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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.
The Irrawaddy

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.
The Irrawaddy

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.
The Irrawaddy

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.
The Irrawaddy

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.
The Irrawaddy

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.
The Irrawaddy

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.
The Irrawaddy

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.
The Irrawaddy

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.
The Irrawaddy

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.
The Irrawaddy

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.
The Irrawaddy

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.
The Irrawaddy

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.
The Irrawaddy

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.
The Irrawaddy

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.
The Irrawaddy

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.
The Irrawaddy

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.

Myanmar’s NLD Distances Itself From Senior Member’s Comment on Presidency for Military Chief

NLD elder U Win Htein’s comment that Snr-Gen Min Aung Hlaing could become President if he backs charter reform does not reflect the party’s policy, a senior member said.
The Irrawaddy

Myanmar’s NLD Distances Itself From Senior Member’s Comment on Presidency for Military Chief

NLD elder U Win Htein’s comment that Snr-Gen Min Aung Hlaing could become President if he backs charter reform does not reflect the party’s policy, a senior member said.

Lockdown’s Lifted! Five Easy Trips from Yangon

It’s been a hard few months for Myanmar. Now that lockdowns are lifted and domestic travel is back on, easy overnights and day trips from Yangon offer a much-needed break.
The Irrawaddy

Lockdown’s Lifted! Five Easy Trips from Yangon

It’s been a hard few months for Myanmar. Now that lockdowns are lifted and domestic travel is back on, easy overnights and day trips from Yangon offer a much-needed break.

Despite Myanmar Ethnic Parties’ Bold Election Strategy, NLD Insists on Going It Alone

Ethnic parties are confident they can win at least 20 percent of seats in Parliament in November’s election, and believe the NLD has no choice but to negotiate with them.
The Irrawaddy

Despite Myanmar Ethnic Parties’ Bold Election Strategy, NLD Insists on Going It Alone

Ethnic parties are confident they can win at least 20 percent of seats in Parliament in November’s election, and believe the NLD has no choice but to negotiate with them.

Myanmar’s Destroyed Heritage: Rangoon University Student Union

A vacant site at the entrance of the University of Yangon is a reminder of the independence struggle. The students’ union was dynamited in 1962 by the military regime.
The Irrawaddy

Myanmar’s Destroyed Heritage: Rangoon University Student Union

A vacant site at the entrance of the University of Yangon is a reminder of the independence struggle. The students’ union was dynamited in 1962 by the military regime.

EU States Suspend US$100 M of Myanmar’s Debt Payments During COVID-19

Six European Union countries agreed to a one-year deferral for debt payments from Myanmar worth almost US$100 million, in a bid to help the country deal with COVID-19.
The Irrawaddy

EU States Suspend US$100 M of Myanmar’s Debt Payments During COVID-19

Six European Union countries agreed to a one-year deferral for debt payments from Myanmar worth almost US$100 million, in a bid to help the country deal with COVID-19.

Landslide Kills at Least 126 at Northern Myanmar Jade Mine

Around 300 jade prospectors and scavengers were at work when a huge landslide crashed into water that had filled an unused Hpakant mine.
The Irrawaddy

Landslide Kills at Least 126 at Northern Myanmar Jade Mine

Around 300 jade prospectors and scavengers were at work when a huge landslide crashed into water that had filled an unused Hpakant mine.

Myanmar Pastor Charged with Breaching COVID-19 Rules with Religious Services

Saw David Lah faces up to three years in prison for arranging a series of religious gatherings in April blamed for spreading coronavirus to at least 80 people.
The Irrawaddy

Myanmar Pastor Charged with Breaching COVID-19 Rules with Religious Services

Saw David Lah faces up to three years in prison for arranging a series of religious gatherings in April blamed for spreading coronavirus to at least 80 people.

Myanmar Military Faulted for Information Blackout on Massacre Prosecutions

The army’s refusal to discuss the details of its prosecution of three military personnel over the massacre of 19 Rohingya has been criticized as a failure of justice.
The Irrawaddy

Myanmar Military Faulted for Information Blackout on Massacre Prosecutions

The army’s refusal to discuss the details of its prosecution of three military personnel over the massacre of 19 Rohingya has been criticized as a failure of justice.

Beijing’s Long Game: Where is China Headed in 2020?

The Irrawaddy talks with veteran journalist and Myanmar analyst Bertil Lintner about China’s shifting geopolitical strategies and development ambitions.
The Irrawaddy

Beijing’s Long Game: Where is China Headed in 2020?

The Irrawaddy talks with veteran journalist and Myanmar analyst Bertil Lintner about China’s shifting geopolitical strategies and development ambitions.

Recovered COVID-19 Patient in Myanmar Tests Positive Again

A surgeon in Shan State who shows no symptoms of COVID-19 has tested positive for the disease after previously testing negative for it twice.
The Irrawaddy

Recovered COVID-19 Patient in Myanmar Tests Positive Again

A surgeon in Shan State who shows no symptoms of COVID-19 has tested positive for the disease after previously testing negative for it twice.

Myanmar to Go to the Polls on Nov. 8, Election Commission Announces

Myanmar’s general election will be held on Nov. 8, the UEC announced; it will be the country’s first nationwide poll held under a civilian government in six decades.
The Irrawaddy

Myanmar to Go to the Polls on Nov. 8, Election Commission Announces

Myanmar’s general election will be held on Nov. 8, the UEC announced; it will be the country’s first nationwide poll held under a civilian government in six decades.

US House Passes China Sanctions Bill Over Hong Kong Security Law

The US House has passed a bill that would impose sanctions on Chinese banks that do business with officials responsible for Beijing’s new Hong Kong security law.
The Irrawaddy

US House Passes China Sanctions Bill Over Hong Kong Security Law

The US House has passed a bill that would impose sanctions on Chinese banks that do business with officials responsible for Beijing’s new Hong Kong security law.

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