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NZ National May Face 4 Years for Insulting Religion: Lawyer

Philip Blackwood and two Burmese nationals, arrested last week after distributing materials considered an insult to religion, was were arraigned at a Rangoon court on Thursday.

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Govt Delays Aid Distribution in Northern Burma: UN

As winter approaches in northern Burma’s Kachin State, some 27,500 internally displaced persons are without assistance such as blankets and clothes, the United Nations said

Burmese Nationals Detained by Malaysia Return to Rangoon

A group of 52 Burmese citizens has returned to the country, five months after they were convicted of breaking Malaysia’s immigration laws in Kuala Lumpur.

Ethnic Alliance to Meet With Govt to Discuss Attack, Ceasefire 

Ethnic armed groups agree to meet with Minister Aung Min next week to discuss the stalled ceasefire process and a recent, deadly Burma Army attack.

Accord Inspires Mother-Tongue Signage, Resistance in Mon State

An informal but potentially symbolic agreement is putting government signage in the ethnic Mon language for the first time, prompting resistance from some quarters.

2 KNLA Members Killed in Highway Bus Robbery

Two soldiers from the Karen National Liberation Army have been killed after attempting to intervene in a robbery in Tenasserim Division.

Kachin Rebels Suspend Monthly Meetings With Burma Army

The KIA says it cancels monthly meetings with Burma Army commanders, as the government failed to explain a recent attack on a KIA training school. 

20 Muslims Facing Trial on Terrorism Charges

Twenty Burmese Muslims stand accused of links to a terrorist group in a trial that their lawyer says lacks credible evidence to back the allegations.

YCDC Election Candidates Cry Foul Over Signboard Ban

Candidates say a signboard ban, ostensibly to avoid ‘damaging’ Rangoon’s beauty, puts their campaigns at a disadvantage in this month’s municipal elections.

Arakan State Govt ‘Condemns’ UN Rohingya Statement

The Arakan State parliament votes unanimously in favor of a non-binding resolution formally condemning UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon for his use of the word “Rohingya.”

Villagers to Protest Over Grisly Death of Kachin Jade Picker

Hundreds of villagers plan to protest after a jade scavenger was allegedly murdered and mutilated in Hpakant, a resource-rich area in northern Burma’s Kachin State.

Burma Military Should Have Less Power: Obama

The US President has used a meeting with senior lawmakers to state that the military should not be a feature of future Burmese governments.

In Remote Karenni State, a Place of Diversity and Learning

A monastery in Karenni State offers children from a cornucopia of minorities in the region a chance at education that they might otherwise not get.

Colorful Fields in Shan State Signal Another Bumper Opium Crop

It’s harvest season in southern Shan State and Kayan tribes are busy tending to the harvest of their colorful but illicit crop: the opium poppy.

Suu Kyi Talks Election, Amendments at Karenni State Rally

Aung San Suu Kyi has told a 10,000 strong crowd that her party will fight the military veto on constitutional amendments.

Slain Journalist Exhumed From Grave, Cause of Death Unclear

The body of Aung Kyaw Naing, a journalist allegedly killed and buried by the Burma Army, was exhumed from the grave by police and medical professionals.

‘If We Don’t Defend Our People They Will Disappear’ 

Col. Saw Tun Tun, tactical commander of the Democratic Karen Benevolent Army, speaks about ethnic politics and the prospect of peace in Burma. 

One Thing on Agenda at Karen Conference: Unity

Hundreds gather at the headquarters of the Democratic Karen Benevolent Army to debate the future of the ethnic Karen people’s rebel armed forces.

KNU Agrees to Talk Unified Karen Army by 2015

The Karen National Union opens the door to the possibility that a much-debated unified fighting force of ethnic Karen rebels could come by 2015.

Police Open Investigation Into Journalist’s Killing, Wife Says

RANGOON — The wife of slain local journalist Aung Kyaw Naing said on Monday that police in Mon State’s Kyaikmayaw town have accepted her complaint and agreed to open an investigation into her husband’s killing by the Burma Army. “We only could open one complaint for a criminal charge at the moment, which is a […]

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