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Norway-backed Burma Peace Project Set to Continue

The controversial Myanmar Peace Support Initiative will continue operating at least until September, according to a consultant for the project.

Myawaddy-Mae Sot Border Crossing Briefly Closed After Thai Coup

The border-crossing checkpoint in Mae Sot, Thailand, was temporarily closed on Friday morning, but reopened by 7:15 a.m., a district administrator for Myawaddy Township says.

Extreme Weather Threatens Conflict-Hit Communities in Burma, Sri Lanka

Conflict-hit communities in both Burma and Sri Lanka will suffer under increasingly extreme weather that is the result of climate change.

Burma’s Govt Comments on Thai Military Coup

The Burmese presidential spokesman declines to provide an immediate assessment after the Thai military takes control in Thailand, but defends restrictions on media there.

Burma Census Data May Be Used Politically: Official

While individual data will be kept confidential, the Burmese government cannot control how the aggregate results are used, says a spokesman from the UNFPA.

Burmese Vice President Draws Ire With Cost of Living Comment

Most people are feeling the squeeze of rising prices, but Nyan Tun reportedly insists that 2,000 kyat, or just over $2, per day, is enough.

Unicef Confirms $87,000-a-Month Rent for Rangoon Office

In a statement, the United Nations Children’s Fund admits that its office in Bahan Township is rented from the family of a former military official.

Nationwide Ceasefire to Include ‘Federal System’ Clause: Ethnic Leader

An ethnic representative says military leaders have accepted that peace negotiations will be based on achieving a “federal system” ensuring ethnic minorities “equality and democracy.”

Rangoon Musicians Plan Fundraising Tour for Displaced People

Travelling through Burma next month, musicians, artists and activists will collect money for people living in temporary camps due to fighting in northern Burma.

Ditching Clunkers, Car Imports Drive Burmese Demand for Oil

The opening up of Burma’s economy has meant a surge in ownership of used cars that are boosting demand and imports of fuel.

Burma Gets $91M to Tackle HIV, TB and Malaria

The Three Millennium Development Goal Fund pledges new funding to Burma’s Health Ministry to improve disease control and treatment outreach.

Singapore Airlines Plane Veers off Runway in Rangoon

No one was injured when a Singapore Airlines flight skidded on the runway of Yangon International Airport on Wednesday morning.

World Bank Project Puts $100m Toward Education in Burma

A $100 million World Bank-backed project will benefit more than 8 million Burmese schoolchildren and will extend financial assistance to some 100,000 underprivileged students.

Heritage Group Opposes Footbridge in Rangoon’s Historic Downtown

Construction has already begun on a new walkway intended to help commuters arriving at the Pansodan Ferry Terminal to cross Strand Road.

NDF Founder Dies of Liver Cancer

The founder a Burmese political party dies in Rangoon, after battling an illness he developed as a political prisoner under the former regime.

Committee to Endorse Change to Threshold on Amending Constitution

Parliamentarians in a committee reviewing Burma’s Constitution have agreed to recommend changing a key clause that could pave the way for more wide-reaching charter reform.

Thein Sein Orders Rapid Repairs to Burma’s ‘Death Highway’

President inspects the road connecting Rangoon, Naypyidaw and Mandalay and orders upgrade to the poorly built road.

Ex-Norway Ambassador to Burma Becomes Telenor Executive

Former Norwegian Ambassador to Burma Katja Nordgaard will join Telenor, a Norwegian firm that she helped to win a license to develop Burma’s telecom sector.

Unicef Defends Rangoon Office Rental

The UN agency’s Burma representative says the arrangement to secure a new base in the up market Golden Valley neighborhood was a “good deal.”

Govt Ignoring Complaint About Arrest of Party Member: SNLD

The SNLD says the government failed to respond to a complaint, lodged a week ago, about the arrest and alleged beating of a party member.