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Burmese Bards to Boycott Literary Festival

Divisions in the literary community are unearthed as poets and cartoonists announce plans to steer clear of a high-profile event in Mandalay next month.

Military Chief Blames Ethnic Groups for Conflict, Says Army ‘Afraid of No One’

Burma’s commander-in-chief claims the military has only ever acted defensively in the country’s ethnic conflicts, but warns that the military is “afraid of no one.”

Burma Still Owes $5 Billion in Foreign Debt

A presidential adviser says Burma has reduced its foreign debt but still owes $5 billion to Paris Club countries and Japan.

Educators Translate Popular Video Tutorials Into Burmese Language

Khan Academy, a YouTube channel and website used by millions of students worldwide, is taking steps to be more accessible for people in Burma.

Four Islands Marked for Development in Burma’s Mergui Archipelago

Public company awaits approval on plan to spend more than US$10 million on projects in the virtually pristine group of islands in southern Burma.

Arakanese Political Parties Merge to Form ANP

The merger of Burma’s two largest ethnic Arakanese political parties is approved by the Election Commission, which has accepted registration of the Arakan National Party.

Rohingya University Students’ Education on Hold in Arakan State

Hundreds of Rohingya university students in Arakan State have been prevented from continuing higher education pursuits, with authorities claiming their safety cannot be guaranteed.

Six Burma Army Troops Killed in ‘Friendly Fire’ Incident

Artillery shells apparently fired on own troops by mistake near a base in the jade mining area of Hpakant in Burma’s far north.

Constitutional Reform Set to Overshadow Busy Parliament Schedule

A series of controversial measures are on the docket as the ninth session of Parliament under the reformist government of President Thein Sein convenes.

Muslim Political Parties Seek Rohingya Census Recognition

Muslim political parties ask the government to recognize their religious kin in Burma’s Arakan State as Rohingya, a minority group that is currently denied citizenship.

Ethnic Groups Voice Concern over Census Classification System

Members of some of Burma’s ethnic minorities say that official categories to be used in an upcoming national census are inaccurate and unnecessarily divisive.

Burmese Travelers Urged to Leave Time for Bangkok Flights

A Burmese tour company joins airlines in sending alerts to customers with flights booked from Bangkok the day protesters plan to shut down the capital.

Karenni Farmers Have Few Options Besides Opium: Civil Society Groups

Local civil society groups say more people are turning to opium poppy cultivation in the eastern Burma state due to difficulties in growing other crops.

Naw Ohn Hla Says Religious Disturbance Case is Political

The prominent activist calls on authorities to drop charges filed against her after she held prayers for Aung San Suu Kyi at a famous pagoda.

Burma Opens New Passport Offices Around the Country

Burmese citizens can apply for passports at 15 locations nationwide, in a departure from the prior system which required them to travel to Rangoon.

Burma Govt Health, Education Budgets Likely to Remain Low in 2014

President Thein Sein proposes to allocate less than 6 percent of the national budget to education and less than 4 percent to health.

US Ambassador Supports Constitutional Reform, Calls Article 59F ‘Relic of the Past’

As calls for constitutional reform grow louder, US Ambassador calls an article preventing Aung San Suu Kyi from becoming president “a relic of the past.”

Fires in Camps in Thailand Raise Pressure on Burmese Refugees

Fires that ravaged two camps along the Thai-Burma border have added to mounting pressure on the refugees to return home, amid talks on repatriating them.

Burma’s Miss Supranational Deemed One of Pageant World’s ‘Most Beautiful Girls’

Burmese beauty queen Khin Wint Wah continues to generate Internet buzz, deemed one of the “Most Beautiful Girls of 2013” by an international pageant watcher.

Car Accidents, Land Mines Blamed for Rising Disabled Population in Burma

The number of people in Burma living with physical disabilities is rising, advocates for the disabled say, blaming traffic accidents and land mine explosions.