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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.

Police Say They Cannot Investigate Company Thugs Attacking ‘Squatters’

Rangoon police say they cannot launch an investigation into attacks by thugs sent by a construction company to drive poor families in Hlaing Tharyar Township away.

Burma Among World’s ‘Top 10 Jailers of Journalists’

Burma has one of the world’s worst records for jailing journalists during the past year, according to an annual prison census by the Committee to Protect Journalists.

Rights Groups Call on President to Drop Charges Against Slain Schoolgirl’s Father

Thein Sein has been urged to help end the prosecution of Shayam Brang Shawng, who alleged that the Burma Army killed his daughter in 2012.

Election Chief Under Fire for Raising Prospect of Coup

Politicians slam Union Election Commission chairman Tin Aye for comments he made this week signaling the possibility of another military coup if “instability” threatens Burma.

NLD Member Denied Bail at Religious Offence Trial

Htin Lin Oo has been taken into custody for offending religious sentiment, while outside the courtroom journalists have reported intimidation by nationalist monk demonstrators.

Govt Delays Aid Distribution in Northern Burma: UN

As winter approaches in northern Burma’s Kachin State, some 27,500 internally displaced persons are without assistance such as blankets and clothes, the United Nations said

Presidential ‘Press Corps’ to Improve Media Access

Representatives of independent media will reportedly be allowed to join a press corps that could access the Presidential Palace and high-level public events.

Public Mostly Hopeful About Burma’s Development, Elections: Survey

Survey finds 62 percent of the public are positive about the direction Burma is heading in; 77 percent believe democratic elections will bring positive change.

Burmese Nationals Detained by Malaysia Return to Rangoon

A group of 52 Burmese citizens has returned to the country, five months after they were convicted of breaking Malaysia’s immigration laws in Kuala Lumpur.

Political Prisoners Committee Criticizes Govt Inaction

Members of a committee formed last year to assess the cases of political prisoners have complained of a lack of government cooperation.

Drug-Resistant Malaria in Burma: The World’s Next Big Health Crisis?

Drug-resistant malaria has been spreading in Burma, threatening to become the next big global health emergency if it marches on to India and Africa.

Ethnic Alliance to Meet With Govt to Discuss Attack, Ceasefire 

Ethnic armed groups agree to meet with Minister Aung Min next week to discuss the stalled ceasefire process and a recent, deadly Burma Army attack.

Accord Inspires Mother-Tongue Signage, Resistance in Mon State

An informal but potentially symbolic agreement is putting government signage in the ethnic Mon language for the first time, prompting resistance from some quarters.

Mon State to Turn Death Railway Site Into Tourist Draw

Mon State awards a company a contract to develop a museum and tourist facilities at the site of the World War II-era Death Railway.

Statesmen’s Group Meet Burmese Women’s Rights Activists

A group of former world leaders and rights advocates has met with the Women’s League of Burma to discuss issues arising from continued ethnic conflict.

Clashes Kill 7 Burmese Soldiers in Eastern Burma

Conflict between government troops and armed rebels left at least seven Burmese soldiers dead and another 20 injured in eastern Burma, state media reports.

Another Flight Hits Birdlife Above Bago

An Air KBZ flight to Kengtung was forced to return to Rangoon Airport on Sunday after hitting a flock of birds shortly after takeoff.

Gem Traders in Mandalay Oppose Moving Marketplace

Gem traders in Mandalay gear up in opposition to a government plan to relocate Burma’s biggest jade and gem market.