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Iran, U.S. heat up war of words despite pandemic

Tensions between the arch-foes flared in Iraq where the U.S. deployed Patriot air defence missiles, prompting Iran to warn of consequences and demand a withdrawal.

The Hindu 2 Apr 2020 11:43 pm

Indonesia frees 18,000 prisoners over coronavirus fears

Indonesias creaking prison system has just 522 institutions for some 2,70,000 inmates

The Hindu 2 Apr 2020 11:42 pm

Coronavirus | PM Netanyahu re-enters quarantine after Israels Health Minister tests positive

Netanyahus previous quarantine, imposed after one of his staffers tested positive, had ended on Wednesday night

The Hindu 2 Apr 2020 10:54 pm

Myanmar Govts Crackdown on Journalists Angers Media and Legal Insiders

Media and legal sources tell The Irrawaddy why the government is wrong to prosecute journalists for speaking to the Arakan Army.

The Irrawaddy 2 Apr 2020 7:39 pm

Ambassadors Call for End to Conflict in Myanmar Amid COVID-19

Ambassadors to Myanmar from 18 countries have called on the military and ethnic armed groups to end hostilities as the country is extremely vulnerable to impacts of COVID

The Irrawaddy 2 Apr 2020 6:41 pm

Ex-Rakhine State Security Minister Appointed Peace Adviser to Myanmar President

The Myanmar President has appointed Col. Htein Lin, a former military lawmaker and Rakhine State security and border affairs minister, as a peace adviser.

The Irrawaddy 2 Apr 2020 6:34 pm

Latest COVID-19 Developments in Myanmar: April 2, 2020

The UN staff member who has COVID-19 is in a stable condition and people who had contact with her in Naypyitaw tested negative.

The Irrawaddy 2 Apr 2020 6:24 pm

Myanmars Military Opens COVID-19 Quarantine Center in Naypyitaw

Myanmars military says it can care for 15,000 patients at a coronavirus quarantine center in Naypyitaw.

The Irrawaddy 2 Apr 2020 4:31 pm

Volunteers, Govt Staff Fighting COVID-19 in Myanmar Face Discrimination

People quarantined for COVID-19 in Myanmar, as well those who work to support them, face discrimination as misunderstandings about quarantine run rampant.

The Irrawaddy 2 Apr 2020 3:59 pm

Over 60% of European-Run Firms in Myanmar Hurt by COVID-19: EuroCham Survey

Amid the COVID-19 outbreak, the EU Chamber of Commerce has urged the Myanmar government to cut red tape for importers and exporters and provide subsidies and tax breaks.

The Irrawaddy 2 Apr 2020 3:07 pm

Indonesia to Open Emergency Coronavirus Hospital on Uninhabited Island

A new hospital being built to house Indonesias COVID-19 patients on an uninhabited island near Sumatra will open next week, officials said.

The Irrawaddy 2 Apr 2020 11:15 am

Bangkok to Close Parks as Thailands Coronavirus Cases Rise

All parks in Bangkok will be closed as the Thai capital tightens restrictions on public movement amid a mounting number of cases and deaths from COVID-19

The Irrawaddy 2 Apr 2020 11:13 am

Amid Accelerating Spread of COVID-19, Poorest Nations Need Debt Relief: WHO

The chief of the World Health Organization said expedited debt relief was needed for the worlds poorest nations as the numbers of COVID-19 cases and deaths mount.

The Irrawaddy 2 Apr 2020 10:42 am

Tablighi Jamaat: The group blamed for new Covid-19 outbreak in India

Hundreds of new coronavirus cases have been linked to a conference held by the Tablighi Jamaat in Delhi.

BBC 2 Apr 2020 10:29 am

Advice from an Ex-Political Prisoner: How to Cope With COVID-19 Isolation

Bo Kyi spent eight years in a Myanmar prison, including a year in solitary confinement, for political activism. He has some advice to help get us through our COVID-19 iso

The Irrawaddy 2 Apr 2020 10:22 am

Coronavirus | U.S. begins repatriation of its nationals from India, says official

So far, the U.S. has repatriated over 30,000 citizens from over 60 countries on more than 350 flights.

