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Couple Guilty of Immigration Offense in Case Tied to Mandalay Riots

A court sentences a married couple to two years’ imprisonment for violating Burma’s immigration law in a case linked to July’s deadly rioting in Mandalay.

Thailand to Allow Foreign Day Laborers Without Passports

Thai authorities will allow foreign migrant laborers without passports to work in border towns of the Kingdom on a day-to-day basis.

Teachers’ and Students’ Organizations Join Up to Oppose Education Bill

The Myanmar Teachers’ Federation will cooperate with students’ organizations and join their protests against the controversial National Education Bill, which Parliament will soon discuss.

Irrawaddy Division Residents Concerned After Officials Discuss Coal Plant

Irrawaddy Division officials informed residents of Nga Yoke Kaung Township of plans to build a coal-fired power plant, leading to local concerns.

Second Bomb Found in Thai-Burma Border Town

Two bombs in two days are discovered in eastern Burma’s Myawaddy Township, with the second explosive device uncovered on Tuesday in the Thai-Burma border trading hub.

Beach Town Residents Reject Mangrove Deforestation Plan

Villagers from Chaung Tha in Irrawaddy Division reject a land reclamation project that would clear mangroves to make way for housing in the beachside village.

Police Detain Student Activist, Allege Involvement in Chinese Workers’ Kidnapping

A student organization says a student activist is being falsely accused of involvement in the brief detention of Chinese workers at the Monywa copper mine.

3 Rohingya Drown After Police Fire Rubber Bullets at Boat

Two Rohingya women and a man drown near the Arakan State capital Sittwe after jumping from a boat because police fired rubber bullets at them. 

Thai PM Likely to Choose Burma for First Trip Abroad 

Thai junta leader Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha is likely to choose to Burma as his destination for a first official visit abroad.

Burma Official Asks US Congress Not to Block Military Engagement

American lawmakers are considering a piece of legislation that would restrict funding for security assistance to Burma’s military.

Arrests Go On Unabated After ‘Unclear’ Amendment to Burma Protest Law

Despite a change to the controversial Article 18, activists are still being denied permission to hold demonstrations, and charged if they gather without permission.

No Trace of Missing Burmese Climbers as Search Continues

The two mountaineers have been missing for 12 days after reaching the peak of what was long considered to be Burma’s tallest mountain. 

Burma’s Ethnic Armed Groups Want Thein Sein in Peace Talks

The Nationwide Ceasefire Coordination Team will demand that the president sits on one of three post-ceasefire committees it is proposing.

Pa-O, Shan Rebels Meet After Clash Over Territory

Leaders of two rebel groups that recently clashed because of a territorial dispute held discussions to find a solution to the argument.

Authorities Lift Curfew in Sittwe

A curfew imposed in June 2012, when clashes between Buddhists and minority Muslims erupted, is lifted in the Arakan State capital.

Activist’s Prison Term Rises to More Than a Decade

A court in Rangoon adds two more years in prison to activist Htin Kyaw’s sentence, despite calls for mercy from an international human rights group.

Royal Thai Film Director Studies Ancient Burmese Battlegrounds

The latest in a film series about ancient Thai King Naresuan will feature a re-enactment of an attack on Toungoo, now in Burma’s Bago Division.

Senior UN Official Wraps Up Arakan Trip

Haoliang Xu, the UN assistant secretary-general and Asia regional director for the UNDP, meets with Buddhist and Muslim leaders in the conflict-torn west Burma state. 

Namhkam Locals Call for an End to Silica Mining

People in northern Shan State demonstrate against companies exporting the mineral to China, claiming local mines are environmentally destructive.

Search for 2 Missing Climbers Begins in Kachin State

Two members of all-Burmese team of eight climbers reached the peak of Hkakabo Razi on Aug. 31, but lost radio contact with the team.