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Fighting Creates Chaos, Danger for Civilians in Kokang Town

Heavy fighting between the Burma Army and Kokang rebels in Laukkai town creates a dangerous and chaotic situation in which many civilians were reportedly killed.

Foreign Journalists Deported After Covering Student Protests

Two Spanish photographers are forced to leave Burma after documenting student protests without journalist visas, the second such deportation in less than a year.

We Need to Upgrade the Military: Min Aung Hlaing

Quizzed about whether he will seek the presidency, the commander-in-chief has said he is more focused on upgrading the combat capabilities of his troops.

Tenasserim Villagers Angered by Tin Mine Impacts

Myaung Pyo villagers have staged a protest at the nearby Heinda mine, angered by the operation’s toll on nearby farmland and water tables.

Burma Army Recovers Bodies of 13 Rebels in Renewed Clash 

Government troops fighting ethnic rebels near the Chinese border recover the bodies of 13 insurgents and captured eight others, state media reports.

Pass Amendments and We’ll Go Home, Protesting Students Say

A student protest group marching from Mandalay to Rangoon says they will continue their demonstration until Parliament passes an amended National Education Law.

Dagon City ‘Will Resume’, Amid Calls for Planning Overhaul

The Dagon City 1 project looks set to proceed, but a suspension ordered by the Myanmar Investment Commission has highlighted inconsistencies in Rangoon’s planning regime.

Revoking White Card Holder Voting Rights ‘Counter Reconciliation’: US Official

A top US State Department official criticizes a Burmese government decision to invalidate temporary identity cards and revoke the voting rights of stateless Rohingya Muslims.

Rebels Shun Union Day Pledge ‘Without Concrete Points’: Ethnic Leader

Most ethnic armed groups decline to sign a government statement on the stalled nationwide ceasefire process as it lacks details, an ethnic leader says.

47 Govt Troops Killed, Tens of Thousands Flee Heavy Fighting in Shan State

Burma Army operations against ethnic Kokang rebels in northern Shan State cost the lives of 47 soldiers, while 73 were wounded, state media report.

Despite New Law, Suu Kyi not Likely to Have a Shot at Presidency

A new law enabling Burma to hold a constitutional referendum is unlikely to bring changes that would allow Aung San Suu Kyi to become president.

‘We Were Happy at That Time’

On the centennial of General Aung San’s birth, 88-year-old Hkawn Raw Makawng recalls the story behind a much-loved photograph of the late independence leader.

Govt Revokes Voting Rights for ‘White Card’ Holders

The president’s office announces the expiry of temporary identity cards, overturning a parliamentary decision to grant ‘white card’ holders voting rights during a constitutional referendum.

Non-Ceasefire Groups Absent From Union Day Events

While representatives from several ethnic armed groups gathered in Naypyidaw to mark Union Day on Thursday, non-ceasefire groups, including Kachin rebels, were conspicuously absent.

Govt, Students Reach Agreement on Education Reform

In an apparent breakthrough after months of protest, government representatives agreed in principle to education reforms during talks with students and education advocates on Wednesday.

Thousands Reportedly Cross Into China to Flee Fighting, Airstrikes in Shan State

Thousands of Kokang region residents reportedly flee into China’s Yunnan Province to escape heavy fighting and army airstrikes on ethnic rebels in northern Shan State.

Burma’s President Approves Plan for Constitutional Referendum: Lawmakers

Burma’s President Thein Sein gives the green light to hold a referendum this year on amendments to the country’s military-drafted Constitution, two lawmakers say.

Army Blamed for Delay in Court Case of Slain Journalist

The widow of a Burmese journalist killed in military custody blames the Burma Army for delays in her late husband’s case going before a court.

Coastal Hotel Zone Planned for Mon State

The Mon State government has approved the development of a hotel zone on an 8-mile stretch of the state’s pristine coastline, according to a state minister.

Kachin Group Questions Govt Murder Probe, Forms Investigation Team

An investigation into the recent deaths and alleged rape of two young women in northern Shan State has been criticized by a local religious group.