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Govt Wrong to Suggest Wa, China Involvement in Kokang Conflict: UWSA

The United Wa State Army deny government allegations that they support the Kokang rebels and say Naypyidaw is suggesting Chinese involvement to play nationalist politics.

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Kokang Rebels Warn Refugees in China Not to Return As Shan State Fighting Continues

Kokang rebels fighting the Burma Army warn refugees in China not to return to the Shan State’s Kokang Special Region as it remains unsafe. 

Fighting Spreads Through Northern Shan State, Displacing Hundreds of Civilians

Heavy fighting between government forces and ethnic rebels in northern Shan State has spread beyond the Kokang Special Region, causing hundreds of civilians to flee.

Kachin Group Opposes Police Interrogation of Youths in Teachers’ Murder Case 

Kachin Baptist Convention opposes efforts by police to interrogate two Kachin youths, fearing they could be wrongly accused of the recent murder of two teachers. 

Rebels Shun Union Day Pledge ‘Without Concrete Points’: Ethnic Leader

Most ethnic armed groups decline to sign a government statement on the stalled nationwide ceasefire process as it lacks details, an ethnic leader says.

Kachin Group Questions Govt Murder Probe, Forms Investigation Team

An investigation into the recent deaths and alleged rape of two young women in northern Shan State has been criticized by a local religious group.

Opposition Asks Tribunal to Review ‘White Card Holder’ Referendum Vote

Arakanese and other opposition lawmakers ask the Constitutional Tribunal to overturn a parliamentary decision to grant white card holders voting rights during a constitutional referendum. 

Mon National Day Festivities in Rangoon Draw Thousands

Ethnic Mon in Rangoon celebrate their national day, a spirited commemoration marking the establishment of their most enduring kingdom nearly 15 centuries ago.

At Least 10 Dead After Army, TNLA Clash in Mongmit

Three days of fighting has seen casualties on both sides, with the government and TNLA at odds over what caused the outbreak of violence.

‘White Card’ Holders Eligible to Vote on Constitutional Reform

Burma’s Union Parliament passes a law granting temporary citizens the right to vote in a constitutional referendum slated for later this year.

Army Statement Warns Against Linking Teachers’ Murders to Troops

A military-owned media outlet says anyone could face legal action for alleging that soldiers were involved in the murder of two Kachin teachers. 

Mon Rebels Prohibit Controversial Coal Plant

Ethnic rebels in Mon State announce that they will not allow a proposed coal-fired power plant to be built in the southeastern state.

Army Reportedly Offers Money to Families of Murdered Teachers

The Burma Army offers money to the families of two ethnic Kachin schoolteachers who were murdered in northern Shan State, a Kachin Christian group says.

Police Accused in Vigilante Drug Bust in Northern Shan State

Two men are detained in Namkham Township after a group of antinarcotics vigilantes say they apprehended the duo in possession of illicit drugs.

Kachin Community Mourns Slain Schoolteachers in Rangoon

A memorial has been held in Rangoon for two Kachin women found murdered in the northern Shan State village of Kaung Kha.

Rights Groups Seek Justice for Slain Kachin Women

Rights groups have asked the Burmese government to seek justice for two Kachin women found dead on Tuesday in a northern Shan State village.

On Chinese Border, Local Activists Lead Fight Against Drug Crime

Faced with staggering addiction rates and inaction from the Burma Army, villagers in Shan State have begun their own battle against the drug trade.

Palaung Rebels Celebrate Insurgent History in Mountain Enclave

The leader of one of the few ethnic armies yet to reach a ceasefire agreement with the government says that peace remains a distant prospect.

Arakanese Nationalists Hold Protest Against UN Rights Rep Visit

Hundreds of Arakanese Buddhist nationalists protested at Sittwe airport against the visit by the UN human rights rapporteur for Burma Yanghee Lee.

In Taunggyi, 20 Accused Await Verdict on Terrorism Charges

A court will next week pass down a verdict on 20 Burmese Muslims accused of links to armed insurgent groups.

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