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Migrants Accused of Thai Beach Murder Ask Suu Kyi for Help

Two Burmese migrants accused of a high-profile double murder in Thailand appeal once again to Burma’s leading lady as they prepare for an expedited hearing.

Industry Experts See Potential in Backpacker Boom

The backpacker, a unique variety of traveler associated with intrepid, low-cost wandering, is fast becoming a cardinal feature of Burma’s tourist scene.

Suu Kyi, Opposition Lawmakers Question 12-Party Talks Proposal

Opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi dismisses a Rangoon Division parliament proposal for 12-party talks on constitutional reform; other opposition lawmakers also question its intentions.

MAI Plane Damaged During Landing in Rangoon

A collision with a bird during final descent into Rangoon International Airport damaged the nosecone of an Airbus plane, with no injuries reported among passengers or crew.

Malaysia Arrests 20 as Probe Widens Into Murders of Burmese Nationals

Malaysian police arrest 20 people in a widening investigation into the murder of at least 18 Burmese nationals in the state of Penang since January

Dam Projects Risk Reigniting Burma’s Civil War 

A string of huge dams planned along the Salween River, one of Asia’s last untamed waterways, could reignite civil war in Burma, ethnic minorities fear.

Police Arrest New Zealander, 2 Burmese for Promotion Insulting Buddhism

Rangoon police charge a New Zealander and two Burmese men with insulting religion because their bar distributed a promotional flyer showing a Buddha wearing headphones

Women Seek Historic Wins in Landmark YCDC Election

Rangoon’s historic municipal elections will see women constitute just over 10 percent of the 293 candidates competing in the Dec. 27 polls.

Rangoon Parliament Proposes 12-Party Constitutional Talks to President

Rangoon Division parliament approves a proposal urging the president, army chief, Suu Kyi and other political players to hold 12-party talks on constitutional reforms.

Kachin Rebels Suspend Monthly Meetings With Burma Army

The KIA says it cancels monthly meetings with Burma Army commanders, as the government failed to explain a recent attack on a KIA training school. 

Disgraced Former Religion Minister’s Appeal Rejected

A court rejects the appeal of former Religious Affairs Minister Hsan Hsint, who was sentenced to 13 years’ imprisonment on charges of corruption and sedition.

Irrawaddy Salt Farmers Ordered to Pay Debt or Face Jail

Salt producers in Irrawaddy Division who fail to repay government regeneration loans granted after Cyclone Nargis could face jail as early as next year.

Emergency Care Bill Signed Into Law

The law, covering first-on-the-scene response and hospital care, is in attempt to fix some of the ails afflicting Burma’s decrepit health care system.

Rangoon Division Official Proposes 12-Party Constitutional Reform Talks

A Rangoon Division official proposes 12-party talks on constitutional reforms to local parliament, after the president and the army recently dismissed calls for six-party talks.

20 Muslims Facing Trial on Terrorism Charges

Twenty Burmese Muslims stand accused of links to a terrorist group in a trial that their lawyer says lacks credible evidence to back the allegations.

Ethnic Alliance Ponders Future Federalism, Creates ‘Federal Union Army’

Ethnic armed groups plan to form a Federal Union Army to bolster defense cooperation and aid the creation of a future federal army for Burma.

Rangoon Govt Begins Impounding Sports Cars, Motorbikes

With fines failing to deter owners of high performance automobiles and motorbikes, traffic police have been instructed to seize and impound unauthorized vehicles.

Coalition Targets ‘Undemocratic’ Laws on Local Governance

A report claim provisions in Burma’s Ward and Village Tract Administrative Laws are undemocratic, calling for amendments to provisions of the Constitution concerning local governance.

Opium Cultivation Stabilizes for First Time Since 2006: Report

Opium cultivation in Burma stabilizes in 2014, marking the first time since 2006 that cultivation did not expand, a new UN report says.

NLD Member Prosecuted for ‘Wounding Religious Feelings’

Prominent columnist Htin Lin Oo will be subjected to a lawsuit and possible imprisonment over the contents of an October speech condemned by Buddhist groups.