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NDF Founder Dies of Liver Cancer

The founder a Burmese political party dies in Rangoon, after battling an illness he developed as a political prisoner under the former regime.

Committee to Endorse Change to Threshold on Amending Constitution

Parliamentarians in a committee reviewing Burma’s Constitution have agreed to recommend changing a key clause that could pave the way for more wide-reaching charter reform.

Thein Sein Orders Rapid Repairs to Burma’s ‘Death Highway’

President inspects the road connecting Rangoon, Naypyidaw and Mandalay and orders upgrade to the poorly built road.

Ex-Norway Ambassador to Burma Becomes Telenor Executive

Former Norwegian Ambassador to Burma Katja Nordgaard will join Telenor, a Norwegian firm that she helped to win a license to develop Burma’s telecom sector.

Unicef Defends Rangoon Office Rental

The UN agency’s Burma representative says the arrangement to secure a new base in the up market Golden Valley neighborhood was a “good deal.”

Govt Ignoring Complaint About Arrest of Party Member: SNLD

The SNLD says the government failed to respond to a complaint, lodged a week ago, about the arrest and alleged beating of a party member.

Letpadaung Mine Workers’ Release Comes With Right to Use Seized Land: Farmers

Letpadaung farmers will be allowed to sow crops on confiscated lands, after a dispute resulted in the kidnapping of two Chinese workers from the mine.

Irrawaddy Delta Farmers Misled Into Joining USDP Rally

Participants in a ruling party demonstration against constitutional reforms, held in the Irrawaddy Delta this weekend, said they were fooled into joining the event.

The Forgotten Gurkhas of Burma

Ethnic Gurkhas, who built a reputation as courageous fighters in the Burmese army, say they have been forgotten by the government, which denies them citizenship.

Meth Production in Burma Feeds Into Growing Regional Trade: UN Report

The UN’s Office on Drugs and Crime says Burma continues to be a major source of methamphetamines that are smuggled around the region.

Burmese Govt Launches Website for Education Reform

The Ministry of Education creates a website to inform the Burmese public and international community about efforts to overhaul the country’s public school system.

Unicef Rents Rangoon Office From Former General

The United Nations Children’s Fund last year moved into the former capital’s leafy Golden Valley neighborhood, home to military officials and well-connected businessmen.

Activists Free 2 Chinese Kidnapped at Burma Mine

A local manager for Chinese company Wanbao says the firm did not give in to demands made by activists who want the Letpadaung mine closed.

Lawsuit Against Heinda Mine Accepted by Dawei Court

A lawsuit by villagers in Dawei, alleging years of environmental damages as a result of mining activities in the area, is accepted by the court.

Kachin Rebels Release 21 Forcibly Recruited Civilians

The Kachin Independence Army (KIA) released 21 villagers, including one teenager, after their families complained that they had been forcibly recruited.

Anti-Dam Protesters Complete Marathon Irrawaddy March

The final group of marchers this weekend reached Myitsone, Kachin State, where a controversial Chinese-backed hydropower dam project is suspended.

Burmese Protesters Kidnap Chinese Workers at Letpadaung Mine

Two Chinese nationals and a Burmese national are allegedly taken hostage by student activists and monks protesting against the controversial copper mine in northwest Burma.

Four Police Killed in Attack on Burma-Bangladesh Border

Four police officers are killed and another wounded after a clash with an armed group along the Burma-Bangladesh border in Arakan State, local authorities say.

Suu Kyi Wraps Back-to-Back Rallies Urging Pre-2015 Charter Change

Aung San Suu Kyi challenges Burma’s government to amend the country’s Constitution by year’s end, at her second rally for change in as many days.

World Bank Reaffirms Strong Support for Burma

The Bank’s vice president for the East Asia and Pacific region met with high-level government officials and Aung San Suu Kyi during a visit.