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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. 

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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.

Low Turnout, Local Opposition Marks First Manau Festival Since Renewed Fighting

The first Manau festival staged in Burma for four years has opened in Myitkyina, despite the objections of thousands of local Kachin.

New Bridge Joins New Year’s Revelers in Thailand’s Sangkhlaburi

In Sangkhlaburi, a border town that has long bridged Thai and Burmese cultures, the reconstruction of a literal bridge draws New Year’s celebrants.

Ethnic Alliance Restates Call for Tripartite Political Dialogue

The United Nationalities Alliance reiterates calls for tripartite political dialogue between the government, the NLD and ethnic groups following a three-day meeting in Rangoon.

Ethnic Leaders Propose Talks in Kachin Capital

Ethnic Leaders Propose Talks in Kachin Capital Ethnic peace negotiators request a meeting between the government and armed groups in northern Burma, where a recent attack brought peace talks to a standstill.

Top Ethnic Leaders, Burma Army Reps Absent From Ceasefire Talks

Burma Army representatives and top ethnic leaders are not attending the nationwide ceasefire talks, a situation that indicates how much negotiations have suffered recently. 

Applicants Bemoan Waiting Times After Thai Embassy Changes Visa Processing 

The Thai Embassy in Rangoon lifts restrictions on the number of visa applications it processes daily, but the new system has drastically increased waiting times.

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.

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.

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