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Ministry Urges Press Council to Take Action Against Journal

Burma’s Information Ministry urges Interim Press Council to take action against The Sun Rays journal, claiming that the controversial publication is responsible for “unethical” writing.

Change Comes at a Slow Pace to Villagers in Burma’s Southern Shan State

The mainly ethnic Pa-O inhabitants of Noung Htao village, in Hsi Hseng Township, survive on a meager income from farming.

Suu Kyi’s Stallion Performs at Southeast Asian Games

A horse given to Suu Kyi takes part in the equestrian competition, with support in the crowd from the opposition leader herself.

Ethnic Rebels’ Conference Postponed

A planned second round of meetings of Burma’s ethnic armed groups to discuss a government-proposed nationwide ceasefire has been postponed to January.

Burma’s SEA Games Opener Extolled, Critiqued

For some the event inspires national pride, but for others Chinese influence is visible in the opening ceremony in Naypyidaw.

Royal Family Aims to Renovate King Thibaw’s Mandalay Palace

Members of the late King Thibaw’s royal family seek to renovate the Mandalay-based monarch’s former palace, and will request the president’s approval to do so.

Rangoon Land Protesters Go Home After Lawmaker Promises Investigation

A protest camp in eastern Rangoon has been packed up for now, but demonstrators against a military land seizure say they will fight on.

KIA Keeps Tabs on Tay Za

The ethnic armed group says it is watching the Burmese tycoon to determine whether his investments in north Burma are benefiting the local people.

Group Resettlement of Thai Border Refugees to End Early 2014: UNHCR

The final deadline for eligible applicants for UN group resettlement to third countries for Burmese refugees on the Thai-Burma border will be sometime in January.

Near Letpadaung, Factory Pollution Raises Health Fears

Environmentalists plan to test whether a factory used to process copper in northwest Burma could be leading to respiratory illnesses and crop failures.

Burma Spares No Expense for SEA Games Opening

The extravaganza, complete with parades, fireworks, dancers and a sound-and-light show, was held to loud cheers and bursts of applause in a packed 30,000-seat stadium.

Burma Releases 41 More Political Prisoners

Only 44 political prisoners remain in Burmese jails after the latest amnesty, according to an advocacy group.

In Crusading for Peace and Empowering Women, Kachin Activist Finds a Calling

May Sabe Phyu says she can’t sit around and wait for others to change Burma, where women are marginalized and civil war still simmers.

Burma Protest Camp Defiant in Face of Ultimatums

Protesters in Rangoon’s Thingangyun Township continue to demonstrate over land they say was forcibly confiscated by the military decades ago.

Burma Activist Naw Ohn Hla Faces ‘Religious Disturbance’ Complaint

Judge revives a 2007 complaint against the long-time protester, who is already in detention over the burning of a Chinese flag.

Burma Govt Hopes for Rangoon-Myitkyina Rail Upgrade

Burma’s government wants to upgrade the country’s main railway line from Rangoon to Myitkyina, the capital of Kachin State, almost 1,000 miles north.

Burma’s Surreal Capital Now Less of a Ghost Town

Eight years after Naypyidaw was proclaimed the new government seat, it has become something more than a “ghost capital hacked out of the jungle.”

Timing of SEA Games Opening Seen as Auspicious by Some

In Burma, where numerology and astrology hold considerable sway, some belief that the SEA Games opening was scheduled to take place on an auspicious date.

Plans Afoot to Launch European-Backed Journalism School in Burma

A new project hopes to provide independent and high-quality training to the country’s reporters, who have only been free of censorship since 2012.

On Human Rights Day, Burma Activists Say More Work to Do

Activists in Burma say that although the country’s human rights situation is better now than it was under decades of oppressive military rule, abuses persist.