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Govt to Select Final Telecoms Partners in September By

Burma’s government will soon announce which local companies will comprise a consortium to be granted a fourth and final telecoms license in the once-closed country.

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Heavy rain over the past few days has inundated parts of Kachin State, including in the jade-rich region of Hpakant, and Mogaung and Mohnyin townships.

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Stray fire near a displacement camp in Kachin State causes scores to flee, according to a local religious charity providing aid for conflict-affected civilians.

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Around 200 people gathered in Rangoon’s Strand Hotel on Monday evening for a theater performance by the renowned London-based venture Shakespeare’s Globe.

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Two journalists were acquitted Tuesday in a criminal defamation lawsuit filed over an online news report about the trafficking of refugees from Burma.

Antiquated Colonial ‘Loitering’ Charge Lands Hundreds in Jail By

Many British colonial-era laws remain on the books despite political reforms, including a ‘loitering at night’charge that has landed hundreds in Rangoon in detention.

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In the shadow of the Shwedagon is a temporary art exhibition that explores a refreshingly modern view of the monument.

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As peace negotiators continue to insist that a nationwide ceasefire is within reach, clashes reportedly break out again in Shan and Kachin states.

Arakan Army Calls for Calm After Bangladesh Border Clash By

The Arakan Army seeks to prevent further clashes after recent fighting between Bangladeshi border guards and the ethnic Arakanese rebels in western Burma.

Burma Army Chief Meets Thai Top Brass in Bangkok By

Min Aung Hlaing met key leaders including Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha and influential nonagenarian Prem Tinsulanonda in the Thai capital on Thursday.

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The relocation of cancelled developments planned near Shwedagon Pagoda is likely to be finalized by the end of the year, according to the Myanmar Investment Commission.

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Aung San Suu Kyi said on Thursday she wished to see a “meaningful” nationwide ceasefire agreement concluded as soon as possible.

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The Chin State government requests a grant of more than 20 billion kyats from the Union for rehabilitation projects in the flood-battered northwestern state.

In Chiang Mai? Party With a Purpose at Flood Relief Event By

For those of you in northern Thailand, spend your Friday night partying for a good cause at a fundraiser for flood relief efforts in Burma’s Chin State.

Six Elephants in Kyaukpadaung to be Helped Home By

Forestry officials said Thursday that six elephants in the area of Mandalay Division’s Kyaukpadaung Township will be herded back to their native jungle.

Suu Kyi: Burma’s Rebels Shouldn’t Sign Peace Deal in Haste By

Aung San Suu Kyi warnsethnic armed groups not to rush into signing a nationwide ceasefire, a position that pits her against President Thein Sein.

2 More Opposition Candidates Disqualified by Election Commission By

Two candidates for the NLD have been disqualified from contesting the Nov. 8 election, one becoming the third candidate barred from the poll on citizenship grounds.

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Police in Rangoon Division’s Hmawbi Township detain 10 Rohingya Muslims and the driver of the vehicle in which they were found riding.

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The chief ministers of two states resign to contest Burma’s upcoming general election, set for Nov. 8, representing the ruling USDP.

Thailand Destroys More Than 2 Tons of Illegal Ivory By

Thai authorities destroy more than 2 tons of seized and smuggled ivory, in the latest move by the government to avoid possible economic sanctions.





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