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Burmese Migrants Advised to Return as Thai Work Visas Expire

Burmese migrant workers in Thailand holding expired visas are told to return to Burma to renew their legal right to work in the neighboring nation.

Burmese Arrested After Dispute With Chinese Pipeline Workers

Police and state media say a dispute between Burmese and Chinese colleagues on the China-Burma oil pipeline project led to fighting and arson attacks.

Chinese-Backed Nickel Mining Project Draws Concerns in Chin State

Despite a public relations campaign from the company that is planning to start work this year, locals fear environmental and social fallout.

Travel Agency Launches Overland Trips Between Rangoon and Bangkok

Starting Saturday travelers can go overland from the Thai capital all the way to Rangoon and other Burmese cities in a single trip.

Families Relocated for Thilawa SEZ Seek Meeting With ‘Unresponsive’ JICA

Families affected by the Thilawa SEZ request a meeting with officials from the Japan International Cooperation Agency to spell out their concerns regarding the project.

British Minister Defends Burma Army Training

During his second visit to Burma, UK Foreign Office Minister Hugo Swire backs constitutional reform and says it is the right time to re-engage with the Tatmadaw.

US Ends Group Resettlement for Burmese Refugees on Thai Border

One of the world’s largest resettlement programs, providing Burmese refugees in Thailand the opportunity to start life anew in the US, comes to a close.

Refugees From Burma’s Chin State Face Indian Dilemma

Refugees from Chin State who have fled Burma and now reside in India say they face persecution both at home and abroad.

Soldier Accused of Rape Attempt in Mon State

A Burma Army soldier based in Mon State’s Thanbyuzayat Township allegedly beat and tried to rape an ethnic Mon woman on Saturday.

Burma’s Social Security Enrollees to See Benefits Boosted by April

Workers registered under Burma’s social security scheme will begin seeing more generous benefits from April of this year, according to the program’s director general.

Burma’s Ethnic Armed Groups Share Ceasefire Draft With Govt Negotiator

Leaders of rebel groups meet with Burma government Minister Aung Min in Chiang Mai, Thailand, after a conference in Karen territory to discuss their demands in coming peace talks.

Blaze Destroys 16 Homes at Site of Alleged Rohingya Killings

A fire on Tuesday night destroyed 16 homes in Du Chee Yar Tan village, the site of the alleged killing of dozens of Rohingyas two weeks ago.

Govt Rejects Call for Int’l Investigation Into Alleged Rohingya Killings

Burma rejects calls by the US government for the involvement of international officials in an investigation into the alleged massacre of dozens of Rohingya villagers.

MPC Says Existing Kachin Accord ‘a Sort of Ceasefire’

The Myanmar Peace Center says the government’s current agreement to de-escalate hostilities with the Kachin Independence Organization is on the same level as a ceasefire.

Thai Protests Leave Many Burmese Migrant Workers Without Visas

Negotiations to allow Burmese migrant workers in Thailand to stay on after their visas expire have stalled as anti-government demonstrations disrupt the running of the country.

Burma’s Heart-Shaped ‘Treasure’ of a Lake Threatened: Activists

Rih Lake, the heart-shaped landmark of Burma’s Chin State, faces the threat of environmental destruction, say activists who fear the impact of a planned housing project there.

Burma Defense Ministry Says Contested Land to Become Homes for Veterans

Protests and appeals have come from the evicted pre-1990s residents of Michaungkan village and from vegetable farmers who rented the land more recently.

After Split, Me N Ma Girls Continue With US-Recorded Album

Two of the four members of Burma’s first girl band have left, but the remaining singers say the release of a US-recorded album will go ahead.

Air KBZ Plane Evacuated After Wheels Overheat at Rangoon Airport

65 passengers were moved to another plane after smoke began rising from the wheels of the aircraft as it was preparing to take off on a flight to Heho in Shan State.

Guitarists Rock Rangoon With Instrumental Show

A crowd of hundreds is treated to outlandish techniques in Burma’s first ever instrumental-only show in Myoma Parade Ground in the former capital.