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Seven Years for Failed Burma Embassy Bomber in Indonesia

An Indonesian court sentences Achmad Taufik to seven years in prison over his role in a failed plot to bomb Burma’s embassy in Jakarta.

Japan Announces $96 Million in Aid for Ethnic Areas

Japan, with the help of influential Japanese charity the Nippon Foundation, will spend $96 million on improving living standards in Burma’s war-torn ethnic areas.

KNU Airs Grievances to Thein Sein Ahead of Nationwide Ceasefire Talks

KNU leaders tell President Thein Sein that multiple promises made by the government are not being kept amid Naypyidaw’s push for peace in Burma.

Wanted: More Staff at Burma’s Food Safety Regulator

Burma’s Food and Drug Administration lacks the resources necessary to adequately inspect foods in a market that consumer advocates say is flooded with dicey offerings.

Thousands Welcome Suu Kyi’s Chin State Visit

The opposition leader and Nobel Peace Prize laureate begins her first trip in a decade to Burma’s poorest state to promote constitutional amendments.

Education Organizations Criticize Govt Education Policy Draft

A network of educational organizations criticizes a proposed government overhaul of Burma’s education system, saying that a draft education policy fails to include their recommendations.

Amid Burma Tourism Boom, Calls for Govt to Aid Development

The government is urged to play a greater role in Burma’s red-hot tourism industry as foreign arrivals look likely to far exceed the expected total.

88 Generation Organizes Sit-in to Protest Restrictive Laws

Burma’s leading student activist group and nearly 1,000 supporters urge the government to abolish and amend restrictive laws that make it difficult to organize protests.

Suu Kyi Urges Army to Support Constitutional Change

The Burmese opposition leader calls on the military to back efforts to amend the 2008 charter, which currently bars her from the presidency.

Economic Development Not a Cure-All for Ethnic Conflict: Burma Watcher

Ashley South from the Myanmar Peace Support Initiative says the government is putting too much emphasis on economic development in the peace process.

Protestors Gather in Rangoon to Call for Constitutional Amendments

Several dozen protestors gathered at Rangoon City Hall to demand constitutional amendments that would allow opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi to become president.

Student Complain of Poor Conditions at Mandalay University

Undergraduate students arriving at the recently reopened Mandalay University have complained that living facilities at the campus are poor and underfunded.

Two Military Intelligence Officials Released, Re-Detained Amid Mass Amnesties

After being released from prison as part of a mass presidential amnesty, two high-ranking military intelligence officials have been detained again, a presidential spokesman says.

Body of Burmese Man Repatriated After Alleged Murder in Malaysia

For the second time since June, the body of a dead Burmese national will be repatriated from Malaysia, in case that highlights rising tensions.

Workers to Sue Mandalay Factory in Labor Dispute

Workers at a Mandalay biscuit factory want to file a lawsuit against the factory owner, who they accuse of breaching a labor condition agreement.

Government Commutes Death Sentences, Jail Terms

Government commutes death sentences of some convicts and slashes the jail terms of others, but it is unclear whether any political prisoners will be freed.

Calls for Apology Over Deaths in Custody Under Burma’s Junta

Campaigners and relatives gathered in Rangoon on Thursday to commemorate those who died in custody after being locked up by for opposing the former military regime.

MI Officers Could Be Released Soon: Lawmaker

A lawmaker said he expects the government to soon release dozens of former officers of the notorious Military Intelligence Service who were purged in 2004.

Thein Sein Says ‘a Healthy Constitution Must Be Amended’

The Burmese president says he supports efforts to change the Constitution and remove restrictions that currently prevent Aung San Suu Kyi from becoming president.

Over 800 Burmese Refugees Affected by Two Fires

An investigation is under way and aid agencies are distributing supplies after fires at two separate refugee camps in Thailand destroyed 165 homes last week.