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Clashes Continue Between SSA and Burma Army

Fighting on Sunday and Monday disrupt aid to a monastery where hundreds of people have taken shelter after fleeing their homes about two weeks ago.

Investigator Meets With Thilawa Residents Over JICA Complaint

An independent Japanese investigator met with villagers displaced by the Thilawa SEZ to discuss their complaint over JICA’s approach to the investment project.

Burma May Build Nuclear Reactors for ‘Research’: Minister

State media reports that the science and technology minister told Parliament about plans for nuclear research “when the required infrastructure has been built.”

Thais Find a Spiritual Home in Yangon

A downtown shrine has become a major draw for Thais seeking otherworldly assistance.

Burmese Refugee Headcount Begins, Sparking Fears of Forced Repatriation

Thailand soldiers start counting refugees in the country’s biggest refugee camp, Mae La, which is home to about 43,000 people.

NLD Says 5 Million Sign Petition to Change Constitution

Aung San Suu Kyi’s opposition party says it has collected about five million signatures seeking reduced powers for unelected military members of Burma’s Parliament.

Appeal Filed in Unity Journalists’ Case

Magwe Divisional Court will hear the case of four reporters and CEO who were given jail sentences of 10 years with hard labor this month.

New UN Rights Rapporteur Meets With Rohingya, Arakan Leaders

Yanghee Lee, the new UN rapporteur on the human rights in Burma, met with leaders of the Arakanese Buddhist and Rohingya Muslim communities in Sittwe.

Thai Authorities Hamper Food Deliveries to Burmese Refugee Camp

Thousands of Burmese at a refugee camp in Thailand struggle to feed themselves as food supplies are interrupted by Thai authorities, an aid worker says.

Mandalay Curfew Shortened by Two Hours

Authorities say residents can now leave their homes at 3 am, as the situation has normalized after riots rocked Burma’s second-biggest city earlier this month.

Burmese University Students Protest Education Bill

The government’s national education bill limits academic freedom and students’ rights to join political movements, according to university students in Mandalay.

Martyrs’ Day Observed on a Grand Scale

The Burmese government took a greater role this year in commemorative activities to honor the late Gen. Aung San and eight of his fallen comrades.

Thailand Arrests 3 in Burma Newspaper Trial

Thai authorities arrested the publisher of Burmese journal Bi Mon Te Nay, his wife and an employee, and handed them over to Burmese officials.

Two Civilians Killed in Renewed Clashes in Northern Shan State: TNLA

A spokesman says government troops attacked ethnic Palaung rebel troops after they entered a village to discuss opium eradication with locals.

Authorities Find Rape Case Causing Mandalay Unrest Was Faked 

The alleged rape of a Buddhist woman by two Muslim men that triggered religious violence in Mandalay was fabricated, authorities say.

US Says Burma Journalists’ Sentences ‘Send Wrong Message’

Washington says it is “very concerned” by reports that four journalists and a newspaper boss were sentenced to 10 years’ hard labor in Burma.

A Sanctuary for Burmese Elephants in Green Hill Valley

A group of elephants, mostly retired work animals from Burma’s logging industry, is now being cared for at a camp in Southern Shan State.

Govt to Start Child Labor Elimination Policy in December

Labor rights groups welcome the government’s plan to begin implementation of the ILO convention on worst forms of child labor in December.

Nationwide Ceasefire Hangs in the Balance at Rebel Meeting

Ethnic rebel groups will discuss a draft ceasefire agreement next week, but mistrust and ongoing fighting cast doubt over the success of the peace process.

178 Govt Troops Killed by TNLA This Year: Rebel Leaders

As fighting escalates in northern Shan State, the Ta’ang National Liberation Army (TNLA) says it has killed at least 178 government troops since January.