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Demonstration to Call for Investigation Into Journalist’s Killing By

Activists plan a demonstration to call for an investigation and justice in the case of the reported killing of a journalist by the Burma Army.

Father of Koh Tao Accused Describes Threats Against His Son By

The father of one of two Burmese migrants accused of murder on Thailand’s Koh Tao says Thai police threatened to kill his son under interrogation.


Low-cost carrier AirAsia will soon fly direct flights between Naypyidaw and Kuala Lumpur as the Burmese capital prepares to host a major regional summit.


Two Burmese women activists and an advocacy group will accept awards from the N-Peace Network alongside other Asian peace activists at a ceremony in Bangkok.


Recent drug seizures and reports of growing drug abuse in western Burma’s Arakan State are causing concern among local residents and state authorities.

Missing Reporter Killed in Custody of Burma Army: Report By

A journalist covering the recent fighting between the Burma Army and Karen rebels on Mon State was reportedly killed while in custody of government soldiers.

US Think Tank Faults Burma on Arakan Response By

An influential Washington think tank criticizes Burma’s government for presiding over a “humanitarian catastrophe” and doing little to track down perpetrators of anti-Muslim violence.

Devotees Flock to ‘Japan Pagoda’ in Rangoon By

Pilgrims from all corners of Burma flock to a monastery in Rangoon’s Hmawbi Township, where a Japanese man has donated hundreds of ancient Buddha images.

Parents of Burmese Men Accused of Koh Tao Murders Arrive in Thailand By

A British labor rights activist visits two Burmese men accused of murder in southern Thailand as the migrants’ parents arrive to visit their children.

Karen Leaders Prepare for Divisive Assembly By

Top-ranking Karen leadership meets this week to discuss rejoining the nation’s main ethnic coalition and uniting Karen rebels under a single military alliance.

Information Minister to Discuss Jailing of Journalists With President By

Information Minister Ye Htut says he will discuss the recent imprisonment of local journalists with President Thein Sein.

Two Govt Colonial Buildings in Rangoon to Get New Owners by Year’s End By

The Directorate of Investment and Companies Registration will announce the auction winners of two government-owned heritage buildings in Rangoon by the end of this year.

Between Tracks and Trains, a Bustling Bazar By

Frenetic Danyingon train station is where gardeners from across outer Rangoon bring a huge variety of fresh produce for wholesale distribution to smaller city markets.

Burma’s President Seeks Less EU Scrutiny Amid ‘Backsliding’ Concerns By

Thein Sein urges the EU to stop submitting reports on Burma’s human rights situation, as a UN report notes “possible signs of backsliding” on reforms.

Army Detains Journalist Who Covered Fighting With Rebels, Wife Alleges By

A local journalist’s wife says he has been detained by the Burma Army several weeks ago when he visited Karen rebels fighting the army. 

Second Ethnic Newspaper Shuttered by Chin State Govt By

An unregistered minority-focused newspaper is ordered to shut down in northwestern Burma’s Chin State last week, the second such forced closure within a month.

Thai Human Rights Commission Hears Concerns About Dawei SEZ By

Activists meet with Thailand’s National Human Rights Commission to submit new research on negative impacts of a stalled mega-project jointly developed by Burma and Thailand.

Burma General Elections Scheduled in Late 2015: Election Official By

Burma’s first democratic elections in 25 years are scheduled to be held in late October or early November, the Union Election Commission announces.

Color and Culture at Rangoon Art Show By

Forty-one works of art in watercolor, oil, acrylic and pastel paints are on public display this week at the Lokanat Galleries in Rangoon.

Burma Army Agrees to Withdraw From Disputed Shan Territories By

Government troops agree to retreat from some areas near the upper Salween River, during an emergency meeting with ethnic Shan rebels.

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