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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.

Arakan Party Concerned Army General Will Become Chief Minister

Arakanese lawmakers worry that a Burma Army general will become the new Arakan State chief minister, and they want to determine the choice of minister.

Nominated Religious Minister Is Also a Graft Suspect: Lawmaker

President Thein Sein’s replacement pick for the religious affairs minister is accused of misusing about US$800,000 from government coffers, a ruling party lawmaker says.

Burma’s Special Branch Investigates Finances of News Journals

Police have summoned news editors to ask how their journals have stayed afloat in a difficult market for print media.

Aung Min Apologizes to Military for ‘Aggravating’ Remarks

The government’s chief peace negotiator apologizes for comments that appeared to diminish the stature of government soldiers fighting in the country’s long-running civil war.

Rangoon Plans Another Flyover to Relieve Traffic Congestion

The government plans to construct a new flyover in Rangoon’s Insein Township that will allow cars to pass over the railway track and relieve traffic.

Pyu Cities Snag Burma’s First Unesco World Heritage Listing

The ancient city-states of Pyu become Burma’s first entry into the Unesco World Heritage List, with the three sites winning the endorsement of the World Heritage Committee.

Large Group of Rare Cranes Spotted at Kachin’s Indawgyi Lake

Fauna & Flora International says it has made an unusual sighting of sarus cranes in the wetlands surrounding Indawgyi Lake in Kachin State, northern Burma.

Suu Kyi Forgives After Fake Photo Depicts Her in Islamic Headscarf

The opposition leader accepts the apology of the presidential spokesman, whose wife recently posted a Photoshopped image of her in Islamic garb.

Five Monks Released From Prison After Threat of Mass Protest

Monks detained after a raid on their monastery are allowed to leave the notorious Insein Prison on bail, but they still face charges in court.

NGOs, Political Parties to Discuss Inclusive Education for Disabled Children

Disability rights NGOs plan to meet with Rangoon lawmakers and political parties in order to discuss how disabled children can gain better access to education.

Thein Sein Picks New Religion Minister Amid Graft Allegations

President Thein Sein nominates Burma’s Deputy Religious Affairs Minister Soe Win to replace Hsan Hsint, who is under investigation.