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North Korea Talks Not About Arms Deals, Says Burma Govt

In the second meeting announced this year, North Korean officials met with counterparts in the Burmese Ministry of Foreign Affairs last week in Naypyidaw.

Shan, Wa Rebels Clash Over Gold in Eastern Burma

Clashes occur between the Shan State Army South and the United Wa State Army, stemming from a dispute over gold mining activities in Shan State.

While Talks Continue, KIO Keeps War Footing

Despite the handshaking in Rangoon, Kachin armed forces on the frontline still have ample reason to remain vigilant in northern Burma.

As Census Winds Down, 85% of Burmese Population Counted: Official

Burma’s national census agency says that as of Sunday, 85 percent of the country’s estimated population had participated in the census, which ends on Thursday.

Asean Highway Link Set for 2014 Completion: Karen State Official

Construction on a section of the Asean Highway Network from Kawkareik to Myawaddy is expected to be completed this year, Karen State’s chief minister says.

UN Envoy Urges Burma to Allow Aid Access to Rohingyas

Special Rapporteur Tomas Ojea Quintana warns water shortages could reach critical levels, while medical aid has been cut off to all of Arakan State.

Burma Army Chief Meets Armed Group Leaders in Shan State

Snr-Gen Min Aung Hlaing traveled to the military’s Northeastern Command in Lashio to meet with Wa and Shan rebel leaders.

DVB Reporter Jailed for 1 Year

A Burmese court sentences a journalist to one year in prison for trespassing at an education office and disrupting the duties of a civil servant.

Army Demands Complicate Ceasefire Talks

A new approach to draft a single nationwide ceasefire text drawn from the government and ethnic rebels’ proposals were complicated by the army’s demands.

Burmese Public Views Govt Reforms, Military Favorably: Poll

A poll by a US government-backed pro-democracy institute finds that members of the Burmese public largely believe their country is “heading in the right direction.”

Rare Burmese Ecosystems Protected Only on Paper

Many of the 43 conservation areas officially recognized by the government are left open to logging, poaching and damaging fishing techniques.

Brawl Leads to Anti-Muslim Riot in Rangoon’s Outskirts

An anti-Muslim riot rocks the town of Hlegu outside Rangoon following a personal argument in which a Muslim man allegedly stabbed a Buddhist.

Karen State Govt Refuses Villagers’ Resettlement in Rebel Area

A group of about 200 villagers tried to move to an area on the Thai border controlled by an ethnic armed group, but their passage was blocked.

TNLA Clashes With Burma Army as Census Continues

Fighting breaks out twice on Friday, but the ethnic armed group in northern Shan State says it will not disrupt data collection by census enumerators.

Burma’s Top Leaders Divided Over Constitutional Reform

The president and army chief have clearly taken sides against the Union Parliament speaker and opposition leaders on the issue of amendments.

Striking Burmese Workers at Mae Sot Factory Win Concessions

Protesting Burmese migrant workers in Mae Sot, Thailand, return to work at the Yuan Jiao Garment factory after successful negotiations resolve a labor dispute.

Burma’s Census Marred by Controversy Over Ethnic Question

Not only issues in Arakan State but the government’s list of 135 ethnic groups in the country are contentious in the ongoing census-taking process.

US Optimism Ebbs Over Burma Reforms

Two years after the United States announced the normalization of diplomatic relations with Burma, optimism in Washington over the nation’s embrace of democracy is waning.

Aid Group at Center of Sittwe Riots Cannot Return to Arakan: Official

An Arakan State official said Malteser International, whose employee was at the center of last week’s Sittwe riots, will not be allowed to resume operations.

Kachin Won’t Suffer From Missing Out on Census: KIO

Burma’s state-run media has accused an ethnic Kachin armed group of preventing the census from taking place in certain areas under its control using “threats.”