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Burma’s Tourism Industry Struggles to Keep Up With Surging Visitor Numbers

More than 3 million people are expected to visit the country this year, but a 2015 target of 5 million visitors might be a stretch.

One Civilian Killed After TNLA, Govt Troops Clash

One civilian is shot dead and another hospitalized with a gunshot wound following a clash between government troops and Palaung rebels in northern Shan State.

Another Round of Ceasefire Talks Set for September

The government and ethnic leaders still need to hammer out disagreements over four paragraphs before setting a date for the signing of a nationwide accord.

9 Burmese Workers Injured in Bangkok Factory Blast

A total of 22 people were injured when a boiler exploded at a dyeing factory in the Thai capital, and two Burmese are in intensive care.

Name of Muslim Group in Burma Goes Unspoken

Burma’s government is pressuring foreign officials to avoid the word Rohingya in reference to Arakan State’s Muslim minority, and the tactic appears to be working.

MSF Urges Burma to Allow It to Resume Work as Health Crisis Worsens

The government has said it will allow Médecins Sans Frontières to return to Arakan State, but that commitment has not been followed through.

Burma Govt Agrees to Include Federal System in Ceasefire Deal

A system of autonomy is one the main demands of ethnic armed groups in talks to bring an end to decades of civil war.

President Thein Sein ‘Failing,’ Public Opinion Poll Finds

Burma’s president gets lowly marks in the eyes of the public, finds a survey of more than 6,500 people conducted by a local advocacy group.

Bi Mon Te Nay Journalists Denied Bail

A township court in Rangoon rejects their application for bail as premature, as they continue to fight allegations of state sedition.

Villagers Plan Lawsuit After Shooting Leads to Schoolhouse Standoff

Villagers in Mandalay Division will take legal action against police for firing into a crowd during a confrontation on Thursday that injured three local residents.

Parliament Should Consider 5 Million in Favor of Constitutional Reform: 88 Generation Leader

The NLD and 88 Generation leaders present Parliament with a petition calling for constitutional reform that was signed by 5 million people across Burma.

NLD Disavows Political Parties’ Ceasefire Statement

Burma’s largest opposition party distances itself from a statement released by dozens of political parties calling for a nationwide ceasefire “as soon as possible.”

Burma’s ‘Transformation’ Shows Asia’s Promise: Kerry

US Secretary of State John Kerry highlighted Burma’s transition from military rule during a speech on American policy in the Asia-Pacific region.

Floods Recede, Thousands Return Home in Pegu Division, Mon State

More than 16,000 people who were displaced after severe flooding hit Pegu Division and Mon State last week have returned home, officials say.

Villagers in Central Burma Surround Police Sheltering in School After Shootings

Dozens of police officers are surrounded by angry local residents at a village school after three people were shot while attempting to reclaim confiscated lands.

Burma’s Population Likely Overestimated: Census Official

Burma’s total population is likely less than the widely accepted estimate of 60 million people, an official from the country’s Central Census Commission says.

200 Kachin Civilians Flee Fighting Near Hpakant

About 200 civilians in Kachin State’s Hpakant Township have reportedly been displaced by fresh clashes between the Burma Army and Kachin rebels in recent days.

Burma Begins Trial Run for Online Tourism Visas

Burma’s Ministry of Immigration and Population launches a trial period for an online tourism visa application system due to be fully implemented next month.

Sagaing Division Farmers Stage Protest Against Trial, Land-Grabs

About 1,000 farmers in Sagaing Division’s Kantbalu Township stage a protest to demand back confiscated land and ask for the release of 65 imprisoned villagers.

Burma’s Peace Process Could Take ‘Several Generations’

A consultant to the Norway-backed Myanmar Peace Support Initiative says it‘s unclear how peace talks would be affected by a change of leadership in Burma.