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Wa Official Dispels Claim of Wa State ‘Crimea Style’ Secession

A UWSP leader says Wa-controlled areas in Shan State will under no circumstances seek a ‘Crimea-style’ secession from Burma with the support of China.

Burmese Govt Reviews Citizenship Applications for Former Exiles

People who left Burma for various reasons under the former junta can now apply for citizenship, although officials say the process might take some time.

Burmese Translation of Vaclav Havel’s Children Book to Launch This Week

A translation of a fairy tale by the former Czech president and playwright will be launched in Rangoon, with a reading by dissident Min Ko Naing.

ASEAN to Express Concern on South China Sea Tension: Burma Minister

Asean chair Burma says the bloc will address spiraling tensions between Vietnam and China over disputes in the South China Sea during this weekend’s summit.

Shan Man Allegedly Beaten by Soldiers for Links to RCSS

A member of the Shan National League for Democracy who was abducted by soldiers earlier this week is charged with communicating with an unlawful association.

Chin Group Says Burma Census Ethnicity Question Caused Confusion

The Chin National Action Committee on Census issues a statement based on its monitoring of the census-taking process in Chin State and among other Chin communities.

Burma Soldiers Allegedly Raid Shan Rebel Office

Burmese soldiers allegedly raid a liaison office of the Restoration Council of Shan State (RCSS), raising concerns about trust in the peace process.

KNU and 88 Generation to Collaborate on Burma Charter Reform, Peace Efforts

The ethnic Karen rebel group and former student activists will combine their efforts to end conflict in Burma and to amend the 2008 Constitution.

Burmese Couple Allegedly Murdered by Thai Employee

A Thai employer has been accused of murdering two Burmese refugees, a married couple, who were working on his farm in Thailand’s Tak Province

Australian Reporter Deported From Burma

A foreign reporter for the Democratic Voice of Burma (DVB) news agency is forced to leave the country after covering a protest in support of press freedom.

Burma Ethnic Alliance Sets Up ‘Federal Army’ Office

The United Nationalities Federal Council confirms that it has opened a “war office” in an area controlled by Kachin rebels.

Suu Kyi to Hold Rally in Irrawaddy Division for Charter Amendments

More than 50,000 people are expected to meet Burma’s main opposition on Saturday when she attempts to demonstrate public support for constitutional reform.

Rangoon Auto Show Yields One Sale


Renewed Fighting Not Linked to Census-Taking: Burmese Minister

Immigration and Population Minster Khin Yi says he will keep working to collect more data, despite problems in northern Burma and Arakan State.

Ambush on Burma Army Convoy Kills 3, TNLA Claims

Ethnic Palaung rebels say they ambushed a Burma Army convoy in northern Shan State’s on Wednesday, killing at least three soldiers and destroying two trucks.

Kachin Fighting Worrisome, KNU Tells Govt

The Karen National Union (KNU) has raised concerns with Minister Aung Min, the government’s lead peace negotiator, about fighting in northern Burma.

KIO, Govt to Meet for Peace Talks Next Week

The Burmese government’s negotiation team agrees to meet with a delegation from the Kachin Independence Organization (KIO) next Tuesday, amid ongoing hostilities in Kachin State.

Farmers Injured in Clash With Police After Court Decision

A court in Pegu Division denies bail for a protest leader from Thaekone Township, where locals claim the government handed farmland to a crony businessman.

88 Activists Urge Govt, Rebels to Increase Ceasefire Talk Efforts

The 88 Generation activist told the government and ethnic rebels that they are concerned about the stalling ceasefire talks and want to get involved.

KIA to Release 2 Civil Servants

Two Kachin State civil servants were “mistakenly arrested” by Kachin rebels and would be released, but another seven civilians were also reported detained.