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Locals Condemn Letpadaung Committee Claims on Compensation, Police Conduct

Activists have criticized the Letpadaung report implementation committee for failing to provide a workable land compensation scheme and justifying police actions during a recent skirmish.

Burma’s new Catholic cardinal warns against religious extremism

Religious extremism could derail Burma’s much-vaunted reform process, says Charles Maung Bo, the Buddhist-majority country’s first Catholic cardinal.

Govt Targets Kachin Rebels in Timber Takedown

The Burmese government took a hard line on the timber trade in Kachin State on Tuesday, as state-run media publicly denounced rebels for facilitating illicit cross-border transfers.

Wa Rebels Defy Govt Order, Reopen Drug-Linked Trade Hub in Shan State

The United Wa State Army, Burma’s biggest ethnic army, defy a government order and reopen a Shan State trading hub linked to illicit drug trade.

Low Turnout, Local Opposition Marks First Manau Festival Since Renewed Fighting

The first Manau festival staged in Burma for four years has opened in Myitkyina, despite the objections of thousands of local Kachin.

Mandalay Farmers Protest Myotha Industrial Zone

Farmers in Mandalay protest against the Myotha Industrial Zone demanding fair land compensation and the release of 10 detained activists.

Prisoner Groups Highlight Continued Political Detentions, Trials

Former inmates have revived a photographic campaign calling for the release of all political prisoners and an end to ongoing politically motivated arrests in Burma.

President Meets With Ethnic Armed Groups, Hopes for Quick Ceasefire Accord

President Thein Sein meets with ethnic representatives and says he hopes a nationwide ceasefire accord could be reached next month.

Police Asked to Probe Letpadaung Death

The family of Khin Win, fatally shot by police in late December, demands an investigation into seven people who are believed to be responsible.

Burma’s Catholics Pleased to Have First Cardinal 

Church colleagues praise the appointment by Pope Francis of Rangoon’s archbishop Charles Bo as Burma’s first ever Roman Catholic cardinal.

Rangoon Tea House Gives Haute Burmese Cuisine a Home

An upscale teahouse in Rangoon is looking to bring a touch of class to a ubiquitous Burmese institution.

Groups Urge Creation of Committee to Handle Letpadaung Disputes

Fifty-eight groups condemn a fatal police clash with protestors at the Letpadaung mine and call for a committee to resolve disputes at the project site.

ABSDF Meets Govt Peace Negotiators Ahead of Presidential Dialogue

The All Burma Students’ Democratic Front and peace negotiators have held talks ahead of discussions between ethnic armed group leaders and the President.

Fire Guts Kachin IDP Camp on Chinese Border

More than 100 households have been razed in a devastating fire at the Sin Kyaing camp for internally displaced persons.

Rangoon Police Seeking Culprit Behind Independence Flag Hoist

Police are searching for the culprit behind the raising of a flag, which represents Burma’s historical independence aspirations, above the former High Court building.

Speaker Shwe Mann Says President is Underpaid

Parliamentary Speaker Shwe Mann recommends that the presidential salary be raised during a meeting with civil society leaders in Rangoon on Tuesday.

A Future for Horse Carts in Bagan? Signs Point to Neigh

Long a trademark accessory to scenes of pagoda-studded Bagan, horse-drawn carts are increasingly being replaced in popularity by electric bicycles in the eyes of tourists.

Protests Continue at Letpadaung Mine Site

Villagers around the copper mining project in Sagaing Division have staged a sit-in protest against land seizures for the third day running.

11 Muslims Get Prison for Mandalay Riots Killing

A Mandalay court sentences 11 Muslims implicated in the killing of a Buddhist man in a bout of inter-religious violence that hit Mandalay in July.

The Results Are In: Rangoon Polls Not Up to Scratch

Eyebrows were raised when Rangoon’s Election Commission introduced new campaign rules, but the effects were not fully felt until after the polls were over.