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Nominated Religious Minister Is Also a Graft Suspect: Lawmaker

President Thein Sein’s replacement pick for the religious affairs minister is accused of misusing about US$800,000 from government coffers, a ruling party lawmaker says.

Burma’s Special Branch Investigates Finances of News Journals

Police have summoned news editors to ask how their journals have stayed afloat in a difficult market for print media.

Aung Min Apologizes to Military for ‘Aggravating’ Remarks

The government’s chief peace negotiator apologizes for comments that appeared to diminish the stature of government soldiers fighting in the country’s long-running civil war.

Rangoon Plans Another Flyover to Relieve Traffic Congestion

The government plans to construct a new flyover in Rangoon’s Insein Township that will allow cars to pass over the railway track and relieve traffic.

Pyu Cities Snag Burma’s First Unesco World Heritage Listing

The ancient city-states of Pyu become Burma’s first entry into the Unesco World Heritage List, with the three sites winning the endorsement of the World Heritage Committee.

Large Group of Rare Cranes Spotted at Kachin’s Indawgyi Lake

Fauna & Flora International says it has made an unusual sighting of sarus cranes in the wetlands surrounding Indawgyi Lake in Kachin State, northern Burma.

Suu Kyi Forgives After Fake Photo Depicts Her in Islamic Headscarf

The opposition leader accepts the apology of the presidential spokesman, whose wife recently posted a Photoshopped image of her in Islamic garb.

Five Monks Released From Prison After Threat of Mass Protest

Monks detained after a raid on their monastery are allowed to leave the notorious Insein Prison on bail, but they still face charges in court.

NGOs, Political Parties to Discuss Inclusive Education for Disabled Children

Disability rights NGOs plan to meet with Rangoon lawmakers and political parties in order to discuss how disabled children can gain better access to education.

Thein Sein Picks New Religion Minister Amid Graft Allegations

President Thein Sein nominates Burma’s Deputy Religious Affairs Minister Soe Win to replace Hsan Hsint, who is under investigation.

Land-Grab Documentary Takes Top Burma Prize at Human Rights Film Festival

A documentary about land confiscation in Burma wins two out of eight awards at the Human Rights Human Dignity International Film Festival in Rangoon.

Karen Rebels Refuse to Disband Police Force

The Karen National Union will ignore government orders to disband its police force, which collects taxes and operating checkpoints in Karen State and Tenasserim Division.

Myint Myint Khin, Well-Known Doctor and Writer, Dead at 91

Dr Myint Myint Khin, who is famous for her writings on health and education in Burma, has died on Thursday in Rangoon. She was 91 years old.

Govt Pushes Ahead With 3 Salween, Irrawaddy Tributary Dams

Senior officials say construction of one hydropower dam on the Salween River and two on tributaries of the Irrawaddy River is ongoing.

Burma’s President Sacks Religious Affairs Minister

Thein Sein fires the religious affairs minister and says the chief minister of restive Arakan State has also been allowed to resign.

Monks Threaten Protest for Jailed Clergymen in Rangoon Monastery Row

Buddhist monks are urging the release of five fellow clergymen who have been detained since June 10 and charged with committing offenses to religion.

Nationwide Ceasefire May Delist Ethnic Armed Groups as ‘Unlawful’

Government peace negotiators have told Shan leaders that once-outlawed ethnic armed groups would be delisted as “unlawful associations” after signing a nationwide ceasefire agreement.

Burmese President Appoints New Religious Advisors

Thein Sein appoints two presidential advisors for religious affairs, while the country’s religious affairs minister is reportedly being investigated for corruption.

Two Men at Large After Prison Break in Sagaing Division

Police have tightened security in Homalin, Sagaing Division, after eight detainees—two of whom remain at large—escaped from the local police station’s holding facility.

Thai Court Hits British Migrant Rights Activist with 4th Charge, Seizes Passport

British migrant rights activist Andy Hall was briefly detained and released on bail, and had his passport confiscated during a trial hearing in Thailand.