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Police arrest at least eight protesters as students and activists hit the streets across Burma demanding the release of those detained following the Letpadan crackdown.

Make Multilingual Education a Priority: Linguistic Experts By

Linguistic experts call for the safeguarding of ethnic minority languages and for multilingual education in both primary and secondary schools, following a seminar in Rangoon.


Imprisoned journalists should take their cases to the Supreme Court, Burma’s Minister of Information Ye Htut tells an international press freedom summit.


During Burma’s annual Armed Forces Day celebrations, Snr-Gen Min Aung Hlaing warns that threats to influence voters will not be tolerated ahead of national elections.


Plainclothes police and military officers have visited the homes of at least 20 student protesters across Thailand in the past week.

Modi Puts Brakes on India’s Universal Health Plan By

Indian PM Narendra Modi has asked for a drastic cutback of an ambitious health care plan, delaying a key promise made in his election manifesto.

US Isolated as Allies Join China’s Regional Bank By

US resistance to an Asian regional bank has given some heft to China's complaints that Washington wants to contain its rise as a world power.

Former Burma Supremo Seen in Rare Photo With Granddaughter By

Burma’s former supremo Than Shwe has not been seen in public since 2011, but on Thursday a new image of him appeared on Facebook.

China Says Probing if More Burmese Bombs Strayed Over Border By

China’s Defense Ministry said on Thursday that it is investigating whether more stray bombs had fallen in Chinese territory during fighting between Burma’s government and rebels, after five people were killed earlier this month.

Govt Plan on Office Space for Political Parties Moves Forward By

Burma’s government offers to lease and sell rooms for Rangoon party offices to more than one-third of the country’s 71 registered political parties.

Army Helped Firm Grab Land From Shan State Minorities, Investigation Finds By

The Burma Army and Shan State authorities colluded with rubber companies in seizing swathes of land from ethnic minority villagers, a Global Witness investigation finds.

Upper House Approves Education Law Amendments By

After four hours of debate and some significant changes to the draft law, MPs have sent the bill to the Lower House for consideration.

No OK for NLD’s ‘Anti-Fascist Resistance Day’ Celebration By

Permission to celebrate Armed Forces Day is withheld from the National League for Democracy, apparently over its insistence on calling March 27 “Anti-Fascist Resistance Day.”

Karen Groups Aim to ‘Save the Salween’ By

The future of Burma’s free-flowing Salween River will be the focus of a two day event in eastern Burma, beginning on Friday.

Twin Blasts Rock Burma Army Compound in Lashio By

Two explosions are reported at a military installation in Lashio, about 80 miles southwest of fighting between the government and ethnic rebels in Shan State.

Indian Doctors Find Success in Tackling the ‘Invisible Burden’ of Tuberculosis By

Multi-drug resistant tuberculosis patients in Delhi are aided by a unique program providing psychosocial support to sufferers of one of the world’s most deadly diseases.

Burma Files Charges Against 69 Education Law Protesters By

Authorities in Burma file criminal charges against 69 student activists and supporters who were arrested two weeks ago when police cracked down on peaceful protests.

Sri Lankan President Seeks to Mend Ties With China After Port Suspension By

Sri Lanka's President Maithripala Sirisena seeks to end a stalemate over China's biggest investment project in the island which his administration has suspended.

Thai PM Warns Media, Says Has Power to Execute Reporters By

Thai junta leader Prayuth Chan-ocha lashed out at journalists on Wednesday, saying he would “probably just execute” those who did “not report the truth.”

Ethnic Reps Remain Wary During Pause in Peace Talks By

Various representatives from the ethnics’ Nationwide Ceasefire Coordination Team move to temper optimism over the current round of ceasefire talks set to resume next week.

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