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2 hrs ago | 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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Related Topix: National League for Democracy, World News

3 hrs ago | 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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3 hrs ago | 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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Related Topix: Drugs, World News

4 hrs ago | 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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Related Topix: World News

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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Related Topix: Southeast Asia, World News, China,

Scoop

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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Related Topix: World News, Aung San Suu Kyi

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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Related Topix: Australia, Oceania, World News, Pacific Travel, Australia Travel,

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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Related Topix: Central African Republic, Africa, World News,

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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Related Topix: Southeast Asia, World News,

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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Related Topix: National League for Democracy, World News

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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Related Topix: Southeast Asia, World News, Journalism

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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Related Topix: Southeast Asia, World News, Travel, Asia Travel, Myanmar Travel, Aung San Suu Kyi

Bangkok Post

Banks await big decision

Thai banks lead the Central Bank of Myanmar's nomination list for foreign bank licences, scheduled to be awarded later this year, say banking industry sources.

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The Irrawaddy Newsmagazine

The New Light of Myanmar's English and Burmese-language editions.

Burma's state-run English-language daily newspaper will from September be renamed and relaunched as a joint venture with a private company, the newspaper reported Sunday.

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The Irrawaddy Newsmagazine

Three Escapees Shot Dead in Failed Kyauk Mae Jailbreak

Three people were shot dead and at least five police were injured on Saturday when detainees at a police station in Kyauk Mae, northern Shan State, attempted to escape, according to a local source.

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The Irrawaddy Newsmagazine

President's Claim That Media Instigated Religious Violence Draws Ire

Members of the Burmese media have rejected a message from President Thein Sein to Parliament on Friday, in which he claimed that local and international journalists share blame for outbreaks of anti-Muslim violence that have marred Burma's democratic transition.

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Sun Jul 27, 2014

The Irrawaddy Newsmagazine

Evicted

Surrounded by green fertile highlands and with a clear flowing river running through it, Kyauk Khet is a quiet village of two parts.

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The Irrawaddy Newsmagazine

Time for an Energy Boost'

The government should encourage local players in the booming energy sector, says U Ken Tun of Parami.

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Yahoo!

Stupa-fied in old Rangoon

Rangoon, the former capital of Burma, is sometimes overlooked by visitors in their haste to get to the temples of Pagan or the wonders of Inle Lake.

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Related Topix: World News, Southeast Asia, Travel, Yangon, Burma Travel, Asia Travel, Myanmar Travel, Aung San Suu Kyi

The Telegraph

Assam move on asylum invites Paresh scorn

Security personnel inspect a bike in Guwahati on Sunday in the run-up to Independence Day.

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Related Topix: Bangladesh, Asia, World News, Southeast Asia

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