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Hollywood Calling for New Burmese Film

As Burma launches a regional film festival in Rangoon, moviemakers hope the long-stifled local industry is due for a breakthrough onto the international stage.

Excavation Work at Thai King’s Tomb in Mandalay Hits Snag

The Mandalay regional government directs a joint Thai-Burmese team to halt its operations at the ongoing excavation site of a Siamese king’s tomb.

Burma Needs Policy for Squatters: Ye Htut

The presidential spokesman calls for a clear policy to handle the problem of squatting, as forcible evictions continue in the country’s biggest city.

Quintana Releases Final Report on Burma Human Rights

The UN human rights rapporteur for Burma publishes his last report to close his six-year mandate, following his ninth trip to the country in February.

Journalist Beseeches Brethren: Stop With the Muslim Hate Speech

“Fight for democratization. We have to respect each and every ethnic group as a human being,” Mon Mon Myat tells fellow journalists.

Burma’s Private Newspapers Struggle to Stay Afloat

Daily newspapers free of government control and censorship have been printing for about a year, but the market is dominated by state propaganda sheets.

UN Criticized Over Peacekeeping Invite to Burma

Human Rights Watch criticizes the UN for raising the possibility of Burma contributing UN peacekeepers, describing the nation’s military as among the world’s most abusive.

An Unsung ’88 Hero Gets His Due

Nay Min is not among 1988’s canonized pro-democracy crusaders, but his role in informing the world about the events of that year was “pivotal.”

Search for Malaysian Plane Expands to Burmese Airspace

The search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 has expanded to Burmese airspace, according to Burma’s Department of Civil Aviation (DCA).

NLD Co-Founder Win Tin Admitted to Hospital

The 84-year-old former political prisoner is said to be in good health, but needs to undergo physiotherapy for a problem with his hip.

Rohingyas Dying From Lack of Health Care in Arakan

Government restrictions on the Rohingya limits their access to life-saving health care, a situation that has worsened after MSF was forced to leave Arakan State.

Concern Grows Over Degradation of Irrawaddy River Basin

Environmentalists at a conference speak out against deforestation and pollution that has affected Burma’s main river and people who live alongside it.

Poll Finds Burmese Public Linking Citizenship to Buddhism

A new survey suggests that many of Burma’s citizens “seem to think that in order to be Myanmar one has to also be Buddhist.”

Workers in Pipeline Clash Were Forced to Confess: Lawyer

Seventeen ethnic Chin workers have been detained since January after clashes with Chinese workers led to a warehouse being burned down in Arakan State.

Water Shortages Growing in Burma: Activist

Environmentalists say the country’s rainy season is now 40 days shorter than 35 years ago, and that rural communities will be hit worst by climate change.

Govt Investigation Dismisses Allegations of Rohingya Killings

A final report investigating the alleged killings of dozens of Rohingyas in northern Arakan State reiterates the government’s position that no such violence occurred.

Parliament Increases Power to Amend Tax Laws

Burma’s Parliament on Monday passed the Union Taxation Law, which allows lawmakers to amend the government’s annual tax plans.

UV Radiation Levels Rise in Burma

The ultraviolet index approaches dangerously high levels as Burma begins the summer season, with meteorologists warning people to stay indoors.

Foreign Press Visa Curbs Not Tied to Rohingya Reporting: Ye Htut

New restrictions on foreign journalists in Burma have “nothing to do” with international news stories about violence against stateless Rohingya Muslims, the presidential spokesman says.

Burma Govt Sends Emergency Medics to Arakan After MSF Suspension

The government deploys an emergency team with ambulances, but concerns grow over a gap in care for people who previously depended on Médecins Sans Frontieres.