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Nation Building in Myanmar an ‘Ongoing Process’: Outgoing EU Ambassador

Outgoing EU envoy Kristian Schmidt praised Myanmar people’s willingness to sacrifice for democracy and conceded the Rohingya issue dominates Western views of the country.
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Nation Building in Myanmar an ‘Ongoing Process’: Outgoing EU Ambassador

Outgoing EU envoy Kristian Schmidt praised Myanmar people’s willingness to sacrifice for democracy and conceded the Rohingya issue dominates Western views of the country.

Int’l Passenger Flights Likely Banned Until October: Myanmar Vice-President

Vice-President Henry Van Thio said Myanmar may join “travel bubbles” with countries that have contained COVID-19 but said international flights may not resume until October.
The Irrawaddy

Int’l Passenger Flights Likely Banned Until October: Myanmar Vice-President

Vice-President Henry Van Thio said Myanmar may join “travel bubbles” with countries that have contained COVID-19 but said international flights may not resume until October.

Mired in Inequality and Laid Low by the Virus, the US Offers Little to Emulate

When Americans go to the polls in November, reason and democratic ideals must prevail so the wounds inflicted by the disastrous Trump administration can begin to heal.
The Irrawaddy

Mired in Inequality and Laid Low by the Virus, the US Offers Little to Emulate

When Americans go to the polls in November, reason and democratic ideals must prevail so the wounds inflicted by the disastrous Trump administration can begin to heal.

Out of Work, Out of Options: Myanmar Migrant Workers in Thailand Scrape By During COVID-19

In Thailand, COVID-19 has left millions of migrant workers from Myanmar jobless, facing a daily struggle to get by with little income and few options.
The Irrawaddy

Out of Work, Out of Options: Myanmar Migrant Workers in Thailand Scrape By During COVID-19

In Thailand, COVID-19 has left millions of migrant workers from Myanmar jobless, facing a daily struggle to get by with little income and few options.

Garbo Bar at Myanmar’s Melia Hotel Reopens With New Giant Burger Set

Want to get out and fill your stomach after months of eating at home, but looking to avoid crowded eateries? The Giant Burger at Melia Hotel’s Garbo is a great option.
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Garbo Bar at Myanmar’s Melia Hotel Reopens With New Giant Burger Set

Want to get out and fill your stomach after months of eating at home, but looking to avoid crowded eateries? The Giant Burger at Melia Hotel’s Garbo is a great option.

China’s Huawei Deepens Ties With Europe’s Top Telecom Firm: Reports

Despite US efforts to discourage cooperation with China’s Huawei, Germany’s Deutsche Telekom has deepened its ties with the tech giant, according to media reports.
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China’s Huawei Deepens Ties With Europe’s Top Telecom Firm: Reports

Despite US efforts to discourage cooperation with China’s Huawei, Germany’s Deutsche Telekom has deepened its ties with the tech giant, according to media reports.

Japan to Discuss Easing of Travel Ban With Myanmar, China, Others

The Japanese government is preparing to open talks with around 10 countries, including Myanmar, on easing COVID-19-related travel restrictions.
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Japan to Discuss Easing of Travel Ban With Myanmar, China, Others

The Japanese government is preparing to open talks with around 10 countries, including Myanmar, on easing COVID-19-related travel restrictions.

Efforts to Fix Myanmar’s Deadly Jade Mine Issue Face Obstacles

Despite public outrage over a deadly landslide in Kachin, the NLD seems either unable or unwilling to force jade mining companies to follow safety and environmental laws.
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Efforts to Fix Myanmar’s Deadly Jade Mine Issue Face Obstacles

Despite public outrage over a deadly landslide in Kachin, the NLD seems either unable or unwilling to force jade mining companies to follow safety and environmental laws.

Rohingya Jailed in Myanmar’s Rakhine State for Illegal Border Crossing from Bangladesh

They were charged under the Immigration Act for illegal entry from Bangladesh after Myanmar closed the border due to COVID-19.  
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Rohingya Jailed in Myanmar’s Rakhine State for Illegal Border Crossing from Bangladesh

They were charged under the Immigration Act for illegal entry from Bangladesh after Myanmar closed the border due to COVID-19.  

Myanmar Health Ministry Urges Diligence to Prevent Second COVID-19 Wave

The Health Ministry has warned that people in Myanmar must still follow COVID-19 guidelines, as many citizens have begun to relax now that local transmissions are contained.
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Myanmar Health Ministry Urges Diligence to Prevent Second COVID-19 Wave

The Health Ministry has warned that people in Myanmar must still follow COVID-19 guidelines, as many citizens have begun to relax now that local transmissions are contained.

