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2 Political Prisoners Among Thousands to Be Freed

President Thein Sein has pledged to free 3,073 prisoners from the nation’s jails, including 58 foreigners, eight former Military Intelligence officers and two political prisoners.

Missing Helicopter Crew in Burma ‘Alive,’ Search Team Says

All three occupants of a Thai helicopter enlisted in the hunt for two Burmese mountain climbers are alive, according to the foundation organizing search efforts.

Burmese Suspects in Koh Tao Murders Tortured Under Interrogation: Lawyer

A Burmese lawyer says two Burmese migrants accused of committing the killings on Koh Tao last month were tortured by Thai police during their interrogation

7 Alleged Ivory Poachers Arrested in Irrawaddy Division

Seven suspected elephant poachers are detained by the military after being found with ivory and hides of the animal in Irrawaddy Division.

Three Blasts Rock Taunggyi, Injure 2 Policemen

Taunggyi, the capital of Shan State, was rocked by three bomb blasts on Saturday evening, one of which injured two policemen.

Inle Lake Volunteers Talk Trash at Pagoda Festival

Volunteers at a well-known pagoda festival on Inle Lake launch a campaign to clean up garbage and educate people on the negative impacts of littering.

World Bank Should Promote Human Rights in Burma, NGOs Say

Human Rights Watch and Burmese civil society organizations urge the World Bank to put human rights at the center of its new Burma country strategy.

‘Slim’ Odds of Finding Missing Burmese Climbers: Rescuer

Rescue officials acknowledge that hopes of finding two missing Burmese mountaineers are “slim” and that there is still no trace of a missing rescue helicopter.

Burmese Government, Rights Groups Raise Concerns Over Koh Tao Murder Case

Questions remain over the Thai police investigation into the murders on Koh Tao last month that led to the arrest of two Burmese migrant workers

New Documentary Highlights Plight of Burmese Migrant Children

Burmese migrant children living in the Thai border town of Mae Sot share their hopes for the future in a new documentary.

President Signs Amended Law Barring Non-Citizens From Politics

Burma’s amended Political Parties Registration Law removes the right of temporary citizenship cardholders to form political parties or serve as their members.

Fighting in Central Shan State Reportedly Kills 5 Soldiers, 2 Rebels

Heavy gun battles between government forces and the SSA-North reportedly kill five soldiers and two rebels in central Shan State, while scores are injured.  

3 Arrested, 200Kg Heroin Seized in Shan State Drugs Bust

Authorities in the Shan State border town of Tachilek seized about 200 kilograms of heroin along with a number of firearms, and detained three suspects.

UN Concerned About Burma’s Ethnic, Religious Tensions

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s latest report on Burma raises serious concerns about ethnic and religious tensions that have led to violence against Rohingya Muslims.

Heavy Fighting in Shan State Kills 17 Govt Soldiers, Rebels Claim

Heavy clashes between the Burma Army and Palaung, Kachin and Kokang ethnic rebels in northern Shan State’s Kutkhai Township kill 17 government soldiers, rebels claim.

President Criticized After Saying Ceasefire Necessary for Successful Elections

Critics question why President Thein Sein says that an elusive nationwide ceasefire is necessary for the success of the 2015 general elections in Burma.

Chin State Govt Shutters Local Newspaper

The Chin State government orders a local unregistered newspaper to shut down, with its chief editor criticizing the decision as politically motivated.

Court Reduces Unity Journalists’ Prison Sentence to 7 Years

Magwe Divisional Court cuts the sentence of five journalists from the Unity Journal from 10 to 7 years’ imprisonment, following an appeal by the defendants.

Supreme Patriarch Sees Rangoon’s Armenian Church Granted Heritage Status

The supreme patriarch of the Armenian Apostolic Church attends a ceremony to honor the heritage status of Burma’s oldest Christian place of worship.

US Embassy Issues Warning After Clashes in Burma

The US Embassy in Rangoon issues a warning to its citizens traveling in eastern Burma after clashes between the military and ethnic minority rebels.