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Police arrest at least eight protesters as students and activists hit the streets across Burma demanding the release of those detained following the Letpadan crackdown.

Make Multilingual Education a Priority: Linguistic Experts

Linguistic experts call for the safeguarding of ethnic minority languages and for multilingual education in both primary and secondary schools, following a seminar in Rangoon.

Info Minister Dodges Call to Free Imprisoned Journalists

Imprisoned journalists should take their cases to the Supreme Court, Burma’s Minister of Information Ye Htut tells an international press freedom summit.

During Burma’s annual Armed Forces Day celebrations, Snr-Gen Min Aung Hlaing warns that threats to influence voters will not be tolerated ahead of national elections.

Former Burma Supremo Seen in Rare Photo With Granddaughter

Burma’s former supremo Than Shwe has not been seen in public since 2011, but on Thursday a new image of him appeared on Facebook.

China Says Probing if More Burmese Bombs Strayed Over Border

China’s Defense Ministry said on Thursday that it is investigating whether more stray bombs had fallen in Chinese territory during fighting between Burma’s government and rebels, after five people were killed earlier this month.

Govt Plan on Office Space for Political Parties Moves Forward

Burma’s government offers to lease and sell rooms for Rangoon party offices to more than one-third of the country’s 71 registered political parties.

Army Helped Firm Grab Land From Shan State Minorities, Investigation Finds

The Burma Army and Shan State authorities colluded with rubber companies in seizing swathes of land from ethnic minority villagers, a Global Witness investigation finds.

Upper House Approves Education Law Amendments

After four hours of debate and some significant changes to the draft law, MPs have sent the bill to the Lower House for consideration.

No OK for NLD’s ‘Anti-Fascist Resistance Day’ Celebration

Permission to celebrate Armed Forces Day is withheld from the National League for Democracy, apparently over its insistence on calling March 27 “Anti-Fascist Resistance Day.”

Karen Groups Aim to ‘Save the Salween’

The future of Burma’s free-flowing Salween River will be the focus of a two day event in eastern Burma, beginning on Friday.

Twin Blasts Rock Burma Army Compound in Lashio

Two explosions are reported at a military installation in Lashio, about 80 miles southwest of fighting between the government and ethnic rebels in Shan State.

Burma Files Charges Against 69 Education Law Protesters

Authorities in Burma file criminal charges against 69 student activists and supporters who were arrested two weeks ago when police cracked down on peaceful protests.

Ethnic Reps Remain Wary During Pause in Peace Talks

Various representatives from the ethnics’ Nationwide Ceasefire Coordination Team move to temper optimism over the current round of ceasefire talks set to resume next week.

Nationwide Ceasefire Unlikely Before Burmese New Year: KIA Leader

Kachin rebel leader Gen. Gun Maw says a nationwide ceasefire before April 13 is unlikely and warns that a recent government airstrike affected the negotiations.

Kyaw Thu Makes a Somewhat Ironic Return to the Big Screen

After an eight year hiatus, beloved film star Kyaw Thu plans a return to his previous life—in the unexpected role of an undertaker.

Eighty people arrested during a crackdown on student demonstrations earlier this month are reunited with their families as they appear in a central Burma court.

Jetties Reopened After BGF Resolves Fuel Dispute With Thais

Ferry transit at the Mae Sot-Myawaddy border resumes after resolving a trade dispute that prompted the closure of over 20 jetties along the Moei River.

Are Slaves From Burma Catching the Fish You Buy?

On one Indonesia island, hundreds of trapped men represent one of the most desperate links crisscrossing between companies and countries in the seafood industry.

Journalists Bemoan Scant Information on Military Affairs

While Burma’s military has disseminated selective morsels of information to the media over recent months, local journalists say most of it cannot be used.