The Hindu 2 Apr 2020 7:55 am

Coronavirus: Air India pilots 'at risk of infection' on rescue flights

Air India pilots say the airline is not adhering to safety protocol on coronavirus rescue flights.

BBC 2 Apr 2020 5:08 am

Coronavirus: Why some people with symptoms in India are living in trees

Many thousands of people in India have left cities and returned to their villages amid a nationwide lockdown order which has caused confusion and anger.

BBC 2 Apr 2020 4:31 am

Trump says ready to help end Saudi-Russian oil price war

Riyadh said it would raise exports further after talks failed

The Hindu 1 Apr 2020 11:52 pm

Iran warns U.S. after it deploys Patriot to Iraq

The U.S. deployment runs counter to the official position of the Iraqi government, parliament and people: Iran Foreign Ministry

The Hindu 1 Apr 2020 11:37 pm

Coronavirus | Brazil confirms first case among indigenous people in the Amazon

Health experts warn that the spreading virus could be lethal for Brazils 850,000 indigenous people, who have been decimated for centuries by diseases brought by Europeans

The Hindu 1 Apr 2020 10:44 pm

Myanmar Police Continue Arrests, Interrogations of Reporters Over AA Coverage

Following Mondays arrest of the VOM editor-in-chief, police on Tuesday questioned journalists from two other news organizations over their reporting on the Arakan Army.

The Irrawaddy 1 Apr 2020 7:18 pm

Latest COVID-19 Developments in Myanmar: April 1, 2020

Myanmars Suu Kyi takes to Facebook to connect with people effectively in the time of coronavirus.

The Irrawaddy 1 Apr 2020 6:20 pm

Two Civilians Killed in Myanmars Rakhine State During Alleged Military Airstrike

Residents said five military helicopters bombed two villages, killing two civilians. But Myanmars military denies the claims.

The Irrawaddy 1 Apr 2020 5:01 pm

Poor to Bear Brunt of Impact as COVID-19 Slows Myanmars Economy: World Bank

The World Bank warns COVID-19 will slow Myanmars economic growth to 2-3% this fiscal year, with the poor, travel-related businesses and exporters hit the hardest.

The Irrawaddy 1 Apr 2020 4:36 pm

Myanmar Journalists Furious as Govt Blocks Over 200 Websites Including News Pages

News agencies are objecting after the Myanmar government ordered telecom operators toblock over 200 websites.

The Irrawaddy 1 Apr 2020 3:56 pm

Plenty of Food Delivery Options for Yangon Residents Practicing Home Quarantine

To cater to the many people who are choosing to self-isolate amid the coronavirus outbreak, a number of Yangon eateries are providing food delivery services.

The Irrawaddy 1 Apr 2020 2:14 pm

Man, 93, becomes oldest Indian to beat coronavirus

The man and his 88-year-old wife both recovered from Covid-19 and will soon leave hospital.

BBC 1 Apr 2020 11:55 am

The Fight Against COVID-19 Can Promote Unity and Peace

The COVID-19 pandemic is a powerful reminder of our interconnectedness, and in both Korea and Myanmar, it may serve to promote national unity and advance the peace proces

The Irrawaddy 1 Apr 2020 11:11 am

Coronavirus Death Toll Tops 41,000 Worldwide, With 850,000 Infections

The global COVID-19 death toll has passed 41,000, with Italy and Spain reporting the most fatalities; total infections now top 850,000.

The Irrawaddy 1 Apr 2020 10:48 am

No Joke: Countries Threaten Jail Time for April Fools Pranksters Amid COVID-19

Governments and corporations the world over are threatening to punish those tempted to make coronavirus-related pranks on April Fools Day.

The Irrawaddy 1 Apr 2020 10:20 am

Mass Disinfections to Combat Coronavirus Pose New Health Hazard

Experts have questioned the effectiveness of mass disinfection operations, including the use of drones, to fight COVID-19, saying more targeted measures are preferable.

The Irrawaddy 1 Apr 2020 10:02 am

The Day Myanmars Socialist Govt Nationalized Missionary and Private Schools

On this day in 1965, the socialist government under Gen. Ne Win nationalized nearly 130 schools in Myanmar, sending its once proud education system into a long decline.

