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Mon State to Allow Ethnic Language Classes in Govt Schools

The state legislature passes a bill to allow the teaching of ethnic languages in government schools for the first time in more than 50 years.

Displaced Villagers Defy Govt, Resettle in Karen Rebel Territory

About 160 villagers who were evicted from their homes near Rangoon resettled in rebel-held territory in Karen State in recent days, despite objections from authorities.

New Book Documents the Struggle of Burma’s Student Army

The All Burma Students’ Democratic Front (ABSDF) is in the spotlight in a book launching in Thailand on Thursday and in Rangoon later this month.

Mandalay Prepares for a More Modern Water Festival

Burma’s cultural capital is gearing up to celebrate Thingyan next week, but some local residents fear that longstanding festival traditions are quickly losing popularity.

Commission Criticizes Arakan Govt’s ‘Weak’ Handling of Riots

An investigation launched by the Burmese government finds that an aid worker did not mishandle a Buddhist flag before a mob attacked offices and houses.

Relocated Thilawa SEZ Villagers Persist in Calls for JICA Meeting

Families forced off their land by the Thilawa SEZ project in Rangoon Division again urge the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) to address their grievances.

Burma Election Commission to Ban Suu Kyi’s Campaign Strategy

The chief of Burma’s national election commission defends the military’s political role and pledges to ban campaign methods used by the NLD in 2012.

Armed Groups, Govt Still Disagree on Burma Ceasefire Wording

Despite an announcement that a single draft had been agreed upon in principle, key issues remain and the sides will meet once again in May.

North Korea Talks Not About Arms Deals, Says Burma Govt

In the second meeting announced this year, North Korean officials met with counterparts in the Burmese Ministry of Foreign Affairs last week in Naypyidaw.

Shan, Wa Rebels Clash Over Gold in Eastern Burma

Clashes occur between the Shan State Army South and the United Wa State Army, stemming from a dispute over gold mining activities in Shan State.

While Talks Continue, KIO Keeps War Footing

Despite the handshaking in Rangoon, Kachin armed forces on the frontline still have ample reason to remain vigilant in northern Burma.

As Census Winds Down, 85% of Burmese Population Counted: Official

Burma’s national census agency says that as of Sunday, 85 percent of the country’s estimated population had participated in the census, which ends on Thursday.

Asean Highway Link Set for 2014 Completion: Karen State Official

Construction on a section of the Asean Highway Network from Kawkareik to Myawaddy is expected to be completed this year, Karen State’s chief minister says.

UN Envoy Urges Burma to Allow Aid Access to Rohingyas

Special Rapporteur Tomas Ojea Quintana warns water shortages could reach critical levels, while medical aid has been cut off to all of Arakan State.

Burma Army Chief Meets Armed Group Leaders in Shan State

Snr-Gen Min Aung Hlaing traveled to the military’s Northeastern Command in Lashio to meet with Wa and Shan rebel leaders.

DVB Reporter Jailed for 1 Year

A Burmese court sentences a journalist to one year in prison for trespassing at an education office and disrupting the duties of a civil servant.

Army Demands Complicate Ceasefire Talks

A new approach to draft a single nationwide ceasefire text drawn from the government and ethnic rebels’ proposals were complicated by the army’s demands.

Burmese Public Views Govt Reforms, Military Favorably: Poll

A poll by a US government-backed pro-democracy institute finds that members of the Burmese public largely believe their country is “heading in the right direction.”

Rare Burmese Ecosystems Protected Only on Paper

Many of the 43 conservation areas officially recognized by the government are left open to logging, poaching and damaging fishing techniques.

Brawl Leads to Anti-Muslim Riot in Rangoon’s Outskirts

An anti-Muslim riot rocks the town of Hlegu outside Rangoon following a personal argument in which a Muslim man allegedly stabbed a Buddhist.