Myanmar President Tells Officials to Control Hate Speech Ahead of Election

The president told election officials and ministers to prevent racial and religious incitement that could threaten Myanmar’s general election in November.
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Myanmar President Tells Officials to Control Hate Speech Ahead of Election

The president told election officials and ministers to prevent racial and religious incitement that could threaten Myanmar’s general election in November.

‘Occult’ Statues of Buddha Undergoing Alterations After Removal From Myanmar Monastery

Stonemasons are re-carving 66 statues of Buddha, reportedly donated by powerful figures, that were removed from a monastery for violating Theravada Buddhist tradition.
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‘Occult’ Statues of Buddha Undergoing Alterations After Removal From Myanmar Monastery

Stonemasons are re-carving 66 statues of Buddha, reportedly donated by powerful figures, that were removed from a monastery for violating Theravada Buddhist tradition.

WHO Looks Into Possibility of Airborne Coronavirus Transmission

The WHO is investigating whether the coronavirus can be spread by suspended airborne droplets, in addition to those emitted by an infected person who coughs or sneezes.
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WHO Looks Into Possibility of Airborne Coronavirus Transmission

The WHO is investigating whether the coronavirus can be spread by suspended airborne droplets, in addition to those emitted by an infected person who coughs or sneezes.

For Myanmar’s Former Ruling Party, Hopes Run High as General Election Nears

The former ruling USDP says it is confident of winning a majority in Parliament and winning the presidency, but political analysts are less upbeat over the party’s chances at the polls.
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For Myanmar’s Former Ruling Party, Hopes Run High as General Election Nears

The former ruling USDP says it is confident of winning a majority in Parliament and winning the presidency, but political analysts are less upbeat over the party’s chances at the polls.

For Myanmar’s Once-Defeated Ruling Party, Hopes Run High as General Election Nears

The former ruling USDP says it is confident of winning a majority in Parliament and winning the presidency, but political analysts are less upbeat over the party’s chances at the polls.
The Irrawaddy

For Myanmar’s Once-Defeated Ruling Party, Hopes Run High as General Election Nears

The former ruling USDP says it is confident of winning a majority in Parliament and winning the presidency, but political analysts are less upbeat over the party’s chances at the polls.

Myanmar Prison Staffer Caught Smuggling Meth in His Velvet Flip-Flops

A worker at a prison in Ayeyarwady Region was trying to smuggle 244 methamphetamine tablets and 0.1 gram of crystal meth into the prison inside his sandals.
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Myanmar Prison Staffer Caught Smuggling Meth in His Velvet Flip-Flops

A worker at a prison in Ayeyarwady Region was trying to smuggle 244 methamphetamine tablets and 0.1 gram of crystal meth into the prison inside his sandals.

US to Withdraw From WHO in July 2021 Over ‘China-Centric’ Stance

The US has informed the UN secretary general that it will withdraw from the World Health Organization in July next year to protest the agency’s ‘China-centric’ stance.
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US to Withdraw From WHO in July 2021 Over ‘China-Centric’ Stance

The US has informed the UN secretary general that it will withdraw from the World Health Organization in July next year to protest the agency’s ‘China-centric’ stance.

Beijing Reports No New COVID-19 Cases for First Time in About 4 Weeks

Health officials in Beijing have reported no new coronavirus cases for the first time since a cluster was found at a market in the city in early June.
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Beijing Reports No New COVID-19 Cases for First Time in About 4 Weeks

Health officials in Beijing have reported no new coronavirus cases for the first time since a cluster was found at a market in the city in early June.

N. Korea’s Kim Visits Grandfather’s Mausoleum on Anniversary of His Death

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un visited the grave of his grandfather, national founder Kim Il Sung, on the anniversary of his death, state media reported.
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N. Korea’s Kim Visits Grandfather’s Mausoleum on Anniversary of His Death

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un visited the grave of his grandfather, national founder Kim Il Sung, on the anniversary of his death, state media reported.

UK Imposes Sanctions on Myanmar Military Chief, Deputy for Abuses Against Rohingya, Others

The UK has imposed sanctions on Senior General Min Aung Hlaing and Vice Senior General Soe Win for alleged rights abuses against the Rohingya and other groups in Myanmar.
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UK Imposes Sanctions on Myanmar Military Chief, Deputy for Abuses Against Rohingya, Others

The UK has imposed sanctions on Senior General Min Aung Hlaing and Vice Senior General Soe Win for alleged rights abuses against the Rohingya and other groups in Myanmar.

