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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.

Three Activists Arrested for Anti-Mine Protest in Rangoon

Police arrest three activists who led a demonstration outside the Chinese Embassy in Rangoon against last week’s shooting death of 56-year-old anti-mine protestor Khin Win.

Burma Landmine Casualty Rate Among World’s Worst: Report

Burma is second only to Colombia and Afghanistan in landmine-related casualty rates, according to a new report from the International Campaign to Ban Landmines.

Suu Kyi Says NLD Not Yet Committed to 2015 Election

Burma’s opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi says it’s too early to tell whether her party will contest national elections slated for late next year.

Water Woes for Residents of Chin State Capital

Residents in the Chin State capital Hakha face a water shortage amid a partial suspension of the township’s water supply that has lasted three months.

Taungup Residents Demand Marble Quarry Closure

Arakan locals say a Vietnamese-backed marble quarry at Mt. Naypu is operating against the will of the community and is damaging the local environment.

UN Urges Burma to Give Citizenship to Rohingya Muslims

The UN General Assembly urges Burma to provide “full citizenship” to its Rohingya Muslim minority and allow them to move freely throughout the country.

Rangoon Elects Businessmen, Doctor as New City Leaders

Htay Aung, Aye Min, Khin Hlaing and Khin Maung Tint will assume four coveted seats on Rangoon’s highest municipal governing body.

Suu Kyi Blames Govt Inaction for Letpadaung Killing

Opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi blames the administration of President Thein Sein for a recent fatal shooting at the Letpadaung mine in central Burma.

Landmark City Elections Underway in Rangoon

Rangoon residents vote to elect their municipal government for the first time in decades, though early reports indicate low turnout by an ill-informed electorate.

Lawyer Confident of Testimony to Clear Burmese Duo of Britons’ Murders

A lawyer for two Burmese accused of murdering of two British tourists in Thailand says scared witnesses can be persuaded to testify and exonerate them.

Suu Kyi Says Wants West to Spur Reform not Reimpose Sanctions

Burma’s opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi calls on the West not to reintroduce punitive sanctions even though democratic reforms are foundering.

CSOs Condemn Govt Response to Mine Protests

A coalition of civil society groups involved in the implementation of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative condemn the government’s handling of the Letpadaung mine protests.

Thai Trial Begins for 2 Burmese Accused of Killing UK Pair

The trial begins for two Burmese migrant workers accused of killing two British tourists on a popular resort island in southern Thailand.

YCDC Members ‘Not Decision-Makers,’ Says Rangoon Mayor

Ahead of landmark elections on Saturday, Rangoon’s mayor seeks to downplay the policy making role of the Yangon City Development Committee (YCDC).

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.