By   DKBA Splinter Group Confirms Leader’s Death 

Lt. Na Ma Kyar, the commander of a splinter group of the Democratic Karen Benevolent Army, has been killed, his group confirms.

By   Armed Conflict Continues on Highway in Karen State

Fresh clashes between the Burma Army and a splinter ethnic armed group are reported on a stretch of the Asian Highway running through southern Karen

By   Peace Conference Participants Voice Expectations

Participants at the Union Peace Conference, which began in Naypyidaw on Wednesday morning, voice their expectations.

By   E-Visa Holders Permitted to Enter Burma Overland

The three cities able to process e-visa holders entering Burma overland include Myawaddy in Karen State, Tachileik in Shan State and Kawthaung in Tenasserim Division.

By   UN Chief Addresses Rohginya Issue Ahead of Peace Talks

UN chief Ban Ki-moon calls on Burma to improve living conditions for its Rohingya Muslim minority, ahead of peace talks between Aung San Suu Kyi and many

By   Bertil Lintner: ‘China is the Most Important Foreign Player in the Peace Process’

Burma expert Bertil Lintner discusses Suu Kyi’s China visit with The The Irrawaddy.

By   KBZ Bank Opens Office in Bangkok

Kanbawza Bank (KBZ Bank) has opened a representative office in Bangkok, the first Burmese bank to establish an international presence.


Burma’s President’s Office says that security on State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi will increase, in response to reports that she was on an ISIS

By   India Eyes Further Expansion Into Burmese Markets

India inks bilateral trade agreements with Burma during President U Htin Kyaw’s visit to the country.

By   Rangoon Transport Authority to Crack Down on Traffic Violations

The Yangon Region Transport Authority will launch a new enforcement plan to crack down on drivers who violate traffic laws, starting on Thursday.

By   Elite Business Community Welcomes Peace Conference

Business leaders expect a successful peace settlement to increase foreign investment, open up border areas and tempt back migrant workers from abroad.

By   The Irrawaddy Business Roundup (Aug 27)

Domestic terminal nears completion; 4G rollout complete; Concerns over inflation; Burmese coffee enters US; China boosts foreign aid.

By   Panglong Vox Pops: Part 2

The Irrawaddy asks members of civil society, government, political parties and others for their thoughts on the 21st Century Panglong Conference.


The Irrawaddy asks members of civil society, the business community and the general public for their thoughts on the 21st Century Panglong Conference.


The Irrawaddy speaks with U Thant Myint-U, a former UN official and advisor to former President Thein Sein, about the role the UN should play


After an earthquake damages almost 200 temples in Bagan, The Irrawaddy speaks to Than Zaw Oo, director of Burma’s branch of the World Heritage Site


Development of the century-old complex remains in the hands of private developers with links to the ex-military elite, whose pledges of public accessibility spark cautious


While many filmmakers complain that govt censorship shackles their artistry, it is not the only thing stunting the emergence of a Burmese Hollywood.

By   From Aung San’s Driver to Centenarian, a Long and Winding Road Reaches Its End

In this story published in 2015, the man who drove Aung San during the historic Panglong Conference reflects on his life in politics, prison and


Fighting between a Karen ethnic armed group and the Burma Army ended in 2012. Now a once desolate conflict zone is set for a comeback.

By   Ten Things to Do in Rangoon This Week

A football final, a lethwei world championship, charity events and art exhibitions—all in Rangoon this week, as picked by The Irrawaddy.

By   Burmese Climbers Summit Everest

Two Burmese mountaineers summit Mount Everest, becoming the first climbers from the country to reach the peak of the world’s tallest mountain.  

By   Bangkok Temple Now a Venerated Site for Leicester City Fans

Tucked in the Chinatown area of Bangkok is a Buddhist temple that has turned overnight into a venerated site for Leicester City’s Thai fans.

By   Burmese Trio Readies for History-Making Everest Bid

A trio of climbers hopes to become the first Burmese nationals to summit the world’s tallest peak, a climb expected to take over two months.