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Over 20 Journalists May Face Charges for Unlawful Prayer Service

Police in Rangoon may charge more than 20 Burmese journalists who held an unauthorized prayer service for their embattled profession early this month.

Thai Police Extend Remand of Burmese Koh Tao Murder Suspects

Thai police request the court to extend the remand of two Burmese accused of murdering two British tourists, as they continue to search for evidence.

Burma Army Says Deadly Shelling of Rebels Was ‘Unintentional’

The Burma Army announces that yesterday’s deadly shelling of a rebel military academy was “unintentional,” and apologizes for the loss of 23 lives.

Thai Army to Observe Burma Ceasefire Meetings in Thailand

The Thai army asks Burma’s ethnic armed groups to inform authorities of ceasefire meetings held in Thailand so that the army can observe the discussions.

United Wa State Army Denies Anti-Aircraft Purchase

Wa rebels have once again denied acquiring a cache of Chinese military hardware, contradicting a report in Jane’s Defence Weekly.

Child Rights in Burma Spotlighted on World Children’s Day

More than 200 civil society organizations send an open letter to Burma’s President Thein Sein, calling on the government to promote child rights.

Arakan State Govt ‘Condemns’ UN Rohingya Statement

The Arakan State parliament votes unanimously in favor of a non-binding resolution formally condemning UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon for his use of the word “Rohingya.”

Doubts, Warnings After Speaker Nixes 2015 Charter Change

With parliamentary Speaker Shwe Mann’s declaration that constitutional change in Burma is off the table until 2016, lawmakers question Naypyidaw’s reformist credentials anew.

22 Dead as Burma Army Fires on Kachin Military Academy, Rebels Say

Twenty-two cadets are killed and 15 others wounded when Burmese troops fire on a rebel base in Laiza on Wednesday, rebel officers confirmed.

Blacklistee’s Backers Brawl in Biryani Backlash

An attempt by the USDP to protest US sanctions imposed on Aung Thaung backfires after demonstrators fight over food packages promised by organizers.

Landmark YCDC Election Campaigns Underway

The first candidates in more than 50 years to run for municipal office in Rangoon begin preparations for campaigns that will conclude late next month.

As Lawmakers Raise Pay, Minimum Wage Law Languishes

Efforts to set a minimum wage have been delayed for more than a year and a half, even as lawmakers’ salaries are due to increase.

Students Seek Four-Party Dialogue on Education Law

Student activists seek to convene a quadripartite meeting to discuss the National Education Law, which has prompted street protests and an outcry from education groups.

No Constitutional Amendments Before Election: Shwe Mann

The Lower House Speaker says any changes to the military-drafted Constitution cannot be implemented before the end of 2015, citing the need for administrative continuity.

The House on an Island

A flamboyant Chinese tycoon left behind a lavish colonial-era palace in central Rangoon.

Villagers to Protest Over Grisly Death of Kachin Jade Picker

Hundreds of villagers plan to protest after a jade scavenger was allegedly murdered and mutilated in Hpakant, a resource-rich area in northern Burma’s Kachin State.

NLD Official Condemned After Buddhism Speech

An information officer for the National League for Democracy has been criticized for saying that discrimination has no place in Buddhism.

Residents Group Slams Report on Thilawa Evictees

The Thilawa Social Development Group says a report into displaced residents fails to grasp the full extent of hardships faced by the villagers.

Students Pause Protest, Demand Govt Response on Education Law

Hundreds of students protesting a controversial education law suspend their demonstration and give the Burmese government 60 days to respond to their demands.

Inquiry Into Journalist Killing Could ‘Soon’ Wrap Up: Commission Member

A National Human Rights Commission member says an inquiry could “soon” wrap up after the commission questions dozens of witnesses, including policemen and military officers.