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Burma President Signs Off on Contested Population Law By

Burma’s president signs off on a law requiring some mothers to space their children three years apart despite objections by diplomats and rights activists.

US Urges Burma to Address Root Causes of Rohingya Crisis By

The United States is committed to assisting Southeast Asian nations embroiled in a migrant crisis, but urges Burma to address “desperate conditions” in Arakan State.


A lawmaker asks the Mon State parliament to triple the 10,000 kyats it currently pays part-time instructors who teach the Mon language at government schools.


Burma’s government is accused of failing to take action against Rohingya traffickers while neighboring countries crack down on the regional trade in humans.


Farmers from villages around Nattalin Township gathered at a USDP office to renounce their party memberships on Wednesday, frustrated by a lack of assistance in a land dispute.

‘Boat People’ Likely Posing as Rohingya for Aid, Says Burma General By

Burma’s military commander-in-chief says some “boat people” landing in Malaysia and Indonesia this month are likely pretending to be Rohingya Muslims to receive UN aid.

Govt Defends Plan to Ramp-Up Reliance on Coal By

The government intends to push ahead with plans to increase Burma’s reliance on coal-fired power plants to 33 percent of total generating capacity by 2030.

Religious Affairs Ministry Pledges Expansion of Monastic Education By

A Buddhist conference held to discuss monastic education has been promised the expansion of a number of monastic primary schools across the country.

Life After the Fall By

Nearly 130 years after King Thibaw was sent into exile, Burmese readers will have a chance to learn about the life and struggles of the country’s last monarch.

Nationwide Voter List Rollout Due in Coming Weeks: Officials By

Next week brings the release of eligible voter lists in two cities in Burma, Naypyidaw and Rangoon, with a nationwide rollout coming in June.

Monks Add Voices to Shwedagon Protection Calls By

Prominent monks and Buddhist nationalist organizations have joined the chorus of voices to question developments planned near Shwedagon Pagoda.

Lower House Votes to Keep Emergency Provisions Act By

A proposal to revoke a controversial law that was used to jail political dissidents is rejected by Burma’s Lower House of Parliament.

Beaten and Starving, Some Rohingya Flee Boats, Return to Camps By

Scores of Burma’s minority Rohingya Muslims are paying off people smugglers and returning to the squalid camps that they used to live in.

Kachin MP Calls for Urgent Govt Intervention on Hpakant Jade Mines By

A Union Parliament lawmaker has called for an urgent overhaul of mining in Hpakant over local concerns about the environmental impact of the industry.

Burma May Boycott Trafficking Summit over Use of Name ‘Rohingya’ By

Presidential spokesman Zaw Htay warns that Burma could still decide to boycott a regional meeting about human trafficking if it references the Rohingya.

China Lodges Protest With Burma After Artillery Shells Injure Five By

China says it has lodged a protest with Burma after shelling injured five people in the southwestern province of Yunnan last week.

Fighting on Burma’s Peripheries to Be at Center of Ethnic Summit By

Hostilities between the Burma Army and three ethnic armed groups will top the agenda when ethnic leaders gather in Karen State next month.

US: Burma’s Legislation on Birth Control ‘Dangerous’ By

The United States says legislation on population control approved by Burma’s Parliament is dangerous and could undermine the democratic hopes of minority groups.

Rights Group Warns of ‘Mass Killing’ as Rohingya Crisis Continues By

Burma’s minorities are among the world’s most vulnerable to mass killing, a rights group warns, amid a refugee crisis along the country’s western shore.

Burma Government’s New Mobile Tax Criticized By

Burma’s government is criticized after announcing that cellphone users will need to pay a 5 percent tax on all mobile top-ups starting from June 1.

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