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By   Applicants Bemoan Waiting Times After Thai Embassy Changes Visa Processing 

The Thai Embassy in Rangoon lifts restrictions on the number of visa applications it processes daily, but the new system has drastically increased waiting times.

By   Chin Newspapers Try to Turn Page on Govt Ban

An ethnic-language newspaper shut down by the Chin State government earlier this year resumes publication, while another newspaper is shuttered for a second time.

By   10 Sentenced in Thandwe for Deadly Religious Riots

Ten people were sentenced on Wednesday for their role in deadly riots between Buddhists and Muslims in Thandwe, Arakan State, late last year.

By   Teachers Federation Rejects Ministry Plans for Official Unions

The Myanmar Teachers’ Federation says Education Ministry plans to form student and teacher unions violates freedom of association principles and Burma’s own draft labor law.

By   The Irrawaddy Business Roundup (Dec. 20, 2014)

Labor rights improve in Burma but worsen in Thailand; tourism numbers pose service problems; gas export revenues increase; and EU gives funding boost to Burma.

By   Burma Last in Asean to Join Regional Infrastructure Fund

Burma has become a full member of the Asean Infrastructure Fund, the last country of the regional grouping to gain shareholder status.

By   Rangoon Govt to Seize 80% of Idle Industrial Zones

Rangoon’s Industrial Zones Management Committee receives business proposals for only about 20 percent of idle land holdings in divisional industrial zones by a government-imposed deadline.

By   Govt to Tighten Car Import License Requirements

The government will require car importers to apply for licenses prior to shipping in an effort to reduce the storage of vehicles at Thilawa Port.

By   China Tightens Grip on Macau as Dissent Rises in Gambling Hub

Beijing is tightening its control after a series of grassroots protest actions in the former Portuguese colony and gambling hub.

By   After Tsunami, Fishermen Struggle Against Tide of Tourism in Thailand

Following the 2004 tsunami, the ethnic Moklen fishing communities buried their dead, fought off land grabs to rebuild their homes, and—surprisingly—sighed in relief.

By   Cambodian Villagers Angry Over HIV outbreak

Prime Minister Hun Sen has urged villagers not to take retribution against an unlicensed medical practitioner believed responsible for more than 100 HIV infections.

By  , US Determines North Korea Behind Sony Attack as Studio Pulls Movie

North Korea is accused of cyberattacking Sony Pictures as the studio pulled plans to release its comedy about an assassination attempt on Kim Jong-un.

By   ‘The Bubble Will Definitely Burst’

Serge Pun, executive chairman of Yoma Strategic Holdings, discusses a recent ADB loan, the resumption of services at Yoma Bank and Burma’s overheated property market.

By   ‘We Have to Do Lots of Things to Fill the Gaps’

The director of the women’s group Phan Tee Eain (Creative House) talks about her plans to offer victims of sexual violence a refuge and counsel.

By   ‘It Will Be Hard As It’s the First Time Committee Members Are Elected’

Mae Ohn Nyunt Wai is one of three women competing in the upcoming Rangoon Division Municipal Committee elections. She speaks about campaigning and her ambitions.

By   ‘The Report Was Fabricated’

The widow of Aung Kyaw Naing is unconvinced by a report by Burma’s National Human Rights Commission concluding that her late husband was not tortured.

By   At Gaw Wein Jetty, Squatters Struggle to Rebuild

After a temporary eviction by authorities, port laborers and their families face the daunting task of rebuilding their homes around the Mandalay foreshore.

By   The Path to a Brighter Future for Burma’s Disabled

A small but determined group left Rangoon by wheelchair on a 17-day journey to raise awareness about rights of people living with disabilities in Burma.

By   In Kachin State, a Place of Merriment Turns to Mourning

A Myitkyina park once used for celebrations has taken on a more somber air as the civil war in Kachin State grinds on.

By   The Life of Burmese Male Sex Workers in Chiang Mai

Dozens of young men from poor villages in Shan State work as sex workers in gay show bars in northern Thailand’s largest city.

By   Southeast Asian Olympics Possible After IOC Reforms: Indonesia

Indonesia is optimistic about bringing the Olympics to Southeast Asia in collaboration with one of their neighbors.

By   Burma Hold Malaysia in Rain-Delayed Suzuki Cup Clash

Underdogs Burma held 10-man Malaysia to a goalless draw in a bad-tempered opening Suzuki Cup Group B match.


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.