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Burma’s Election Commission Rejects Opposition Call for Longer Campaigns

The National League for Democracy and ethnic parties want to be able to campaign for 60 days rather than only 30 in upcoming elections.

Screening of ‘Bengali’ Citizenship Bids Begins in Arakan State

The local government in Arakan State’s Myebon Township begins examining citizenship applications of residents self-identifying as “Bengalis” under a controversial pilot program for Rohingya Muslims.

Yangon Heritage Trust to Survey How Residents Benefit From Conservation

The Yangon Heritage Trust will conduct a survey among residents of historic buildings in downtown Rangoon to determine how they could benefit from heritage conservation.

Burmese Tycoon Tay Za to Set Up Journalism Foundation

Burmese business tycoon Tay Za will donate US$1 million to help establish a journalism foundation in the county’s fledgling media market.

Rights Group Urges Kerry to Address ‘Backsliding’ in Burma

The US secretary of state arrives in Naypyidaw on Saturday amid calls for the Obama administration to take a tough stance with Burmese officials.

Pegu and Mon States Hit by Severe Flooding

Heavy downpours cause severe flooding in Pegu and Mon states, where hundreds of residents were forced to flee their homes and roads were inundated.

NLD Urges Parliament to Hear Millions of Voices for Charter Change

Burma’s main opposition party and democracy activists urge Parliament to seriously consider the millions of signatories to a petition calling for constitutional change.

Shan Minister Orders Halt to Environmentally Damaging Mining

A Shan State minister orders gold-mining firms in Shan State’s Tachileik Township to suspend operations and compensate local farmers affected by waste produced by mining.

Burmese American Ex-Dissident Deported by Magwe Authorities

A former Burmese dissident with an American passport says he was deported by Magwe Division authorities because he violated his visa conditions by teaching English.

Passengers Checked for Fever at Burma’s Airports Amid Ebola Fears

A recent outbreak of the virus has killed more than 800 people in West Africa, putting authorities worldwide on high alert.

Activists Take to the Streets to Oppose Changing Burma’s Electoral System

A parliamentary commission is currently considering a proposal to use the proportional representation system, or PR, in the country’s landmark 2015 elections.

Japanese Donors, Govt, KNU Discuss Aid Projects in Rebel Areas

Japanese officials and donor organizations meet with government advisors and Karen rebels to discuss the possible implementation of Japanese-funded development projects in rebel-controlled areas.

Doctors Note Rise in Recurrent Flu Infections in Rangoon

More people are coming back to clinics with influenza twice or more during this rainy season, and medics are unable to explain why.

Group Calls for Release of Rohingya Activist, As Court Extends Detention

International human rights group calls for release of Rohingya activist Kyaw Hla Aung, as a court extends his pre-trial detention after 13 months in prison.

Muslim Organization Makes Offerings to Mandalay Buddhist Monks

The Muslim Social Welfare Group in Mandalay offers meals and robes to 50 Buddhist monks at Ma Soe Yein Monastery to promote harmonious communal relations.

Sentencing Delayed for 173 Farmers in Sagaing Land Grab Case

Hundreds of farmers have been hit with charges for returning to land confiscated by the Burmese military and plowing it.

Court Accepts Lighter Charges Against 5 Members of Journal

A Rangoon court accepts criminal charges against five journalists, editors and publishers of the Bi Mon Te Nay journal, but acquits one editor.

Burma Govt, Ethnics Discuss Roster of Eligible Ceasefire Groups

Ethnic armed groups and the Burmese government’s peace delegation discuss who will qualify to sign a long-sought nationwide ceasefire agreement.

President Addresses Press Freedom Concerns in Meeting With Media Reps

President Thein Sein tells the Myanmar Interim Press Council that he will support the media sector and that the council could mediate in legal disputes.

John Kerry to Meet Burmese Officials This Week

The US’ top diplomat will be in Naypyidaw for regional meetings and has been urged to take a strong line on “deterioration” in Burma.