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Burmese Nationals Detained by Malaysia Return to Rangoon

A group of 52 Burmese citizens has returned to the country, five months after they were convicted of breaking Malaysia’s immigration laws in Kuala Lumpur.

Political Prisoners Committee Criticizes Govt Inaction

Members of a committee formed last year to assess the cases of political prisoners have complained of a lack of government cooperation.

Drug-Resistant Malaria in Burma: The World’s Next Big Health Crisis?

Drug-resistant malaria has been spreading in Burma, threatening to become the next big global health emergency if it marches on to India and Africa.

Ethnic Alliance to Meet With Govt to Discuss Attack, Ceasefire 

Ethnic armed groups agree to meet with Minister Aung Min next week to discuss the stalled ceasefire process and a recent, deadly Burma Army attack.

Accord Inspires Mother-Tongue Signage, Resistance in Mon State

An informal but potentially symbolic agreement is putting government signage in the ethnic Mon language for the first time, prompting resistance from some quarters.

Mon State to Turn Death Railway Site Into Tourist Draw

Mon State awards a company a contract to develop a museum and tourist facilities at the site of the World War II-era Death Railway.

Statesmen’s Group Meet Burmese Women’s Rights Activists

A group of former world leaders and rights advocates has met with the Women’s League of Burma to discuss issues arising from continued ethnic conflict.

Clashes Kill 7 Burmese Soldiers in Eastern Burma

Conflict between government troops and armed rebels left at least seven Burmese soldiers dead and another 20 injured in eastern Burma, state media reports.

Another Flight Hits Birdlife Above Bago

An Air KBZ flight to Kengtung was forced to return to Rangoon Airport on Sunday after hitting a flock of birds shortly after takeoff.

Gem Traders in Mandalay Oppose Moving Marketplace

Gem traders in Mandalay gear up in opposition to a government plan to relocate Burma’s biggest jade and gem market.

Suu Kyi Denounces ‘Just for Show’ 12-Party Charter Talks

Burma’s opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi rejects as “just for show” a proposal recently put forward for 12-party talks on constitutional reform.

US Sends Mixed Message to Burma Military

Human rights advocates and some lawmakers say the United States is sending the wrong signal by opening the door for broader engagement with Burma’s military.

2 KNLA Members Killed in Highway Bus Robbery

Two soldiers from the Karen National Liberation Army have been killed after attempting to intervene in a robbery in Tenasserim Division.

Rangoon Municipality Plan to Move Street Vendors into Multi-Storey Markets

Rangoon municipality wants to turn the city’s markets into multi-storey buildings, so that street vendors can be moved indoors and off the city’s busy pavements.

Court Accepts Charges Against New Zealander, 2 Burmese for Insulting Buddhism

Rangoon court accepts charges against a New Zealander and two Burmese men accused of insulting religion for distributing a flyer showing a Buddha wearing headphones.

Migrants Accused of Thai Beach Murder Ask Suu Kyi for Help

Two Burmese migrants accused of a high-profile double murder in Thailand appeal once again to Burma’s leading lady as they prepare for an expedited hearing.

Industry Experts See Potential in Backpacker Boom

The backpacker, a unique variety of traveler associated with intrepid, low-cost wandering, is fast becoming a cardinal feature of Burma’s tourist scene.

Suu Kyi, Opposition Lawmakers Question 12-Party Talks Proposal

Opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi dismisses a Rangoon Division parliament proposal for 12-party talks on constitutional reform; other opposition lawmakers also question its intentions.

MAI Plane Damaged During Landing in Rangoon

A collision with a bird during final descent into Rangoon International Airport damaged the nosecone of an Airbus plane, with no injuries reported among passengers or crew.

Malaysia Arrests 20 as Probe Widens Into Murders of Burmese Nationals

Malaysian police arrest 20 people in a widening investigation into the murder of at least 18 Burmese nationals in the state of Penang since January