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Karen Rebels Refuse to Disband Police Force

The Karen National Union will ignore government orders to disband its police force, which collects taxes and operating checkpoints in Karen State and Tenasserim Division.

Myint Myint Khin, Well-Known Doctor and Writer, Dead at 91

Dr Myint Myint Khin, who is famous for her writings on health and education in Burma, has died on Thursday in Rangoon. She was 91 years old.

Govt Pushes Ahead With 3 Salween, Irrawaddy Tributary Dams

Senior officials say construction of one hydropower dam on the Salween River and two on tributaries of the Irrawaddy River is ongoing.

Burma’s President Sacks Religious Affairs Minister

Thein Sein fires the religious affairs minister and says the chief minister of restive Arakan State has also been allowed to resign.

Monks Threaten Protest for Jailed Clergymen in Rangoon Monastery Row

Buddhist monks are urging the release of five fellow clergymen who have been detained since June 10 and charged with committing offenses to religion.

Nationwide Ceasefire May Delist Ethnic Armed Groups as ‘Unlawful’

Government peace negotiators have told Shan leaders that once-outlawed ethnic armed groups would be delisted as “unlawful associations” after signing a nationwide ceasefire agreement.

Burmese President Appoints New Religious Advisors

Thein Sein appoints two presidential advisors for religious affairs, while the country’s religious affairs minister is reportedly being investigated for corruption.

Two Men at Large After Prison Break in Sagaing Division

Police have tightened security in Homalin, Sagaing Division, after eight detainees—two of whom remain at large—escaped from the local police station’s holding facility.

Thai Court Hits British Migrant Rights Activist with 4th Charge, Seizes Passport

British migrant rights activist Andy Hall was briefly detained and released on bail, and had his passport confiscated during a trial hearing in Thailand.

Raids, Arrests Leave Burmese Migrants on Edge in Thailand

The Thai junta’s ongoing crackdown on foreign laborers has some Burmese living in fear as authorities conduct workplace inspections and detain illegal migrant workers.

Suu Kyi Celebrates 69th Birthday

The opposition leader enjoys cake in Naypyidaw with fellow lawmakers and urges her supporters to continue standing by her side during the country’s political transition.

Govt Still Studying Controversial Nickel Mine in Chin State: Minister

A deputy minister for mines tells Parliament that the government has yet to approve a controversial nickel mine in Chin State.

As Arakanese Buddhists Gain Strength, so Does Anti-Muslim Apartheid

A campaign to isolate Muslims living under apartheid-like conditions is gathering steam in western Burma, driven by Buddhist activists emboldened by the country’s democratic transition.

Mandalay Students Go Green

A project to educate Burma’s students about the environment and teach them ways to reduce their individual carbon footprints is launched in Mandalay.

Repatriation of Burmese Refugees Discussed by NGOs, Thai Authorities

A three-day meeting in Mae Sot, Thailand, involves discussions on the future repatriation of Burmese refugees who have lived for decades on the Thai-Burma border.

Think-Tank Calls for Quota to Boost Women’s Role in Burmese Politics

The Myanmar Development Resource Institute (MDRI) says Burma ranks among the lowest in the world for women’s representation in governance.

Community-Based Ecotourism Project Launched at Indawgyi Lake

Flora and Fauna International agreed with the government to launch a community-based ecotourism project at Indawgyi Lake in Kachin State.

Burma Rejects US Call on Constitutional Reform

The United States says Burma should reform its military-drafted Constitution, but Burma’s government says that is none of Washington’s business.

Rohingya Camps in ‘Appalling Conditions,’ UN Official Says

The UN deputy emergency relief coordinator says she has never seen such suffering before visiting camps for displaced people in western Burma last week.

Festival Cancels Film on Anti-Muslim Violence After Social Media Criticism

The Human Rights Film Festival cancels a documentary dealing with anti-Muslim violence after social media users criticized it for being too sympathetic to Burma’s Muslims.