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Burma’s Opposition Parties Welcome Cancelation of By-Elections

The Union Election Commission chief’s surprise announcement that the 35 empty seats will not be contested this year is met with relief.

Burmese Workers Get Lengthy Jail Terms for Pipeline Clash

Ann Township Court hands down sentences to 17 ethnic Chin workers who fought with Chinese colleagues on the cross-Burma oil pipeline project.

Burma Cancels Planned Parliamentary By-Elections

Union Election Commission Chairman Tin Aye makes surprise announcement, saying the country must prepare for a nationwide vote, likely to be held in November 2015.

Activist Racks Up 10 Years in Prison for Rangoon Protests

Rangoon courts have cumulatively sentenced democracy activist Htin Kyaw to a decade in prison with hard labor under controversial laws on peaceful assemblies and incitement.

Mud Volcano Eruption Damages Farmland in Kyaukphyu

Locals say more than 200 acres of rice paddy have been inundated with mud or muddy water after a mud volcano eruption in Arakan State.

Top Govt Official Downplays al-Qaeda Threat to Burma

Following this week’s announcement that al-Qaeda has established a branch in the Indian subcontinent, an official from the President’s Office says Burma need not fear.

Chinese Tourists Flock to a ‘Pleasant Village’ of Gambling Dens in Burma

In far eastern Shan State, the rebel group controlling the enclave around Mong La has set up a booming gaming hub in a once-small village.

Thanlwin Dams Threaten Farmers’ Livelihoods: Academics

Researchers and professors from Burma, China and Thailand raise concerns about plans to build six dams on the Thanlwin River.

Veterans of the Karen Insurgency Face a New Struggle

Former soldiers of the Democratic Karen Buddhist Army are left destitute after losing their limbs to landmines in eastern Burma’s jungles.

Germany’s Merkel, Burma’s Thein Sein Look at Development Differently

German Chancellor Angela Merkel tells the visiting Burmese president that she hopes next year’s elections in Burma are open to all candidates.

Shan, Pa-O Rebels Clash Over Territorial Dispute

A firefight between ethnic Pa-O and Shan rebels breaks out over competing territorial claims in southern Shan State’s Maukmae Township.

Mong La’s Moveable Feast of Endangered Beasts

In the unruly enclave on the Burmese-Chinese border, tiger paws, leopard skins, pangolins and monkey penises are openly sold, mostly to Chinese visitors.

Why Did the KNU Withdraw From the UNFC?

A power struggle may underlie the Karen National Union’s decision to temporarily suspend its membership in the ethnic umbrella organization this week.

Dethroned Burmese Beauty Queen and Pageant Officials Tussle Over Tiara

South Korean organizers of the Miss Asia Pacific World pageant threatened police action in their row with dethroned Burmese beauty queen May Myat Noe.

Young Rohingya Woman Chases Dream of Peace and Justice in Burma

Twenty-seven-year-old activist Wai Wai Nu has spent a quarter of her life behind bars, and now works to end the persecution faced by her people.

Rangoon Expansion Plan Clouded by Company’s Shady Past

A company awarded a multi-billion-dollar project in Rangoon was operating for years without a license, making deals with some of the city’s most powerful officials.

Burmese Students Demonstrate Against National Education Bill

Students’ unions say that a new piece of legislation covering Burma’s education system does not free universities from government control.

Dethroned Burmese Beauty Queen Blasts Pageant Boss

May Myat Noe says she will not return her bejeweled crown until pageant organizers apologize for calling her a liar and a thief.

Burmese Children’s Rights Violated in Thai Detention Centers: HRW

The international rights group details how Thailand’s immigration detention centers risk the health and well-being of child migrants while imperiling their development.

British Migrant Rights Activist Faces Thai Defamation Trial

Andy Hall helped author a report for Finnwatch that detailed poor labor conditions in seafood and pineapple export companies employing Burmese workers in Thailand.