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Yangon Govt to Clear Squatters from Main Roads

The Yangon Region government will take legal action against those who squat or do business on main roads in Yangon. The post Yangon Govt to Clear Squatters from Main Roads appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
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Yangon Govt to Clear Squatters from Main Roads

The Yangon Region government will take legal action against those who squat or do business on main roads in Yangon. The post Yangon Govt to Clear Squatters from Main Roads appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Replacement Recommended for Ousted Yangon AG U Han Htoo

The Yangon chief minister has recommended a former Union Attorney General's Office director to replace U Han Htoo, who was arrested earlier this month for alleged graft. The post Replacement Recommended for Ousted Yangon AG U Han Htoo appeared first on The Ir
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Replacement Recommended for Ousted Yangon AG U Han Htoo

The Yangon chief minister has recommended a former Union Attorney General's Office director to replace U Han Htoo, who was arrested earlier this month for alleged graft. The post Replacement Recommended for Ousted Yangon AG U Han Htoo appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Victim Age Limit in Child Rape Cases Too Low: Women’s Rights Activists

The amendment to the Penal Code proposes a child rape victim age limit of 12 years old, while activists believe it should include older victims too. The post Victim Age Limit in Child Rape Cases Too Low: Women’s Rights Activists appeared first on The Irrawa
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Victim Age Limit in Child Rape Cases Too Low: Women’s Rights Activists

The amendment to the Penal Code proposes a child rape victim age limit of 12 years old, while activists believe it should include older victims too. The post Victim Age Limit in Child Rape Cases Too Low: Women’s Rights Activists appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Court Refuses Bail for Elderly Trio Detained Over Land Protest

Two of the three, whose land has been earmarked without compensation for a cement factory, are sick. The post Court Refuses Bail for Elderly Trio Detained Over Land Protest appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
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Court Refuses Bail for Elderly Trio Detained Over Land Protest

Two of the three, whose land has been earmarked without compensation for a cement factory, are sick. The post Court Refuses Bail for Elderly Trio Detained Over Land Protest appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Indonesian Activists Abseil Down Palm Refinery Tanks in Deforestation Protest

Greenpeace says Singapore's Wilmar International, the world's biggest palm oil trader, is destroying the forest. Wilmar says the activists are criminals The post Indonesian Activists Abseil Down Palm Refinery Tanks in Deforestation Protest appeared first on T
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Indonesian Activists Abseil Down Palm Refinery Tanks in Deforestation Protest

Greenpeace says Singapore's Wilmar International, the world's biggest palm oil trader, is destroying the forest. Wilmar says the activists are criminals The post Indonesian Activists Abseil Down Palm Refinery Tanks in Deforestation Protest appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

China Senior Diplomat Says Beijing, Washington Must Avoid Cold War Mentality

China and the US should avoid falling into a zero-sum game trap, the Chinese government's top diplomat said, amid deteriorating ties between the superpowers. The post China Senior Diplomat Says Beijing, Washington Must Avoid Cold War Mentality appeared firs
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China Senior Diplomat Says Beijing, Washington Must Avoid Cold War Mentality

China and the US should avoid falling into a zero-sum game trap, the Chinese government's top diplomat said, amid deteriorating ties between the superpowers. The post China Senior Diplomat Says Beijing, Washington Must Avoid Cold War Mentality appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Pope Defends China Deal on Bishops, Says He Will Have Final Say on Names

The deal says the Chinese authorities will be involved in selecting future bishops, leading some to fear further suppression of their faith. The post Pope Defends China Deal on Bishops, Says He Will Have Final Say on Names appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
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Pope Defends China Deal on Bishops, Says He Will Have Final Say on Names

The deal says the Chinese authorities will be involved in selecting future bishops, leading some to fear further suppression of their faith. The post Pope Defends China Deal on Bishops, Says He Will Have Final Say on Names appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Union Parliament Rejects Yangon Govt Request for VIP Vehicles

1 billion kyat budget to be spent on projects in various townships instead. The post Union Parliament Rejects Yangon Govt Request for VIP Vehicles appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
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Union Parliament Rejects Yangon Govt Request for VIP Vehicles

1 billion kyat budget to be spent on projects in various townships instead. The post Union Parliament Rejects Yangon Govt Request for VIP Vehicles appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

11 Years On, Monk Protesters Still Await an Apology for Brutal Public Beatings

Demands for an apology for the public beating of three Buddhist monks, which spurred nationwide participation in protests during the Saffron Revolution, have still not been met. The post 11 Years On, Monk Protesters Still Await an Apology for Brutal Public B
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11 Years On, Monk Protesters Still Await an Apology for Brutal Public Beatings

