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Chin State Capital Faces Possible Food Shortages Due to Heavy Rains, Landslides By

Torrential rains in Chin State’s Hakha have triggered landslides and caused many houses to collapse, blocking roads and leading to concerns of food shortages.

Among Trio of Party Coalitions, Deals to Avoid Competing Prove Elusive By

Burma’s three largest political party alliances look set to enter the Nov. 8 election without any firm commitment to avoid infighting.


Ethnic leaders will not sign a nationwide ceasefire if it excludes certain armed groups, senior representatives reiterated Wednesday after four-day talks.


Effects of Cyclone Komen are beginning to unfold as reports emerge of severe flooding and heavy winds in western Burma’s Arakan State.

Actor Min Oak Soe Sentenced to Life for Employee’s Murder By

Burmese actor and director Min Oak Soe is sentenced to life imprisonment for the brutal December murder of his former employee, Nu Nu Yin.

Heavy Rains Flood Farmland, Shutter Schools in Delta Region By

Heavy rains inundate more than 50,000 acres of farmland in Irrawaddy Division, according to state media, with the floods forcing dozens of schools to close.

Jolie’s Plans to Visit Arakan State Dampened by Cyclone By

Hollywood film star Angelina Jolie Pitt postpones a visit to western Burma’s Arakan State due to a cyclone in the Bay of Bengal.

Burma Frees Thousands of Prisoners in Advance of Polls By

Nearly 7,000 prisoners are granted amnesty, including 210 foreigners, though it is still unclear how many were considered prisoners of conscience.

USDP Offers Glimpse of 2015 Field as Suu Kyi Officially Files to Contend By

The ruling party names 149 candidates that it intends to field in Rangoon for the election, while Aung San Suu Kyi officially files for candidature.

Mogul, Minister Among Irrawaddy Election Hopefuls By

President’s Office Minister Thein Nyunt and regional minister Than Tun, both USDP members, are among nine candidates registered to contest seats in the delta region.

Flood-Related Death Toll Reaches 20 By

Flooding across Burma continues to take an economic and human toll, causing untold damage to crops and infrastructure and at least 20 fatalities.

Lawyer Sues Letpadan Police for Violating Due Process By

Human rights lawyer Robert San Aung launches what could become a landmark case against two police officers involved in a brutal crackdown on student demonstrators.

After a ‘Family Coup,’ a Reporter in Burma Earns Her Own Greatness By

Looking back on Aye Aye Win’s illustrious 25-year career, The Irrawaddy revisits this profile about her life and work, first published on Nov. 27, 2013.

Burmese Consulate Opens in Chiang Mai By

Burma opened a new consulate in Chiang Mai on Wednesday with the country’s foreign minister Wunna Maung Lwin and ambassador Win Maung in attendance.

Activist Kyaw Thu to Receive Prestigious Magsaysay Award By

Social worker and activist Kyaw Thu will travel to the Philippines next month to accept a Ramon Magsaysay Award for his public service.

Shwe Mann: USDP Confident of Election Success, Will Not Cheat By

The USDP is confident of its chances for success in November and will not attempt to secure victory through unlawful means, according to the parliamentary speaker.

Hollywood Superstar, Refugee Envoy Angelina Jolie Makes Burma Visit By

Hollywood movie star Angelina Jolie makes her first visit to Burma in her capacity as a special United Nations envoy for refugee issues.

Senior SNLD Leaders to Forgo Shot at Parliament By

Five leaders of the Shan Nationalities League for Democracy won’t contest Burma’s election, saying they will instead work outside Parliament to achieve their political goals.

Burma, Thailand Ink Long-Awaited Visa Exemption Deal By

A visa exemption agreement between Burma and Thailand will come into effect within two weeks after officials signed off on the deal Tuesday in Chiang Mai.

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