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Car Permit Accepted for Future Use, Says ABSDF

The All Burma Students’ Democratic Front says that it has taken a vehicle-import permit from the government for its future works.

Tycoon’s Plans for Putao Come under Scrutiny

Concern is growing over the fate of Burma’s remote northernmost region as Tay Za, one of the country’s wealthiest men, sets his sights on projects there.

Consumer Advocates Test Creamer, Coffee Powders in Burma

The Rangoon-based Consumer Protection Agency has raised concerns about the use of substandard ingredients.

Tycoon Sues Journal on Defamation Charges

One of Burma’s most well-known tycoons, Htoo Group of Companies CEO Tay Za, plans to sue weekly journal The Sun Rays on accusations of defamation.

Rangoon Court Fines Kachin Activists for Peace Protest

A Rangoon court gives two Kachin activists 20,000 kyat ($20) fines for leading a 2012 International Peace Day event, under a statute prohibiting unauthorized demonstrations.

UNFC Reiterates Call for Suu Kyi’s Voice in Peace Talks

The United Nationalities Federal Council calls for Aung San Suu Kyi’s involvement in Burma’s peace process as a delegation of the ethnic alliance visits Rangoon.

Reports of Rape On the Rise in Burma

Last year marked a five-year high for reported rapes in Burma, and campaigners say the figure is only a fraction of the real number.

Burma Activists Urge Protest Law Reform

More than 50 activist groups call for amending a controversial provision of Burma’s Peaceful Assembly Law that has put scores of people behind bars.

Burma’s Rebel Leaders Want Army Chief Involved in Peace Talks

Leaders of an ethnic armed group alliance make first visit in decades to Rangoon to build trust in the peace process.

When Mob Was Rohingya, Burma’s Response Ruthless

In Arakan State, three-quarters of the victims of sectarian violence have been Muslims, but it is they who have suffered most at the hands of security forces.

Public Service Media Unlikely Before 2015 Elections: Minister

Burma’s Information Minister Aung Kyi says it could be late 2015 before state broadcaster Myanmar Radio and Television (MRTV) becomes a public service outlet.

Arakan NGO to Hold Fundraising Concert for Conflict-Affected Children

Donations, to go toward educational resources for children in conflict zones, have so far come from Qatari firm Ooredoo and Burma’s former spy chief Khin Nyunt.

Police Close Chinese Marriage-Fixing Agency on Burma-China Border

Burmese and Chinese police cooperate to close down a Chinese bride matching agency that illegally attempted to arrange marriages between Burmese women and Chinese men.

Peace Talks Turn to Future Federal Army Structure

Questions on how to structure a military that incorporates Burma’s ethnic rebel armies are raised during a meeting between political leaders and an ethnic alliance.

Drugs, Guns Seized in Shan State Raid

A joint force of anti-narcotics police and army troops captures weapons and nearly US $250,000 worth of heroin and other drugs in northern Shan State.

Resettle Political Refugees in Third Countries: Rights Group

A human rights organization said some Burmese former political prisoners in Thailand should be resettled in third countries, as they do not want to return.

Govt Rejects UN Calls for Rohingya Citizenship

Burma rejects calls by the UN General Assembly to grant the stateless Muslims citizenship, saying it does not recognize the existence of a “Rohingya minority.”

Burma and Russia to Increase Military Cooperation

Burma and Russia are seeking to cooperate on military technology and strengthen relations between the two nations’ armed forces.

Kachin Clashes Leave IDPs out in the Cold

Around half of the 2,000 civilians displaced by the latest outbreak of fighting in Kachin State are still hiding in the jungle.

Rangoon Court Sentences 6 More Activists Under Peaceful Assembly Law

Courts in Burma have now convicted 57 people for holding protests since the law was brought in less than two years ago.