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Peace Negotiators Get down to Detail Ahead of Thein Sein Talks

Technical teams representing government and ethnic peace negotiators convene in northern Thailand ahead of talks between the President and five ethnic armed groups next week.

Needs of Flood-Affected Livestock ‘Urgent’

Livestock in many parts of Burma face food, water and medicine shortages as fallout continues from the worst flooding to hit the country in decades.

Govt Task Force Nabs ‘Illegal’ Materials from Flood Relief Vehicles

A mobile government task force assigned to combat the smuggling of goods confiscated materials from two vehicles involved in flood relief efforts on Monday.

Burma Parliament Approves Contentious Race and Religion Bills

Burma’s Parliament approves the remainder of a controversial legislative package concerning the “protection of race and religion,” proposed by Buddhist nationalists.

Burmese Filmmaker Honored at Asean Youth Competition

Thuta Lynn, 23, has won third prize at a regional film contest aimed at fostering closer relationships between Southeast Asia’s youth.

Supporting Flood-Relief Efforts, Election Watchdog Worries for November Poll

Member groups of an election watchdog throw their support behind flood relief efforts but express concern the disaster may impact Burma’s general election.

As Election Nears, Parliament to Take Up Impeachment Bill

Parliament will discuss legislation on recalling lawmakers, an increasingly contentious proposition that could see sparks fly against the backdrop of a ruling party power struggle.

Suu Kyi’s Convoy Tailed En Route to Capital, NLD Sources Say

The National League for Democracy leader’s motorcade, travelling en route to Naypyidaw on Sunday, was tailed by two vehicles, party sources say.

Cherry FM to Resume Broadcast After Govt Warning

A radio station linked to Burma’s besieged Parliament Speaker Shwe Mann will return to the air after being abruptly shut down by the government.

Ruling Party Lawmakers Lament Intraparty Turmoil

Several Union Solidarity and Development Party MPs voiced concern Tuesday over the impact of last week’s dramatic late night reshuffle on the party’s image.

Upper House Nixes Last Pre-Poll Legislative Session

Parliament’s Upper House halts its legislative session, citing lawmakers’ desire to assist with flood recovery efforts in their constituencies and prepare for the fast-approaching election.

All Eyes Averted, Notorious General Steps Up

Political turmoil within Burma’s ruling party suffices to mute an odd ministerial appointment that might otherwise have raised more eyebrows.

Parliament Renews Martial Law in Kokang Territory

Naypyidaw has approved a 90-day extension of martial law in the Kokang Special Region, in a move likely to rule out elections in the strife-torn area.

Before Lawmakers, Shwe Mann Offers Peek Inside the Purge

Parliamentary Speaker Shwe Mann tells lawmakers he is sorry for the recent Union Solidarity and Development Party turmoil in which he has played lead victim.

In November Polls, Odds Already Against Women’s Empowerment

Burma’s candidate lists reveal a staggering gender imbalance despite promises that women’s empowerment would be prioritized in this year’s polls.

Politicians Braced for More Drama as Ousted Leader Opens Parliament

Parliament opens for what will likely be a fractious session, with ruling party factions facing off following its former chairman Shwe Mann’s ouster last week.

Floods Cause Acute Water Shortages in Hundreds of Villages

Recent floods have contaminated numerous wells and ponds used for drinking water and bathing, leaving hundreds of communities facing water shortages.

USDP Lawmaker Says Suu Kyi Meets Shwe Mann Ahead of Showdown in Parliament

Burma’s ousted ruling party chief Shwe Mann meets Suu Kyi after being sacked by President Thein Sein, according to a USDP lawmaker.

KNU to Sign Nationwide Ceasefire, Other Groups Continue Deliberations

A Karen rebel group announced its intention to sign a nationwide ceasefire agreement on Saturday, as other ethnic armed groups mull the long-awaited pact.

Activist Su Su Nway Gets 15-Day Jail Term, Walks on Time Served

Labor rights campaigner Su Su Nway receives a 15-day prison sentence for trespassing, but she is released immediately, having already spent 25 days in custody.