Rangoon will soon be transformed into a chaotic mass of gyrating dancers, as residents take to the streets to bring in the New Year.
During a visit to China this weekend President Thein Sein met the country’s new leaders to discuss Chinese investment in Burma and the Kachin conflict.
The decision followed a deadly clash between Burma Buddhists and Muslims in a Medan detention center on Friday that left eight people dead.
During his visit to Burma, former US President Jimmy Carter voiced “deep concerned” about the recent sectarian violence and “hate speech” by some local leaders.
While Washington says the country’s overall direction is still positive, some experts worry Burma risks backsliding toward military rule that ended two years ago.
More than 1,000 residents have left their homes as Burmese government forces escalate an offensive against ethnic rebels in the eastern state.
Burma’s Lower House will draft a new law to protect peasants, which includes provisions on alleviation of debt and poverty.
Dozens have been arrested for their alleged role in sectarian violence last month, and some will go on trial within days.
While hundreds have taken money for land lost to a controversial mining project, others are refusing to leave their homes.
A 26-year-old is accused of encouraging famous nationalist monks to organize mob violence in central Burma, but his family says the charges are ludicrous.
The Karenni State government and Myanmar Peace Center representatives donated money to relief efforts at the fire-ravaged Ban Mae Surin.
After a blaze killed 13 boys at an Islamic boarding school, Burmese authorities hoping to quell religious tensions are urged to conduct a careful inquiry.
Burmese refugees living in the camps along the Burma-Thailand border need to be repatriated if they want to be included in the national census.
International rights groups said landmines are still heavily used by the Burmese military and ethnic groups, threatening more than 450,000 refugees and internally displaced persons.
The Burmese government’s peace team is expected to hold a third round of talks with the ethnic rebel Kachin Independent Organization later this month.
Burmese officials hastened on Tuesday to dispel rumors that an early morning fire that killed 13 students at an Islamic school had been deliberately set.
Results of an inquiry into violence last year between Buddhists and Muslims in western Burma is delayed as the fact-finding team finalizes its recommendations.
Sales of privately owned media were strong on the first day since new rules meant they could produce daily newspapers for the first time.
Thirty-eight people died fleeing the fire at Ban Mae Surin refugee camp. Cha Nay Choo rushed back toward the flames to save lives.
The movie highlights the issue of human trafficking in east Burma, where ethnic women known for their elongated necks are often targeted for Thai tourism.