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Respected Karen Leader Tamla Baw Dead at 94

The former Karen National Union chairman and general, who once fought alongside British troops in World War II’s Burma theater, passed away of natural causes.

Unesco to Offer Assistance With Bagan Conservation Work

It will be the first time in two decades that international experts assist in conserving the Buddhist temple complex.

Activists Remember Bravery of Student Leader

A ceremony is held to commemorate the life of Salai Tin Maung Oo, who was hanged 38 years ago after leading protests against dictatorship.

Press Body Urges Burma’s Special Branch Police to Drop Media Probe

Burma’s Interim Press Council calls for the Ministry of Home Affairs’ Special Branch police to drop their investigation into the financial records of local media.

Less Raw Jade for Sale at Burma Gems Emporium Amid Push for Value-Added Products

There are fewer jade lots at a major gems emporium in Naypyidaw this year, but the government still expects to earn 2 billion euros.

Four Killed as Fighting Flares in Northern Burma: Kachin Rebels

Intense fighting between the Burmese military and the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) reportedly kills at least four government soldiers this week.

Thein Sein Set for First Bilateral Talks With Chinese President

Experts say China is eager to reaffirm longstanding ties with Burma as the Burmese president prepares to meet with Xi Jinping in Beijing.

Envoy Celebrates July 4, Affirms US-Burma Ties in Mandalay

US Ambassador to Burma Derek Mitchell hosts an event celebrating his nation’s independence in Mandalay for the first time in nearly 30 years.

Burma’s Parliament Amends Protest Law

Lawmakers reduce punishments in the controversial Peaceful Assembly Act, but protesters are still required to apply for permission from authorities.

Women Protest Sexual Violence by Soldiers in Chin State

More than 130 ethnic Chin women participate in a protest against the Burmese military’s alleged use of rape as a weapon of war in Matupi Township.

General Appointed Arakan Chief Minister, Govt Tells Local MPs

Arakanese lawmakers said they were informed that Gen. Maung Maung Ohn will become the Arakan State chief minister, but they plan to resist the appointment.

Burmese Migrants Cite Safety Concerns Amid Crackdown by Thai Junta

As Thailand attempts to deport illegal migrants, Burmese workers, including those with proper documentation, report mistreatment by employers and the police.

France Holds First Health Forum in Burma in 20 Years

A forum to promote medical equipment manufactured by French firms is held in Rangoon for the first time in 20 years.

NLD Schedules First Youth Congress in Early July

After several delays, the NLD has finally set a firm date for its first nationwide youth congress, which will be held on July 5-6.

New Regulations, But No Evictions for Pyu Villagers: Ministry

Burma’s Ministry of Culture says it will not force the relocation of locals living within three ancient cities recently listed as Unesco World Heritage Sites.

Is a Cabinet Reshuffle on the Horizon in Burma?

Politicians speculate that President Thein Sein will make more changes to his cabinet after firing the religious affairs minister last week.

Extinction Looms as Notorious Rosewood Loggers Set Sights on Burma Species, Group Warns

The illegal rosewood trade, which has decimated stocks and bred violence and corruption throughout the Mekong region, is now targeting Burmese tree species, researchers warn.

Canada Welcomes Tycoon Tied to Drugs, but Denies Visa to Kachin Activist

Money talks, as the head of a drug-tainted business empire gets to visit Canada, but a human rights activist is turned down on financial grounds.

Angelina Jolie Calls for Refugee Support in Visit to Thai Border Camp

Actress Angelina Jolie, who serves as a special envoy of the UNHCR, urges the international community not to forget about Burmese refugees living in Thailand.

Govt Mum on Grounds for Sacking Religious Affairs Minister

Deputy Home Affairs Minister Brig-Gen. Kyaw Kyaw Tun told reporters that he could not reveal the details of the case against the fired minister.