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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.

Divers Probe River’s Depths in Latest Search for Dhammazedi Bell

A salvage team works to retrieve an ancient bell said to have sunk to the bottom of the Rangoon River more than 400 years ago.

Political Parties Pressure Burmese Govt to Wrap Up Nationwide Ceasefire

Sixty-six of the country’s 67 registered political parties send representatives to meet with the government’s peace negotiation team at the Myanmar Peace Center.

Karen Martyrs Day Marked in Rangoon for the First Time

For the first time since political reforms began, the ethnic Karen community in Rangoon held a public ceremony to mark Karen Martyrs’ Day.

John Kerry Stayed at US-Blacklisted Tycoon’s Hotel in Burma

A spokeswoman says that the secretary of state was not breaking any rules by staying at Zaw Zaw’s Lake Garden Hotel in Naypyidaw.

Family Concerned About Health of Burma’s Detained Ex-Religion Minister

Hsan Hsint was forced from his position and arrested in June, and stands accused of misusing public funds and sedition.

Accountability Sought in Mandalay Riots’ Aftermath

The government has disclosed scant details about its prosecution of those responsible for riots that shook Mandalay, and suspicions persist that the violence was orchestrated.

Wa Rebel Army Denies All Involvement in Drug Trade

A United Wa State Party spokesman denies long-standing accusations of involvement in opium and methamphetamine trade, saying the group’s autonomous region is “drug-free.”

Burmese Refugees Still Welcome in New Zealand: Prime Minister

New Zealand’s prime minister says his country will continue to accept refugees despite some political reforms in Burma since 2011.

Curfew Lifted as Stability Returns to Mandalay

Burma’s second city erupted in violence between Buddhists and Muslims in early July, resulting in the deaths of two people.

US Will Not ‘Turn a Blind Eye’ to Burma’s Reform Issues: Kerry

The secretary of state met with President Thein Sein and opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi during a two-day visit to the country this weekend.

US’s Kerry Presses Burma Leaders on Human Rights, Reforms

Visiting US Secretary of State John Kerry presses Burma’s political leaders on human rights concerns and urges President Thein Sein to step up constitutional reforms.

Rohingya Children in Burma Camps Going Hungry

Malnutrition is an increasing concern in camps for the displaced Muslim minority, who have seen crucial medical aid services blocked by Burma’s government.