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International Pressure on Ethnic Armies to Ink Ceasefire By

UN and Chinese envoys join one of Burma’s most powerful armed groups in urging ethnic leaders to sign a nationwide ceasefire agreement with the government.

President’s Pitch on Charter Reform Said to Miss the Mark By

A pledge by Thein Sein to devolve legislative power to regional parliaments meets skepticism from critics who urge a more thorough revamp of Burma’s Constitution.


The ongoing saga of Htin Lin Oo reached its nadir on Tuesday when the prominent columnist was given a two-year prison sentence for his speech on racial and religious intolerance.


Last week’s decision to ban reporters from observing sessions of the Union Parliament is extended to meetings of both houses of the legislature.


An upcoming series of concerts celebrates performances by Burmese and international musicians in venues across Rangoon.

Women’s Political Party Backs Down Amid Govt Pressure to Change Name By

In an unexpected about-face, a political party founded by women in eastern Burma accepts the government’s request to make its name less inclusive.

Relatives of Deceased Protester Charged by Military By

The military has leveled trespassing charges against two nieces of farmer Myint Aung, who last month set himself on fire to protest land confiscations around Taunggyi.

Don’t Tie US Weapons Sales to Human Rights Issues: Vietnam By

Questions about human rights violations by the Vietnamese government should have no bearing on whether the US sells weapons to Hanoi, Vietnam's defense minister has said.

31 Charged Over Unlawful Association with Arakan Army By

A total of 31 Arakan locals from townships across the state are being prosecuted under the Unlawful Association Act for their alleged connections to the Arakan Army.

Obama Says Burma Needs to End Discrimination of Rohingya to Succeed By

US President Barack Obama says Burma needs to end discrimination against Rohingya people if it wants to succeed in its transition to a democracy.


More than 700 migrants found packed aboard an overcrowded boat in the Andaman Sea are still being held offshore by Burma’s navy.

Indonesia Rescues 65 ‘After Australian Navy Towed Away’ Asylum Boat By

Indonesian authorities rescue 65 asylum-seekers trying to reach Australia after their boat ran aground on a reef, Indonesian police say.

Some Still Alive Inside Ship Capsized on China’s Yangtze River: State Media By

Some passengers are still alive inside the hull of a passenger ship carrying 458 people that capsized on the Yangtze River, state media says.

Pre-Election Release of Political Prisoners Urged By

Former political prisoners in Burma demand the release of all prisoners of conscience, urging President Thein Sein to free them before the November general election.

NLD Wades Into Boatpeople Crisis By

The opposition addresses the boatpeople crisis unfolding in Southeast Asia, warning that “the slower we are in taking actions, the bigger the problem will become.”

Arakan Officials Face Off with Muslim Leaders over Boat People Crisis By

A top Arakan State official stands firm in his view that the world is being unfair to Burma in dealing with the boat people crisis.

Well-Known Social Activist Kyaw Thu Likely to Run for Parliament By

The former Myanmar Academy Award-winning actor and prominent social worker Kyaw Thu says he plans to compete in Burma’s general election later this year.

Shwe Mann to Lead USDP Through Elections By

Parliament Speaker Shwe Mann remains chairman of the Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP), leading the ruling party into elections later this year.

Matt Dillon Puts Rare Celebrity Spotlight on Rohingya By

American actor Matt Dillon puts a star-powered spotlight on Burma’s long-persecuted Rohingya Muslims, visiting a hot, squalid camp for tens of thousands displaced by violence.

China to Conduct Military Exercises Near Kokang Territory By

China’s military will on Tuesday conduct a live-fire drill around the border with Burma’s restive Kokang region, according to the country’s state-run media.

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