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Authorities in Letpadan Block Student Protest March By

Police in Letpadan prevented students from restarting their march to Rangoon on Monday morning, forcing student protesters into negotiations with Pegu Division authorities.

Heritage Festival Kicks off in Rangoon By

A month-long festival celebrating culture and heritage kicked off in Rangoon on Sunday, with city-wide events showcasing the architecture, food, craftsmanship and people of Burma’s former capital.


Thousands of ethnic Lisu from Shan and Kachin states and Mandalay Division travel to Mogok to celebrate the minority group’s 50th New Year’s gathering.


The slum next to Rangoon’s Thiri Myaing railway station is home to a diverse community of market workers, laborers and government employees from across Burma.


An annual oxen cart race coincides with celebrations marking Gen. Aung San’s centennial birthday, bringing bets and boisterous onlookers to a village south of Rangoon.

Among Displaced Kokang, Livelihoods and Loved Ones Lost By

Tens of thousands of civilians who fled fighting between the Burma Army and Kokang rebels in northeast Burma find themselves scattered and grieving.

Chinese New Year at Sacred Rangoon Temple By

Throngs of ethnic Chinese worshippers pour into Rangoon’s Kheng Hock Keong Temple to celebrate the beginning of a new year in the Chinese lunar calendar.

Dancing the Sino Shuffle By

On the eve of Chinese New Year, costumed troupes go door to door in Rangoon, visiting homes and dancing for residents to bring good fortune.

Thousands Displaced by Kokang Fighting Arrive in Lashio By

Some 4,500 civilians flee from the Kokang region in northern Shan State to Lashio to escape fierce fighting between the Burma army and Kokang rebels.

Suu Kyi Enchants in Father’s Hometown, Marking Centennial of His Birth By

Adoring crowds turned out at the birthplace of the late General Aung San on Friday to mark the 100th anniversary of his birth.

100s Protest in Burma Against Voting Rights for Rohingya By

Protestors in Rangoon demonstrate against a government decision to allow people without full citizenship, including Rohingya Muslims, to vote in an upcoming constitutional referendum.

Thousands Gather in Karen State to Mark Passing of Venerated Monk By

Thousands of people gather in Eindu Village, Karen State, to attend funeral rites and a fair to mark the passing of a venerated local monk.

Downtown Rangoon’s Busiest Market By

The narrow footpath and heavy throng of pedestrians at Pansodan Market mirror the gridlocked traffic of the nearby road.

Mon National Day Festivities in Rangoon Draw Thousands By

Ethnic Mon in Rangoon celebrate their national day, a spirited commemoration marking the establishment of their most enduring kingdom nearly 15 centuries ago.

In the Shadow of Shwedagon, a Bahan Bazaar By

Near the heavily trafficked eastern entrance of glittering Shwedagon Pagoda is a place of vibrant Rangoon commerce: Bahan Market, a traditional street bazaar.

Orchestra for Myanmar Debuts to Packed House in Rangoon By

The National Theater in Rangoon is packed to overflowing for a free debut performance from the Orchestra for Myanmar.

Inside the Balthazar Building By

Built in 1905, the Balthazar Building in downtown Rangoon’s Bank Street has slowly deteriorated after a century of rust, mold and humidity.

Student Protesters Reach Kyaung Padaung, Vow to Keep Marching By

Thousands greet student demonstrators upon their arrival in Kyauk Padaung, after more than a week-long march from Mandalay that is set to end in Rangoon.

Police Gearing Up for Confrontation with Student Marchers in Taung Tha By

Police have taken up positions to block students protesting the National Education Law from resuming their march between Mandalay and Rangoon.

Kachin Community Mourns Slain Schoolteachers in Rangoon By

A memorial has been held in Rangoon for two Kachin women found murdered in the northern Shan State village of Kaung Kha.

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