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NLD, 88 Generation to Hold Rallies, Nationwide Campaign for Constitutional Reform

NLD leader Aung San Suu Kyi and 88 Generation activist leader Min Ko Naing will address rallies in Rangoon and Mandalay calling for constitutional reform.

Virtual Modeling to Help Save Mandalay’s Golden Palace Monastery

In a project being led by US-based World Monuments Fund, laser scanners are used to collect data to inform renovation work on a teak monastery.

Burma Launches New Insurance Policy for Highway Travelers

High numbers for accidents on Burma’s roads have been recorded recently, especially on the notorious stretch between Rangoon and Naypyidaw known as the “death highway.”

Journalists’ Arrest ‘Not Good’ for Media Environment: Information Minister

Minister of Information Aung Kyi says the recent detention of several journalists has created “not a good situation” for Burma’s fledgling free media.

Few Burmese Migrants Apply for Regular Passports in Thailand

A number of hurdles are keeping most Burmese migrants from applying to upgrade their temporary passports for regular passports in Thailand.

Few Benefits for Resettled Families at Thilawa SEZ

People who were forced to move off their land for the special economic zone in Rangoon Division are now struggling to earn an income.

Arakan Conference Calls for Creation of ‘Arakan Army’

Arakanese Buddhist politicians, monks and community leaders call for the creation of an “Arakan National Defense Army” that would protect Buddhist residents from Muslim communities.

Thein Sein Lauds Progress in Burma Ceasefire Talks

In his monthly radio address, the president says a nationwide ceasefire agreement will be signed ‘soon,’ despite fresh clashes in northern Burma last month.

Suu Kyi, 88 Students to Hold Constitutional Reform Rally in Mandalay

NLD leader Aung San Suu Kyi and the 88 Generation Students leaders will hold a rally in Burma’s second-biggest city to call for constitutional reforms.

Ethnic Groups Concerned Over US, UK Military Engagement With Burma

Ethnic groups fear Western military engagement will bolster the Burma Army’s capabilities while it continues to wage war and suppress democracy, a KIA leader says.

In Ceasefire Talks, Govt Demands Discourage Ethnic Groups

The Nationwide Ceasefire Coordination Team, a coalition of ethnic armed groups, expresses increasing frustrations with the Burmese military’s latest demands during peace talks.

Kachin Fighting Concerns KNU, UWSA

Kachin and Wa rebel leaders say they are not happy about an escalation in fighting between the Kachin Independence Army and the Burmese army.

Senior US Official Talks Press Freedom With Burmese Minister

The US undersecretary of state for public diplomacy and public affairs raises concerns about the recent arrest of Burmese journalists.

Arakan Unrest May Tarnish Burma’s Image: Vice President

Burmese Vice President Sai Mauk Kham says unrest in Arakan State is not only a domestic issue, but has wider ramifications and requires international assistance.

Kachin Rebels Requests Ceasefire Meeting After Recent Clashes

The KIO requested a meeting with the government on May 10 in order to lessen tensions between the sides, after fighting intensified in recent weeks.

Villagers in Southern Burma Protest Against Chinese-Backed Oil Refinery

Villagers in Tenasserim Division protest against loss of land to an oil refinery planned by Chinese investors, Burmese tycoon Tay Za and a military-owned firm.

Health Crisis in Arakan after Aid Groups Forced Out

With foreign aid largely absent from camps for the displaced in Arakan State, every day of delay is measured in preventable deaths.

Arakan National Conference Gets Underway in Kyaukphyu

Thousands show up for the largest meeting of Arakanese people in 68 years, which it is hoped will decide upon strategy for the state’s future.

Chinese Nationals Caught With Illegal Weapons in Northwest Burma

Eight Chinese nationals are detained for questioning after authorities caught them illegally carrying grenades, pistols, bullets and other weapons near the Indian border.

Burma Govt Denies Report of Former Dictator’s Generous Pension

A Burmese-language weekly journal claims that former Snr-Gen Than Shwe receives more than $10,000 per month on top of a large one-off payment.