The Irrawaddy 1 Apr 2020 7:00 am

Coronavirus | 13-year-old boy from the United Kingdom dies

Relatives say the victim, who is Britains youngest confirmed fatality, had no underlying illnesses.

The Hindu 1 Apr 2020 3:48 am

Myanmar scribe hit with terror charges

An interview with a top representative of Arakan Army published by Voice of Myanmar led to the detention of editor-in-chief Nay Myo Lin, who was brought to court on terro

The Hindu 31 Mar 2020 10:44 pm

U.S. outlines plan for transition in Venezuela, sanctions relief

Power-sharing govt. to include allies of Maduro and Guaido

The Hindu 31 Mar 2020 10:43 pm

Pompeo says Afghan negotiating team looks 'pretty inclusive'

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Tuesday praised an Afghan government negotiating team identified to hold talks with the Taliban as appearing to be fairly broad and

Reuters 31 Mar 2020 9:04 pm

Rather Than Lockdown, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi Says Some Communities in Myanmar May Face Quarantine

In an address to the nation, the State Counselor hints at possible community quarantines, while urging people to stay home as much as possible to curb COVID-19.

The Irrawaddy 31 Mar 2020 8:00 pm

Coronavirus | Russian doctor who met Vladimir Putin last week diagnosed with COVID-19

Russian President Validimir Putin visited the Kommunarka hospital on March 24 where he chatted with doctor Denis Protsenko

The Hindu 31 Mar 2020 7:51 pm

Three Villagers Injured in Landmine Blasts in Western Myanmars Rakhine State

Two men lost legs and another suffered an arm injury in two landmine blasts in Rakhine States Rathedaung Township on Sunday.

The Irrawaddy 31 Mar 2020 7:12 pm

Myanmars Special Branch Police Sue Editor Under Counter Terrorism Law

The editor of Voice of Myanmar faces a lawsuit for publishing an interview with a spokesperson of the Arakan Army, which Myanmars government recently deemed a terrorist g

The Irrawaddy 31 Mar 2020 5:19 pm

Myanmar Forms Civil-Military Emergency Task Force to Boost COVID-19 Response

A newly-formed civil-military committee will support Myanmars government not only on law enforcement but also in other areas to enhance its fight against the coronavirus.

The Irrawaddy 31 Mar 2020 4:54 pm

Myanmar Military Warns KIA: Drive Out AA or Face Attack

Myanmars military says it is ready to attack two Kachin State towns unless the Arakan Army is forced to leave.

The Irrawaddy 31 Mar 2020 4:17 pm

Coronavirus | Iran death toll climbs to 2,898, says health official

In the past 24 hours, there has been 3,111 new cases of infected people.

The Hindu 31 Mar 2020 3:54 pm

Coronavirus | Spain registers overnight death toll of 849, highest so far

The death toll rose to 8,189 on Tuesday from 7,340 on Monday.

The Hindu 31 Mar 2020 3:49 pm

COVID-19 | Pakistan approves 1,200 bn relief package as cases surge

It awaits a formal nod from the Cabinet led by Prime Minister Imran Khan.

The Hindu 31 Mar 2020 3:45 pm

Tablighi Jamaat: Delhi Nizamuddin event sparks massive search for Covid-19 cases

Several states have reported cases that can be directly traced to a religious event from early March.

BBC 31 Mar 2020 2:49 pm

As COVID-19 Arrives in Myanmar, Individual Responsibility, Competent Leadership Needed

To fight COVID-19, its important for individuals to act responsibly, while officials must enforce health guidelines and give medical workers the support they need.

The Irrawaddy 31 Mar 2020 2:19 pm

COVID-19-Positive Cancer Patient Dies in Myanmar Hospital

A 69-year-old cancer patient who recently returned from Australia has died after testing positive for COVID-19, becoming Myanmars first coronavirus-related fatality.

The Irrawaddy 31 Mar 2020 1:53 pm

Coronavirus | World Bank says about 11 million could be driven into poverty in East Asia and Pacific

Containment of the pandemic would allow for a sustained recovery in the region, although risks to the outlook from financial market stress would remain high, the Washingt

The Hindu 31 Mar 2020 12:51 pm