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Police Arrest 14, Dismantle Protest Camp at Rangoon City Hall

An encampment at City Hall is dismantled by police as 14 land rights protesters from Rangoon’s Michaungkan are arrested for unlawful assembly and obstruction.

Opposition Accuses USDP of Using Civil Servants for Political Gain

Two political parties file a complaint against the ruling Union Solidarity and Development Party for violating terms of civil service during a recent rally.

Rangoon Police Charge Ko Ko Gyi, 4 Other Activists for Unauthorized Protest

Rangoon police bring criminal charges against five activists, including prominent 88 Student Generation leader Ko Ko Gyi, who are accused of holding an unauthorized protest.

Police Kill Villager in Copper Mine Standoff

A woman is fatally shot by police as villagers attempted to prevent a land seizure near the Letpadaung copper mining project, Sagaing police confirmed.

Thein Sein Pushes Referendum Suffrage for White Card Holders

President Thein Sein recommends that temporary identity card holders, also known as “white card holders,” be allowed to vote in a referendum on constitutional amendments.

Foreigners Charged over ATM Scams in Rangoon

A total of five people have been detained over two separate ATM scams operating across Rangoon, leading to calls for improvements to bank security systems.

Urban Experts Urge Restrained Development of Rangoon

A group of urban experts send an open letter to Burma’s president requesting “urgent action” to rein in unruly urbanization projects in the fast-changing city.

Top Ethnic Leaders, Burma Army Reps Absent From Ceasefire Talks

Burma Army representatives and top ethnic leaders are not attending the nationwide ceasefire talks, a situation that indicates how much negotiations have suffered recently. 

DKBA Unveils Overture to United Karen Armed Forces

The Democratic Karen Benevolent Army has used the weekend’s Karen New Year celebration to showcase a gesture towards the unification of local ethnic armed groups.

Illicit Trade in Wild Cats Down in Tachilek, Up in Mong La: Report

Illegal trade in Tigers and other wild cat parts from Burma into China grows in Mong La, while the trade into Thailand through Tachilek falls.

Applicants Bemoan Waiting Times After Thai Embassy Changes Visa Processing 

The Thai Embassy in Rangoon lifts restrictions on the number of visa applications it processes daily, but the new system has drastically increased waiting times.

Chin Newspapers Try to Turn Page on Govt Ban

An ethnic-language newspaper shut down by the Chin State government earlier this year resumes publication, while another newspaper is shuttered for a second time.

10 Sentenced in Thandwe for Deadly Religious Riots

Ten people were sentenced on Wednesday for their role in deadly riots between Buddhists and Muslims in Thandwe, Arakan State, late last year.

Teachers Federation Rejects Ministry Plans for Official Unions

The Myanmar Teachers’ Federation says Education Ministry plans to form student and teacher unions violates freedom of association principles and Burma’s own draft labor law.

Rangoon Literary Festival to Showcase Nobel Laureates

Rangoon will host a second international literary festival next month, with 200 locals and up to 15 international writers slated to participate.

YCDC Candidates Doubt Integrity of Municipal Poll

Candidates in next Saturday’s election say that the YCDC has failed to enforce a signage ban and eligible voters have been left off the rolls.

NZ National May Face 4 Years for Insulting Religion: Lawyer

Philip Blackwood and two Burmese nationals, arrested last week after distributing materials considered an insult to religion, was were arraigned at a Rangoon court on Thursday.

Thai NGOs Call for Improved Social Benefits for Migrant Workers

Thai NGOs supporting migrants call on Thailand to reform its social security system so that registered migrant workers can better access social benefits.

Koh Tao Suspects Innocent: Govt Investigation Team

A team formed by the Burmese government to investigate the Koh Tao double murder case says it is confident that the accused men are innocent.

Govt Message ‘Contradictory’ on Return of Exiles: Activists

Activists accuse the government of sending “contradictory” messages for exiles wishing to return to Burma by ostensibly encouraging repatriation while simultaneously hindering that process.