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Ethnic Leaders, Govt Peace Team to Meet on Merging Ceasefire Texts

Burma’s ethnic armed groups and the government will meet to discuss the drafting of a single text laying out the terms of a nationwide ceasefire.

Win Tin Still in Critical Condition, Supporters Pray for Recovery

Win Tin, the co-founder of the opposition NLD party, remains in critical condition for a fifth day and supporters gathered to pray for his recovery.

Unicef Highlights Plight of Burma’s IDPs, Vulnerable Children

More than 800,000 IDPs in Burma are facing a variety of humanitarian needs, according to Unicef, which cited child malnutrition as among the biggest concerns.

Draft Law on Religious Conversion to Be Finished by June: Deputy Minister

A government commission in late May or early June will finish drafting two bills to restrict religious conversion and to enact population control measures.

12 Arrested in Sittwe Over Attacks on Aid Offices

Police in Sittwe, Arakan State, have arrested 12 suspects in relation to last week’s attacks on the offices of the UN and international aid groups.

Burma Authorities Halt Villagers’ Journey to New Homes in Rebel Territory

Ethnic Karen villagers who were evicted from their homes in Rangoon in February are trying to travel to land offered to them by a rebel group.

UN Team Meets With Burma Govt Officials Over Sittwe Tension

A high-level UN mission goes to Sittwe and meets with government authorities over a looming shortage of food and water at IDP camps.

Meeting About Salween Dams Troubles Shan Communities

Communities in northern Shan State have grown worried after officials and Burmese and Chinese company representatives informed them of two planned hydropower projects last month.

Electricity Hike Opponents Face Charges for Illegal Mandalay Protest

Activists in Mandalay opposing an electricity rate hike face charges after staging an unauthorized protest, while other protestors see their demonstration cut short by police.

Biggest Shan Political Parties to Consider Merger

The two biggest political parties in Shan State will discuss the possibility of joining forces ahead of the 2015 general elections, a party leader says.

Humanitarian Crisis Looms in Western Burma as Foreign Aid Workers Leave

At least 20,000 people in camps around Sittwe will run out of drinking water within 10 days, while food will run out within two weeks.

Kachin National Park Planned to Protect Monkey Threatened by Logging

An environmental group is working with Burma’s government to create a Kachin State national park to protect the forests of the endangered Myanmar Snub-nosed Monkey.

UN’s Ban Ki-moon Urges Burma to Ensure Aid Workers’ Safety

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urges Burma’s government to protect UN and international aid workers and ensure a peaceful and credible census in troubled Arakan State.

Govt Rejects ‘Rohingya’ Census Classification, Causing Problems Among Muslim Communities

Officials say census teams will ignore households that want register their ethnicity as Rohingya, a move that is causing problems among enumerators in Arakan State.

As Census Kicks Off, Questions and Criticisms Persist

Burma’s nationwide census begins in earnest, accompanied by plenty of controversy but also reports of the population-counting exercise proceeding smoothly.

With Anticipation, Rangoon Youths Prepare for Water Festival

The holiday known as Thingyan is expected to be bigger than ever this year, with more pandals from which to drench passing pedestrians with hoses.

Aid Workers in Arakan Should Be More Sensitive to Local Customs: Official

Recent riots in Sittwe were sparked by the rumored disrespectful handling of a Buddhist flag, prompting an official to caution international aid workers.

Rangoon Land Protesters Undeterred by Late-Night Eviction

Hundreds of people, apparently working for City Hall, forcibly dismantled a protest camp in central Rangoon in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Myanma Freedom Daily Newspaper Suspends Operations

One of two English-language private dailies available in Burma has suspended its operations to build up capacity, according to the publication’s founder.

Win Tin Admitted to Intensive Care Unit in Rangoon

The veteran journalist and outspoken democracy activist was reportedly put on oxygen therapy after losing consciousness, and is now staying at Rangoon General Hospital.