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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.

Burma Designated 2014 ‘World Best Tourist Destination’ by EU Body

The European Council on Tourism and Trade hands Burma the 2014 “World Best Tourist Destination Award,” one of the highest accolades in the global industry.

Burma’s Suu Kyi Holds Talks With President Thein Sein

In a short meeting in Naypyidaw, the two are thought to have discussed the opposition leader’s proposal for four-party talks involving the military.

UK to Spend $25 Million on Burma’s Peace Process

The Department for International Development maintains its annual aid package of $100 million, and pledges to continue offering assistance for IDPs in conflict areas.

Govt, Ethnic Rebels Form New Committee to Push Peace Talks Forward

The government, the military and armed ethnic groups agreed to form a joint committee that plans to draft the text for a nationwide ceasefire accord.

Hopes Were High for Burma But Is the Honeymoon Over?

Three years since a quasi-civilian leadership assumed power in Burma, doubts are raised about the government’s reformist credentials and its commitment to a democratic transition.

Thein Sein Orders Commission, Court to Draft ‘Protection of Religion’ Law

A public proposal, backed by the 969 movement, has called for a law that will include restrictions on marriage between people of different faiths.