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Karen Rebel Soldier Shot Dead in Myawaddy

The killing of a rebel Karen soldier in Myawaddy prompts an increased security presence in the Burmese border town as tensions rise.

Minister Vows to Turn Govt Mouthpieces Into ‘Public Service Newspapers’

Information Minister Ye Htut says junta-era newspapers will not be privatized, making Burma one of the few countries where the government continues to fund newspapers.

Most Pillars of Mandalay’s Golden Palace Monastery to Be Replaced

Experts involved in restoring Mandalay’s Golden Palace Monastery say most of the pillars of the century-old, teak wood building have to be replaced.

Burmese Migrants Cleared of Tourist Killings in Thailand

Six Burmese migrants are released two days after they were detained on suspicion of involvement in the grisly murder of two British tourists.

Pair of Burmese Migrants Slashed to Death in Malaysia

Two more Burmese migrant workers in Malaysia are murdered, bringing the number killed this year in the fellow Southeast Asian nation to about 20.

Search for Missing Hkakabo Razi Climbers Gets International Boost

A pair of US mountaineers will join the search for two Burmese climbers missing for more than two weeks on Southeast Asia’s tallest mountain.

Army Tortured 6 Chin Farmers, Rights Group Alleges

Chin human rights activists and politicians accuse a Burma Army unit of the arbitrary detention and torture of six ethnic Chin farmers.

Tensions Rise as Military Orders Rebels to Disarm in Myawaddy 

Tensions rise in Karen State’s Myawadday after a local Burma Army commander orders Karen rebel groups not to carry weapons in the border town.

Karen Rebels, Govt Troops Clash as Peace Talks Loom

As Burma’s government and ethnic armed groups prepare for peace talks next week, fighting between the Burmese Army and ethnic Karen rebels continues.

Dismissed Rangoon Workers Allege Police Beating

Workers of a closed down South Korean factory allege that they were beaten and injured by police when they went to pick up overdue payments.

Couple Guilty of Immigration Offense in Case Tied to Mandalay Riots

A court sentences a married couple to two years’ imprisonment for violating Burma’s immigration law in a case linked to July’s deadly rioting in Mandalay.

Thailand to Allow Foreign Day Laborers Without Passports

Thai authorities will allow foreign migrant laborers without passports to work in border towns of the Kingdom on a day-to-day basis.

Teachers’ and Students’ Organizations Join Up to Oppose Education Bill

The Myanmar Teachers’ Federation will cooperate with students’ organizations and join their protests against the controversial National Education Bill, which Parliament will soon discuss.

Irrawaddy Division Residents Concerned After Officials Discuss Coal Plant

Irrawaddy Division officials informed residents of Nga Yoke Kaung Township of plans to build a coal-fired power plant, leading to local concerns.

Second Bomb Found in Thai-Burma Border Town

Two bombs in two days are discovered in eastern Burma’s Myawaddy Township, with the second explosive device uncovered on Tuesday in the Thai-Burma border trading hub.

Beach Town Residents Reject Mangrove Deforestation Plan

Villagers from Chaung Tha in Irrawaddy Division reject a land reclamation project that would clear mangroves to make way for housing in the beachside village.

Police Detain Student Activist, Allege Involvement in Chinese Workers’ Kidnapping

A student organization says a student activist is being falsely accused of involvement in the brief detention of Chinese workers at the Monywa copper mine.

3 Rohingya Drown After Police Fire Rubber Bullets at Boat

Two Rohingya women and a man drown near the Arakan State capital Sittwe after jumping from a boat because police fired rubber bullets at them. 

Thai PM Likely to Choose Burma for First Trip Abroad 

Thai junta leader Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha is likely to choose to Burma as his destination for a first official visit abroad.

Burma Official Asks US Congress Not to Block Military Engagement

American lawmakers are considering a piece of legislation that would restrict funding for security assistance to Burma’s military.