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UEC Extends Voter List Review amid Complaints By

Burma’s Union Election Commission says a voter list review period will be indefinitely prolonged to allow voters to submit corrections, following mounting reports of inaccuracy.

Burma Replaces Senior Air Force Officer After Stray China Bomb By

Burma replaces a high-ranking air force officer, reportedly in response to China’s anger over stray bombs that fell in Chinese territory, killing five farmers.

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A newly formed advocacy group calls on all Mon political parties to collaborate in order to maximize Mon representation in the post-elections parliament.

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The National League for Democracy will again meet Burma’s election body in an effort ahead of the election to improve a much-criticized voter verification process.

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The Ta’ang National Liberation Army says it has detained six people and seized drugs worth nearly 200 million kyats (US$167,000) in northern Shan State.

Ma Ba Tha Determined to Make Airwaves By

Burma’s Ministry of Information dashes Ma Ba Tha’s hopes of launching its own radio station—at least for now—but the group says it will keep pushing.

Political Parties Sign Election Code of Conduct By

Nearly 70 of Burma’s political parties sign an election Code of Conduct aimed at ensuring ethical electioneering in the lead up to the historic vote.

At Least One Dead as Southern Burma Lashed by Heavy Rains, Flooding By

Heavy rains and flooding hit Burma’s south on Thursday, with at least one dead in Dawei and damage to roads and paddy fields elsewhere.

Civil Society Reps Blast Burma’s Opaque Extractive Industries By

A group of civil society stakeholders says all extractive projects in ethnic areas should be halted until the brokering of a nationwide ceasefire.

Charter Reform Vote Ripples Through Ethnic Leadership, Further Damaging Trust By

In the aftermath of a constitutional reform battle, Burma’s ethnic armed groups predict the decision could drive a deeper wedge into the country’s peace efforts.

Suffrage for Squatters Poses Pre-Poll Challenge By

Tens of thousands of squatters in Rangoon are vexing efforts to compile accurate eligible voter lists in the commercial capital ahead of Burma’s general election.

At Least 4 Killed in Hpakant Landslide By

Some 20 people remain trapped on Friday after a landslide at the site of a jade mine near Hpakant killed four small-scale miners.

Burma Frees Bangladeshi Soldier After Ministry Protest By

Burma frees a Bangladeshi paramilitary soldier whose capture this month had become a diplomatic sore point between the two countries.

Rejection of Charter Reform Bill ‘Deeply Troubling’: US Lawmakers By

Two US lawmakers released a joint-statement on Thursday criticizing the military bloc within Burma’s Union Parliament for voting down proposed amendments to the country’s Constitution.

Parliament Votes Against Constitution Reform, Reserves Military Veto By

Burma’s Union Parliament votes against major changes to the nation’s Constitution, keeping a military stronghold on the legislature firmly in place.

Military Presence Grows in Hpakant Amid Further Clashes By

Burma Army troops increase their presence in Kachin State’s Hpakant Township amid renewed fighting in the jade-rich northern town.

Stateless ‘Sea Gypsies’ Face Severe Discrimination: Report By

The Moken, one of Southeast Asia’s last remaining hunter-gatherer populations, face increasing threats to livelihoods and access to services, a leading rights group warns.

Military Chief Touts Air Force Procurement By

Burma’s military has purchased 36 aircraft over the last four years and a recent report predicts defense spending will increase by nearly one-third by 2020.

Sovereignty at Stake if Suu Kyi Presidency Clause Is Nixed: Military MP By

A military parliamentarian rules out an Aung San Suu Kyi presidency as lawmakers convene for a second day of deliberations on proposed constitutional amendments.

Govt to Opt for Middle Ground on Minimum Wage Demands By

Discussions in Rangoon have failed to find common ground between workers’ representatives and employers, as the government prepares to implement an official minimum wage.





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