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Court Sentences 3 Journalists, 2 Media Owners to 2 Years in Prison

A Rangoon court sentences three journalists and two media owners to two years in prison after their journal published a story that upset the government.

After Karen Groups Pledge Military Cooperation, Leadership Divisions Appear

Shortly after commanders of different Karen rebel groups vowed military cooperation, cracks begin to appear within the leadership of the various groups.

New Political Party Aims to Put Burma’s Women in Power

Politically minded women in Mon State form a party to contest general elections in 2015, with the goal of appointing more women in Parliament.

9 Jailed for Farming Confiscated Land in Mon State

Nine farmers are sentenced to seven years in prison for working on lands they say were unlawfully seized by the military in Thaton, Mon State.

Chinese Firm in Burma Drops Kidnapping Charges Against Student Activist

Chinese mining firm Wanbao drops charges against Phyu Hnin Htwe, an activist accused of kidnapping two contractors for the Letpadaung copper mine.

4 Sent to Prison for Involvement in Killing of Mandalay Muslim

Mandalay court sentences four men to 10 years’ imprisonment with hard labor for abetting the murder of a Muslim man during religious violence in July.

World Bank OKs $100M for Maternal, Child Health in Burma

The World Bank approves a US$100 million loan for Burma to improve the health care services provided to mothers and children in the impoverished country.

Chin Farmers Who Alleged Army Torture Return to Village

Six Chin farmers who fled after having been arrested and allegedly tortured by the Burma Army return to their village in Chin State’s Palatwa Township.

Offering Little Insight, Koh Tao ‘Witnesses’ Released: Lawyer

Three Burmese witnesses in the double murder case on Thailand’s Koh Tao are released after giving testimony in the case involving two of their compatriots.

Army Orders 1,000 Villagers to Leave, As Tensions Rise Near Hpakant

The Burma Army orders 1,000 civilians to leave villages near the jade mining town in Kachin State because clashes with Kachin rebels could break out. 

Burma State Airline to Offer Scenes From the Skies

State-owned flag carrier Myanma Airways will begin offering brand new sightseeing routes over some of Burma’s most scenic and historic sites.

Burma’s Military Appoints Point Men for Media Relations

Snr-Gen Min Aung Hlaing assigns three generals the task of communicating with the media, following a meeting between the commander-in-chief and members of the press.

Karen Rebel Groups Plan Military Cooperation

The commanders of units of different Karen rebel groups in southeastern Burma say they will begin military cooperation, following an increase in Burma Army operations.

Look Beyond Burmese ‘Scapegoats’ in Thai Murder Case: Rights Group

Two Burmese migrant workers should not be the primary suspects in a double murder in Thailand, a rights group says, as a pre-trial hearing begins.

Minority Language Classes Get Boost With Burma Govt Stipend

The government will pay schoolteachers who teach ethnic minority languages in Burma, according to ethnic leaders, in a win for ethnic minorities’ rights and cultures.

Controversial Hat Gyi Dam Blamed for Karen Conflict

Fighting in southeastern Burma between the government and Karen rebels is linked to a planned dam nearby on the Salween River, an environmental watchdog says.

Civil Society Makes Demands in Lead-up to Resource Transparency Conference

Civil society urged corporate and government stakeholders to take additional measures in preparation for implementing the EITI, a resource revenue reporting protocol.

Bagan on Course for World Heritage Listing: Unesco Expert

The temple complex of Bagan in central Burma will become a World Heritage Site within the next few years, a Unesco expert says.

Press Council to Meet Burma’s Commander-in-Chief

Burma’s Interim Press Council will meet with commander-in-chief Snr-Gen Min Aung Hlaing to discuss media freedoms and facilitating journalists’ access to military representatives.

53 Migrants Detained After Thai Trafficking Bust

Scores of refugees are in detention after being rescued by Thailand’s anti-human trafficking police from a rubber plantation in Thailand’s Phang Nga province.