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Ghosts of War

Two outstanding books revisit heroic and harrowing times during the Second World War

6-Party Talks Impasse Creates Rift Between Parliament and President, Army

The government and the army ignored a parliamentary proposal to hold six-party talks on constitutional reform, indicating that the reform issue could hit political deadlock.

Squatters Evicted Ahead of Norwegian King’s Arrival in Mandalay

Scores of people have been evicted from area around Mandalay’s Gaw Wein Jetty ahead the arrival of King Harald and Queen Sonja.

Michaungkan’s Displaced Level Ultimatum, Vow to ‘Escalate’ Protest

Protestors camped in downtown Rangoon demand negotiations within seven days to address claims that the Burma Army forcibly displaced them from their homes.

Rangoon Tax Department Announces Restaurant Crackdown

In an effort to raise commercial tax compliance rates, the Internal Revenue Department will enforce a pre-purchase stamp system for customer receipts at dining establishments.

New Peace Talks Before Christmas: Negotiators

Discussions will be held between the government and ethnic armed groups, the first talks since an army attack near Laiza killed 23 cadets last month.

Burma ‘Under Military Control’ Says US Admiral

The nominee to become the next commander of US forces in the Pacific says the time isn’t right to expand military ties with Burma.

Lawyer Raps Report on Burma Journalist’s Death, Demands New Inquiry

A report into the death of a Burmese journalist in military custody is inadequate and an independent investigation must be ordered, his family’s lawyer says.

Movers and Shakers

Highlighting women whose hard work, courage and vision make them powerful agents of change in the effort to achieve a democratic and prosperous Myanmar.

Burma’s Exiles Want Clear Rules for Return

Three years after President Thein Sein invited Burma’s exiles and refugees to return to the country, many say the government isn’t making it easy.

Burma Retains Least-Developed Country Designation

The UN appears poised to keep Burma on its list of least-developed countries for the future, dampening official efforts to shed the title by 2015.

Naga Move to Expand Self-Administered Zone

Ethnic Naga leaders will attempt to absorb two more townships, currently under the jurisdiction of Sagaing Division, into the minority group’s self-administered zone.

NLD to Lead ‘Whole Year’ Celebration of Aung San’s 100th Birthday

The National League for Democracy gears up for “a whole year” of celebrations to commemorate Burmese independence hero Gen. Aung San’s centenary birthday.

Election Commission Warns IRI Over Campaign Training to NLD

Burma’s election commission says the US-based International Republican Institute violated rules during election campaign training in Irrawaddy Division that was only attended by NLD members.

‘Protection Laws’ Submitted to Burma’s Parliament

A controversial legislative package known as the “protection of race and religion laws” will be up for debate during Burma’s next parliamentary session.

Women Garment Workers Join Forces Amid Lure of City Jobs

Thousands of young women from villages and towns across Burma are pouring into Rangoon garment factories for their first ever taste of financial independence.

Asean Disability Arts Festival to Begin This Week

Artists and performers with disabilities from across all 10 Asean countries will showcase their talents in Rangoon over the weekend.

Army Chief Meets KNU, Says He Supports Stalled Ceasefire Process

Burma Army chief Min Aung Hlaing meets with leaders of the Karen National Union and reportedly reaffirms his support for the stalled nationwide ceasefire process.

6 Students to Face Charges For Education Protest

Six students may face charges for leading a demonstration against a new education law in central Burma on Saturday, according to one protest leader.

Commuter Train Service to Begin on Strand Road

The largely dormant Strand Road rail line will be used for a new commuter train service beginning this month, according to Myanmar Railways.