defamation lawsuit filed over an online news report about the trafficking of refugees from Burma.

By   Govt to Select Final Telecoms Partners in September

Burma’s government will soon announce which local companies will comprise a consortium to be granted a fourth and final telecoms license in the once-closed country.

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Burma’s sluggish trade figures look set to fall below an optimistic government forecast for the financial year, according to Commerce Ministry figures.

By   Mon Business Plans on the up and up

Prominent Mon businessman Min Banyar San, a major shareholder of Tala Mon Company, is among those driving business ventures in his native state.

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Two years of negotiation culminate with the Burmese government’s approval of a 3,600 kyat (US$2.80) minimum wage for all sectors, to be implemented in September.

By   Dateline Irrawaddy: ‘I Couldn’t Stand Back and Watch People Suffering’

On this week’s edition of Dateline, the panel discusses the dangers of relief work in the wake of the country’s devastating floods. 

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On this week’s edition of Dateline, the panel discusses the downfall of Shwe Mann and internal discontent within the National League for Democracy.

By   Larry Diamond: ‘Democracy is Not Going to be Achieved Fully in the November Elections’

In the second installment of The Irrawaddy’s interview with Professor Larry Diamond, the democracy scholar discusses the challenges faced by Burma’s democratic opposition.

By   Burma’s Death Highway: ‘We Have to Take Preventive Measures’

The Irrawaddy speaks with Kyi Zaw Myint, chief engineer of the Naypyidaw Highway, about how to prevent fatalities along the long, dark road to the

By   Displaced Families Face Hardship in Kachin ‘Model Village’

A ‘model village’ built by the government offers little improvement in living standards for several hundred displaced families in Kachin State.

By   A Story of Modern Slavery in Thailand

Hoping for a brighter future, Maung Htay left Burma when he was just a teenager. He is now 42, but his dream is still far

By   As Elections Draw Near, Fate of Myitsone Dam Remains Uncertain

With Thein Sein’s term of office soon to conclude, the future of the moratorium on one of Burma’s most controversial developments is far from clear.

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The Swan Arr Shin had not been seen since the military installed a nominally civilian government in 2011. In March, the plain-clothed thugs appeared again.

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.