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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.


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. 


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 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.

‘Made in Myanmar’—and With Vivid Colors By

Artists select bright hues to depict life in their native Burma in a collection of paintings on display at a gallery in downtown Rangoon.

Observers Say Burma’s Census ‘Successful’—Except in Arakan State By

The UN-backed census did not record anyone self-identifying as the Rohingya Muslim minority, while other problems on the question of ethnicity were noted.

Press Council to Meet Monthly With Information Minister By

Council members say this is the first time they have met regularly with the minister since the council formed in 2012.

Burma’s Tourism Industry Struggles to Keep Up With Surging Visitor Numbers By

More than 3 million people are expected to visit the country this year, but a 2015 target of 5 million visitors might be a stretch.

One Civilian Killed After TNLA, Govt Troops Clash By

One civilian is shot dead and another hospitalized with a gunshot wound following a clash between government troops and Palaung rebels in northern Shan State.

Another Round of Ceasefire Talks Set for September By

The government and ethnic leaders still need to hammer out disagreements over four paragraphs before setting a date for the signing of a nationwide accord.

9 Burmese Workers Injured in Bangkok Factory Blast By

A total of 22 people were injured when a boiler exploded at a dyeing factory in the Thai capital, and two Burmese are in intensive care.

Name of Muslim Group in Burma Goes Unspoken By

Burma’s government is pressuring foreign officials to avoid the word Rohingya in reference to Arakan State’s Muslim minority, and the tactic appears to be working.

MSF Urges Burma to Allow It to Resume Work as Health Crisis Worsens By

The government has said it will allow Médecins Sans Frontières to return to Arakan State, but that commitment has not been followed through.

Well-Known Burmese Painter Aung Myint Puts on Show in Rangoon By

In his 14th solo show in Rangoon, titled “14 A.M,” Aung Myint brings a new series of paintings called “Faces.”

Burma Govt Agrees to Include Federal System in Ceasefire Deal By

A system of autonomy is one the main demands of ethnic armed groups in talks to bring an end to decades of civil war.

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