Demands for an apology for the public beating of three Buddhist monks, which spurred nationwide participation in protests during the Saffron Revolution, have still not been met. The post 11 Years On, Monk Protesters Still Await an Apology for Brutal Public Beatings appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

High Court Takes Up Corruption Case Against Yangon Attorney General, Others

The Yangon Region High Court will investigate the attorney general and five others suspected of taking bribes to drop a case against the alleged killers of comedian Aung Yell Htwe. The post High Court Takes Up Corruption Case Against Yangon Attorney General,
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High Court Takes Up Corruption Case Against Yangon Attorney General, Others

The Yangon Region High Court will investigate the attorney general and five others suspected of taking bribes to drop a case against the alleged killers of comedian Aung Yell Htwe. The post High Court Takes Up Corruption Case Against Yangon Attorney General, Others appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Caves Are More than Sites for Buddhist Shrines: Expert 

Researcher Ko Nyi Nyi Aung training villagers to view cave systems as key part of local ecosystems The post Caves Are More than Sites for Buddhist Shrines: Expert  appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
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Caves Are More than Sites for Buddhist Shrines: Expert 

Researcher Ko Nyi Nyi Aung training villagers to view cave systems as key part of local ecosystems The post Caves Are More than Sites for Buddhist Shrines: Expert  appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Eight Arakanese Re-Arrested after Completing Sentence for Mrauk-U Protest

Ministry of Home Affairs orders eight detained again; police preparing case on a separate offense related to deadly protest The post Eight Arakanese Re-Arrested after Completing Sentence for Mrauk-U Protest appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
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Eight Arakanese Re-Arrested after Completing Sentence for Mrauk-U Protest

Ministry of Home Affairs orders eight detained again; police preparing case on a separate offense related to deadly protest The post Eight Arakanese Re-Arrested after Completing Sentence for Mrauk-U Protest appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Mismanagement of Land Deals Has Cost Yangon Billions, Audit Finds

The Yangon Region Auditor General's Office found that the mismanagement of land leases cost the government billions of kyats during the 2016-17 fiscal year, according to lawmakers. The post Mismanagement of Land Deals Has Cost Yangon Billions, Audit Finds app
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Mismanagement of Land Deals Has Cost Yangon Billions, Audit Finds

The Yangon Region Auditor General's Office found that the mismanagement of land leases cost the government billions of kyats during the 2016-17 fiscal year, according to lawmakers. The post Mismanagement of Land Deals Has Cost Yangon Billions, Audit Finds appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Villagers Fall Ill after Thousands of Dead Mussels Wash Ashore in Kyaukphyu

Skin ailment afflicts nearly 170 villagers who gathered shellfish in Thanzit River in southern Rakhine The post Villagers Fall Ill after Thousands of Dead Mussels Wash Ashore in Kyaukphyu appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
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Villagers Fall Ill after Thousands of Dead Mussels Wash Ashore in Kyaukphyu

Skin ailment afflicts nearly 170 villagers who gathered shellfish in Thanzit River in southern Rakhine The post Villagers Fall Ill after Thousands of Dead Mussels Wash Ashore in Kyaukphyu appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

New Yangon City CEO Urges Gov’t to Act Quickly to Secure Chinese Investment

Chinese factory owners looking to relocate amid trade spat with U.S., Serge Pun says The post New Yangon City CEO Urges Gov’t to Act Quickly to Secure Chinese Investment appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
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New Yangon City CEO Urges Gov’t to Act Quickly to Secure Chinese Investment

Chinese factory owners looking to relocate amid trade spat with U.S., Serge Pun says The post New Yangon City CEO Urges Gov’t to Act Quickly to Secure Chinese Investment appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Business Community Counters Gov’t Reasons for Kyat Depreciation

The government has blamed ‘hollow transactions’, re-exports and a lack of control over the informal market for the depreciation of the kyat—but the business community disagrees. The post Business Community Counters Gov’t Reasons for Kyat Depreciation
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Business Community Counters Gov’t Reasons for Kyat Depreciation

The government has blamed ‘hollow transactions’, re-exports and a lack of control over the informal market for the depreciation of the kyat—but the business community disagrees. The post Business Community Counters Gov’t Reasons for Kyat Depreciation appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Gov’t Opens Office in Thailand to Assist Myanmar Fishing Boat Workers

‘One-stop’ service in Ranong to process visas, monitor working conditions on vessels and accept complaints The post Gov’t Opens Office in Thailand to Assist Myanmar Fishing Boat Workers appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
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Gov’t Opens Office in Thailand to Assist Myanmar Fishing Boat Workers

‘One-stop’ service in Ranong to process visas, monitor working conditions on vessels and accept complaints The post Gov’t Opens Office in Thailand to Assist Myanmar Fishing Boat Workers appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Colonel Seeks Defamation Suit Against Monk For Posts About Commander-in-Chief

