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First Resettlements Set to Begin in Violence-Hit Meikhtila By

Out of 7,845 people who remain displaced after violence in the central Burma town in March last year, 220 households are set to be resettled.

Burma’s UEC Under Fire for Election Rule Changes By

The Union Election Commission faces criticism from Burma’s opposition political parties after it moved to tighten campaigning rules ahead of elections next year.


Ethnic armed groups plan to make troop repositioning and a code of conduct for armed units a priority in their negotiations with the government.


The group of veteran journalists requested a meeting with the president after a number of recent court cases brought against the media.


President Thein Sein nominates his spokesman and Deputy Information Minister Ye Htut as the replacement for Information Minister Aung Kyi, who resigned Wednesday.

Burmese Army Officers Murdered in Violence-Wracked Namkham By

Two Burmese Army officers are reportedly murdered in northern Shan State, where government troops have clashed in recent months with ethnic armed rebel groups.

Uncertainty, Concern Surround Thai Govt Headcount of Refugees By

Thai military orders a headcount in camps to prepare for repatriation, but refugees, NGOs and the UN are kept in the dark about the plans.

Ethnic Ceasefire Team Concludes Laiza Summit By

Members of ethnic rebel groups’ Nationwide Ceasefire Coordination Team say they are ready to take the results of their talks to other peace process stakeholders.

Burma’s Information and Health Ministers Step Down By

Burma’s ministers for information and health have been allowed to retire, state television reports, in the country’s second cabinet reshuffle in two months.

‘President’s’ Scholarships to Support Burmese Wanting to Study Abroad By

For the first time in five decades, the government will offer scholarships for outstanding Burmese students who want study at international universities.

Burma’s Lower House Forms Committee on Proportional Representation By

The speaker announces that a new body will review the electoral system after three days of heated discussion among lawmakers in Naypyidaw.

Govt Disagrees With UN Rights Envoy’s Burma Concerns By

A Burmese government official pushes back against a UN statement in which its special rapporteur to Burma warned that the country risks backtracking on reforms.

Police in Shan State Seize Valuable Haul of Opium, Guns By

A special drug squad in Tachileik claims the biggest bust of the year after stopping a pickup truck full of drugs and weapons.

Emergency Response Teams Deployed on Burma’s ‘Death Highway’ By

A rapid-response emergency services hotline is now available for drivers along the so-called “death highway” linking Rangoon and Mandalay.

Military MP Blames Sanctions for Opium Cultivation By

A military representative in Parliament’s Upper House blames Burma’s growing opium woes on poverty induced by economic sanctions, according to state-run media.

New Zealand PM Welcomes Burma Reforms, But Constitution an Issue By

New Zealand Prime Minister John Key said Burma’s reform process has been “important and progressive,” but added that the country’s undemocratic Constitution remains an issue.

Australian Universities Court Burmese Students By

Australian universities hope to draw more Burmese students to study in their country, with the land down under holding its first education exhibition in Burma.

Authorities Relax Mandalay Curfew By

Mandalay authorities shortened the night time curfew with one hour, ordering residents to stay indoors from 10 pm to 3 am.

Burmese Govt Reversed MSF Ban Because of ‘International Pressure’ By

The medical NGO was last week invited to return to Arakan State after it was expelled over alleged bias in favor of Rohingya Muslims.

Three Escapees Shot Dead in Failed Kyauk Mae Jailbreak By

Police officers were also injured when detainees faked a fight in order to escape from a police station in northern Shan State.

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