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Mandalay Farmers Protest Myotha Industrial Zone

Farmers in Mandalay protest against the Myotha Industrial Zone demanding fair land compensation and the release of 10 detained activists.

Prisoner Groups Highlight Continued Political Detentions, Trials

Former inmates have revived a photographic campaign calling for the release of all political prisoners and an end to ongoing politically motivated arrests in Burma.

President Meets With Ethnic Armed Groups, Hopes for Quick Ceasefire Accord

President Thein Sein meets with ethnic representatives and says he hopes a nationwide ceasefire accord could be reached next month.

Police Asked to Probe Letpadaung Death

The family of Khin Win, fatally shot by police in late December, demands an investigation into seven people who are believed to be responsible.

Burma’s Catholics Pleased to Have First Cardinal 

Church colleagues praise the appointment by Pope Francis of Rangoon’s archbishop Charles Bo as Burma’s first ever Roman Catholic cardinal.

Rangoon Tea House Gives Haute Burmese Cuisine a Home

An upscale teahouse in Rangoon is looking to bring a touch of class to a ubiquitous Burmese institution.

Groups Urge Creation of Committee to Handle Letpadaung Disputes

Fifty-eight groups condemn a fatal police clash with protestors at the Letpadaung mine and call for a committee to resolve disputes at the project site.

ABSDF Meets Govt Peace Negotiators Ahead of Presidential Dialogue

The All Burma Students’ Democratic Front and peace negotiators have held talks ahead of discussions between ethnic armed group leaders and the President.

Fire Guts Kachin IDP Camp on Chinese Border

More than 100 households have been razed in a devastating fire at the Sin Kyaing camp for internally displaced persons.

Rangoon Police Seeking Culprit Behind Independence Flag Hoist

Police are searching for the culprit behind the raising of a flag, which represents Burma’s historical independence aspirations, above the former High Court building.

Speaker Shwe Mann Says President is Underpaid

Parliamentary Speaker Shwe Mann recommends that the presidential salary be raised during a meeting with civil society leaders in Rangoon on Tuesday.

A Future for Horse Carts in Bagan? Signs Point to Neigh

Long a trademark accessory to scenes of pagoda-studded Bagan, horse-drawn carts are increasingly being replaced in popularity by electric bicycles in the eyes of tourists.

Protests Continue at Letpadaung Mine Site

Villagers around the copper mining project in Sagaing Division have staged a sit-in protest against land seizures for the third day running.

11 Muslims Get Prison for Mandalay Riots Killing

A Mandalay court sentences 11 Muslims implicated in the killing of a Buddhist man in a bout of inter-religious violence that hit Mandalay in July.

The Results Are In: Rangoon Polls Not Up to Scratch

Eyebrows were raised when Rangoon’s Election Commission introduced new campaign rules, but the effects were not fully felt until after the polls were over.

Three Activists Arrested for Anti-Mine Protest in Rangoon

Police arrest three activists who led a demonstration outside the Chinese Embassy in Rangoon against last week’s shooting death of 56-year-old anti-mine protestor Khin Win.

Burma Landmine Casualty Rate Among World’s Worst: Report

Burma is second only to Colombia and Afghanistan in landmine-related casualty rates, according to a new report from the International Campaign to Ban Landmines.

Suu Kyi Says NLD Not Yet Committed to 2015 Election

Burma’s opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi says it’s too early to tell whether her party will contest national elections slated for late next year.

Water Woes for Residents of Chin State Capital

Residents in the Chin State capital Hakha face a water shortage amid a partial suspension of the township’s water supply that has lasted three months.

Taungup Residents Demand Marble Quarry Closure

Arakan locals say a Vietnamese-backed marble quarry at Mt. Naypu is operating against the will of the community and is damaging the local environment.