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Deadly Machete Attack on Burmese Boys Stuns US Neighborhood

A coastal US town home to nearly 2,000 ethnic Karen refugees is shocked by the killing of three young boys from Burma.

Last Call Already? Exams Curb Alcohol Sales in Rangoon

Rangoon’s government bans alcohol sales after 10pm while students sit matriculation exams, and says it will re-enforce restrictions that prohibit those sales year-round after 11pm.

5 Accused of Sparking Mandalay Riots Sentenced to 21 Years Jail

Five people involved in a false rape claim which sparked a deadly, three-day riot last year will be behind bars until 2036.

Special Branch Harassing White Armband Campaign: Organizers

Organizers of the white armband campaign said plainclothes security forces from the Ministry of Home Affairs have been recording and interrogating the campaign’s participants.

TNLA Claim Seizure of Massive Meth, Heroin Haul

Palaung rebels claim to have seized a heroin and methamphetamine haul worth over US$3.5 million while inspecting a mining truck in northern Shan State.

16 Killed, 28 Injured in Fresh Kokang Clashes

Clashes continue in eastern Burma’s troubled Kokang region, leaving 16 dead and dozens injured as ethnic rebels try to reclaim ground from the Burma Army.

Threatened UN Rights Envoy Confident Burma Govt Will Protect Her

UN rights investigator Yanghee Lee expects government to guarantee her security, despite failing to censure a radical Buddhist monk who incited his followers against her.

Amid Peace Talks, Ethnic Armed Groups Decry Kokang War

Ethnic armed groups share their concerns with the Burma Army over intense ongoing fighting in northern Shan State between Kokang rebels and the government.

Education Law Hearings Conclude in Naypyidaw

After wrapping up its inquiry into the National Education Law in Naypyidaw, the Upper House Draft Law Committee will publish its findings on Friday.

Journalists Handed 2-Month Prison Sentence on Defamation Charge

A court sentences two journalists to two months in prison on defamation charges after they published a story that was critical of a military lawmaker.

After Arakan Shipwreck Tragedy, Myanmar Transport Ministry to Inspect National Ferry Fleet

After more than 60 people died in a ferry accident over the weekend, all state-owned vessels across Burma will be inspected by the government.

Public Service Media Bill Shelved by Parliament

An omnibus bill aimed at overhauling government-run media services has been withdrawn from the Union Parliament at the request of the Ministry of Information.

Burma’s ‘Midnight Inspections’ Remnants of Military Rule

Late-night police intrusions have declined dramatically since Burma’s army ceded some power in 2011, but the law that facilitates them is still on the books.

Irked By Allegations of Supporting Kokang, Wa Rebels Shun Ceasefire Talks

The powerful UWSA is not attending the nationwide ceasefire talks in Rangoon this week because of Burma Army allegations that it supports the Kokang rebels.

Arakan State Ferry Accident Death Toll Rises to 61

The death toll in a ferry accident last week off western Burma rose to 61 as two more bodies were recovered Tuesday, state television reports.

NLD Expels 20,000 White Card Holders From Party

The National League for Democracy expels over 20,000 temporary identification card holders from the party, purging noncitizens from its ranks in compliance with the law.

Students, NGO Experts Outline Education Reform Demands at Upper House

Student organizations and civil society education experts offer their views on Education Law reform during hearings held by the Upper House Bill Committee.

Developer to Spend $3m on Death Railway Tourist Precinct

Local company Tala Mon will build a museum, accommodation, souvenir shops and a shopping mall at the site of the infamous WWII railway project.

V Gastro Bar Trio Sentenced to 2.5 Years, Hard Labor

The owner and two managers of a Rangoon bar are sentenced to two-and-a-half years in prison with hard labor for insulting religion and disobeying orders.

‘Good Compromise’ Sought as Ethnic Groups, Govt Meet for Peace Talks

An ethnic leader says if his delegation gets a “good compromise” with government negotiators, the group will agree to sign an elusive nationwide ceasefire accord.