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Former USDP Gen-Sec Denies Involvement in Jade Trade By

Maung Maung Thein has slammed last month’s Global Witness report into Burma’s jade trade, saying that the accusations against him were “groundless and one sided”.

Locals Urge Japan to Rule Out Burma Coal Plant Funding By

Villagers have urged Japanese government agencies and corporate investors not to underwrite three contentious coal power projects in southern Burma.


Officials of Burma’s ruling party will be forced to embark on some serious soul-searching if they wish to remain relevant in Burmese politics. The results of the Nov. 8 general election, in which the Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) won only 41 Union Parliament seats, showed in no uncertain terms the depths of the […]


Officers of the Shan State Army-North do not believe the current lull in the Burma Army’s two-month offensive is likely to last more than a few days.


Ruling party official Than Tun was rearrested on Wednesday after he had previously been charged and released for sharing a fake image of Aung San Suu Kyi.


YANGON, Nov 26 (Reuters) – Myanmar’s new cabinet will include members of other political parties and representatives of ethnic minorities, the leader of the National League for Democracy (NLD) Aung San Suu Kyi said on Thursday, stressing the need for national reconciliation. The NLD won a majority in both houses of Myanmar’s parliament and also […]

Ceasefire Dialogue off to Rocky Start as Parties Complain of Exclusion By

The start of political dialogue following the “nationwide” ceasefire agreement runs into problems as some political parties voice anger over being excluded.

Environmentalists Hope for Stronger Safeguards under NLD By

In the wake of recent disasters, local activists are looking to reverse Burma’s abysmal environmental protection record under a new government next year.


RANGOON — The leader of Burma’s main opposition party, Aung San Suu Kyi, acknowledged on Thursday to meeting with the grandson of former dictator Snr-Gen Than Shwe last week, without elaborating on the substance of the discussion. During an interview with Radio Free Asia’s Burmese service on Thursday, Suu Kyi was asked to confirm whether […]


A disregard for the rule of law has made accidents such as the recent landslide at a Hpakant jade mine a common occurrence, Aung San Suu Kyi said Thursday.


Amid ongoing hostilities between the Burma Army and the Shan State Army-North, the ethnic armed group says it won’t relinquish its Wan Hai headquarters.

Migrants Processing Thai Chicken Exports Abused, Exploited—Researchers By

Migrants processing Thai chicken for its biggest export market, Europe, face widespread abuse by their employers, researchers said on Wednesday.


RANGOON — Ethnic conflict, national reconciliation, rampant corruption, runaway inflation and a judicial system under the thumb of entrenched interests. All these challenges and more will face the next government, which will be sworn in next March and almost certainly steered by Aung San Suu Kyi, the leader of the National League for Democracy (NLD), […]

Five Men Detained, Charged Over ‘Rohingya Calendar’ By

Police have charged five men accused of involvement in printing a calendar which included reference to Rohingya as an ethnic minority group living in Burma.


At least 3,700 civilians in Burma have been injured or killed by landmines over the last 17 years, according to the Landmine and Cluster Munition Monitor.

Rights Groups Call to End Sexual Violence, Impunity in Conflict  By

Women remain vulnerable in Burma’s militarized zones, two leading rights groups warn, presenting newly documented cases of sexual violence in conflict.

Search Ends for Victims of Hpakant Jade Mining Landslide By

Police in Kachin State say they have ended efforts to find bodies in a jade mining landslide that killed more than 100 people.

No Reprieve for Chaw Sandi Tun in Facebook Defamation Case By

The Maubin Township court in Irrawaddy Division rejected an appeal Tuesday for defamation charges to be dropped against Chaw Sandi Tun over a Facebook post.

2 Injured Amid Explosions in Mong Hsu Near Ongoing Military Clashes By

Two separate explosions rocked Shan State’s Mong Hsu Township on Tuesday, injuring two men and causing panic throughout the town.

Challenges Remain for Bagan Heritage Recognition By

The scale of tourism development in Bagan has alarmed locals, who are concerned about the future of the former seat of the Pagan Kingdom.

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