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Bean and Pulse Production Paused by Flooding in Upper Burma By

Recent flooding in Burma is expected to have a long-term effect on the nation’s farmers as the harvest of beans and pulses will be delayed by several months.

UN Rights Envoy on Five-Day Fact-Finding Mission to Burma By

UN human rights envoy to Burma, Yanghee Lee, is currently in the country for her third official visit since assuming the role in June 2014.


Burma says it has appealed for international assistance to help provide food, temporary shelter and clothing for people affected by widespread floods.


A number of ethnic armed group leaders have reportedly urged President Thein Sein to seek a second term for the sake of continuity in peace negotiations.


Atomic bomb survivors in Japan are among those opposing Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s plan to reboot reactors taken offline after the Fukushima disaster.

Death Toll from Pakistan Flash Floods Rises to 118 By

Pakistan’s National Disaster Management Authority said the flooding has affected more than 800,000 people in over 2,000 villages.

India Signs Peace Accord with Nagaland Separatists By

India has signed a peace agreement with a leading Nagaland separatist group that had waged guerrilla war against New Delhi for six decades.

China Wants no Talk of South China Sea at ASEAN Meeting By

Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Liu Zhenmin said the disputed South China Sea should not be discussed at an ASEAN meeting in Malaysia on Tuesday.

Shunned NLD Election Hopefuls Question the Party’s Selection Process By

Spurned candidates speak out after over a dozen high-profile parliamentary hopefuls were omitted from the NLD’s candidate list for the upcoming election.

Flood Aid Ramping Up But Faces Delivery Hurdles By

Donors in Burma are scrambling to get to flood-affected populations with humanitarian aid in tow, but face logistical challenges in delivery relief supplies.


About 48 people have been stranded on the grounds of a university for nearly a week in Sagaing Division’s flood-ravaged Kale.

Over 10,000 Villagers Washed Out in Irrawaddy Division By

Locals across more than 30 villages in Hinthada District have had their homes inundated as floodwaters from northern Burma make their way through the Irrawaddy Delta.

Rice Federation Calls for Export Halt on Flood Shortage Fears By

The Myanmar Rice Federation has asked its members to stop exports, after dramatic rice price rises in flooded areas and fears of a drop in harvest yields.

35 Dead in Arakan State After Cyclone Komen Drowns Coast By

At least 35 people die due to recent flooding in western Burma’s Arakan State as the cumulative toll rises across the country’s inundated central plain.

Flood Turmoil Pushes Back Election Registration Deadline By

The Union Election Commission will leave candidate applications open for another week, as large swathes of the country continue to be ravaged by flooding.

Burma’s Other Rare Gems: Old Titles Top Sales at Seikku Cho Cho Book Fair By

Book lovers spend the rainy holiday weekend perusing long-lost titles at the Seikku Cho Cho book fair from July 31 to Aug. 12.

Thai election could be delayed to 2017 if charter rejected: Minister By

A general election in Thailand could be delayed until April 2017 if a newly drafted constitution is rejected next month.

To End Sexual Violence, British Government Can’t Avoid Elephant in the Room By

If the British government is serious about ending sexual violence in Burma, difficult choices will have to be made.

Malaysia Seeks Help in Finding More Possible MH370 Debris By

Malaysian officials say they will seek help from territories near the island where a suspected piece of the missing Malaysia Airlines jet was discovered.

Taiwan School Textbook Row Highlights Antipathy to ‘One China’ By

Protests over textbook revisions which students say aim to brainwash them into accepting a "one China" view of history underscore the island's growing independence.

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