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Missing Reporter Killed in Custody of Burma Army: Report

A journalist covering the recent fighting between the Burma Army and Karen rebels on Mon State was reportedly killed while in custody of government soldiers.

US Think Tank Faults Burma on Arakan Response

An influential Washington think tank criticizes Burma’s government for presiding over a “humanitarian catastrophe” and doing little to track down perpetrators of anti-Muslim violence.

Parents of Burmese Men Accused of Koh Tao Murders Arrive in Thailand

A British labor rights activist visits two Burmese men accused of murder in southern Thailand as the migrants’ parents arrive to visit their children.

Karen Leaders Prepare for Divisive Assembly

Top-ranking Karen leadership meets this week to discuss rejoining the nation’s main ethnic coalition and uniting Karen rebels under a single military alliance.

Information Minister to Discuss Jailing of Journalists With President

Information Minister Ye Htut says he will discuss the recent imprisonment of local journalists with President Thein Sein.

Two Govt Colonial Buildings in Rangoon to Get New Owners by Year’s End

The Directorate of Investment and Companies Registration will announce the auction winners of two government-owned heritage buildings in Rangoon by the end of this year.

Burma’s President Seeks Less EU Scrutiny Amid ‘Backsliding’ Concerns

Thein Sein urges the EU to stop submitting reports on Burma’s human rights situation, as a UN report notes “possible signs of backsliding” on reforms.

Army Detains Journalist Who Covered Fighting With Rebels, Wife Alleges

A local journalist’s wife says he has been detained by the Burma Army several weeks ago when he visited Karen rebels fighting the army. 

Second Ethnic Newspaper Shuttered by Chin State Govt

An unregistered minority-focused newspaper is ordered to shut down in northwestern Burma’s Chin State last week, the second such forced closure within a month.

Thai Human Rights Commission Hears Concerns About Dawei SEZ

Activists meet with Thailand’s National Human Rights Commission to submit new research on negative impacts of a stalled mega-project jointly developed by Burma and Thailand.

Burma General Elections Scheduled in Late 2015: Election Official

Burma’s first democratic elections in 25 years are scheduled to be held in late October or early November, the Union Election Commission announces.

Burma Army Agrees to Withdraw From Disputed Shan Territories

Government troops agree to retreat from some areas near the upper Salween River, during an emergency meeting with ethnic Shan rebels.

Landmine Blast Injures 3 at Kachin School

A landmine explodes outside a school in Kachin State, injuring three people including two young students.

Bagan Entry Fee to Rise by One-Third

The entrance fee for tourists to the ancient temples of Bagan will increase to US$20 next year, a second price hike in two years.

Three Karen women’s groups urge various Karen rebel groups to unify militarily and politically in order to better represent the interests of the Karen people.

Malaria’s New Frontline

Drug-resistant malaria is a growing global threat, and eastern Myanmar is at the forefront of efforts to stop it dead in its tracks.

Fighting Escalates Between Gov’t, Rebel Alliance in Shan State

Fighting erupts again between the Burma Army and an allied force of ethnic armed groups in northern Shan State, according a rebel officer. 

Burma’s Ex-Religion Minister Gets 13 Years for Graft, Sedition

Former Religious Affairs Minister Hsan Hsint is sentenced to 13 years in prison after a Naypyidaw court finds him guilty of corruption and sedition.

Court Sentences 3 Journalists, 2 Media Owners to 2 Years in Prison

A Rangoon court sentences three journalists and two media owners to two years in prison after their journal published a story that upset the government.

After Karen Groups Pledge Military Cooperation, Leadership Divisions Appear

Shortly after commanders of different Karen rebel groups vowed military cooperation, cracks begin to appear within the leadership of the various groups.