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Look Beyond Burmese ‘Scapegoats’ in Thai Murder Case: Rights Group

Two Burmese migrant workers should not be the primary suspects in a double murder in Thailand, a rights group says, as a pre-trial hearing begins.

Minority Language Classes Get Boost With Burma Govt Stipend

The government will pay schoolteachers who teach ethnic minority languages in Burma, according to ethnic leaders, in a win for ethnic minorities’ rights and cultures.

Controversial Hat Gyi Dam Blamed for Karen Conflict

Fighting in southeastern Burma between the government and Karen rebels is linked to a planned dam nearby on the Salween River, an environmental watchdog says.

Civil Society Makes Demands in Lead-up to Resource Transparency Conference

Civil society urged corporate and government stakeholders to take additional measures in preparation for implementing the EITI, a resource revenue reporting protocol.

Bagan on Course for World Heritage Listing: Unesco Expert

The temple complex of Bagan in central Burma will become a World Heritage Site within the next few years, a Unesco expert says.

Press Council to Meet Burma’s Commander-in-Chief

Burma’s Interim Press Council will meet with commander-in-chief Snr-Gen Min Aung Hlaing to discuss media freedoms and facilitating journalists’ access to military representatives.

53 Migrants Detained After Thai Trafficking Bust

Scores of refugees are in detention after being rescued by Thailand’s anti-human trafficking police from a rubber plantation in Thailand’s Phang Nga province.

Four Civilians Killed in Myawaddy Shelling

Four civilians are killed as fighting continues in southeastern Burma, with several hundred people fleeing their homes amid the conflict.

First KFC Restaurant to Open in Burma Next Year

American multinational Yum! Brands and Yoma Strategic Holding of Burmese businessman Serge Pun will open up the first KFC restaurant in Burma next year.

Rangoon to Host Burma’s Premier LGBT Film Fest

Burma’s first ever film festival devoted to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) issues will take place in Rangoon next month.

The Muslims of Myanmar

Rhetoric from the al-Qaeda firebrand Ayman al-Zawahiri will find no fertile ground in Myanmar, given the country’s long history of interreligious harmony.

Eat, Drink, Explore at Off the Beaten Track in Yangon

Whether you’re just wandering in Yangon or setting off on an upcountry adventure, Off the Beaten Track has lots to offer.

Smattering of Rangoon Protesters Greet Thai PM Over Koh Tao Murder Case

Activists protest against the arrest of a pair of Burmese migrants accused of murdering two tourists in Thailand, as the Thai prime minister visits.

In Central Mon State, Villagers Flee as Soldiers Hunt for Karen Rebels

Dozens of residents flee villages, while Burma Army soldiers are seen during operations to hunt down DKBA rebels, with whom they have clashed for days.

More Fighting in Karen State Forces Villagers to Flee

More fighting between the Burma Army and Democratic Karen Benevolent Army (DKBA) forces in Karen State forces dozens of villagers to flee their homes.

Myanmar’s Mother of Nursing

One woman’s journey from a life of privilege to a lifetime of service.

Burmese Pilot Found Dead in Kachin State

A Burmese pilot who went missing nearly two weeks ago in the mountains of northern Kachin State is found dead.

Pro-Govt Militias Fueling Drugs Crisis in Northern Burma: Report

A report alleges that pro-government militias fighting against Kachin rebels have been given free rein to profit from the drug trade in northern Burma.

NGOs Urge Burma, Thailand to Resolve Dawei SEZ Land Rights Complaints

Activists say Naypyidaw and Bangkok should address complaints of local communities over a lack of consultation and compensation during construction of the Dawei SEZ project.

Respected Thai Forensics Specialist Criticizes Koh Tao Murder Investigation

Thai forensic pathologist Dr. Porntip Rojanasunan has added her voice to growing criticism of the Thai police investigation into the murders on Koh Tao.