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1 hr ago | The Irrawaddy Newsmagazine

Ooredoo SIM Cards Go on Limited Sale in Burma

Some shops in Mandalay have already begun selling a limited number of Ooredoo SIM cards, as the Qatari company remains tight-lipped about when its mobile phone cards will go on general sale.

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1 hr ago | The Irrawaddy Newsmagazine

Presidential spokesman Ye Htut talks to reporters on Saturday.

A day after the removal of Information Minister Aung Kyi was announced, it emerged on Wednesday that President Thein Sein has nominated his spokesman and Deputy Information Minister Ye Htut as the new minister.

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3 hrs ago | Burmanet

The Myanmar Times: The nationwide ceasefire agreement at a glance - Aung Naing Oo

At 20 pages, with seven chapters and about 120 different points, it's hard not to agree with the international conflict resolution expert who recently called Myanmar's draft nationwide ceasefire agreement as the world's lengthiest ceasefire deal.

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7 hrs ago | Asia News Network

YANGON: US condemns lack of freedom of religion in Myanmar

Myanmar has suffered another blow to its record for human-rights violations as it has been placed on a list of countries that breach the right to freedom of religion.

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Tue Jul 29, 2014

The Irrawaddy Newsmagazine

Myanmar religion

On 26th Street in downtown Yangon is a building almost hidden from sight and barely noticed by those who pass it every day.

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The Irrawaddy Newsmagazine

Gauging Ethnic Angst Over Proportional Representation in Burma

Aung San Suu Kyi stands during a vote in Parliament's Lower House on July 24, voicing her opposition to an electoral system based on proportional representation.

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India Gazette

Tihar used for indoctrination for jihad LeT operative

Abdul Subhan, the 42-year-old Lashkar-e-Taiba operative arrested by Delhi Police July 20, has revealed details about indoctrination of hardcore criminals in Tihar jail for jihad.

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The Irrawaddy Newsmagazine

Why the State - Is Still Incredibly Weak'

It has no place on official maps, but parts of Myanmar fall within a geographical zone described by some Southeast Asia scholars as Zomia.

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Related Topix: Southeast Asia, World News, Yale University

The Irrawaddy Newsmagazine

A session in Burma's Union Parliament in Naypyidaw in 2012.

The Burmese Parliament's Lower House will form a commission to discuss the proportional representation electoral system, lawmakers said, after three days of heated debate on the proposal to change how future governments are elected.

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The Irrawaddy Newsmagazine

Vehicles travel along a stretch of the highway linking Mandalay and Rangoon.

The Burmese government and private tow companies have teamed up to provide emergency services along the Rangoon-Naypyidaw-Mandalay highway, a 386-mile stretch of road macabrely dubbed the "death highway" for the frequent fatalities that have plagued it.

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The Irrawaddy Newsmagazine

Police in Shan State Seize Valuable Haul of Opium, Guns

Burmese police on Monday seized more than US$2.3 million worth of opium and several automatic weapons in Tachileik, on the Thai-Burmese border in eastern Shan State.

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South China Morning Post

Myanmar snub-nosed monkey facing extinction

The recently discovered Myanmar snub-nosed monkey has been bearing the brunt of China's appetite for timber but a video clip and a new law banning the export of raw logs could give the critically endangered species a shot at survival, writes Vincent MacIsaac It is just 42 seconds long, but the first-ever video footage of a species of monkey ... (more)

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Mon Jul 28, 2014

Burmanet

Global Times: Sino-Myanmar "strategic railway" plan ran aground, MOU expired

According to a report by Eleven Group on the 20th, Myanmar Ministry of Railway Transportation formally released information that the Sino-Myanmar Kyaukpyu-Kunming Railway project has run aground.

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Human Rights in Myanmar Yangon International Airport

Statement of the Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in Myanmar Yangon International Airport, Myanmar, 26 July 2014 Introduction: Good evening and thank you all for coming today.

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The Irrawaddy Newsmagazine

Australian Universities Court Burmese Students

Higher education officials from Australia in the coming years hope to draw more Burmese students to study in their country, the world's third most popular international destination for college-goers, with the land down under holding its first education exhibition in Burma over the weekend.

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The Baltimore Sun

U.S. says millions forced to flee for religious beliefs in 2013

More members of religious communities around the world were forced to flee their homes last year than at any time in recent memory, the United States said on Monday, in its annual report on religious freedom.

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The Irrawaddy Newsmagazine

Burmese Govt Reversed MSF Ban Because of - International Pressure'

A sign is seen outside a MA©decins Sans FrontiA res clinic in a village in Maungdaw Township, Arakan State, on June 6, 2014.

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Burmanet

Democratic Voice of Burma: MPs debate pros and cons of proportional representation

Ten MPs took to the floor of the lower house of Burma's parliament on Friday as debate commenced on whether to employ a system of proportional representation in future general elections.

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Burmanet

Democratic Voice of Burma: Burma's media bodies call for press protection

Burma's leading media bodies have reached a 16-point agreement to protect media workers and ensure that their legal rights are respected.

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Burmanet

Democratic Voice of Burma: Conditions 'deplorable' in Arakan IDP camps, says new UN envoy

Concluding a ten-day visit to Burma, the UN's new special rapporteur on human rights, Yanghee Lee, painted a decidedly mixed picture of the country's ongoing reform process at a press conference held at Rangoon airport on Saturday evening.

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