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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.

9 Jul 2020 10:15 am
China Opens National Security Office in Hong Kong

The Chinese government has opened an office in Hong Kong to oversee enforcement of Beijings new national security law for the territory.

9 Jul 2020 10:08 am
For Myanmars 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 partys chances at the polls.

8 Jul 2020 6:31 pm
A Strictly Segregated Watering Hole of British Rangoon

The Pegu Club was an exclusive British retreat in colonial Rangoon that denied entrance to all Asians, including Burmese.

8 Jul 2020 5:45 pm
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.

8 Jul 2020 3:59 pm
N. Koreas Kim Visits Grandfathers 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.

8 Jul 2020 10:29 am
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.

8 Jul 2020 10:17 am
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 agencys China-centric stance.

8 Jul 2020 10:06 am
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.

7 Jul 2020 8:12 pm
Clashes in Myanmars Shan State Force Over 700 Villagers to Flee

The Irrawaddy visited hundreds of villagers who fled fighting between Myanmars military and the Restoration Council of Shan State.

7 Jul 2020 5:49 pm
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.

7 Jul 2020 5:17 pm
Myanmar Labor, Farmer Activists Announce Run for Parliament

Labor and farmers rights advocates say they will run for Union and regional Parliament in 11 constituencies in Yangon.

7 Jul 2020 4:35 pm
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.

7 Jul 2020 7:00 am
Military Sacks its Appointed Kachin Security Affairs Minister After Kachin Jade Disaster

The military says it has taken action against Kachin States military-appointed security minister and a commanding officer after the death of over 170 jade prospectors.

6 Jul 2020 7:31 pm
Myanmar Sets Up Voting Abroad in Advance of November Election

Myanmar nationals abroad cast over 20,000 votes in the countrys last election, but that number fell far short of the 4 million Myanmar migrants living abroad.

6 Jul 2020 6:36 pm
NLD Struggles to find Candidates in Rakhine for Myanmars 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.

6 Jul 2020 5:05 pm
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.

6 Jul 2020 2:52 pm
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 Japans Kumamoto Prefecture.

6 Jul 2020 1:01 pm
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.

6 Jul 2020 12:52 pm
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.

6 Jul 2020 12:48 pm
The Irrawaddy Business Roundup

This week, six EU states suspended debt payments from Myanmar while the country resumed rice exports, approved new investments and allocated US$10.6 million in loans.

4 Jul 2020 8:00 am