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Eight Detained as Opposition to Burma’s Letpadaung Copper Mine Continues

New concerns arise about fumes rising from a factory near the Chinese-backed mine in Sagaing Division, which was recently restarted after a suspension.

55 Political Prisoners Remain Behind Bars: Advocacy Groups

Despite President Thein Sein’s pledge to free all political prisoners in Burma by the end of last year, 55 remain behind bars, advocacy groups say.

Ruling Party MP Investigated for Defaming Police

USDP member Shwe Maung, from Arakan State’s Buthidaung Township, is being investigated for defamation after suggesting police could have set fire to a Maungdaw village.

Mother-Tongue Instruction Pushed for Burma’s Schools

Education experts call for the use of ethnic minorities’ mother tongue as the language of instruction for students who don’t belong to Burma’s ethnic majority.

Burma Govt Rejects Report of Secret Chemical Weapons Factory

The president’s spokesman says allegations about the factory in central Burma are baseless, while police continue to question journalists who broke the story.

Suu Kyi Says Report Shows Support for Burma Charter Reform

Opposition leader urges lawmakers to be ‘brave’ and fulfill the public’s wishes by amending the Constitution after a parliamentary committee delivered its findings.

Burma Army Sues Over 200 People for Trespass

Local residents have been accused of trespassing on military land in the popular beach area of Chaung Tha in Irrawaddy Division.

Only 3.4 % of Burmese Refugees in Thailand Returned Home in 2013

A small percentage of refugees went back to Burma last year, usually on a ‘look and see’ basis, according to a consortium of NGOs.

5th BarCamp Attracts Thousands of Technology Lovers

More than 5,000 people attended the fifth BarCamp Yangon, a forum about technology and the Internet that encourages participant involvement.

Thein Sein: Constitution Must Reflect Deals With Ethnic Groups

President Thein Sein has urged lawmakers to ensure that any future constitutional amendments take into account the demands of ethnic rebel groups.

US refugees From Burma Worry About US changes in Policy

An advocate for Burma refugees says she’s worried that a change in US policy will hurt efforts to reunite them with relatives in the US.

Journalists Detained for Reporting Alleged Burmese Chemical Weapons Factory

The Burma police force’s Special Branch make arrests Friday and Saturday after a journal publishes allegations about a Magwe military facility.

Cycling: A Way Into Burma’s Heart

Boasting a diverse natural environment including everything from Himalayan foothills and tropical jungle to arid flatlands and Indian Ocean coastline, Burma is an adventurer’s paradise.

Burma Parliament Committee: Keep Main Points of Constitution

The 109-member committee recommends no changes to articles that bar Suu Kyi from the presidency and guarantee the military a key role in politics.

Burmese Migrants Advised to Return as Thai Work Visas Expire

Burmese migrant workers in Thailand holding expired visas are told to return to Burma to renew their legal right to work in the neighboring nation.

Burmese Arrested After Dispute With Chinese Pipeline Workers

Police and state media say a dispute between Burmese and Chinese colleagues on the China-Burma oil pipeline project led to fighting and arson attacks.

Chinese-Backed Nickel Mining Project Draws Concerns in Chin State

Despite a public relations campaign from the company that is planning to start work this year, locals fear environmental and social fallout.

Travel Agency Launches Overland Trips Between Rangoon and Bangkok

Starting Saturday travelers can go overland from the Thai capital all the way to Rangoon and other Burmese cities in a single trip.

Families Relocated for Thilawa SEZ Seek Meeting With ‘Unresponsive’ JICA

Families affected by the Thilawa SEZ request a meeting with officials from the Japan International Cooperation Agency to spell out their concerns regarding the project.

British Minister Defends Burma Army Training

During his second visit to Burma, UK Foreign Office Minister Hugo Swire backs constitutional reform and says it is the right time to re-engage with the Tatmadaw.