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Ethnic Leaders Sharpen Strategy Ahead of Thein Sein Meeting

A meeting of ethnic armed groups concluded in northern Thailand on Monday with a pledge to work towards signing an all-inclusive nationwide ceasefire pact.

Rohingya MP Shwe Maung Plans to Appeal Election Ban

Shwe Maung says he will appeal a decision that barred him from contesting the November general election.

Civil Society Groups to Cooperate on Flood Rehabilitation Efforts

Around 50 organizations involved in relief efforts in flood-stricken parts of Burma have agreed to coordinate their efforts toward flood rehabilitation programs in the coming months.

Arrest Warrants Issued for Alleged NLD Billboard Vandals

A Shan State court issues arrest warrantsfor members of a local militia who allegedly destroyed National League for Democracyparty signboards and flags.

Rohingya MP and Mandalay Doctor Barred From Contesting November Election

Two prospective lawmakers are barred from contesting an upcoming election on the grounds that their parents are not citizens.

The Union Election Commission has postponed a planned public review of voter lists, claiming logistical difficulties posed by the country’s recent floods crisis.

Fishing Curbs Pledged for Mandalay Lake

The Mandalay government will cease issuances of new commercial fishing licenses in a bid to conserveTaungthaman Lake, which hosts Burma’s iconic U Bein Bridge.

Rights Activist Andy Hall Indicted for Defamation in Bangkok

Andy Hall has been formally indicted on charges of criminal defamation and computer crimes, the latest chapter in the long-running Natural Fruit saga.

New researchprovides a window into the mindset of Burma’s little-understood electorate ahead of the start of official campaigning for the Nov. 8vote.

Displaced Families Face Hardship in Kachin ‘Model Village’

A ‘model village’ built by the government offers little improvement in living standards for several hundred displaced families in Kachin State.

After Failed Attempts to Remove Rival, Thein Sein Used Force

When armed police burst into the headquarters of the country’s ruling party late on Aug. 12, President Thein Sein finally succeeded.

USDP Sends Message of Unity After Vote Exposes Rift

The USDP appeals for unity, saying its ousted party chief would stay “faithful,” after a parliamentary vote exposed a rift in the ruling bloc.

Arakanese Ire Raised over Citizenship Verification Drive

The local government’s citizenship verification process has caused disquiet among local Arakanese who contend that officials are mulling unwarranted claims.

‘Time for Change,’ says Opposition Leader Aung San Suu Kyi

Addressing her supporters in Rangoon’s Thanlyin Township, Suu Kyi urges voters to abandon fear of political transformation. And vote for the NLD.

NLD Gags Its Candidates as Election Body Reviews Party Rosters

Parliamentary hopefuls representing Burma’s main opposition party are warned against interacting with the press while the country’s election board scrutinizes candidates, an NLD spokesman says.

Army Restrictions Leave Kachin Refugees Without Aid

A group of more than 1,400 civilians displaced by last month’s fighting in Kachin state remain cut off from UN aid agencies and other relief groups.

Army Chief Denies Military Meddling in Ruling Party Reshuffle

Snr-Gen Min Aung Hlaing sought to quash speculation of involvement in last week’s ruling party shakeup, saying the army did not meddle in party politics.

Small Factory Explosion Injures Three in Rangoon

Three people are wounded in a small explosion at an oxygen storage unit inside a factory owned by the Myanmar Economic Corporation in Rangoon.

A Story of Modern Slavery in Thailand

Hoping for a brighter future, Maung Htay left Burma when he was just a teenager. He is now 42, but his dream is still far from realized.

Fractious Parliament Defers Recall Bill Until After Election

Burma’s Union Parliament votes to delay discussion of a hotly contested impeachment bill that could have been used to unseat besieged Speaker Shwe Mann.