Clashes in Myanmar’s Shan State Force Over 700 Villagers to Flee

The Irrawaddy visited hundreds of villagers who fled fighting between Myanmar’s military and the Restoration Council of Shan State.
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Clashes in Myanmar’s Shan State Force Over 700 Villagers to Flee

The Irrawaddy visited hundreds of villagers who fled fighting between Myanmar’s military and the Restoration Council of Shan State.

Myanmar Ministry Orders Monastery to Remove Buddha Statues Designed Using Occult Practices

A Naypyitaw monastery has been told to remove 66 Buddha statues that violate Theravada Buddhism and were apparently made in a bid to boost the wealth of powerful donors.
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Myanmar Ministry Orders Monastery to Remove Buddha Statues Designed Using Occult Practices

A Naypyitaw monastery has been told to remove 66 Buddha statues that violate Theravada Buddhism and were apparently made in a bid to boost the wealth of powerful donors.

The Day a British Benefactor of Myanmar Youth and Education Passed Away

On this day in 1960, John Sydenham Furnivall, a British educator and literary scholar whose career spanned colonial and independent Myanmar, passed away in England.
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The Day a British Benefactor of Myanmar Youth and Education Passed Away

On this day in 1960, John Sydenham Furnivall, a British educator and literary scholar whose career spanned colonial and independent Myanmar, passed away in England.

Myanmar Sets Up Voting Abroad in Advance of November Election

Myanmar nationals abroad cast over 20,000 votes in the country’s last election, but that number fell far short of the 4 million Myanmar migrants living abroad.
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Myanmar Sets Up Voting Abroad in Advance of November Election

Myanmar nationals abroad cast over 20,000 votes in the country’s last election, but that number fell far short of the 4 million Myanmar migrants living abroad.

Military Sacks its Appointed Kachin Security Affairs Minister After Kachin Jade Disaster

The military says it has taken action against Kachin State’s military-appointed security minister and a commanding officer after the death of over 170 jade prospectors.
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Military Sacks its Appointed Kachin Security Affairs Minister After Kachin Jade Disaster

The military says it has taken action against Kachin State’s military-appointed security minister and a commanding officer after the death of over 170 jade prospectors.

NLD Struggles to find Candidates in Rakhine for Myanmar’s General Election

The NLD performed poorly in Rakhine State in 2015 and is set to suffer again in November as it struggles to find candidates for the conflict-ridden north of the state.
The Irrawaddy

NLD Struggles to find Candidates in Rakhine for Myanmar’s General Election

The NLD performed poorly in Rakhine State in 2015 and is set to suffer again in November as it struggles to find candidates for the conflict-ridden north of the state.

Another Myanmar Migrant Returnee Hangs Himself in the Irrawaddy Delta

Ko Nay Lin Htet, a 27-year-old man who hung himself while in quarantine in Pathein, was the second returned migrant worker to kill himself on Friday.
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Another Myanmar Migrant Returnee Hangs Himself in the Irrawaddy Delta

Ko Nay Lin Htet, a 27-year-old man who hung himself while in quarantine in Pathein, was the second returned migrant worker to kill himself on Friday.

Senior Myanmar Police Officer Jailed for Demanding Sex From Female Subordinates

A senior officer in charge of approving appointments within the police force has been jailed for sexually exploiting female subordinates.
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Senior Myanmar Police Officer Jailed for Demanding Sex From Female Subordinates

A senior officer in charge of approving appointments within the police force has been jailed for sexually exploiting female subordinates.

New Support Center Opens for Foreign Residents in Japan

The Japanese government has opened a new support center for foreign residents in Tokyo amid a push to bring in more foreign workers to the country.
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New Support Center Opens for Foreign Residents in Japan

The Japanese government has opened a new support center for foreign residents in Tokyo amid a push to bring in more foreign workers to the country.

Flooded Southwestern Japan Gets More Rain as Rescue Efforts Continue

Scores of people are feared dead as search-and-rescue operations continued following severe rain and flooding in Japan’s Kumamoto Prefecture.
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Flooded Southwestern Japan Gets More Rain as Rescue Efforts Continue

Scores of people are feared dead as search-and-rescue operations continued following severe rain and flooding in Japan’s Kumamoto Prefecture.