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By   US Blacklists Burma Ruling Party Lawmaker

The U.S. Treasury on Friday blacklisted Aung Thaung, a hard-line lawmaker of Burma’s ruling party, accusing him of undermining political and economic reforms.

By   NGOs, Farmers Concerned After Reviewing Draft Land Use Policy

Dozens of representatives of farmers’ organizations and NGOs discussed the government’s draft land use policy this week and say they are concerned about the plan.

By   KNU Agrees to Talk Unified Karen Army by 2015

The Karen National Union opens the door to the possibility that a much-debated unified fighting force of ethnic Karen rebels could come by 2015.

By   Activist Hit With Additional Sentence, Totaling Over 13 Years

Burmese democracy activist Htin Kyaw, already sentenced to more than 11 years in jail, is handed two more years for “public mischief.”

By   The Irrawaddy Business Roundup (Nov. 1, 2014)

Colgate buys a Burmese toothpaste brand; hotel redevelopment slated for a Rangoon courthouse; millions of motorbikes are smuggled; and changing Burma offers a fast-food frenzy.

By   Burma Army Conglomerate Says It Has Won Beer Spat With Singapore’s F&N

UMEHL says it has won an arbitration case against Singapore's Fraser and Neave Ltd that will give it the right to buy Burma's biggest brewery

By   Concerns Grow Over Severe Slump in Rice Prices

Ahead of the main harvest season, rice prices and export demand have sharply dropped after China tightened border controls on Burmese rice imports.

By   Hanthawaddy Airport Contract Goes to Singaporean-Japanese Consortium

A Singaporean-Japanese consortium wins the contract to build the US$1.5 billion Hanthawaddy International Airport north of Rangoon, the director-general of Burma’s Civil Aviation Department says.

By   Survey: Asia Finds Money Brings Happiness

Emerging Asian nations find out what developed ones did years ago: Money — and the stuff it buys — brings happiness, or at least satisfaction.

By   North Korea Cracking Down on a Distant Threat: Ebola

North Korea announces it will quarantine foreigners entering the country for 21 days over fears of the spread of the Ebola virus.

By   Hong Kong Protests a ‘National Security Issue’ for China

A Chinese lawmaker says Hong Kong's pro-democracy protests have escalated into a national security issue threatening Chinese sovereignty over the Asian financial center.

By   Thai PM says New DNA Tests Can Be Done in British Probe Into Koh Tao Murders

Thai prime minister says new DNA tests can be done as concern grows that two Burmese men arrested over the killings might have been framed.

By   ‘We Must Push for an Investigation, but I Can’t Do It Alone’

Thandar, widow to the slain journalist Par Gyi, talks about her effort to press police to investigate the circumstances of his death in military custody.

By   ‘We Will Show How Much Women Are Capable of Through This Party’

Layaung Mon is the chairperson of the Women’s Party, the first of its kind in Burma. She talks about the new party and its goals.

By   ‘At Least We Have Breathing Space, Which We Never Had Before’

Burmese pro-democracy activist Aung Din, who once headed the US Campaign for Burma, discusses his advocacy work in exile and Burma’s democratic transition.

By   ‘Our Standpoint Is Cooperation’

KNU General Secretary Kwel Htoo Win speaks to The Irrawaddy about Karen unity, the peace process and ongoing clashes on the ground.

By   One Thing on Agenda at Karen Conference: Unity

Hundreds gather at the headquarters of the Democratic Karen Benevolent Army to debate the future of the ethnic Karen people’s rebel armed forces.

By   Burma’s Story, Told by One Crumbling Building

One apartment building, two stairwells, 12 apartments and their 60 or so residents offer a portrait of Rangoon as Burma stands at a historical precipice.

By   On the Road to Bagan

The motorway from Rangoon to Bagan is breathtaking and the attractions rewarding, but improving infrastructure will help travelers love Burma even more.

By   In Burma’s Parliament, What’s on Your Head Matters

Hats hold meaning in Burma’s Parliament, embodying political allegiances, accomplishments and failures of a nation transitioning from a half-century of dictatorship to democracy.


Burma’s Under-19 national team beats the United Arab Emirates in the AFC Asian Cup, qualifying for the U-20 World Cup for the first time ever.

By   Germany’s World Cup Party Gets Underway at Home

Mario Goetze’s goal late in extra time gave the Germans victory over Argentina to win the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

By   Dutch Crash Out of World Cup, Argentina Face Germany in Final

Argentina reached the World Cup final, beating the Netherlands 4-2 on penalties after a scoreless semi-final. On Sunday, they play Germany in the finals.

By   Brazil’s Defense Goes Missing in Embarrassing Defeat

Germany thrashes the host nation, Brazil, 7-1 to go through to the World Cup final, where it will play either Argentina or the Netherlands.