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Burmese Actor Charged With Rangoon Employee’s Murder

The Burmese actor Min Oak Soe is charged with murder after a woman he employed was found beaten to death at his home in Rangoon.

NZ National Appears in Court as Defense Lawyer Details Death Threats

The lawyer representing a New Zealand national charged with insulting religion details death threats made against him as the accused appears in court on Friday.

Ethnic Alliance Restates Call for Tripartite Political Dialogue

The United Nationalities Alliance reiterates calls for tripartite political dialogue between the government, the NLD and ethnic groups following a three-day meeting in Rangoon.

Wanbao, Govt Failed To Address Mine Project Concerns: NLD

After two days of protest at the site of the controversial Letpadaung copper mine, the NLD slams authorities’ failure to address social and environmental concerns.

Women’s Livelihoods Undermined by Dawei SEZ: Report

A new report by the Tavoyan Women’s Union details the damaging impact of the Dawei SEZ on local women and calls for the project’s cancellation.

China Expresses Concern After Protests at Copper Mine

China expresses concern about the recent protest against a Chinese-run copper mine in central Burma in which a person was killed and some were wounded.

Thousands Protest Against Mandalay Gem Market Move

Crowds take to the streets of Burma’s second largest city to protest a government proposal to relocate the country’s principal jade and gems market.

Forged Statements From NLD, President Criticize Letpadaung Protesters

Representatives of the National League for Democracy and the President’s office refute the authenticity of two widely circulated statements attacking Letpadaung protesters.

Ethnic Leaders Propose Talks in Kachin Capital

Ethnic Leaders Propose Talks in Kachin Capital Ethnic peace negotiators request a meeting between the government and armed groups in northern Burma, where a recent attack brought peace talks to a standstill.

Facing Opposition, Kachin Govt Maintains Manau Dance Plans

Despite objections from members of the Kachin public, the regional government plans to include the famed Manau dance at Kachin State Day celebrations next year.

More Villagers Injured in Letpadaung Mine Protests

Three people were injured after police used rubber bullets to quell protests in the same village where a woman was shot and killed on Monday.

Police Arrest 14, Dismantle Protest Camp at Rangoon City Hall

An encampment at City Hall is dismantled by police as 14 land rights protesters from Rangoon’s Michaungkan are arrested for unlawful assembly and obstruction.

Opposition Accuses USDP of Using Civil Servants for Political Gain

Two political parties file a complaint against the ruling Union Solidarity and Development Party for violating terms of civil service during a recent rally.

Rangoon Police Charge Ko Ko Gyi, 4 Other Activists for Unauthorized Protest

Rangoon police bring criminal charges against five activists, including prominent 88 Student Generation leader Ko Ko Gyi, who are accused of holding an unauthorized protest.

Police Kill Villager in Copper Mine Standoff

A woman is fatally shot by police as villagers attempted to prevent a land seizure near the Letpadaung copper mining project, Sagaing police confirmed.

Thein Sein Pushes Referendum Suffrage for White Card Holders

President Thein Sein recommends that temporary identity card holders, also known as “white card holders,” be allowed to vote in a referendum on constitutional amendments.

Foreigners Charged over ATM Scams in Rangoon

A total of five people have been detained over two separate ATM scams operating across Rangoon, leading to calls for improvements to bank security systems.

Urban Experts Urge Restrained Development of Rangoon

A group of urban experts send an open letter to Burma’s president requesting “urgent action” to rein in unruly urbanization projects in the fast-changing city.

Top Ethnic Leaders, Burma Army Reps Absent From Ceasefire Talks

Burma Army representatives and top ethnic leaders are not attending the nationwide ceasefire talks, a situation that indicates how much negotiations have suffered recently. 

DKBA Unveils Overture to United Karen Armed Forces

The Democratic Karen Benevolent Army has used the weekend’s Karen New Year celebration to showcase a gesture towards the unification of local ethnic armed groups.