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Student Leaders to Meet President, Lawmakers By

In a big win for student demonstrators, the Burmese government agrees on Wednesday to host quadripartite discussions on education reform.

Mizzima to Shut Down Daily, As Tycoon Cuts Ties By

Mizzima Media Group will cease publication of its local-language print newspaper on March 1, as local businessman Serge Pun ends his involvement with the organization.


Ethnic rebels in Mon State announce that they will not allow a proposed coal-fired power plant to be built in the southeastern state.


The first elected representatives of Rangoon’s municipal government in decades complain that they have been granted little authority in their new posts.


Tokyo appeared ill-prepared when the Islamic State set a ransom deadline and purportedly killed a Japanese man that the extremist group had taken hostage.

China Police Suspended After Dining on Enormous Salamander By

The southern Chinese city of Shenzhen has suspended 14 police officers and is investigating a police chief on suspicion of feasting on an endangered salamander.

AirAsia Probe Vets Possible Computer Glitch, Crew Response By

Investigators probing the crash of an AirAsia jetliner examine records of its automated control systems, and how pilots may have handled a failure.

Students in Irrawaddy Prepare to Join Education Protests By

Amid a tense standoff between police and student protesters in central Burma, a students’ group in Irrawaddy Division will show solidarity by marching to Rangoon.

After Tense Standoff, Student Protesters Allowed Passage Through Taung Tha By

Government minister Aung Min will meet with student representatives in Naypyidaw after demonstrators were allowed passage into Taung Tha on Tuesday evening.

Journalists Lament Lack of Access Despite Military Pledge By

More than three months since the Burma Army vowed to make itself more available to the media, journalists express frustration that the promise remains unfulfilled.

Mandalay Division Authorities Lift Blockade on Student March By

Some 500 of students marching from Mandalay to Rangoon were allowed to pass through southwestern Mandalay Division’s Taung Tha Township on Tuesday evening after they held negotiations with local authorities.

Army Reportedly Offers Money to Families of Murdered Teachers By

The Burma Army offers money to the families of two ethnic Kachin schoolteachers who were murdered in northern Shan State, a Kachin Christian group says.

Explosion Injures Two in Hpakant By

A bomb blast injures a father and son in Kachin State’s Hpakant Township while fresh fighting also flares in northern Shan State.

Herder Kills Himself in Inner Mongolia over Land Grab By

A herder from northern China’s Inner Mongolia who had been protesting the government’s occupation of traditional grazing land hangs himself outside a government building.

China’s Shadow Looms Large Over Obama Visit to India By

As US President Barack Obama and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi meet, the shadow of a third player hangs over the talks: neighboring China.

Ex-Thai PM’s Party Promises Calm Following Indictment By

Former Thai PM Yingluck Shinawatra's Puea Thai Party vowed on Monday it would not retaliate against a political ban imposed on the ousted leader.

Swiftly ‘Reveal the Truth’ in Murder of Kachin Teachers: NLD By

The National League for Democracy implores Burma’s government to swiftly get to the bottom of the grisly murder of two Kachin schoolteachers last week.

Activists Call for Replacement of Election Commission Members By

Rangoon activists start a campaign calling for replacement of the members of Burma’s Election Commission in order to ensure that it will be independent.

Embassy Action Urged in Killing of Three Burmese Migrants in Thailand By

A migrants’ rights NGO urges the Burmese government to do more to intervene in the case of a trio of Burmese laborers’ murder in Thailand.

Police Accused in Vigilante Drug Bust in Northern Shan State By

Two men are detained in Namkham Township after a group of antinarcotics vigilantes say they apprehended the duo in possession of illicit drugs.

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