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Two Civilians Killed in Renewed Clashes in Northern Shan State: TNLA

A spokesman says government troops attacked ethnic Palaung rebel troops after they entered a village to discuss opium eradication with locals.

Authorities Find Rape Case Causing Mandalay Unrest Was Faked 

The alleged rape of a Buddhist woman by two Muslim men that triggered religious violence in Mandalay was fabricated, authorities say.

US Says Burma Journalists’ Sentences ‘Send Wrong Message’

Washington says it is “very concerned” by reports that four journalists and a newspaper boss were sentenced to 10 years’ hard labor in Burma.

Govt to Start Child Labor Elimination Policy in December

Labor rights groups welcome the government’s plan to begin implementation of the ILO convention on worst forms of child labor in December.

Nationwide Ceasefire Hangs in the Balance at Rebel Meeting

Ethnic rebel groups will discuss a draft ceasefire agreement next week, but mistrust and ongoing fighting cast doubt over the success of the peace process.

178 Govt Troops Killed by TNLA This Year: Rebel Leaders

As fighting escalates in northern Shan State, the Ta’ang National Liberation Army (TNLA) says it has killed at least 178 government troops since January. 

North Korea Invites Burmese Journalists to Visit

Facing increasing pressure at home, Press Council members in Rangoon are invited to travel to one of the world’s most repressive media environments.

New HIV Infections Have Fallen in Burma: UN Report

UNAIDS says in a new report that 7,000 people still contracted HIV in the country last year, and that 189,000 are living with the virus.

Sagaing Court Imprisons 18 Farmers for Actions in Land Dispute

The farmers were sentenced to prison terms varying from three months to three years because they plowed land that is being claimed by a company.

Court Sentences 2 Activists to Prison Terms for Anti-Govt Pamphlets

A Rangoon court sentenced two rights activists to six months’ imprisonment after they distributed pamphlets that accused President Thein Sein’s government of abuse of power.

Oxford University Strengthens Ties in Burma

At the request of Aung San Suu Kyi, the renowned British university will assist the University of Rangoon with research, faculty training and curriculum development.

Burma Resorting to ‘Police State Tactics’ in Unity Trial: US Official

The US government’s top human rights official accuses Burmese authorities of resorting to police state tactics after five journalists were handed prison sentences last week.

Shan MP Asks Govt to Cease Army Operations in Northern Shan State

A Shan lawmaker asks the government to end military operations in northern Shan State, where hundreds of villagers were displaced by clashes with rebels.

Shan Farmers Say Gold Mining Is Wrecking Their Land

Residents of Tachileik Township call for companies to halt operations in the hills of eastern Shan State, where mining has been going on since 2007.

Arakan Minister Struggles to Gain Trust of Rohingyas

The newly appointed chief minister has failed to convince Rohingya Muslims to participate in a “citizenship verification scheme,” according to the state government spokesman.

Former Thai Army Chief Is ‘Godfather’ to Burma’s Top General

Report from Singapore’s Straits Times reveals relationship between Snr-Gen Min Aung Hlaing and Gen. Prem Tinsulanonda, who heads the Thai King’s board of advisers.

Press Council Requests Meeting With President, Contacts Parliament

The Myanmar Press Council requests a meeting with President Thein Sein to discuss Burma’s deteriorating media climate, and contacts several parliamentary committees about the situation.

Burmese Govt Urged to Ring Sirens on Martyrs Day

After 1988, the former military regime stopped the tradition of broadcasting sirens on July 19 to commemorate the death of the country’s independence hero.

Hundreds Hide at Monastery After Recent Fighting in Northern Shan State

Fighting between the Shan State Army-North and the Burma Army broke out in Kyaythee Township late last month, forcing residents to flee their villages.

Burmese Refugees Criticize Thailand’s Push for Quicker Repatriation

Refugees say they have not been adequately consulted about plans to send them home, and that conditions are not yet right for their return.