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More Clashes Between Govt and Karen Rebels in Mon State

As the Burmese Army reinforces its troops in areas of recent conflict with Karen rebels, fresh fighting breaks out in Mon State.

Two Days On, Thai Rescue Helicopter Still Missing in Burma

There’s still no sign of the rescue helicopter that lost contact with ground control on Saturday during a search for mountain climbers in northern Burma.

Burma’s Wirathu and Sri Lanka Buddhist Radicals Join Hands 

Nationalist Buddhist monk U Wirathu, known for his anti-Muslim stance, says his movement will join hands with a like-minded Sri Lankan group to protect Buddhists.

Thai Rescue Helicopter Missing in Burma

A rescue helicopter from Thailand loses contact with ground control during a search for two climbers who scaled Southeast Asia’s highest peak a month ago.

Fighting Continues in Karen and Mon States

Fighting between government forces and the Democratic Karen Benevolent Army (DKBA) in eastern Burma continued yesterday, leaving casualties on both sides, according to the DKBA.

Rohingya Could Face Detention Under Burma Govt Draft Plan

Government drafts a plan that will give the Rohingya Muslim minority a bleak choice: accept ethnic reclassification and the prospect of citizenship, or be detained.

Heavy Fighting Erupts Near Myawaddy, Residents Flee Homes

Heavy fighting erupts between the Burma Army and the Democratic Karen Buddhist Army near Myawaddy on Saturday afternoon, and dozens of residents flee their homes.

Beauty Pageants Expose Dreams and Dangers in Modern Burma

Hoping for a better life, fame and fortune, young women are eager to enter the beauty contests that have been launched since Burma opened up.

DKBA Rebels Injure 2 Soldiers, Detain 8 in Mon State

Rising tensions between the military and Karen rebels in eastern Burma spark another incident, with DKBA fighters detaining eight police and soldiers, and injuring two. 

Chin Farmers Re-Arrested After Accusing Burma Army of Torture

Five Chin farmers, who had accused soldiers of torturing them, are re-arrested by the army and forced to sign a document denying the allegations.

Rangoon Govt Suspends Controversial City Expansion Plan

After facing criticism from the media and local lawmakers, a controversial city expansion plan for Burma’s former capital has been suspended, the Rangoon mayor says.

Thai PM to Meet Burma President, Parliament Speaker During 3-Day Visit

Thai junta leader Prayut will pay a three-day visit to Burma starting Oct 1, and meet President Thein Sein and Union Parliament Speaker Shwe Mann.

MPs Urge Prompt Return of Confiscated Land

MPs in Burma’s Parliament have urged relevant government ministries to swiftly resolve outstanding cases of land confiscation as farmers in Magwe Division stage protest.

NGOs Slam Performance of National Human Rights Commission

NGOs issue a damning review of the Myanmar National Human Rights Commission, saying that it has not successfully investigated “any case submitted to it.”

BGF Arrests 5 Soldiers for Suspected Involvement in KNU Killing

BGF troops detain five soldiers for suspected involvement in the killing of a KNU soldier as tensions between armed groups continues to simmer in Myawaddy.

Hotel Zone Slated for Chin State

Burma’s Ministry of Hotels and Tourism plans to open a hotel zone in western Chin State, the poorest and least developed part of the country.

Rare Civilian Trial for Soldier Accused of Rape

A member of the Burmese Army sees a rare civilian trial for the alleged rape of a 15-year-old ethnic Kachin girl.

Burmese Army Releases 108 Child Soldiers

The Burmese military formally discharges 108 child soldiers from its ranks, the largest release of underage recruits in Burma to date.

Burmese Migrants Report Police Beatings During Murder Investigation on Koh Tao

Allegations surface that at least two Burmese migrants were beaten by Thai police on Koh Tao island as the Burmese Embassy vows to keep watch.

Burmese Migrants, Thai Recruiters Arrested in Mae Sot

Thai authorities in Mae Sot arrest scores of Burmese migrant workers and a group of Thai nationals accused of illegally recruiting them.