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Suu Kyi’s Political Skills Tested in Pre-Election Showdown

With an historic election approaching, Burma’s opposition leader is locked in a high-stakes showdown with a military-backed government that she says isn’t interested in reform.

New Rangoon Parking Permit Policy Said to Be Fueling Corruption

A Rangoon Division policy that requires car buyers to arrange a parking permit in advance is reportedly leading buyers to make under-the-table payments to officials.

Thingyan Satirists in Rangoon Set to Defy Govt Censorship Order

Thangyat performers say that censorship has increased in recent years, but officials say restrictions on subject matter concerning ethnic minorities and sensitive topics are needed.

During Water Festival, Burma’s Minorities Celebrate With Diverse Traditions

The Mon, Arakanese and Shan celebrate Thingyan with more than just water-throwing and partying; they also uphold festival food traditions and religious ceremonies.

Government, Kokang Insurgents Dispute Casualties in Latest Skirmish

State media has reported that fresh fighting has killed 10 Burma Army soldiers and wounded a further 62, figures disputed by Kokang insurgents in Laukkai.

Suu Kyi Hopes High-Level Meeting Leads to Fair Elections

The opposition leader meets Friday with Burma’s top leaders, but says the talks will be meaningful only if they lead to credible elections this year.

Ethnic Chin Activist Cheery Zahau to Contest 2015 Election

Cheery Zahau, a human rights educator and long-time advocate for Burma’s Chin community, will seek election with the Chin Progressive Party.

Govt ‘Exaggerating’ Significance of Accord With Ethnic Groups: NCCT Leader

An ethnic leader accuses the Burmese government of exaggerating the significance of an agreement hailed in state media as a “historic” breakthrough in peace negotiations.

Police Nab Another Student Linked to Letpadan Protest

Another student activist who participated in a protest that was violently dispersed in Pegu Division is arrested for allegedly joining a subsequent Rangoon demonstration.

Rangoon Municipality to Build Third Waste Incinerator

Rangoon Municipal Hall and the government of Japan plan to set up a $16-million garbage incinerator in Rangoon’s Shwepyitha Township.

Lukewarm Response to Latest 48-Party Confab

Political and ethnic leaders have given a tepid appraisal of the latest round of dialogue with President Thein Sein, held in Naypyidaw on Wednesday.

Burma’s Lower House Approves Amendments to Controversial Education Law

Burma’s Lower House of Parliament approves amendments to the National Education Law, but students said that several of their demands had been compromised.

A new fruit and vegetable market in Rangoon’s Bahan Township offers fresh, clean produce to an eager market of health-conscious consumers.

Rangoon Parliament Dismiss Objections Over Project at Kyaikkasan Grounds

A Rangoon Division opposition lawmaker fails in attempt to get the local legislature to stop a commercial real estate development project at Kyaikkasan sports track.

Power Chief Pledges End to Rangoon Outages

The Yangon Electricity Supply Corporation has pledged to supply round the clock electricity to Rangoon over the summer months, according to chairman Aung Khine.

Fighting on 3 Fronts in Wake of Ceasefire Deal: Ethnic Armies

Renewed hostilities are reported between Burma Army troops and three ethnic armed groups, less than a week after ethnic negotiators reached a tentative ceasefire pact with the government.

Fire in Karenni Refugee Camp Guts 150 Houses

A fire in a refugee camp in northern Thailand leaves about 1,000 people homeless as of Tuesday evening, according to a camp official.

Failure to Amend Burma’s Constitution ‘Raises Questions’ on Reform: US

The United States says Burma’s failure to amend its military-drafted Constitution raises questions about the credibility of democratic reforms undertaken since 2011.

Lawyers said Tuesday’s court proceedings are related to a plan by authorities to transfer the students’ cases from Letpadan to the more remote Tharawady District.

Union Parliament Passes Population Control Bill

A bill that opponents say threatens women’s reproductive rights is passed by Burma’s Union Parliament, with the controversial legislation now awaiting the president’s signature.