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Wirathu Stands by Offensive Language Against UN Rights Envoy 

Following a stinging rebuke by the UN, Burma’s ultranationalist Buddhist monk says he doesn’t regret calling a UN special envoy a “whore” and a “bitch.”

MSF Returns to Arakan Amid Scrutiny

The return of Médecins Sans Frontières to western Burma attracts scrutiny from authorities and community leaders, who caution the group that they will be “watching.”

Parliament Votes in Favor of Tripling Lawmakers’ Salaries

Members of Burma’s Union Parliament vote in favor of raising the salaries for national level lawmakers from about $300 to $1,000 per month.

Rights Groups Seek Justice for Slain Kachin Women

Rights groups have asked the Burmese government to seek justice for two Kachin women found dead on Tuesday in a northern Shan State village.

Protests Continue as Lawmakers Urged to Amend Education Law

Burma’s President Thein Sein urges Parliament to reconsider a National Education Law after student protests resume in Mandalay, a move greeted with cautious acceptance.

MSF Resumes Work in Arakan State After Govt Ban

The international medical group resumes work in western Burma after a nine-month government ban on its presence over allegations of bias towards the Rohingya minority.

UN Criticizes Sexist Language of Burmese Monk Wirathu

The UN human rights chief urges Burma’s leaders to condemn the Buddhist monk, who called a visiting UN envoy a “whore” during a public rally.

Upper House Speaker Canvasses MPs for Reform Suggestions

Burma’s Upper House Speaker has set a Friday deadline for Upper House MPs to provide input into mooted six-party constitutional reform discussions.

Probe Ongoing, Autopsy Results Pending in Murder of Kachin Teachers

Burmese authorities continue to investigate the case of two female schoolteachers who were found brutally murdered on Tuesday at a village in northern Shan State.

Court to Hear Arguments in Farmers’ Case Against Police Violence

Mandalay Division Court will hear arguments to decide whether to accept a case against policemen accused of firing at farmers in Sint Gu Township.

No Ceasefire Without More Talks: Ethnic Leaders

Ethnic leaders say that a nationwide ceasefire agreement is unlikely to be signed next month without further meetings between ethnic armed groups and the government.

Parliament at Odds with President Over Pay

A parliamentary drafting committee rejects Burmese President Thein Sein’s revisions on a plan to raise government salaries, according to lawmakers.

Burmese Monk’s UN Whore Rant ‘Could Hurt Buddhism’

A Burmese monk who called a UN rights envoy a “whore” has violated his monastic code and could damage his religion, another prominent monk said.

President Defers Decision on Six-Party Talks

In a statement issued to Parliament on Monday, President Thein Sein has called for more detail and broader representation in proposed constitutional reform discussions.

Activists Face Additional Charge for China Embassy March

A Rangoon court lays an additional charge on seven people who participated in a protest against the police shooting of a farmer in central Burma.

Students Resume Protests Against National Education Law

More than 100 people have set out on a march from Mandalay to Rangoon, as student leaders restarted a campaign against the National Education Law.

2 Kachin Teachers Found Dead in Shan State

The badly beaten bodies of two young women are found dead in their bedroom in a remote village in Shan State.

KIA Frees Hostages, Displaced Civilians Still Out of Reach

Rebels in northern Burma have released three police officers held captive since Jan. 14, though access to about 2,000 villagers affected by ensuing conflict remains restricted.

Burma Releases Prominent Rohingya Political Prisoner

Rights groups welcome the release of a prominent Rohingya Muslim doctor who was arrested while trying to calm rioters during sectarian violence in western Burma.

Burma’s Street Kids Turn to Sniffing Glue to Forget Hunger

As many of Burma’s poor families move from rural areas to the big city in hopes of finding work, many find themselves struggling.