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A Burmese Master of Oil Painting Tries His Hand at Watercolors

Win Pe Myint’s current exhibition at the Myanmar Ink Art Gallery in Rangoon includes landscapes from his travels in Upper Burma.

‘Federal Army’ Already Exists, Says Military Chief

Amid calls for a “federal army” from Burma’s ethnic armed groups, the country’s commander-in chief claims the current military is already a federally constituted institution.

US Seeks Limited Military Ties With Burma

The Obama administration faces bipartisan opposition to plans for limited US engagement with Burma’s military due to concerns over human rights and North Korea ties.

Undergrads Return to Crumbling Rangoon University

Rangoon University, once among Asia’s most prestigious institutions of learning, crumbled during decades of military rule, but on Thursday it reopens to undergrads.

Mangroves in the Irrawaddy Delta Could Be Gone in a ‘Few Decades’

Burma’s largest area of mangrove forests has declined by 64.2 percent since 1978, according to new research, which forecasts a gloomy future for the vital forests.

Wary of Official Census, Burma’s Ethnic Minorities Count Their Own

Before the government conducts a major census next year, ethnic minorities are collecting their own data, saying they are wary of trusting statistics from Naypyidaw.

Burma Authorities to Resettle Displaced Muslims in Meikhtila

State media reports that some of the nearly 8,000 people displaced during violence between Buddhists and Muslims in Mandalay Division in March will be resettled.

Rangoon Planning Committee Wants Public Access to Riverfront

Plans to give citizens of Burma’s commercial capital access to the river are included in a vision for development in the fast-growing city.

Burma to Host Historic International Women’s Forum

Burma will host an international women’s forum, with Aung San Suu Kyi expected to attend with IMF managing director Christine Lagarde and other prominent leaders.

Burma Lawyers See Greater Freedom, but Still Far to Go

Lawyers note a substantial lessening of interference from the government but say significant challenges remain to their independence under Burma’s quasi-civilian government.

Reforming Burma Moves Up Global Corruption Rankings

Transparency International ranks Burma 157 out of 177 countries in its annual survey of corruption perceptions, an improvement on last year.

Govt Denies Report of Helicopter Maker’s Rangoon Factory Plans

Burma’s Department of Civil Aviation says there are no plans to allow a foreign helicopter company to manufacture choppers in Rangoon, refuting a recent report.

Rangoon’s Ethnic Shan Celebrate New Year With Cultural Delights

The small ethnic Shan minority in Burma’s former capital gather at a Buddhist temple to mark New Year.

Burma Looks Abroad for Investment in Health Care

The government has increased spending on health and wants help from overseas to restore what was once one of the region’s best health care systems.

Holidays to Likely Delay Burma Ceasefire Talks

An adviser to the Myanmar Peace Center says the Christmas and New Year’s holidays will likely delay a government meeting with an ethnic ceasefire team.

Burma Still Enlists Boy Soldiers Despite Reforms

The government pledged to discharge all child soldiers by Dec. 1, but some soldiers under 18 remain on duty, some only recruited in recent months.

CSOs Urge Thein Sein to Open Up Political Space in Burma

Activists from several civil society organizations in Burma accuse President Thein Sein of failing to grant them the political space they need to affect change.

Public to Be Consulted on Plan to Save Rangoon’s Heritage

The committee in charge of drafting a land-use plan for Burma’s former capital will hold a public hearing to discuss its proposals on Tuesday.

Suu Kyi Raises Issue of HIV on Australia Tour

Speaking on World AIDS Day in Australia, the Burmese democracy icon calls for compassion for people living with the deadly disease.

Burma to Act Against Defamatory Banner After OIC Protests

Burma’s government will act against Buddhist protesters who allegedly carried a banner insulting Islam during a demonstration against a delegation of global Islamic leaders.