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Vietnam Waives Visa Requirement for Burmese Travelers

Burmese citizens will soon be able to travel to Vietnam without a visa, Vietnam’s government says.

Ethnic Groups Plan to Finish Federalist Draft Constitution Soon

An alliance of Burma’s ethnic groups plans to finish drafting an alternative federalist constitution within three months.

Burma Awards Onshore Oil and Gas Blocks to International Firms

Burma’s Ministry of Energy announces winners, including firms from Russia, Italy and Canada, of oil and gas exploration licenses.

Burma’s Farmers Find Little Relief From Land Grabs

Recent political reforms have won Burma widespread praise, but for farmers in the way of military or business plans, land rights have improved little.

Rangoon a Refuge for Some Thandwe Muslims

More than 100 Muslims who fled religious violence in Arakan State’s Thandwe Township last week are said to be hiding out in Rangoon.

Burma Takes Long-Awaited Asean Chair, But Can It Cope?

After the Asean Gavel is handed to Burma President Thein Sein, the country now faces the challenge of hosting over 1,000 meetings next year.

Karen Woman Found Dead Outside Refugee Camp

A Karen refugee who disappeared two days ago was found dead on Wednesday morning at the Mae Lae refugee camp in Thailand.

Shwe Mann Assures Yingluck Burma Has Inclusive Democracy

State-run radio reports that USDP Chairman Shwe Mann told Thai Prime Minister that Burma is practicing democracy involving all parties and ethnic groups.

Two Men Sentenced to Prison Terms for Okkan Violence

Two Buddhist men were sentenced to five years imprisonment for their role in the inter-communal violence that rocked Rangoon Division’s Okkan town in April.

KIO Signs New Peace Deal, But Still No Ceasefire

The Kachin Independence Organization signs another preliminary peace deal with the Burma government pledging to reduce fighting, while stopping short of a full ceasefire.

Supplies Dwindling at Kachin Border IDP Camps

Food supplies are lacking at camps for displaced persons near the Sino-Burmese border, prompting humanitarian concerns amid clashes there between government troops and ethnic rebels.

Burma Removes 1,000 Doctors From Blacklist

Burma’s government removes more than 1,000 doctors from a blacklist that stripped them of their medical licenses and prevented many who lived abroad from returning home.

Firms Vie to Turn Rangoon’s Waste into Power

As part of plans to improve waste management in Rangoon, two companies are competing to turn the city’s waste into something it desperately needs—energy.

Director to Make Film About ’88 Victim Win Maw Oo — If Constitution Is Amended

A Burmese film director will make a movie about student Win Maw Oo, who died during the 1988 uprising, if the Constitution is amended.

Court Fines NLD Spokesperson Over Electoral Fraud Claim

NLD spokesperson Nyan Win is sentenced to a $1 fine or one month imprisonment for publicly alleging that vote cheating occurred during last year’s by-elections.

Generation Wave Celebrates 6th Anniversary

A Burmese youth political activist group holds a public “birthday party” in Rangoon.

Mon Rebels Say Burma Army Forced Them to Abandon Base

A battalion of Mon ethnic rebels say tensions have risen in Thanbyuzayat Township after Burma Army officials demanded they vacate a base.

Scant Mention of Recent Violence as Burma Gears Up for Asean Handover

At the Asean and related summits in Brunei-Darussalam, there was little mention of ongoing sectarian violence in Burma, which will chair the bloc in 2014.

Burma Women Call for Amendment to Constitution

A historic women’s forum wrapped up in Rangoon over the weekend, with activists calling for greater legal protections for women as well as amendments to the country’s Constitution.

Transformation of Cronies Key to Burma’s Development: 88 Leader

Leading pro-democracy activist Ko Ko Gyi says a careful transformation of the way that Burma’s cronies do business is important for the country’s socio-economic development.