The army officer has asked police in Mandalay to sue the monk over Facebook posts that liken Snr. Gen. Min Aung Hlaing to a cow and claim he may have orchestrated a prison break. The post Colonel Seeks Defamation Suit Against Monk For Posts About Commander-in
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Colonel Seeks Defamation Suit Against Monk For Posts About Commander-in-Chief

The army officer has asked police in Mandalay to sue the monk over Facebook posts that liken Snr. Gen. Min Aung Hlaing to a cow and claim he may have orchestrated a prison break. The post Colonel Seeks Defamation Suit Against Monk For Posts About Commander-in-Chief appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Bangladesh Hopes to Start Moving Rohingya to Island in November

Bangladesh has asked the UN to help fund the plan and wants to convince it that the flood-prone island has been made safe for settlement. The UN has yet to comment. The post Bangladesh Hopes to Start Moving Rohingya to Island in November appeared first on Th
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Bangladesh Hopes to Start Moving Rohingya to Island in November

Bangladesh has asked the UN to help fund the plan and wants to convince it that the flood-prone island has been made safe for settlement. The UN has yet to comment. The post Bangladesh Hopes to Start Moving Rohingya to Island in November appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Korean Reconciliation: Three Lessons for Myanmar’s Leaders

Myanmar’s leaders should take examples from the Korean leaders’ willingness for peace, their sending of special delegations and face-to-face meetings. The post Korean Reconciliation: Three Lessons for Myanmar’s Leaders appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
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Korean Reconciliation: Three Lessons for Myanmar’s Leaders

Myanmar’s leaders should take examples from the Korean leaders’ willingness for peace, their sending of special delegations and face-to-face meetings. The post Korean Reconciliation: Three Lessons for Myanmar’s Leaders appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Rohingya’s Return Won’t Affect Security, Union Minister Vows

Resettlement in southern Maungdaw won’t happen unless locals’ safety can be guaranteed, he tells worried Arakanese lawmakers. The post Rohingya’s Return Won’t Affect Security, Union Minister Vows appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
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Rohingya’s Return Won’t Affect Security, Union Minister Vows

Resettlement in southern Maungdaw won’t happen unless locals’ safety can be guaranteed, he tells worried Arakanese lawmakers. The post Rohingya’s Return Won’t Affect Security, Union Minister Vows appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Key Witnesses, CCTV Footage to be Presented in Resumed Comedian Murder Trial

After the unprecedented intervention of President U Win Myint and arrests of six top officials for corruption, the murder case will resume at Yangon Eastern District Court. The post Key Witnesses, CCTV Footage to be Presented in Resumed Comedian Murder Trial
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Key Witnesses, CCTV Footage to be Presented in Resumed Comedian Murder Trial

After the unprecedented intervention of President U Win Myint and arrests of six top officials for corruption, the murder case will resume at Yangon Eastern District Court. The post Key Witnesses, CCTV Footage to be Presented in Resumed Comedian Murder Trial appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

The Antidote to Urban Fatigue? Cycle Tours

As the rains ease off, it’s time to leave the city commotion behind and embrace the great outdoors for an experiential cycle adventure in the glorious green countryside. The post The Antidote to Urban Fatigue? Cycle Tours appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
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The Antidote to Urban Fatigue? Cycle Tours

As the rains ease off, it’s time to leave the city commotion behind and embrace the great outdoors for an experiential cycle adventure in the glorious green countryside. The post The Antidote to Urban Fatigue? Cycle Tours appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Will the Tatmadaw Still Be in Control 30 Years from Now?

This week, The Irrawaddy discusses how and when the military might be persuaded to relinquish its role in politics. The post Will the Tatmadaw Still Be in Control 30 Years from Now? appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
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Will the Tatmadaw Still Be in Control 30 Years from Now?

This week, The Irrawaddy discusses how and when the military might be persuaded to relinquish its role in politics. The post Will the Tatmadaw Still Be in Control 30 Years from Now? appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

USDP Official in Sagaing Faces Defamation Suit over Rohingya Aid Claims

Police say head of party’s Shwebo district chapter used hate speech in attack on government The post USDP Official in Sagaing Faces Defamation Suit over Rohingya Aid Claims appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
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USDP Official in Sagaing Faces Defamation Suit over Rohingya Aid Claims

Police say head of party’s Shwebo district chapter used hate speech in attack on government The post USDP Official in Sagaing Faces Defamation Suit over Rohingya Aid Claims appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

