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Government Relocates Rangoon Squatters

The Rangoon divisional government plans to relocate the city’s estimated 400,000 squatters and provide them with temporary housing.

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Embattled Ethnic Armed Groups Cast Doubt on Suu Kyi’s Peace Drive

The Burma Army’s refusal to halt its offensive campaigns has fueled skepticism and undermined the trust required for peace with ethnic armed groups.

USDP Sets Sights On 2020 Comeback

Former president Thein Sein blames the USDP’s election losses on party members, and aims to launch a comeback in Burma’s 2020 election.

Forthcoming Govt Body Aims to Get More Aid to More People

Burma’s government intends to form a donor coordination body to scrutinize the country’s foreign aid so that it flows to where it is needed most.

Report Reveals Unending Struggles for Political Prisoners

A new report documents torture suffered by Burma’s political prisoners under the military regime and the challenges they face when rejoining society.

KBZ to Launch Satellite Communications Platform

A KBZ subsidiary is to launch new, high-speed satellite communications services in Burma, targeting banks and then telecoms operators.

As Lines Form for Water, Burma Pins Hopes on Suu Kyi

Anxieties over a particularly harsh dry season in Burma are tempered by hopes that the new government will be more responsive to the needs of its citizens.

Civilians Beaten by Burma Army Soldiers: Sources

Two civilians working on banana farms claim they were beaten by Burma Army soldiers near the Kachin Independence Army headquarters in Kachin State.

Activists Urge Inquiry After Rohingya Shot in Thai Detention Center Breakout

Rights groups call for an independent investigation into the shooting of a Rohingya Muslim who was involved in a mass breakout from a Thai detention center.

Tens of Thousands Need Aid After Deadly Cyclone Pounds Bangladesh, Sri Lanka

Thousands of people in Bangladesh and Sri Lanka need aid including clean drinking water, dry food rations and medicines after a cyclone hammered the region.

The Rangoon divisional government is poised to drastically slash the number of bus lines, many of which overlap and contribute to mounting congestion in the city.

Prison Term ‘Like From the Old Days,’ Says Burmese ‘Penis Poet’

A young poet gets six months in jail for defaming former President Thein Sein, making him one of the first political activists sentenced under Burma’s new government.

Anti-Muslim Agitator To Stay In Jail

Despite the court’s rejection of the plaintiff’s evidence, Nay Myo Wai, a politician accused of defaming Suu Kyi, sees his bail denied.

More than a dozen gem prospectors die when piles of mining waste collapse in Hpakant Township’s jade mining area, where dangerous landslides are increasingly common.

As the new government vows to tackle legacy disputes over land confiscations, old grievances resurface at a rubber plantation operated by one of Burma’s largest conglomerates.

Doctor Wins ‘Citizen of Burma’ Award

A doctor who promotes health care joins a political science educator, a storytelling group and a band of charity buskers as recipients of the diaspora-run award.

Ten Things to Do in Rangoon This Week (May 23)

The Irrawaddy picks 10 interesting events happening in Rangoon this week.

India Drought Hurts Women, Low-Caste Dalits More

India’s worst drought in decades is hurting women and Dalits disproportionately, with impacts ranging from malnutrition to early marriage to prostitution.

18 Girls Killed in Fire at School Dorm in Northern Thailand

A dormitory fire in Thailand kills 18 girls, many of whom were roused by a dorm-mate but went back to sleep, thinking it was a prank.

The family of a pro-democracy activist killed in 1988 has at last performed her funerary rites, with her dying wish for democracy considered fulfilled.

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