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Police Rescue 56 Burmese Women Trafficked to China Over 11 Months

Burma’s anti-human trafficking police unit, based in Naypyidaw, says a total of 244 trafficking victims were rescued up to November this year.

No Progress in Drug Eradication Program: Shan Rebels

The Restoration Council of Shan State says the Burma government has not demonstrated a serious commitment to fighting the drug trade in Shan State.

Prison Term for Reporter Leads to Outcry Over Media Freedom

A three-month prison term imposed on an Eleven Media reporter draws criticism from local and international press freedom groups who said it is too harsh.

At U Thant’s Rangoon Home, an Exhibit to Inspirea

After years of decay, the former home of Burma’s famed diplomat is being converted into a museum.

‘We Rose up Because We Want to Fight Against Feudal Attitudes’

Long-time ethnic Pa-O leader Khun Sein Shwe recalls taking up arms against the Burma government and discusses his worries about the peace process.

Campaign Pushes for Stricter Tobacco Controls in Burma

Anti-tobacco campaigners call for stricter enforcement of a law limiting where smokers can light up, industry advertising and the form sales of tobacco can take.

BMW Fleet Donated for Burma’s Asean Summits

Companies say they will donate as many as 95 luxury cars to chauffer regional and world leaders around during meetings in 2014.

Red Shan Protest Forced Recruitment by KIA

Thousands gather in Kachin State to protest against the forcible recruitment of ethnic Taileng people into the Kachin Independence Army.

‘Peace Permit’ Bonanza Puts Ethnic Groups on Defensive

In efforts to end decades of ethnic conflict in Burma, car import permits appear to be among the factors driving the peace process forward.

Two Kachin Sentenced to Five More Years in Prison for Alleged Bomb Plot

Men already jailed under Unlawful Associations Under get five-year sentences for trying to bomb a government building in Myitkyina.

In Palaung Territory, Govt-Controlled Militias Allegedly Fuel Drug Trade

The Ta’ang rebel army in east Burma says drug production is padding the pockets of government-controlled militias and devastating local communities.

Kokang Rebels Blamed for Deadly Shan State Blasts

Authorities have accused an ethnic Kokang armed group of planning a bomb blast that killed five people on Tuesday evening in northern Shan State.

Burma Chamber of Commerce Wants More Chinese Hydropower Investment

Hydropower projects in Burma have proven unpopular and are opposed by environmental groups due to concerns over downstream impacts.

Hunger Strike Raises Health Concerns for Detained Activists

Nearly one week into the strike, families worry for the condition of three activists who stopped eating to protest months of detention without a verdict.

With Burma’s First Catholic Saint Possible, Archbishop Hopes for Papal Visit

Rangoon Archbishop wants Pope Francis to visit marking 500 years since Catholicism first appeared in the country.

Revolutionaries, Not ‘Rebels,’ Insists Burma’s First Hijacker

The ethnic Karen perpetrator of Burma’s first hijacking says he hopes an upcoming movie about the daring aerial commandeering will accurately reflect his motivations.

Despite a Frugal Existence, a Former Inmate Spends and Spends

Win Tin, a co-founder of Burma’s opposition National League for Democracy, has diverted thousands of dollars to causes he supports.

Academic Freedom, but Perhaps No Degrees, at Rangoon University’s First Int’l Program

As commencement looms for the first class of the International Center of Excellence (ICOE) international relations program, nobody knows whether the students will receive degrees.

In Dala, Development Misses the Boat

In the absence of a bridge, the people of Dala rely heavily on two ferries that shuttle between the sleepy township and bustling Rangoon.

Burmese Woman Wins 5,000-Meter Race at SEA Games

Burma’s Phyu Wah Thet finishes first in the long-distance race at Wunna Theidhi Stadium in Naypyidaw, while her teammate Khin Mar Se finishes third.