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Situation Tense in East Rangoon, as Land Protestors Defy Govt Ultimatum

Tensions were high in Thingangyun Township, eastern Rangoon, on Monday as dozens of land protestors defied a government warning to leave the area by sundown.

Thailand Will Help With Any Rohingya Investigation – PM

Thailand will help the UN and the US with investigations into the findings of a report that Thai officials moved Rohingya refugees into human-trafficking rings.

Doubts Cast Over ‘Orwell Home’ in Burma

Amid plans to restore a crumbling home thought to be the former residence of George Orwell, locals are questioning the true provenance of the house.

Suu Kyi Criticizes Gender Bias at Burma Universities

The opposition leader says women have a valuable role to play in the transition toward democracy but have been denied equal opportunities in Burma.

Burma Media Complain SEA Games Access Is Restricted

Reporters complain more bureaucratic hurdles are being put in place in the name of security as they attempt to cover the landmark Southeast Asian Games.

Improve Compensation Offer for Thilawa Farmers: Japan NGO

Japanese NGO Mekong Watch claims that compensation offered to farmers forced to leave the first phase of the Thilawa SEZ is violating Japanese government guidelines.

First Women’s Forum Kicks Off in Rangoon

Burma’s first women’s forum began on Friday, bringing together leading women from various sectors and regions to discuss women’s roles in Burma’s changing society.

Burma’s Suu Kyi Pays Tribute to Nelson Mandela

The opposition leader says the late South African leader was “a great human being who raised the standard of humanity.”

Thein Sein Asks Philippines for More Aid

Burma’s president seeks more investment and development assistance from the Philippines, saying his country needs help to catch up with the rest of Southeast Asia.

Burma Activist Detained for Burning Chinese Flag

An activist who set a Chinese flag alight at a protest against the Letpadaung copper mine has been detained by police in Burma’s biggest city.

‘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.