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Ethnic Alliance Voices Support for Nationwide Ceasefire Plan

At a conference in Laiza, Burma’s most important alliance of ethnic rebel groups said it could support a government proposal for a nationwide ceasefire agreement.

EU Offers to Send Monitors to Burma’s 2015 Election

The European Union’s new ambassador to Burma says he is hopeful that voting in two years will be free and fair.

Burma Takes Precautions to Avoid SEA Games Blackouts

Lacking confidence in the power supply system, the Ministry of Sports will use generators for the opening and closing ceremonies of the regional sporting event.

Kachin Clashes Continue as Ethnic Leaders Meet

Fighting between government troops and Kachin rebels shows no signs of abating, even as ethnic leaders gather to prepare for nationwide peace talks.

Burma Govt Approves Federal Union Party

The government approves the registration of the country’s newest ethnic political party, allowing its members to run in the 2015 elections.

Ex-Political Prisoner Win Tin Demands Apology From Junta Leaders

The ex-political prisoner and veteran journalist Win Tin wants something from the former military regime that kept him captive for 19 years: an apology.

Wa Rebels Absent From Ethnic Ceasefire Meeting in Laiza

Burma’s most powerful armed group, the United Wa State Army, decline to meet with other ethnic rebels groups to discuss the government’s nationwide ceasefire proposal.

Salween Dams Raise Doubt Over Burma Peace Plans

Ahead of a planned nationwide ceasefire conference, environmentalists say dam projects on the Salween River continue to fuel conflict in Burma’s ceasefire zones.

Two Buddhists Imprisoned for Arakan State Violence

Courts have sentenced two more Arakanese Buddhists to prison for inciting or participating in deadly riots during last year’s inter-communal violence in western Burma.

Hundreds Greet Leaders of Ethnic Armed Groups in Laiza

People line the streets as leaders of Burma’s ethnic armed groups arrive at Kachin rebel headquarters for talks ahead of a meeting with government negotiators.

USDP Appears Divided as Rift Between President and Party Chairman Widens

A spokesman of President Thein Sein rejects remarks by USDP chairman Shwe Mann about the president’s future, signaling a widening rift within the ruling party.

Free of Censors, Burma Artists Bare All

Dozens of female nude paintings are on display in a three-day art exhibition, “S + Z II,” at Lokanat art gallery in Rangoon.

Two Muslim Men Sentenced for Rape That Sparked Thandwe Violence

Rumors of incident led to June outbreak of inter-communal violence in southern Arakan State.

Burma Peace Process Could Create ‘Mini-Cronies,’ Media Coalition Warns

The granting of business licenses to ethnic minority militia leaders is seen as “a ploy by the government to turn ethnic leaders into ‘mini cronies.’”

Thousands of Kachin Villagers Trapped After Burma Army Raid

Kachin relief workers said more than 2,000 civilians remain trapped in a conflict zone in Mansi Township, while thousands are trying to escape on foot.

Rice Paddies in Dawei Confiscated for Housing

Authorities in a town slated for a Special Economic Zone in southern Burma confiscate paddy fields ready for harvest to make way for civilian housing.

Ancient Monastery Buried Beneath Thai King’s Tomb in Mandalay

Archaeologists discover the remains of a monastery building buried beneath the historic tomb of a former Siamese king in Mandalay Division.

Burma to Hand Out Free Temporary SIM Cards to SEA Games Participants

Burma will distribute 30,000 free temporary SIM cards to local athletes, their international counterparts, and other personnel directly involved in the upcoming SEA Games.

In Burma, Mixed Reactions to Suu Kyi’s BBC Statements

The democracy icon draws condemnation and support from rights activists and religious leaders after saying that fear among Buddhists has exacerbated religious tensions.

Life on Death Row

A former woman political prisoner recalls how she survived life on Death Row in the notorious Insein Prison in the1990s.