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Irrawaddy Reporter Wins Award for Illegal Wildlife Trade Story

Irrawaddy journalist Htet Khung Linn wins the first prize in a contest that recognizes quality reporting on the illegal wildlife trade in Burma.

Police Crack Down on Student Protestors in Rangoon

Police launched a crackdown on about 200 students and activists, including a well-known women’s rights defender, who were staging a protest in downtown Rangoon on Thursday afternoon.

350 Displaced Civilians Arrive in Shan Border Town

Some 350 displaced civilians arrive in Shan State’s Chin Shwe Haw after hiding in the forest for weeks to escape fighting in the Kokang Region.

Artist ‘CNK’ Depicts Dreamy Memories of Rural Burma

A Rangoon gallery showcases the otherworldly paintings of a former agriculture department staffer, mixing memory with fancy in abstract visions of Burma’s rural countryside.

Police Arrest Protesting Garment Workers

Police in Rangoon Division’s Insein Township arrest at least 20 striking garment workers on Wednesday who had begun a sit-in protest earlier in the day.

Verdict in Buddha Bar Case Expected in Mid-March

The Bahan Township Court will rule on the case of two Burmese and one New Zealand national charged with religious defamation on March 17.

Burma Police Vow to Take Action Against Students Blocking Monastery

Police form a human chain across a road leading to Burma’s biggest city, telling student protesters that authorities would “take action” unless they dispersed.

Still Not Sorry: Neither Modesty nor Mea Culpa in Khin Nyunt Memoir

A new autobiography defends the 1988 military coup and celebrates the accomplishments of the junta-era prime minister.

Observers Lukewarm on Thein Sein, Suu Kyi Dialogue

Political analysts say that a Monday meeting between the President and the Opposition Leader should have been more transparent.

Suu Kyi Apologizes for NLD Prome Event Showing Army Brutalities

Aung San Suu Kyi apologizes for a play staged by her NLD’s Prome office that graphically depicted brutalities by the former military regime.

Burma Army, Shan Rebel Peace Pledge Signatory Clash

Fighting flares again between the Burma Army and the Shan State Army-South, with government troops accused of attacking a rebel base in Mauk Mae Township.

Thein Sein Hosts Rare Suu Kyi Talks Amid Constitution Debate

President Thein Sein had a rare meeting on Monday with opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi to discuss constitutional changes and the first election under the country’s new democratic system.

Forest Department Captures Rare White Elephant in Irrawaddy Division

Burma’s forestry department captures a wild white elephant in the jungles of western Irrawaddy Division to put it on display in a zoo.

US Honors Kachin Activist with Prestigious Women of Courage Award

May Sabe Phyu, known for her work as an advocate for peace and gender equality, travels to the United States to receive the esteemed award.

Authorities in Letpadan Block Student Protest March

Police in Letpadan prevented students from restarting their march to Rangoon on Monday morning, forcing student protesters into negotiations with Pegu Division authorities.

Freelance Photographer Released After Three-Day Detention

Freelance photographer Aung Nay Myo is released from detention in Monywa, three days after his arrest for posting a satirical image on Facebook mocking authorities.

Govt, Ethnic Reps Agree to Talks in Mid-March

Government and ethnic representatives will meet in mid-March for the seventh round of official talks on an elusive nationwide ceasefire agreement.

Freelance Photographer Detained over Facebook Post Mocking Authorities

Local authorities in Monywa detain a freelance photographer after he posted a satirical photo on Facebook mocking authorities.

Students Cry Foul Over Education Ministry Proposals

Students have met with Parliament Speaker Shwe Mann and other lawmakers to express concerns about what they allege to be attempts at stifling education reform.

Labor Official Warns Migrants to Complete Thai Work Registration

A Burmese Labor Ministry Official warns migrant workers in Thailand that they should renew their Thai work permits before they expire on March 31.