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More Than 1,000 Civilians Flee Amid Shan State Fighting

Activists warn that hundreds of villagers are displaced in eastern Burma, as the government army allegedly launches an offensive against Shan rebels despite a ceasefire. Read More


Kachin Relief Hampered by Concern for Safety of Aid Convoys, Travel Prohibitions

The UN and NGOs are still unable to deliver humanitarian aid to displaced locals in areas controlled by the Kachin Independence Army (KIA). Read More


Burma Hails EU Lifting of Sanctions

Burma hails an EU decision lifting political and economic sanctions against the former pariah state, pledging to continue its reforms and march toward democracy. Read More


US Could Waive Duties on Imports From Burma

The United States reviews trade relations with Burma in a move that could end import duties on thousands of goods from the Southeast Asian country. Read More


Delight and Disappointment as Burma Gets First Cheap SIM Cards

The price of the new SIM cards has prompted widespread interest in recent weeks in a country where telecoms costs have typically been wallet-emptying. Read More


A ‘Crony’ with a Conscience

The Irrawaddy speaks to business mogul Zaw Zaw about his reputation as one of Burma’s “cronies” and his hopes for the fast-changing nation’s future. Read More


The Lifting of EU Sanctions and Burma’s Struggle for Democracy

Now that the European Union has removed its sanctions on Burma, domestic forces will need to redouble their efforts to push for genuine democratic reforms. Read More


Van Persie Guides Man United to 20th Premier League Title

Manchester United clinched a convincing victory over Aston Villa, with Robin Van Persie scoring three times, as the club recorded its 20th league title. Read More


UN Urges Crackdown on Asia-Fueled Poaching Boom

Growing Asian demand for ivory and rhino horn as gifts and hangover cures—not for traditional medicine—is fueling a poaching boom. Read More


Another China Official Dies During Party Detention

A senior court official dies under mysterious circumstances, his body bruised after 11 days in the custody of anti-graft investigators of the ruling Communist Party. Read More


India Accuses China of Crossing De Facto Border

India accuses Chinese soldiers of launching an incursion far into Indian territory, in the latest flare-up of tension between the two Asian giants. Read More


Three Workers from Burma Dead after Bus Overturns in Thailand

A bus accident in the Thai province of Tak killed three Burmese workers and injured 57 others on Tuesday night, the Bangkok Post reports. The bus overturned in Muang district while taking a sharp turn on its way to Bangkok from the border district of Mae Sot, police said. The workers hired the bus to [...] Read More


Burma Citizens Granted Visa on Arrival Option by India

Tourists from Burma are among travelers of 11 nations who are now eligible for visa on arrival to India. The policy applies for arrivals at the Goa, Trivandrum, Bangalore, Hyderabad and Kochi airports, according to the Press Information Bureau of India’s Ministry of Home Affairs. The other countries to obtain visa-on-arrival eligibility in an announcement [...] Read More


Burma Cancels Davis Cup Events over Security Concerns

Burma has opted out of hosting two Davis Cup events due to security concerns following last month’s anti-Muslim riots, the head of the country’s tennis association said on Tuesday. Burma was to host the 2013 Asia/Oceania Zone Group III and IV events from April 22-May 5 in Rangoon. “The government informed us on April 13 [...] Read More


Ten to Face Charges of Organizing Illegal Protest of Shwe Gas Project

Ten villagers from Arakan State’s Maday Island have been charged with allegedly organizing an unauthorized protest against a pipeline project passing through the region, according to Narinja, an exile media group covering the state. More than 400 demonstrators marched to the local office of China National Petroleum Corporation on April 18, protesting what they claimed [...] Read More


United States Applauds Release of Political Prisoners in Burma

The United States on Tuesday welcomed the release of dozens of political prisoners in Burma, while noting that others still remain behind bars, according the Chinese state media. “We understand the government of Burma has ordered today the release of over 93 prisoners, including about 50 political prisoners,” State Department spokesman Patrick Ventrell was quoted [...] Read More


Indonesia, Burma Agree to Boost Economic Ties

Burma and Indonesia agreed to deepen economic ties during a meeting on Tuesday between President Thein Sein and his Indonesian counterpart, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, according to state media. The New Light of Myanmar reported that the meeting in Naypyidaw concluded with Yudhoyono targeting to boost bilateral trade between the two nations to US $1 billion [...] Read More


Address Ethnic Violence, Australia’s Foreign Minister Urges Burma

Australian Foreign Minister Bob Carr has urged President Thein Sein to address the ethnic conflicts afflicting Burma, the Australian Associated Press reported. His comments came in the wake of an EU decision to permanently lift sanctions on Burma, a move the foreign minister praised and had lobbied for. “These are deep-seated conflicts and I welcome [...] Read More


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