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Environmentalists Hope for Stronger Safeguards under NLD By

In the wake of recent disasters, local activists are looking to reverse Burma’s abysmal environmental protection record under a new government next year.


RANGOON — The leader of Burma’s main opposition party, Aung San Suu Kyi, acknowledged on Thursday to meeting with the grandson of former dictator Snr-Gen Than Shwe last week, without elaborating on the substance of the discussion. During an interview with Radio Free Asia’s Burmese service on Thursday, Suu Kyi was asked to confirm whether […]


A disregard for the rule of law has made accidents such as the recent landslide at a Hpakant jade mine a common occurrence, Aung San Suu Kyi said Thursday.


Amid ongoing hostilities between the Burma Army and the Shan State Army-North, the ethnic armed group says it won’t relinquish its Wan Hai headquarters.


Migrants processing Thai chicken for its biggest export market, Europe, face widespread abuse by their employers, researchers said on Wednesday.


RANGOON — Ethnic conflict, national reconciliation, rampant corruption, runaway inflation and a judicial system under the thumb of entrenched interests. All these challenges and more will face the next government, which will be sworn in next March and almost certainly steered by Aung San Suu Kyi, the leader of the National League for Democracy (NLD), […]

Five Men Detained, Charged Over ‘Rohingya Calendar’ By

Police have charged five men accused of involvement in printing a calendar which included reference to Rohingya as an ethnic minority group living in Burma.

Burma Among World’s Worst in Landmine Victims By

At least 3,700 civilians in Burma have been injured or killed by landmines over the last 17 years, according to the Landmine and Cluster Munition Monitor.

Rights Groups Call to End Sexual Violence, Impunity in Conflict  By

Women remain vulnerable in Burma’s militarized zones, two leading rights groups warn, presenting newly documented cases of sexual violence in conflict.

Search Ends for Victims of Hpakant Jade Mining Landslide By

Police in Kachin State say they have ended efforts to find bodies in a jade mining landslide that killed more than 100 people.

No Reprieve for Chaw Sandi Tun in Facebook Defamation Case By

The Maubin Township court in Irrawaddy Division rejected an appeal Tuesday for defamation charges to be dropped against Chaw Sandi Tun over a Facebook post.

2 Injured Amid Explosions in Mong Hsu Near Ongoing Military Clashes By

Two separate explosions rocked Shan State’s Mong Hsu Township on Tuesday, injuring two men and causing panic throughout the town.

Challenges Remain for Bagan Heritage Recognition By

The scale of tourism development in Bagan has alarmed locals, who are concerned about the future of the former seat of the Pagan Kingdom.

Authorities Order Miners to Move as Death Toll Rises from Hpakant Landslide By

Local authorities have told small-scale miners living near the site of a deadly landslide at a jade mine in Kachin State’s Hpakant to move immediately.

Kachin Farmer Remains Jailed Despite Successful Supreme Court Appeal By

Brang Yung remains in prison nearly a month after his convictions were quashed, with authorities claiming they are waiting for Naypyidaw to order his release.

ADB to Provide Loan for Rangoon Power Upgrade   By

The Asian Development Bank will provide US$80 million to an electricity infrastructure project in Rangoon to upgrade the city’s electricity transmission.

Anti-Corruption Commission Says ‘No Plans’ to Examine Assets of Govt Employees By

Burma’s Anti-Corruption Commission is not scrutinizing the assets of government employees to guard against potential graft, the agency’s head has told lawmakers.


A Shan State lawmaker seeks government aid for civilians displaced by hostilities between ethnic rebels and the Burma Army as negotiators from both sides meet.


The future of the government-backed Myanmar Peace Center will hinge upon the approach of the new NLD-led government, an MPC spokesperson said Monday.

‘Unearth’: The Stories Behind Burma’s Extractive Industries By

A new photo exhibition in Rangoon, open to the public on Tuesday, documents the impacts of resource extraction across Burma.

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