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Canada Says Burma Invited Controversial Tycoon on Trade Tour

Canada’s government says it had no role in the decision to include Burmese tycoon Steven Law in a trade delegation that visited earlier this month.

Suu Kyi Launches ‘Overwhelming’ Report on Tropics

Opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi introduces a report on the social, economic and environmental issues at play in the 134 countries straddling the equator.

Activists, Govt Push Forward Bill to Prevent Gender Violence

A draft bill to protect women from physical, mental and sexual violence will likely be finished by the end of the year, activists say.

Aid Coalition Highlights Need for Continued Kachin IDP Support

NGOs supporting IDPs in northern Burma say limited funding and uncertainty over when the displaced might return home are among the biggest challenges facing them.

Mon Civil Society Calls for State Govt Reforms, Role in Peace Process

A Mon State civil society forum calls for broad changes to the way Burma’s regions are run and for NGO involvement in the peace process.

Myitsone Will Harm China-Burma Relations: Ethnic Politicians

The Chinese government is warned by ethnic politicians that resumption of the multi-billion dollar Myitsone dam project will be detrimental to bilateral relations.

Ethnic Parties to Protest PR System

A decision to adopt a new electoral system is facing opposition from ethnic parties, which say the system will likely cause confusion at the polls.

Burma to Launch Online Visa System for Tourists

The government opens a tender to develop a new online system that allows tourists to apply more quickly for visas to Burma.

Respected Karen Leader Tamla Baw Dead at 94

The former Karen National Union chairman and general, who once fought alongside British troops in World War II’s Burma theater, passed away of natural causes.

Unesco to Offer Assistance With Bagan Conservation Work

It will be the first time in two decades that international experts assist in conserving the Buddhist temple complex.

Activists Remember Bravery of Student Leader

A ceremony is held to commemorate the life of Salai Tin Maung Oo, who was hanged 38 years ago after leading protests against dictatorship.

Press Body Urges Burma’s Special Branch Police to Drop Media Probe

Burma’s Interim Press Council calls for the Ministry of Home Affairs’ Special Branch police to drop their investigation into the financial records of local media.

Less Raw Jade for Sale at Burma Gems Emporium Amid Push for Value-Added Products

There are fewer jade lots at a major gems emporium in Naypyidaw this year, but the government still expects to earn 2 billion euros.

Four Killed as Fighting Flares in Northern Burma: Kachin Rebels

Intense fighting between the Burmese military and the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) reportedly kills at least four government soldiers this week.

Thein Sein Set for First Bilateral Talks With Chinese President

Experts say China is eager to reaffirm longstanding ties with Burma as the Burmese president prepares to meet with Xi Jinping in Beijing.

Envoy Celebrates July 4, Affirms US-Burma Ties in Mandalay

US Ambassador to Burma Derek Mitchell hosts an event celebrating his nation’s independence in Mandalay for the first time in nearly 30 years.

Burma’s Parliament Amends Protest Law

Lawmakers reduce punishments in the controversial Peaceful Assembly Act, but protesters are still required to apply for permission from authorities.

Women Protest Sexual Violence by Soldiers in Chin State

More than 130 ethnic Chin women participate in a protest against the Burmese military’s alleged use of rape as a weapon of war in Matupi Township.

General Appointed Arakan Chief Minister, Govt Tells Local MPs

Arakanese lawmakers said they were informed that Gen. Maung Maung Ohn will become the Arakan State chief minister, but they plan to resist the appointment.

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.