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Lawyer Confident of Testimony to Clear Burmese Duo of Britons’ Murders

A lawyer for two Burmese accused of murdering of two British tourists in Thailand says scared witnesses can be persuaded to testify and exonerate them.

Suu Kyi Says Wants West to Spur Reform not Reimpose Sanctions

Burma’s opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi calls on the West not to reintroduce punitive sanctions even though democratic reforms are foundering.

CSOs Condemn Govt Response to Mine Protests

A coalition of civil society groups involved in the implementation of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative condemn the government’s handling of the Letpadaung mine protests.

Thai Trial Begins for 2 Burmese Accused of Killing UK Pair

The trial begins for two Burmese migrant workers accused of killing two British tourists on a popular resort island in southern Thailand.

YCDC Members ‘Not Decision-Makers,’ Says Rangoon Mayor

Ahead of landmark elections on Saturday, Rangoon’s mayor seeks to downplay the policy making role of the Yangon City Development Committee (YCDC).

Burmese Actor Charged With Rangoon Employee’s Murder

The Burmese actor Min Oak Soe is charged with murder after a woman he employed was found beaten to death at his home in Rangoon.

NZ National Appears in Court as Defense Lawyer Details Death Threats

The lawyer representing a New Zealand national charged with insulting religion details death threats made against him as the accused appears in court on Friday.

Ethnic Alliance Restates Call for Tripartite Political Dialogue

The United Nationalities Alliance reiterates calls for tripartite political dialogue between the government, the NLD and ethnic groups following a three-day meeting in Rangoon.

Wanbao, Govt Failed To Address Mine Project Concerns: NLD

After two days of protest at the site of the controversial Letpadaung copper mine, the NLD slams authorities’ failure to address social and environmental concerns.

Women’s Livelihoods Undermined by Dawei SEZ: Report

A new report by the Tavoyan Women’s Union details the damaging impact of the Dawei SEZ on local women and calls for the project’s cancellation.

China Expresses Concern After Protests at Copper Mine

China expresses concern about the recent protest against a Chinese-run copper mine in central Burma in which a person was killed and some were wounded.

Thousands Protest Against Mandalay Gem Market Move

Crowds take to the streets of Burma’s second largest city to protest a government proposal to relocate the country’s principal jade and gems market.

Forged Statements From NLD, President Criticize Letpadaung Protesters

Representatives of the National League for Democracy and the President’s office refute the authenticity of two widely circulated statements attacking Letpadaung protesters.

Ethnic Leaders Propose Talks in Kachin Capital

Ethnic Leaders Propose Talks in Kachin Capital Ethnic peace negotiators request a meeting between the government and armed groups in northern Burma, where a recent attack brought peace talks to a standstill.

Facing Opposition, Kachin Govt Maintains Manau Dance Plans

Despite objections from members of the Kachin public, the regional government plans to include the famed Manau dance at Kachin State Day celebrations next year.

More Villagers Injured in Letpadaung Mine Protests

Three people were injured after police used rubber bullets to quell protests in the same village where a woman was shot and killed on Monday.

Police Arrest 14, Dismantle Protest Camp at Rangoon City Hall

An encampment at City Hall is dismantled by police as 14 land rights protesters from Rangoon’s Michaungkan are arrested for unlawful assembly and obstruction.

Opposition Accuses USDP of Using Civil Servants for Political Gain

Two political parties file a complaint against the ruling Union Solidarity and Development Party for violating terms of civil service during a recent rally.

Rangoon Police Charge Ko Ko Gyi, 4 Other Activists for Unauthorized Protest

Rangoon police bring criminal charges against five activists, including prominent 88 Student Generation leader Ko Ko Gyi, who are accused of holding an unauthorized protest.

Police Kill Villager in Copper Mine Standoff

A woman is fatally shot by police as villagers attempted to prevent a land seizure near the Letpadaung copper mining project, Sagaing police confirmed.