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Heavy Fighting in Shan State Kills 17 Govt Soldiers, Rebels Claim By

Heavy clashes between the Burma Army and Palaung, Kachin and Kokang ethnic rebels in northern Shan State’s Kutkhai Township kill 17 government soldiers, rebels claim.

President Criticized After Saying Ceasefire Necessary for Successful Elections By

Critics question why President Thein Sein says that an elusive nationwide ceasefire is necessary for the success of the 2015 general elections in Burma.


The Chin State government orders a local unregistered newspaper to shut down, with its chief editor criticizing the decision as politically motivated.


Magwe Divisional Court cuts the sentence of five journalists from the Unity Journal from 10 to 7 years’ imprisonment, following an appeal by the defendants.


The supreme patriarch of the Armenian Apostolic Church attends a ceremony to honor the heritage status of Burma’s oldest Christian place of worship.

Peace on the Table, War on the Ground By

As ethnic and government representatives continue to talk peace, armed conflict is intensifying on the ground, with civilians most at risk.

US Embassy Issues Warning After Clashes in Burma By

The US Embassy in Rangoon issues a warning to its citizens traveling in eastern Burma after clashes between the military and ethnic minority rebels.

Irrawaddy Founder Among 2014 International Press Freedom Awardees By

Aung Zaw, the founding editor-in-chief of The Irrawaddy, is among four international journalists honored with the Committee to Protect Journalist’s 2014 International Press Freedom Awards.

Burma Says Sectarian Violence Challenges Reforms By

Sectarian violence between Buddhists and minority Muslims has thrown up “an unfortunate and unexpected challenge” in Burma’s transition to democracy, the nation’s foreign minister says.

Burma Activists Demand Law to Ban Violence Against Women By

Women’s groups say existing laws to protect women, which date back to the British occupation in the 19th century, are outdated, unclear and poorly enforced.

Burma’s Wirathu and Sri Lankan Nationalist Monks Sign Agreement By

Burma’s nationalist Buddhist monk U Wirathu signs an agreement with Sri Lankan nationalist monks to protect Buddhism.

Tokyo Calling By

The visit to Japan by Burma’s Commander-in-Chief Min Aung Hlaing is the latest sign of warming military and diplomatic ties between Naypyidaw and the region.

Helicopter Still Missing in Burma, Rescuers Say, Denying Crash Report By

Rescuers say a Thai helicopter that went missing in the searching for two mountaineers in northern Burma still has not been found, refuting news reports.

Education Organizations Continue Opposition After Controversial Law Passes By

A Myanmar Teachers’ Federation representative said independent education organizations will continue their opposition to a controversial, new National Education Law that Parliament passed on Friday.

Sacred Buddha Images Tour Inle Lake at Famed Festival By

The Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda festival is renowned for its honoring of five sacred Buddha images and boat races by Inle Lake’s iconic leg-rowing mariners.

Govt, Unesco to Study Bagan’s World Heritage List Nomination By

Culture Ministry officials will meet with Unesco and international archaeological experts to discuss how to complete the World Heritage nomination of the Bagan temple complex.

Thilawa SEZ Holdout Hit With Trespassing By

The last villager living in the Phase I area of the Thilawa special economic zone faces trespassing charges after refusing to vacate his home.

Burma Wants Country off UN Human Rights Agenda  By

Foreign Minister Wunna Maung Lwin says Burma is working to end inter-communal violence and should be removed from the UN Human Rights Council's agenda.

In Central Mon State, Villagers Flee as Soldiers Hunt for Karen Rebels By

Dozens of residents flee villages, while Burma Army soldiers are seen during operations to hunt down DKBA rebels, with whom they have clashed for days.

Two Days On, Thai Rescue Helicopter Still Missing in Burma By

There’s still no sign of the rescue helicopter that lost contact with ground control on Saturday during a search for mountain climbers in northern Burma.

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