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Floods Displace Over 1,000 People in Hpakant

More than 1,000 residents of Kachin State’s Hpakant Township are displaced by flooding in the area known for its rich jade deposits.

Burmese Pageant Agency Grooms Five Ladies for World Stage

A pageant agency in Rangoon led by a 22-year-old man is training the women before they head off to compete at five pageants overseas.

Winner of Mobile Phone Ringtone Competition Announced in Burma

More than 8,500 people entered a competition to compose a piece of music for the Norwegian mobile phone company Telenor.

Arakanese Leaders to Propose Detention Camps for Undocumented Rohingya

Buddhist community leaders are considering a proposal to the government that would place Muslims without proof of citizenship in camps, possibly outside of Arakan State.

Suspected Ebola Patient Diagnosed With Malaria: Burmese Health Ministry

The 22-year-old Burmese man who was tested for the Ebola virus earlier this week is recovering after receiving treatment for malaria, health officials say.

Thein Sein Admits Corruption, Bribery Are ‘Chronic’ in Burma

The president said a change in “morality and spirit” is required from Burma’s civil servants to rid the country of graft.

Parliament Speakers Consider Revision of Penal Code for Journalists

The speakers of both houses discuss possible changes to laws that have been used to jail reporters, as charges are dropped against journalists in Rangoon.

Ethnic Minorities Question US-Burma Military Ties

The United States says military engagement will promote political reforms, but activists ask who will take responsibility if it actually leads to further oppression.

Rangoon Land Protest Leader Gets 8 Months in Prison

Sein Than, a prominent member of a group of former residents of Michaungkan, has been sentenced by two courts for demonstrating without permission.

Definition of Political Prisoner Sought With Govt, Activists at Odds

A workshop is convened to decide what constitutes a political prisoner, taking on a divisive issue that continues to weigh down on Burma’s reform narrative.

Network Rejects Burma’s Imminent National Education Bill

The National Network for Education Reform says that the bill designed to overhaul Burma’s education system keeps central control over schools and universities.

Shan IDPs Petition for Army to Vacate Occupied Village

Displaced villagers in Shan State will submit a petition asking the Burmese Army to withdraw from their village, which troops have occupied since early July.

Burmese Facing Human Trafficking Charges in Malaysia

The trial of three Burmese agents accused of trafficking 60 Burmese nationals into Malaysia has been postponed, with the judge citing a lack of evidence.

Regional Links Aiding Drug Syndicates in Burma: UNODC

Regional integration offers greater opportunities to narcotics producers in Burma, the UN Office on Drugs and Crime says, as Asia’s demand for methamphetamines accelerates.

Hope Fades in Burma Search for Buried Spitfires

A quest to unearth dozens of British Spitfire aircraft thought to be buried in Burma looks likely to come to an unsuccessful end in October.

New Rules to Help Burmese Migrants Apply for Passports

The Burmese Embassy in Thailand revises procedures to help migrants acquire necessary documentation for applications, as the Thai junta cracks down on illegal migrants.

Take Control or Leave Opium Farmers Alone, Pa-O Leader Tells Burma Govt

Pa-O National Organization leader says farmers are taxed by local authorities but still face raids and having their crops destroyed in a “muddled” government approach.

Ethnic Leaders Want Suu Kyi to Observe Signing of National Ceasefire

Ethnic leaders meet with the opposition leader to discuss the peace process, and they urge the government to give her a greater role in negotiations.

Observers Say Burma’s Census ‘Successful’—Except in Arakan State

The UN-backed census did not record anyone self-identifying as the Rohingya Muslim minority, while other problems on the question of ethnicity were noted.

Press Council to Meet Monthly With Information Minister

Council members say this is the first time they have met regularly with the minister since the council formed in 2012.