‘The issue has prompted serious challenges for us’: President’s Office Spokesman

Spokesperson U Zaw Htay says the report further damages the country’s image and has potential to cause divisions between communities. The post ‘The issue has prompted serious challenges for us’: President’s Office Spokesman appeared first on The Irraw
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‘The issue has prompted serious challenges for us’: President’s Office Spokesman

Spokesperson U Zaw Htay says the report further damages the country’s image and has potential to cause divisions between communities. The post ‘The issue has prompted serious challenges for us’: President’s Office Spokesman appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

UK Foreign Secretary Hunt Gets Rare Cold Shoulder From Commander-in-Chief

Snr. Gen. Min Aung Hlaing has received a number of foreign diplomats and UN officials over the crisis in Rakhine State. Secretary Hunt has just become the exception. The post UK Foreign Secretary Hunt Gets Rare Cold Shoulder From Commander-in-Chief appeared f
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UK Foreign Secretary Hunt Gets Rare Cold Shoulder From Commander-in-Chief

Snr. Gen. Min Aung Hlaing has received a number of foreign diplomats and UN officials over the crisis in Rakhine State. Secretary Hunt has just become the exception. The post UK Foreign Secretary Hunt Gets Rare Cold Shoulder From Commander-in-Chief appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Local Brand Uses Traditional Fabrics to Produce Handmade Shoes

Vibrant footwear, handbags made by Myanmar’s Heart catching on among both locals and foreigners The post Local Brand Uses Traditional Fabrics to Produce Handmade Shoes appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
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Local Brand Uses Traditional Fabrics to Produce Handmade Shoes

Vibrant footwear, handbags made by Myanmar’s Heart catching on among both locals and foreigners The post Local Brand Uses Traditional Fabrics to Produce Handmade Shoes appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Local Committee Defuses Border Row Between Muse Residents, Chinese Villagers

Hpai Kawng villagers objected after Chinese began putting up fence on Myanmar territory The post Local Committee Defuses Border Row Between Muse Residents, Chinese Villagers appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
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Local Committee Defuses Border Row Between Muse Residents, Chinese Villagers

Hpai Kawng villagers objected after Chinese began putting up fence on Myanmar territory The post Local Committee Defuses Border Row Between Muse Residents, Chinese Villagers appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Ethnic Mro Murdered in Maungdaw, N. Rakhine

Buthidaung Township Lawmaker U Aung Thaung Shwe’s proposal in parliament to form a militia with local villagers to improve security in the area has been rejected. The post Ethnic Mro Murdered in Maungdaw, N. Rakhine appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
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Ethnic Mro Murdered in Maungdaw, N. Rakhine

Buthidaung Township Lawmaker U Aung Thaung Shwe’s proposal in parliament to form a militia with local villagers to improve security in the area has been rejected. The post Ethnic Mro Murdered in Maungdaw, N. Rakhine appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Govt to Probe Claims Citizenship Cards Wrongly Issued to Rohingya, Minister Says

U Thein Swe said the Immigration Ministry would investigate allegations by the KNPP that more than 3,000 of the cards were issued to Rohingya wrongly identifying them as Kaman. The post Govt to Probe Claims Citizenship Cards Wrongly Issued to Rohingya, Minist
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Govt to Probe Claims Citizenship Cards Wrongly Issued to Rohingya, Minister Says

U Thein Swe said the Immigration Ministry would investigate allegations by the KNPP that more than 3,000 of the cards were issued to Rohingya wrongly identifying them as Kaman. The post Govt to Probe Claims Citizenship Cards Wrongly Issued to Rohingya, Minister Says appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

UK’s Hunt Says Pressed Suu Kyi on ‘Justice and Accountability’ for Rohingya

«If there isn't accountability and justice, this will be as big a stain on Burma's history as the Khmer Rouge are for Cambodia,» said Jeremy Hunt. The post UK’s Hunt Says Pressed Suu Kyi on ‘Justice and Accountability’ for Rohing
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UK’s Hunt Says Pressed Suu Kyi on ‘Justice and Accountability’ for Rohingya

«If there isn't accountability and justice, this will be as big a stain on Burma's history as the Khmer Rouge are for Cambodia,» said Jeremy Hunt. The post UK’s Hunt Says Pressed Suu Kyi on ‘Justice and Accountability’ for Rohingya appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

US Sanctions China for Buying Russian Fighter Jets, Missiles

While the US hopes the sanctions will deter other nations from making arms deals with Russia, observers say they push Moscow and Bejing closer together. The post US Sanctions China for Buying Russian Fighter Jets, Missiles appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
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US Sanctions China for Buying Russian Fighter Jets, Missiles

While the US hopes the sanctions will deter other nations from making arms deals with Russia, observers say they push Moscow and Bejing closer together. The post US Sanctions China for Buying Russian Fighter Jets, Missiles appeared first on The Irrawaddy.