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Mandalay Chief Minister Facing Negligence Charge for House Fire

The divisional chief minister in Mandalay is facing negligence charges after a fire broke out at his home last week.

10 Soldiers Killed in Shan State Clashes: TNLA

The Ta’ang National Liberation Army launches two attacks on Burmese government forces in northern Shan State, killing at least 10 government soldiers.

US Will ‘Consider Seriously’ Requests to Support Burma’s Peace Process

The US Embassy in Burma says it will seriously consider any request from the Burmese government and ethnic minority groups to support ongoing dialogue.

Journalists to Hold Meeting to Plan Media Freedom Campaign

Burmese journalists plan to hold discussions on launching a campaign for greater media freedom and protection of journalists, after several reporters were imprisoned recently.

New Species Related to ‘Penis Snake’ Discovered in Burma

A new species of a strange order of limbless amphibian has been discovered in Burma, according to a report in a journal for animal taxonomists.

Burmese Migrants Strike Over Pay at Thai Seafood Employer

Over 100 Burmese migrant workers in Thailand return to work after staging a two-day strike to demand that their employer compensate them for unpaid overtime.

In North Burma, ‘Tatmadaw Only Fights to Defend Itself’: Govt

The Burmese government blames troops from the Kachin Independence Army for an escalation of hostilities that has displaced thousands of civilians this month.

In Burma, a Spirit Unbowed by Torture

Win Tin, one of Burma’s most dogged democracy campaigners, endured physical and mental abuse for the cause as a political prisoner for nearly two decades.

Project to Tell Stories of Thousands of Political Prisoners

More than 2,000 people have already been interviewed as part of an ongoing project to record the experiences of political prisoners between 1962 and 2013.

In Democratizing, Can Naypyidaw Follow Jakarta’s Lead?

Though a cursory glance at their political trajectories offers some parallels, Burma has much to learn from Indonesia’s transition from dictatorship to democracy.

Activists Reach Halfway Mark in March to Myitsone

A group of activists demanding the complete closure of the Myitsone Dam in Kachin State have reached Mandalay, the halfway mark in their march to the controversial project.

During US Visit, KIA Leader Renews Plea for US Role in Peace Process

Gun Maw, deputy commander in chief of the KIA, urged Washington to become involved in Burma’s peace efforts in order to guarantee future minority rights.

Colleagues and Friends Remember Win Tin

People across Burma mourn the passing of democracy activist Win Tin, a veteran journalist and co-founder of the opposition National League for Democracy (NLD) party.

Some Foreign Aid Groups Return to Sittwe After Riots

A police official in the Arakan State capital insists that Malteser International staff would be at risk if they return.

Funeral Plans Weigh Win Tin’s Wish Against Desire to Pay Tribute

A debate arises over how best to bid farewell to a man considered to have been one of Burma’s greatest pro-democracy leaders.

Amid Construction Boom, Burma Starts to Build Disaster Resilience

Experts warn that in the middle of its boom, Burma must build resiliently, with an eye on the country’s vulnerability to natural disasters.

5,000 Displaced by Kachin Clashes Amid KIO Leader’s US Visit

A week of fighting between Kachin rebels and the Burmese Army displaces more than 5,000 in Kachin and Shan states, an aid group there says.

Burmese Democracy Activist Win Tin Dies

Win Tin, one of the country’s most famous democracy activists, passes away at the age of 84 after suffering from multiple organ failure.

An Apology Long Overdue

Veteran politician and journalist Win Tin has died, without ever receiving an apology for his wrongful imprisonment and ill-treatment for 19 years.

22 Dead State Media Reports, as Kachin Fighting Intensifies

Fighting between government troops and ethnic rebels in Burma’s northeastern state of Kachin has left at least 22 people dead this month, state-run media reports.