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March During Asean Summit to Call for Int’l Support for Charter Reform

Activist groups in Rangoon plan to march to the US Embassy during the Asean Summit next week to call for international support for constitutional reforms.

What Do People Expect From President Obama’s Burma Visit?

Politicians, civil society leaders and activists discuss what they want to hear from President Obama as he prepares to visit Burma for the Asean Summit.

US ‘Too Optimistic’ About Burma Reform: Suu Kyi

Opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi says Burma’s democratic reforms have stalled since 2013 and the US is “too optimistic at times” about the transition.

Slain Journalist Exhumed From Grave, Cause of Death Unclear

The body of Aung Kyaw Naing, a journalist allegedly killed and buried by the Burma Army, was exhumed from the grave by police and medical professionals.

Parents Seek Separate Inquiry Into Koh Tao Murders

The parents of two Burmese murder suspects in Thailand return to Burma after submitting a petition demanding a separate investigation into their children’s alleged crime.

Rangoon Police Ban Student Meeting on Controversial Education Law

Rangoon’s Mayangone Township police order student unions to postpone a large meeting during which students had planned to discuss changes to the controversial Education Law.

US President to Meet Aung San Suu Kyi in Rangoon Next Week

US President Barack Obama will travel to Rangoon to meet with the chairwoman of the National League for Democracy, Aung San Suu Kyi.

Washington Takes Hands-off Stance on Future of Burma’s Suu Kyi

Despite hailing Aung San Suu Kyi as “an icon of democracy,” Washington quietly acquiesces to the government’s decision to bar her from seeking the presidency.

Rangoon Plans Installation of Traffic Lights To Curb Congestion

The Yangon City Development Committee (YCDC) plans to install about 200 state-of-the-art traffic lights in the congested former capital, a committee official said.

Election Commission Begins National Voter List Preparation

Burma’s Union Election Commission (UEC) today announced that it is beginning to compile a list of eligible voters for next year’s general election.

Activists to Run in Controversial YCDC Elections

A pair of rights activists are among those contesting the Yangon City Development Committee elections next month, in a poll that has courted controversy.

Kachin Civil Society Groups Rally for Two Jailed IDPs

Civil society groups in Kachin State capital Myitkyina gather to pray for the release of Kachin IDPs Brang Yung and Lahpai Gam imprisoned since mid-2012.

Burma Police Ordered to Exhume Body of Slain Journalist

Police are ordered to exhume the body of a journalist who was shot dead by the Burma Army last month.

Aung Thaung Blacklisted for Links to Anti-Muslim Violence: Analysts

Experts say the US blacklisting of the hardline USDP lawmaker is because of his involvement with nationalist monks, but they doubt it will aid reforms.

Remaining Political Prisoners Committed Other Crimes: Govt

Burma’s government said that 27 political prisoners who remain behind bars despite a request for amnesty by rights groups are still incarcerated for committing other crimes.

Suu Kyi to Make First Official Visit China

Opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi makes her first official visit to China next month, weeks after Burma receives US President Barack Obama.

2 Dead, 12 Injured at Taunggyi Balloon Festival

Two spectators are killed and at least 12 more sustain serious injuries following a fireworks accident during Taunggyi’s famed balloon festival.

Thai Police Absent From Inquiry Into Koh Tao Torture Claims

Police fail to participate in an inquiry related to a double murder on Koh Tao island that has been pinned on two Burmese migrants.

Among Burma’s Karen Rebels, a House Divided

Cracks are showing within the leadership ranks of Burma’s longest-running ethnic rebellion, the Karen National Union, as the government pushes for a nationwide ceasefire agreement.

UN Resolution Urges Burma to Drop Identity Plan

A new UN draft resolution takes aim at Burma’s aggressive campaign to have its Rohingya Muslims identify as a term they reject.