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Burma, Thailand Ink Long-Awaited Visa Exemption Deal

A visa exemption agreement between Burma and Thailand will come into effect within two weeks after officials signed off on the deal Tuesday in Chiang Mai.

Shwe Mann Target of Impeachment Campaign

An impeachment petition has been circulated in the parliamentary speaker’s constituency, apparently as a result of recent constitutional amendment discussions.

Veteran Burmese AP Reporter Announces Retirement

Internationally recognized journalist Aye Aye Win has announced her retirement from Associated Press after an illustrious 25-year career.

Heavy Rains Expected as Depression Looms over Bay of Bengal

A depression over the Bay of Bengal is unlikely to make landfall in Burma, though the storm could still trigger flash floods and landslides.

Rangoon’s First Electric Tram to Launch in October

Burma’s Ministry of Rail Transportation partners with Japan’s West Corporation to launch an electric commuter tramcar line in downtown Rangoon.

$110m in Methamphetamines Seized in Rangoon, Tachileik

Burmese authorities seize over $110 million worth of methamphetamine tablets in two separate drug busts near the Thai-Burma border and in the commercial capital Rangoon.

Victims of Student Crackdown Meet Human Rights Commission

The Myanmar Human Rights Commission meets a group of students who were victims of a March crackdown on education reform protestors in Letpadan, Pegu Division.

Slow Uptake on Election Candidate Submissions

A week after submissions opened for candidates in this year’s general election, Burma’s electoral body has seen only 46 individuals nominated.

Ethnic Leaders Call on Govt for Inclusion, Cessation of Hostilities

Burma’s ethnic leaders reaffirm their commitment to an inclusive nationwide pact that would bring all major non-state armed groups into the fold.

3 Kachin Villagers Still Missing a Month After Burma Army Arrest

Over a month after the disappearance of three ethnic Kachin villagers in northern Burma, their families struggle to get by while searching for answers.

No Relief in Sight for Burma’s Flood Ravaged North

Burma’s flood-ravaged northern regions are bracing for another deluge, after the Department of Meteorology warned of possible heavy rains in the days to come.

Artist Htein Lin explores the struggles of Burma’s former political prisoners in an exhibition currently on offer at the Goethe-Institut in Rangoon.

NLD Would Renounce Power if Public Withdrew Support: Suu Kyi

Burma’s opposition leader claims that the NLD would step down from government if it won power and later lost the support of the Burmese people.

Bagan Readies for Unesco Listing with Ambitious Data Collection Project

Hard work lies ahead as preparations continue for a bid to recognize the ancient temple complex of Bagan as an Unesco World Heritage Site.

Celebrations Planned for Sagaing at 700

Residents of Sagaing, a cultural sister city to Mandalay in central Burma, are gearing up to celebrate its 700th birthday this weekend.

Ceasefire Talks End Without Resolve, Will Resume in August

The latest round of peace negotiations between the Burmese government and the country’s ethnic armed groups wrap up in Rangoon with little concrete progress.

Spotlight on Changing Burma at Meetup in Thailand

A conference on Burma studies opens in the Thai city of Chiang Mai, featuring a range of speakers including scholars, researchers, journalists and NGO workers. 

NLD Accuses Ma Ba Tha of Defamation at Charity Shindig

The opposition party alleges that anti-NLD flyers and CDs, branded with the Ma Ba Tha logo, were handed out at a food donation ceremony in Irrawaddy Division.

Kyaukphyu Locals Plan Protest Against Chinese Company Over Compensation Claims

About 100 Kyaukphyu residents plan to hold a protest next week near the office of China National Petroleum Corporation on Maday Island over unpaid compensation.

Activist Su Su Nway Arrested for Trespassing

Labor rights activist Su Su Nway is arrested on charges of trespassing related to her support for farmers who claim the military seized their land.