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New Rules to Help Burmese Migrants Apply for Passports

The Burmese Embassy in Thailand revises procedures to help migrants acquire necessary documentation for applications, as the Thai junta cracks down on illegal migrants.

Take Control or Leave Opium Farmers Alone, Pa-O Leader Tells Burma Govt

Pa-O National Organization leader says farmers are taxed by local authorities but still face raids and having their crops destroyed in a “muddled” government approach.

Ethnic Leaders Want Suu Kyi to Observe Signing of National Ceasefire

Ethnic leaders meet with the opposition leader to discuss the peace process, and they urge the government to give her a greater role in negotiations.

Observers Say Burma’s Census ‘Successful’—Except in Arakan State

The UN-backed census did not record anyone self-identifying as the Rohingya Muslim minority, while other problems on the question of ethnicity were noted.

Press Council to Meet Monthly With Information Minister

Council members say this is the first time they have met regularly with the minister since the council formed in 2012.

Burma’s Tourism Industry Struggles to Keep Up With Surging Visitor Numbers

More than 3 million people are expected to visit the country this year, but a 2015 target of 5 million visitors might be a stretch.

One Civilian Killed After TNLA, Govt Troops Clash

One civilian is shot dead and another hospitalized with a gunshot wound following a clash between government troops and Palaung rebels in northern Shan State.

Another Round of Ceasefire Talks Set for September

The government and ethnic leaders still need to hammer out disagreements over four paragraphs before setting a date for the signing of a nationwide accord.

9 Burmese Workers Injured in Bangkok Factory Blast

A total of 22 people were injured when a boiler exploded at a dyeing factory in the Thai capital, and two Burmese are in intensive care.

Name of Muslim Group in Burma Goes Unspoken

Burma’s government is pressuring foreign officials to avoid the word Rohingya in reference to Arakan State’s Muslim minority, and the tactic appears to be working.

MSF Urges Burma to Allow It to Resume Work as Health Crisis Worsens

The government has said it will allow Médecins Sans Frontières to return to Arakan State, but that commitment has not been followed through.

Burma Govt Agrees to Include Federal System in Ceasefire Deal

A system of autonomy is one the main demands of ethnic armed groups in talks to bring an end to decades of civil war.

President Thein Sein ‘Failing,’ Public Opinion Poll Finds

Burma’s president gets lowly marks in the eyes of the public, finds a survey of more than 6,500 people conducted by a local advocacy group.

Bi Mon Te Nay Journalists Denied Bail

A township court in Rangoon rejects their application for bail as premature, as they continue to fight allegations of state sedition.

Villagers Plan Lawsuit After Shooting Leads to Schoolhouse Standoff

Villagers in Mandalay Division will take legal action against police for firing into a crowd during a confrontation on Thursday that injured three local residents.

Parliament Should Consider 5 Million in Favor of Constitutional Reform: 88 Generation Leader

The NLD and 88 Generation leaders present Parliament with a petition calling for constitutional reform that was signed by 5 million people across Burma.

NLD Disavows Political Parties’ Ceasefire Statement

Burma’s largest opposition party distances itself from a statement released by dozens of political parties calling for a nationwide ceasefire “as soon as possible.”

Burma’s ‘Transformation’ Shows Asia’s Promise: Kerry

US Secretary of State John Kerry highlighted Burma’s transition from military rule during a speech on American policy in the Asia-Pacific region.

Floods Recede, Thousands Return Home in Pegu Division, Mon State

More than 16,000 people who were displaced after severe flooding hit Pegu Division and Mon State last week have returned home, officials say.

Villagers in Central Burma Surround Police Sheltering in School After Shootings

Dozens of police officers are surrounded by angry local residents at a village school after three people were shot while attempting to reclaim confiscated lands.