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Thein Sein To Consider Second Term: Japanese Media By

In a rare interview with Japanese news agency NHK, Burma’s President urges infrastructure investment and indicates that he will consider second term.

Forced Labor Shows Back-Breaking Lack of Reform in Burma’s Military By

Stateless Rohingya say there is no let-up in soldiers forcing them into hard labor, despite the government launching a campaign to end the practice.


In the lead-up to a meeting with the Burmese government’s chief peace negotiator, ethnic leaders convene in northern Thailand to discuss the nation’s peace process.


Burma’s unelected military lawmakers argue firmly against a proposed constitutional amendment that would grant state-level parliaments the right to nominate chief ministers.


A district court rejected an appeal on Monday against the two year sentence handed down to former NLD member Htin Lin Oo for offending religious feeling.

Student Protesters Charged for Rally Against Military MPs By

Student leaders involved in a protest in Rangoon against military lawmakers’ presence in Burma’s Parliament are charged with unlawful assembly, a senior police officersays.

Aid Transparency Improving but Not Enough: Report By

International aid donors are falling short on commitments to provide open data on their spending and operations in developing countries, according to a new report.

5 Arrested With Firearms in Mandalay Could Face Treason Charges By

Five men found carrying drugs and unlicensed arms late last month may face charges of high treason, according to the Mandalay Division Police Force.

Asia Highway Closed as Burma Army, DKBA Exchange Fire By

Renewed fighting between government troops and the DKBA in eastern Burma lead to a temporary shutdown of the new Asia Highway.

Students Arrested in Mandalay for Graffiti Protest By

Four students from Yadanabon University were arrested on Monday after spray-painting messages critical of the government on the university’s grounds.

Charter Referendum, of Dubious Import, to Be Held With Election: Shwe Mann By

Election day voters will also decide whether to change a single provision of the contentious Constitution, and the tweak appears to be of little significance.

Several Jailed Letpadan Activists Placed in Solitary Following Court Appearance By

Seven jailed education reform activists are placed in solitary confinement for bringing cigarettes and betel nut back to prison after a court appearance.

Civilians Injured in Ongoing Fighting in Hpakant By

Scores of civilians fled their homes on Wednesday, while others were caught in the crossfire, as conflict in Kachin State’s Hpakant Township continued.

Dengue Cases Spike in Irrawaddy Division By

Hemorrhagic dengue fever is hitting townships in Irrawaddy Division particularly hard as Burma’s monsoon season ramps up.

Burmese Fisherman Goes Home After 22 Years as a Slave By

One man’s tale of abuse and loss suffered over more than two decades offers a look into pervasive labor abuses in Southeast Asia’s fishing industry.

Burma Students in Peaceful March to Protest Political Role of Military By

Students in Burma lead a peaceful march of between 50 and 200 protesters, urging Burma’s military to remove itself from politics.

Severe Floods Take Heavy Toll in Arakan State By

Flooding in Arakan State over the past few days has hit locals hard, with businesses and transportation disrupted and reports that several people have died.

NLD Members Accused of Trespassing While Verifying Voter Lists in Naypyidaw By

Two opposition party members are accused of trespassing while carrying out a voter list verification drive, and could face legal action in the coming weeks.

As Election Nears, Migrant Voters Left in the Dark By

Prospective first-time voters among Burmese migrants in Thailand say little information on voting in Burma’s upcoming general election has been provided.

Government Projects Delayed, Expensive and Poorly Planned: Report By

Government infrastructure projects in Burma are rife with inflated cost projections, long delays and a lack of advance planning, according to a civil society report.

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