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Ethnic Parties Split in Two on Four-Month-Old Appointment to Six-Party Talks By

An ethnic party alliance has criticized last year’s selection process for an ethnic representative to six-party constitutional talks, a full four months after Dr. Aye Maung’s appointment.

Diarrhea ‘Rife’ in Parts of Irrawaddy Division By

At least three townships in Irrawaddy Division have been hit this month by an outbreak of diarrhea that is being blamed on contaminated drinking water.


A Burmese documentary about a young disabled man in Burma receives Best Short Honorable Mention at the Asians on Film Festival in Los Angeles.


An exhibition of photographs documenting recent student protests is prematurely shuttered after the gallery owner expresses concern that the material is too politically sensitive.


A Burmese military-owned bank in eastern Burma was targeted by armed attackers over the weekend, according to the military’s information department.

‘Crony’ Win Aung Removed From US Blacklist: Who’s Next? By

Burma’s business community predicts that the delisting could signal a tide of redemption for a long list of so-called cronies ostracized by the Western superpower.

Winners of Annulled 1990 Election Plan Silver Jubilee By

Elected representatives who won seats in Burma’s historic 1990 election, the results of which were ignored by the former military regime, will mark the 25th anniversary of the poll next month.

Kaman IDPs in Arakan State Ask Govt to Rebuild Homes By

More than 4,000 Kaman Muslims in Arakan State are seeking government support for resettlement after their homes were destroyed during intercommunal violence in 2012.

Kokang Rebels Claim Dozens of Govt Soldiers Killed, Arms Seized By

Kokang rebels say they killed dozens of government soldiers and seized numerous small arms while fending off a Burma Army attack in northern Shan State.

Strong Winds Disrupt Flights to and From Rangoon By

Strong winds in Burma’s former capital lead to a suspension of all flights to and from Rangoon International Airport, according to reports in local media.

US Lifts Sanctions on Prominent Burmese Businessman By

The Treasury removes a prominent Burmese businessman from a blacklist that had barred him from doing business in the United States.

Suu Kyi Pans Podesta Deal as Govt Wages PR Battle Against US Sanctions By

Aung San Suu Kyi has panned the government’s decision to pay a US firm to overhaul its image, as a presidential adviser admitted the firm had been charged with ending US sanctions.

Court Transfers Students’ Case, 4 Face Extra Charges in Rangoon By

Letpadan Court transfers the case against 70 detained students to a court near Tharawaddy Prison, while four students face additional criminal charges by Rangoon police.

Amnesty Calls for Rio Tinto Probe for Role in Monywa Mine Sale By

Amnesty International calls on British authorities to investigate British-Australian mining giant Rio Tinto for a possible breach of sanctions against Burma.

Activist Gets 6 Months for Protest Against Journalist’s Killing By

A Mandalay court sentences an imprisoned activist to a further six months of detention for an unauthorized protest against the army’s killing of a journalist.

Robert San Aung Nominated for Human Rights Award By

The lawyer has been nominated for the Martin Ennals Award in recognition of his work as one of the Burma’s leading human rights defenders.

Laukkai’s Displaced Continue to Trickle Back Home By

Residents of Laukkai who fled the Kokang conflict continue a gradual return to the war-torn township, even as uncertainty lingers over the broader region’s stability.

Burma Population Control Law Threatens Minorities: Rights Group By

Burma’s religious and ethnic minorities may be targeted by a proposed population control law which could also be a setback for maternal health advances.

Govt Proposes Heritage Protection Bills for Old Buildings and Objects By

Burma’s government releases two heritage protection bills that would help better protect heritage buildings and objects.

NDF to Contest 400 Seats in Nationwide 2015 Poll By

Burma’s National Democratic Force party says it will field about 400 candidates in regional and Union-level races during nationwide parliamentary elections due late this year.

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