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Midnight Callers

A former woman political prisoner recalls her experience in Insein Prison after men in heavy boots locked her up in the1990s.

Court Reduces Prison Time for Detained Arakanese Activists

Ten Arakanese activists serving three months imprisonment for protesting against the Shwe oil and gas pipeline have had their sentences shortened by one month.

Violence Against Muslims Threatening Burma Reforms: UN Envoy

Violence against Burma’s Muslim minority is feeding wider anti-Muslim feelings that pose a serious threat to the country’s economic and political reforms, a UN envoy says.

President Thein Sein Will Not Seek Second Term: Shwe Mann

Burma President Thein Sein will not be seeking a second term at the next election in 2015, the leader of his party says.

Than Shwe ‘Worried’ About Burma’s Politics, Says House Speaker

The general in charge of Burma’s junta until two years ago is reportedly keeping a close eye on political developments.

Italy Supports Burma’s Constitutional Reform

Ahead of a meeting with Burmese democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi over the weekend, Italy’s foreign minister has called on Burma to consider constitutional amendments by 2015.

Burma on Track to Reach Tuberculosis Targets: WHO

Burma is on track to reduce its burden from TB in accordance with the Millennium Development Goals, but a large proportion of cases go undetected.

Burma Army Violently Raids Kachin Village: Aid Groups

Kachin relief workers said Burma Army units violently raided an ethnic Kachin village, reportedly looting belongings, injuring four and causing hundreds of villagers to flee.

Shwe Mann Supports Change to Make Suu Kyi Eligible for Presidency

Burma’s Union Parliament speaker says the Constitution should be amended to create an opportunity for democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi to become president.

Burmese Beauty Receives Honor From Mongolia

Nang Khin Zay Yar is given an award for her humanitarian efforts since she become a well-known beauty queen in Burma.

In Burma, Gift Hampers Are Govt Officials’ Dirty Laundry

“Respect paying,” a long-standing practice with Buddhist underpinnings, undermines anticorruption efforts as government officials accept gift baskets from their junior charges—and reward them accordingly.

Bad Guy Blues: Burma’s Villains Struggle to Get by

What happens when the world opens up to you? For Burma’s movie industry, it got harder to earn a living being evil.

In Mandalay, a Theater Revives the Dying Art of Burmese Puppetry

A small theater puts on traditional Burmese marionette operas, keeping an art form alive.

Punishments Reduced, But Burma’s Harsh Online Law Remains

After a fourth attempt at overhauling the country’s Electronic Transactions Law falls flat, another draft replacement law is being put together.

Installation From Chinese Artist Ai Weiwei Featured in Rangoon

Rangoon offers a chance for Burma’s art fans to take in a work from the Chinese artist Ai Weiwei, one of Beijing’s most provocative critics.

Poisoning of Stray Dogs Met With Anger in Rangoon

Residents call on city authorities to find a more humane way of dealing with the dogs that roam the streets of Burma’s commercial capital.

Where Is Ethnic Reconciliation Going?

The government is gearing up for a nationwide ceasefire conference next month, but were recent deals with individual ethnic groups really a step forward?

Minister Informs KNPP of Govt Nationwide Ceasefire Proposal

President Office Minister Aung Min shared the government’s draft nationwide ceasefire accord with Kareni rebels to convince them to join next month’s national ceasefire conference.

Tycoon Plans Salvage Attempt of Sunken Dhammazedi Bell

Well-known businessman Khin Shwe says he plans to recover the Great Bell of Dhammazedi from the Rangoon River, no matter what the cost.

For Burma Beauty Queens, ‘Carrying Coffins Is Not Easy’

Two pageant winners face criticism and defend their decision to volunteer for a society that provides free funeral services to more than 120,000 people in Burma.