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Activists Launch Campaign to Raise Awareness of Violence Against Women

Civil society groups are holding a ceremony at Rangoon’s People’s Park on Sunday to launch 16 days of campaigning for women’s rights.

Burmese Beauty Queen Wins ‘Miss Popular’ Award

Burmese contestant Htar Htet Htet has been named “Miss Popular” at the first-ever Miss Grand International beauty contest in Bangkok, Thailand.

4G Mobile Internet Network Set for SEA Games

The installation of 4G for the Southeast Asian Games is complete, but only “VIPs” and media members will benefit from the high-speed mobile Internet access.

US Climbers Suggest Records Are Wrong on Burma’s Highest Peak

US climbers who scaled Mount Gamlang claim the peak is higher than Mount Hkakabo, which has been considered Burma’s tallest mountain the past 50 years.

KIA Deputy in Landmark Rangoon Speech

Gen Gun Maw, a senior figure in the Kachin rebel army, is granted rare permission to address a Baptist church hall in Rangoon.

UN to Burma: Make Rohingya Muslims Citizens

The General Assembly’s human rights committee on Tuesday passed a resolution urging Burma to give the stateless Rohingya minority equal access to citizenship.

Suspected Murder of Young Girl Risks Raising Tensions in Arakan

Police in Arakan State’s Kyauktaw Township said they have discovered the lifeless body of a five-year-old girl in a paddy field on Tuesday morning.

On World Toilet Day, Calls for Better Sanitation in Burma

The commercial capital of Rangoon has out of date sewerage that is stretched well over capacity.

Mon Group Rejects ‘Unacceptable’ Govt Ceasefire Proposal

The New Mon State Party rejects a draft put forward by the Burmese government and detailing the terms of a proposed nationwide ceasefire agreement.

Police to Sue Letpadaung Farmers After Violent Clashes

Sagaing Division police have filed a lawsuit against protestors at the Letpadaung copper mine after several officers were injured during clashes with protestors on Friday.

Orwell’s ‘Burmese Days’ Wins Govt Literary Award

The Burmese Ministry of Information recognizes British writer’s novel set in a small town in colonial northern Burma.

Candle Protestors on Trial in Rangoon

Four people who allegedly organized a candle-lit protest against a proposed electricity rate hike go on trial, charged with staging an unauthorized demonstration in Rangoon.

Breaking the Rules – 101

A renowned Myanmar performance artist helps a younger generation free itself from the strictures of traditional art.

Burmese Politicians Will Head to Chiang Mai to Meet Rebel Leaders

A group of 12 politicians representing political parties in Burma will travel to northern Thailand this week to meet with an alliance of ethnic armed groups.

NLD Claims Overwhelming Public Support for Amending Constitution

An opinion poll conducted in Naypyidaw by the National League for Democracy indicates overwhelming public support for amending Burma’s military-drafted Constitution.

Burmese Migrant Workers Fret Under Malaysian Authorities’ Scrutiny

Burmese migrant workers say local authorities are making a difficult situation worse by rigorously enforcing legal checks on the foreign worker population in Kuala Lumpur.

Senior KIA Figure Visits Rangoon, Fresh Fighting In Kachin State – Updated

Fighting between the Burma Army and the Kachin Independence Army continued over the weekend in southern Kachin State, where fresh clashes displaced about 2,000 villagers.

Stigma Against HIV on Agenda as Burma Joins Regional Conference

More than 50 Burmese delegates, including government health officials, are traveling to Thailand for a major regional conference to fight the spread of HIV.

Balloon Festival Lights Up Shan Mountains

At an annual festival at Taunggyi, teams of locals send homemade balloons, and masses of fireworks, into the night sky.

OIC Chief Visits Rohingya Camps: ‘I Was Crying’

The secretary general of the world’s largest bloc of Islamic countries said emotional visits with Arakan State’s Rohingya Muslim community brought him to tears.