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Burma Army Blocked Aid to Fleeing Arakan Villagers: Relief Group

Local relief workers in Kyauktaw say they were barred from visiting some 450 villagers displaced by fighting between the Arakan Army and government troops.

Officials Seize $20m in Smuggled Goods Last Year

A government anti-smuggling team says it made record seizures in the last fiscal year, confiscating various goods valued at more than $19.7 million.

Southeast Asian Leaders Urged to Act on Rohingya Crisis 

Southeast Asian lawmakers urge their leaders to discuss Burma’s Rohingya Muslim crisis at the Asean summit in Malaysia this weekend.

Burma 9th Most Censored Country Globally: Media Freedom Index

The Committee to Protect Journalists ranks Burma as the ninth most censored country in the world in an annual media freedom index.

Paper Says Sorry for ‘Misleading’ Picture of Suu Kyi With Muslim Leaders

A local newspaper apologizes after posting a picture of opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi online that caused a religious furor among Burma’s netizens.

Fishermen making port calls in Rangoon offer a gritty portrait of life at sea, where they spend most of their year on a meager salary.

As Election Nears, USDP Candidate List Almost Complete

Burma’s ruling Union Solidarity and Development Party has begun zeroing in on candidates in the lead-up to landmark elections later this year.

Govt Reintroduces Top Civil Servant Post

Burma’s government is reintroducing the post of permanent secretary, bringing back the old position for the highest civil servant in a ministry.

Murder Probe Opened in Shooting of Letpadaung Farmer: Lawyer

Police reportedly open a criminal probe into the fatal shooting of a farmer at the Letpadaung mine, indicating that authorities consider the case a murder.

Colleagues, activists and admirers remember Win Tin, one of Burma’s most famous champions of democracy, by marking the first anniversary of his death in Rangoon.

Burmese Activist Wins ‘Green Nobel’ for Campaign Against Irrawaddy Dam

Myint Zaw was awarded the prestigious Goldman Environmental Prize for his successful efforts to stop the Myitsone Dam from being built on the Irrawaddy River.

Meikhtila on Edge After Standoff Over Interfaith Couple

Central Burma’s Meikhtila remains on edge after a tense standoff following news that a young Buddhist woman had eloped with her Muslim partner.

Thingyan Brings No Respite in Burma’s Ethnic Conflicts

Fighting flares in the ethnic strongholds of Shan, Kachin and Arakan states, undermining recent claims that Burma’s peace process has turned a corner.

Rebel Summit in Wa Area to Discuss Ceasefire, Decision on Accord to Follow

Twelve ethnic armed groups will convene in Wa rebel area soon, but a decision on endorsing the nationwide ceasefire will be made at another meeting.

Germany Receives US Blacklisted MP for Financial Tour

A US blacklisted lawmaker leads a delegation of Burmese bankers to Germany this week for a study of financial institutions.

Charter Referendum ‘Unlikely’ in May: Ethnic Leader

A nationwide referendum on amending Burma’s controversial Constitution is unlikely to happen in May as a senior parliamentary leader previously suggested, an ethnic politician says.

Water Festival Crimes, Accidents Leave 16 Dead, 356 Injured

Police said a total of 16 people died and 356 others were injured because of traffic accidents and crimes that occurred during Thingyan celebrations.

Charity to Donate 50 Prosthetic Hands

The Dr. Saw Mya Aung Foundation will provide 50 amputees in Burma with prosthetic hands that can seize and hold objects.

UK-Based Burmese Doctor Jailed for Fondling Female Patient: Reports

A 43-year-old married Burmese physician is sentenced to 18 months in prison for fondling a teenager’s breasts in the United Kingdom, British media report.

At High-Level Dialogue, Six Parties Agree to More Talks

Reform talks involving Burma’s biggest political players conclude with the government calling the meeting “a success” and an ethnic leader saying more discussions would come.