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By   Burmese Official Accuses China of Meddling in Peace Talks

A top negotiator in Burma’s peace talks has accused neighboring China of derailing a nationwide ceasefire deal by pressing two armed groups not to sign.


The government expects the number of tourists who come to Burma this year to reach 5 million, but will it happen?


The Shan armed group confirmed on Thursday it would sign a much-debated peace deal, but called on the government to uphold the terms of the

By   Locals Flee Alleged KNU Recruitment in Karen State

Nearly 2,000 villagers in Karen State’s Hpapun District flee their homes following an alleged recruitment drive by the Karen National Union.

By   Smoking Set to Kill One in Three Young Men in China, Study Finds

One third of all the young men in China will eventually be killed by tobacco unless a substantial proportion succeed in quitting smoking, say researchers.

By   Malaysia Arrests Lawyer Critical of PM Najib

Malaysian police have detained the lawyer of a politician who has been calling for US authorities to probe an international financial scandal involving Najib.

By   Rohingya Trafficking Victims Endure Stress of Limbo, Stranded In Thailand

After fleeing Burma, around 600 Rohingya are stranded in limbo in Thai shelters and immigration detention centers, many suffering badly from their ordeal.

By   Australia, Philippines Negotiating Asylum Seeker Transfer Deal

Australia is courting a deal with the Philippines to transfer asylum seekers held in indefinite offshore detention, the country’s immigration minister said.


The government expects the number of tourists who come to Burma this year to reach 5 million, but will it happen?

By   China Turns Firepower to Soft Power to Win Over Tiny Taiwan-Held Island

Kinmen, a half-hour ferry ride to China, is eyeing closer commercial ties with its colossal neighbor, prompting a wary welcome from the local populace.

By   EU-Funded Trade Development Program Launches in Naypyidaw

A three-year European Union-funded program to help streamline new trading opportunities for Burma is launched during a ceremony in Burma’s capital Tuesday.

By   Historic Pacific Trade Deal Faces Skeptics in US Congress

Twelve Pacific Rim countries reach the most ambitious trade pact in a generation, aiming to liberalize commerce in 40 percent of the world’s economy.


Gun Maw of the Kachin Independence Army discusses next steps in Burma’s peace process as seven ethnic armed groups prepare to sign a nationwide ceasefire.


The Irrawaddy speaks with the KNU’s Kwe Htoo Win about the decision to sign a ceasefire and what it means for the country’s peace process.


Michael Gaebler, CEO of Aviareps, speaks with The Irrawaddy about the company’s vision for building up and supporting Burma’s aviation industry.


Thailand’s most prominent forensics expert, Dr Pornthip Rojanasunand, speaks with The Irrawaddy about the review of DNA evidence in the Koh Tao murder case.


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


Zo Win thought he was about to strike it rich when he agreed to venture beyond northwestern Burma to retrieve automatic rifles for insurgents.

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.