One day before the expected landfall of a cyclone, Burma’s government threatens to take serious action against anyone who refuses to move to higher ground.
Ethnic Wa rebels reportedly purchase an engineless helicopter and Fokker aircraft from Thailand, with plans to place the military hardware in a public national park.
Towering 30 meters high and stretching 180 meters in length, the Two Paddy Birds Pagoda has become a popular Buddhist pilgrimage site in Mon State.
A tropical storm expected to hit Arakan State next week raises concerns of possible disaster for tens of thousands of displaced people.
The Irrawaddy magazine was sold on Tuesday in Burma for the first time since the once-banned journal was founded more than 20 years ago.
Restrictions on traveling to Burma have been imposed and security tightened following Indonesian Muslims’ calls for holy war against the country, Eleven Media reported. The security forces’ network informers has also stepped up efforts to gather information to prevent an attack, according to the local news website. Police Lt Col Min Aung said there were [...]
Bangladesh Foreign Minister Dipu Moni in an exclusive interview with Arab News on Monday said the responsibility for solving the Rohingya issue in Arakan State lies with Naypyidaw. The “solution lies where the problem exists, and the solution has to be found within Myanmar,” she said. An estimated 500,000 refugees have fled Arakan State for [...]
Two people were arrested after shops were destroyed in northern Kachin State, agencies reported over the weekend. Burma is in the grip of acute religious tension after a deadly wave of unrest in March that saw mobs attack Muslim areas in violence that has edged towards the country’s main city Rangoon. But it is the [...]
Heavy rains in eastern Burma killed at least 11 people on Thursday. The deaths occurred in the township of Kalaw, about 400km north of the main city, Rangoon, police said. In one incident, eight gold mine workers were killed and seven injured when a huge tree fell on their living quarters, AFP reported. In another [...]
Hours after Indonesia announced it had foiled an alleged plot to bomb the Burmese Embassy in Jakarta, hundreds of hardline Muslims gathered outside the mission on Friday calling for jihad in that country to fight against persecution of their Islamic brothers. Two suspected militants were arrested the night before, and five homemade bombs were seized [...]
Following anti-Muslim violence in Okkan, unidentified persons allegedly attempt to instigate unrest between Buddhists and Muslims in Mandalay, but security forces prevent any ensuing clashes.
Burma’s journalism scene is opening up, but after speaking with reporters in Rangoon, media watchdog Shawn Crispin sees cause for concern.
Famed exile Kachin singer and songwriter Mun Awng longs to perform before a home audience, but isn’t convinced he can do so freely just yet.
A minister says Burma will amend its Constitution so the democracy icon can run in the next election, but the ruling political party suggests otherwise.
Burma’s top peace negotiator for ethnic conflicts meets with former British Prime Minister Tony Blair and British Foreign Secretary William Hague in London.
Rangoon’s Hindus gathered last week for the annual ‘fire-walking ceremony’ to honor the Goddess Kali. Devotees braved heat and pains to show their faith.
President Thein Sein vows to complete efforts to rebuild areas of Arakan State hit by last year’s violence before the start of the rainy season.
Reports that thirteen soldiers were killed recently by unidentified attackers on the Thai-Burma border were untrue, the Burmese government told the media. According to the government, they were lost on patrol in the forest on the border in southern Ranong Province, the same place where 92 Thais were arrested last year, according to The Nation. [...]
Fire is the top natural disaster in Burma, the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) told Eleven Media on Sunday. Let Let Aye, a programme analyst with the UNDP, told Eleven Media there had been 45 fires in Rangoon in the first two months of the year, which displaced 725 people and destroyed 42 buildings. In [...]