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UN Concerned About Burma’s Ethnic, Religious Tensions

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s latest report on Burma raises serious concerns about ethnic and religious tensions that have led to violence against Rohingya Muslims.

Heavy Fighting in Shan State Kills 17 Govt Soldiers, Rebels Claim

Heavy clashes between the Burma Army and Palaung, Kachin and Kokang ethnic rebels in northern Shan State’s Kutkhai Township kill 17 government soldiers, rebels claim.

President Criticized After Saying Ceasefire Necessary for Successful Elections

Critics question why President Thein Sein says that an elusive nationwide ceasefire is necessary for the success of the 2015 general elections in Burma.

Chin State Govt Shutters Local Newspaper

The Chin State government orders a local unregistered newspaper to shut down, with its chief editor criticizing the decision as politically motivated.

Court Reduces Unity Journalists’ Prison Sentence to 7 Years

Magwe Divisional Court cuts the sentence of five journalists from the Unity Journal from 10 to 7 years’ imprisonment, following an appeal by the defendants.

Supreme Patriarch Sees Rangoon’s Armenian Church Granted Heritage Status

The supreme patriarch of the Armenian Apostolic Church attends a ceremony to honor the heritage status of Burma’s oldest Christian place of worship.

US Embassy Issues Warning After Clashes in Burma

The US Embassy in Rangoon issues a warning to its citizens traveling in eastern Burma after clashes between the military and ethnic minority rebels.

Irrawaddy Founder Among 2014 International Press Freedom Awardees

Aung Zaw, the founding editor-in-chief of The Irrawaddy, is among four international journalists honored with the Committee to Protect Journalist’s 2014 International Press Freedom Awards.

Burma Says Sectarian Violence Challenges Reforms

Sectarian violence between Buddhists and minority Muslims has thrown up “an unfortunate and unexpected challenge” in Burma’s transition to democracy, the nation’s foreign minister says.

Burma Activists Demand Law to Ban Violence Against Women

Women’s groups say existing laws to protect women, which date back to the British occupation in the 19th century, are outdated, unclear and poorly enforced.

Burma’s Wirathu and Sri Lankan Nationalist Monks Sign Agreement

Burma’s nationalist Buddhist monk U Wirathu signs an agreement with Sri Lankan nationalist monks to protect Buddhism.

Helicopter Still Missing in Burma, Rescuers Say, Denying Crash Report

Rescuers say a Thai helicopter that went missing in the searching for two mountaineers in northern Burma still has not been found, refuting news reports.

Education Organizations Continue Opposition After Controversial Law Passes

A Myanmar Teachers’ Federation representative said independent education organizations will continue their opposition to a controversial, new National Education Law that Parliament passed on Friday.

Govt, Unesco to Study Bagan’s World Heritage List Nomination

Culture Ministry officials will meet with Unesco and international archaeological experts to discuss how to complete the World Heritage nomination of the Bagan temple complex.

Thilawa SEZ Holdout Hit With Trespassing

The last villager living in the Phase I area of the Thilawa special economic zone faces trespassing charges after refusing to vacate his home.

Burma Wants Country off UN Human Rights Agenda 

Foreign Minister Wunna Maung Lwin says Burma is working to end inter-communal violence and should be removed from the UN Human Rights Council’s agenda.

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.