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Academic Freedom, but Perhaps No Degrees, at Rangoon University’s First Int’l Program

As commencement looms for the first class of the International Center of Excellence (ICOE) international relations program, nobody knows whether the students will receive degrees.

In Dala, Development Misses the Boat

In the absence of a bridge, the people of Dala rely heavily on two ferries that shuttle between the sleepy township and bustling Rangoon.

Burmese Woman Wins 5,000-Meter Race at SEA Games

Burma’s Phyu Wah Thet finishes first in the long-distance race at Wunna Theidhi Stadium in Naypyidaw, while her teammate Khin Mar Se finishes third.

Bad Weather Sinks Hopes for Burma’s Teen Sailors at SEA Games

A fourth place finish disappoints Burma’s young yachters, while the country’s adult half-rater team still has its sights set on gold.

UN: Poverty Pushing Burma Opium Output Higher

New figures estimate that Burma will produce 870 metric tons of opium this year, more than a quarter more than in 2012.

US Blacklists Burma Firms for North Korea Arms Trade

Three companies and an officer in the Burma Army are added to the list of those under sanctions imposed by the United States.

Bomb Blast Kills at Least Three People in Northern Shan State

A truck explodes on a bridge near the Burma-China border as Burma is in the spotlight as the host of the SEA Games.

Military Leases Seized Ngapali Beach Land to Hotel Developers

Burma’s military allegedly leases lands it confiscated in Ngapali Beach to construction companies, contravening a promise to return the plots to their original owners.

Balloon Fireworks Burn Down Tourist Cottages at Inle Lake

A fire wrecks 18 floating cottages at the high-end Inle Khaung Daing Village Resort in Burma’s Shan State on Monday night.

DKBA Aids Letpadaung Activists in Violation of Ceasefire, Military Claims

The Democratic Karen Buddhist Army is accused of violating a ceasefire agreement with the government by giving more than $10,000 to anti-Letpadaung copper mine activists.

West ‘Cannot Afford’ Major Economic Aid to Burma, says China Commentary

As a Chinese state-run newspaper argues, Burma’s cross-border links to China are already strong and are growing.

Burma Ranked World’s 2nd Most Generous Nation

Burma ranks near the top of a list gauging global generosity, with the Southeast Asian country’s deeply karmic mindset a likely motivator for its benevolence.

EITI Awareness Hindered by Local Officials, NGO Claims

Civil society groups say efforts to educate Burma’s citizens about an international transparency standard governing natural resource extraction are being hampered by local government officials.

Rangoon Parliament Rejects Plans to Open Homes for the Aged

The divisional parliament rejects a bill that would require the divisional government to open nursing homes for the elderly in Burma’s biggest city.

Suu Kyi Warns Against Taking Part in 2015 Vote Without Charter Reform

Speaking to supporters in Pegu Division, Burma’s opposition leader warns of the reputational damage of participating in elections that are not fair.

Neighbors Burma and Thailand Draw in SEA Games Football Clash

A close match finished 1-1 on Saturday night, leaving both teams still likely to progress to the later stages of the men’s football competition.

Japan, Burma Sign Investment Pact

Japan and Burma sign an investment treaty to nurture closer business ties as the once secluded Southeast Asian country opens its fast-growing economy.

In Thailand, a Tough Life for Burma’s Male Sex Workers

Many male sex workers do not seek medical assistance after contracting sexually transmitted diseases because they do not want to reveal their source of income.

Ministry Urges Press Council to Take Action Against Journal

Burma’s Information Ministry urges Interim Press Council to take action against The Sun Rays journal, claiming that the controversial publication is responsible for “unethical” writing.

Change Comes at a Slow Pace to Villagers in Burma’s Southern Shan State

The mainly ethnic Pa-O inhabitants of Noung Htao village, in Hsi Hseng Township, survive on a meager income from farming.