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Burmese Pageant Agency Grooms Five Ladies for World Stage By

A pageant agency in Rangoon led by a 22-year-old man is training the women before they head off to compete at five pageants overseas.

Winner of Mobile Phone Ringtone Competition Announced in Burma By

More than 8,500 people entered a competition to compose a piece of music for the Norwegian mobile phone company Telenor.


Buddhist community leaders are considering a proposal to the government that would place Muslims without proof of citizenship in camps, possibly outside of Arakan State.


The 22-year-old Burmese man who was tested for the Ebola virus earlier this week is recovering after receiving treatment for malaria, health officials say.


The president said a change in “morality and spirit” is required from Burma’s civil servants to rid the country of graft.

Parliament Speakers Consider Revision of Penal Code for Journalists By

The speakers of both houses discuss possible changes to laws that have been used to jail reporters, as charges are dropped against journalists in Rangoon.

Ethnic Minorities Question US-Burma Military Ties By

The United States says military engagement will promote political reforms, but activists ask who will take responsibility if it actually leads to further oppression.

Rangoon Land Protest Leader Gets 8 Months in Prison By

Sein Than, a prominent member of a group of former residents of Michaungkan, has been sentenced by two courts for demonstrating without permission.

Clay as a Weapon By

In political satire, art becomes a powerful form of protest, especially in countries and under regimes where dissent and freedom of speech are forbidden.

Definition of Political Prisoner Sought With Govt, Activists at Odds By

A workshop is convened to decide what constitutes a political prisoner, taking on a divisive issue that continues to weigh down on Burma’s reform narrative.

Network Rejects Burma’s Imminent National Education Bill By

The National Network for Education Reform says that the bill designed to overhaul Burma’s education system keeps central control over schools and universities.

Shan IDPs Petition for Army to Vacate Occupied Village By

Displaced villagers in Shan State will submit a petition asking the Burmese Army to withdraw from their village, which troops have occupied since early July.

Burmese Facing Human Trafficking Charges in Malaysia By

The trial of three Burmese agents accused of trafficking 60 Burmese nationals into Malaysia has been postponed, with the judge citing a lack of evidence.

Burma Tests Man Returning From Africa for Ebola By

Blood samples have been sent to India for tests after a 22-year-old man arrived on Tuesday night from Guinea suffering with a fever and malaise. 

A Murky Story By

With searching renewed this month at the Yangon and Bago rivers’ confluence, The Irrawaddy looks back at some of the lore surrounding the Dhammazedi Bell.

Regional Links Aiding Drug Syndicates in Burma: UNODC By

Regional integration offers greater opportunities to narcotics producers in Burma, the UN Office on Drugs and Crime says, as Asia’s demand for methamphetamines accelerates.

Hope Fades in Burma Search for Buried Spitfires By

A quest to unearth dozens of British Spitfire aircraft thought to be buried in Burma looks likely to come to an unsuccessful end in October.

New Rules to Help Burmese Migrants Apply for Passports By

The Burmese Embassy in Thailand revises procedures to help migrants acquire necessary documentation for applications, as the Thai junta cracks down on illegal migrants.

Take Control or Leave Opium Farmers Alone, Pa-O Leader Tells Burma Govt By

Pa-O National Organization leader says farmers are taxed by local authorities but still face raids and having their crops destroyed in a “muddled” government approach.

Ethnic Leaders Want Suu Kyi to Observe Signing of National Ceasefire By

Ethnic leaders meet with the opposition leader to discuss the peace process, and they urge the government to give her a greater role in negotiations.

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