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Four Injured in Hpakant Police Station Bombing

A bomb blast at a police station in Hpakant Township injures four civilians in the latest violence to hit troubled Kachin State in northern Burma.

Refugees on Thai Border to Undergo Verification Process

The Burmese refugee population along the Thai border will undergo a verification exercise that the UN says is intended to better coordinate future humanitarian assistance.

Human Rights Commission Faults Police Over Copper Mine Shooting

Burma’s National Human Rights Commission says the recent killing of a protesting farmer at the Letpadaung mine had resulted from mistakes made by the police.

Shan State Poppy Farmers Say Raw Opium Prices in Slow Decline

Shan State poppy growers say prices for raw opium have fallen during this harvest season, continuing a trend of slowly declining prices in recent years.

Civilians Flee Fresh Fighting Between KIA, Govt Troops

Fighting flares between government troops and the Kachin Independence Army, forcing about 1,000 people to flee their homes in northern Burma’s Hpakant Township.

Ethnic Affairs Ministers Defend Seat at Negotiating Table After Suu Kyi Remarks

Burma’s ethnic affairs ministers assert their place as elected representatives of the country’s diverse ethnic populations, in a statement published by state media.

NGOs Raise Concerns With US Official Over Human Rights, Lack of Reforms

NGO representatives meet with a senior US official to voice their concerns over Burma’s human rights situation and a lack of democratic and judicial reforms.

NGOs Seek Key Changes to Election Monitoring Rules

Local and international NGOs will request Burma’s Election Committee to make important changes to the draft rules for independent election monitoring during the 2015 elections.

Rangoon Police Launch Video Shop Crackdown After North Korean Pressure

Police have moved to seize copies of satirical comedy film The Interview from movie shops, following pressure from the North Korean Embassy.

Activists in Mandalay Call for Meeting on ‘Government Negligence’

Activists plan a public meeting in Mandalay, with thousands of farmers, laborers, students and average citizens expected to join a gathering to spotlight government shortcomings.

Villages, Residents Stand in Way of Dawei Rubber Farm

Sixteen villages inhabited largely by indigenous ethnic Karen people in southern Burma’s Dawei district will be leveled to make way for a large-scale rubber plantation.

A Barber and a Bus Conductor

Graduates of the Yangon Film School impress with minimal yet poignant portraits of everyday individuals.

Irrawaddy Delta Land Activist Innocent in Irrigation Row: Wife

An ailing land rights activist serving prison time over an Irrawaddy Division property dispute is innocent and will appeal, his wife and lawyer say.

Officials Seize $27M in Smuggled Goods on Burma-China Border

Since Nov. 2012, government teams working on the Burma-China border seized smuggled goods, such as jade and timber, with an estimated value of US$27 million.

After Meeting of 48, Suu Kyi Urges Narrowed Dialogue

Aung San Suu Kyi accuses President Thein Sein of ignoring proposals for a limited constitutional dialogue among herself and a handful of other senior leaders.

Mandalay Birdwatchers Cry Foul as Rare Populations Dwindle

Birdwatchers report a stunning decline in wildlife at the Paleik Lake in Mandalay Division, with some suggesting that the animals are being poisoned.

Prospects Dim for Religious Insult Accused

Three men on trial for insulting Buddhism in the V Gastro case appear increasingly unlikely to be exonerated by the Bahan Township court.

US: Anti-Muslim Attackers in Burma Unpunished

A US envoy says the humanitarian situation in Arakan State continues to deteriorate and accountability is lacking for attacks on minority Muslims in Burma.

Tenasserim Coal Mining Stokes Ire of Local Villagers

Villagers voice concerns over ongoing large-scale coal mining in southern Burma’s Tenasserim Division, saying an extractive project there is affecting the livelihoods of area residents.

USDP Comes Knocking in Voter Outreach Push

The ruling Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) launches a door-to-door voter outreach campaign ahead of Burma’s 2015 national elections, according to party officials.