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Family Worried Over Soldier Held After Signing NLD Charter Petition

The family of an army officer facing military tribunal, allegedly for signing a petition in favor of amending Burma’s Constitution, remains unable to see him.

Steam Train Service to Target Bagan’s Upmarket Tourists

A weekly passenger service from Bagan to Kyaukpadaung and Mount Popa will seek to cash in on the high-end tourism market.

Permanent Residency for Exiles, Foreigners to Start Next Week

Burmese exiles and foreign residents living in Burma for more than one year will be able to apply for permanent residency from Dec. 5.

Supreme Court Rejects Appeal of Unity Journalists

The Supreme Court rejects the appeal by four journalists and the CEO of the Unity journal, who are serving seven years in prison.

Poor and Besieged, Burma’s Arakanese Join Rohingya Exodus

An exodus of Arakanese Buddhists reflects a wider economic malaise in western Burma, where violence recently caused tens of thousands of Rohingya Muslims to flee.

Former Political Prisoner Allowed to Run For Rangoon Office

Win Cho, a former political prisoner and renowned rights activist, is approved as an eligible candidate for upcoming municipal elections in Rangoon.

Slain Cadets Remembered During Rangoon, Sittwe Services

Donation ceremonies and church services have been held to commemorate the deaths of 23 ethnic army cadets in Kachin State last week.

Students to Protest Education Law in Mandalay

Students will again take to the streets to protest the National Education Law, reiterating a request for a quadripartite meeting to discuss the controversial legislation.

Irrawaddy Founder Receives CPJ Award in New York Ceremony

Aung Zaw, founding editor of The Irrawaddy Magazine, receives the International Press Freedom Award from the Committee to Protect Journalists in New York.

Mandalay Protestors Call for End to Ethnic Conflict

Political parties in Mandalay call on the government to end armed conflict in Burma’s ethnic regions and put more effort into the peace process.

Thai Court Rejects Bail of Suspects in Koh Tao Murder Case

A court on Koh Samui Island rejects a bail request by two Burmese migrant workers who are accused murdering a pair of British tourists.

Ethnic Bloc Condemns Attacks on Kachin, Insists Talks Continue

During talks with Myanmar Peace Center officials, representatives of the Nationwide Ceasefire Coordination Team warn that peace negotiations could stall after recent Burma Army attacks.

On UN Women’s Day, Burma’s Shortcomings Exposed

Progress is slow on Burma’s commitments to advance the rights of women, but legislation due next year could make leaps to combat gender-based violence.

Burma Army to Assist with Festival Security in Kachin State

The military will provide security for visitors to the Manau festival in Myitkyina next January, despite past complaints and a recent escalation in tensions.

Parliament Proposes High-Level Charter Talks

Burma’s Union Parliament passes an urgent proposal calling for a roundtable meeting between six high-level leaders about amending the Constitution.

Upper House Adopts Nationwide PR System

The Upper House approves a proposal to adopt a Proportional Representation voting system for the election of its lawmakers, a decision opposed by the opposition.

Rangoon Authorities to Build New Road, Ferry Gate to Help Students Commute

Authorities in Rangoon’s Ahlone Township offer to construct a new road and ferry gate in order to help students access a school in the area.

Irrawaddy Division Minister Says No Coal Power Without Public’s OK

The Irrawaddy Division government backs off plans to build a coal power plant, saying it will not move forward on the project without public approval.

Exile Musician Denied Burmese Entry Visa

Mun Awng has been blocked from entering Burma, dashing the singer’s hopes to perform his new album in the country he left 26 years ago.

Burma Army Releases 80 Child Soldiers

The Burma Army discharges and releases 80 children and young people who had been recruited illegally as soldiers when they were younger than 18.