A court in Myanmar has sentenced eight Chinese nationals to lengthy prison terms for transporting an arsenal of firearms and hand grenades while they lived in the country illegally.
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The interim Myanmar Press Council (MPC) has been granted an audience with President Thein Sein in the capital Nay Pyi Taw on August 1.
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In eastern Myanmar, just a stone’s throw from the Chinese border, lies a den of drug smuggling, gambling, and vice.
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Japan’s ANA Holdings (ANA) has cancelled its plan to buy a 49% stake in Asian Wings Airways (AWA), an airline based in Myanmar, also known as Burma.
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The underperforming US$1 billion gas pipeline through Burma into China was built by the state-owned China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) to please political leaders in Beijing rather than for sound practical reasons, a report claims. (more…)

Some shops in Mandalay have already begun selling a limited number of Ooredoo SIM cards, as the Qatari company remains tight-lipped about when its mobile phone cards will go on general sale.
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Myanma Oil and Gas Enterprise (MOGE) signed contracts for four onshore blocks after several months’ delay on July 30, according to a statement from the ministry.
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The Ministry of Labour, Employment and Social Security has initiated legal action against officials from a South Korean shoe factory in Hlaing Tharyar township that closed abruptly at the end of June and has refused to compensate laid-off workers, a deputy minister says.
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The Myanmar authorities have seized 140kg of heroin packed into blocks and hidden in a car in the notorious “Golden Triangle” area near the Thai border, police said on Thursday.
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A number of security personnel and protesting villagers were injured in a skirmish between farmers and police near the Latpadaung copper mine on Sunday, when villagers attempted to herd cattle in the area against official orders.
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Ceasefire discussions among ethnic armed groups entered their final stages on Monday in Laiza, the rebel stronghold of Kachin State in northern Burma.
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Burma’s much lauded reforms, including the release of opposition politician Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, are being undermined by a crackdown on newly gained press freedoms, civil war, anti-Muslim violence and corruption, a report by the New York based International Center for Transitional Justice has warned.
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A little girl balances a bag of donated rice on her head as she begs for her family of eight. Other children play in fetid, trash-clogged pools of water. And at a religious class at a makeshift mosque, more than a third of the children had not eaten that day. Or the day before.
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President U Thein Sein has nominated Deputy Minister for Information U Ye Htut as the new minister for information, in the wake of two ministerial resignations.
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Myanmar’s ministers for information and health have been allowed to retire, state television reported Tuesday, in the country’s second Cabinet reshuffle in two months.
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Myanmar’s parliament on Tuesday agreed to set up a committee to consider the possibility of introducing a controversial proportional representation (PR) electoral system in next year’s polls, as Speaker Shwe Mann cautioned that it could fracture ethnic unity in the fledgling democracy.
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During a debate on proportional representation, parliamentary speaker Thura U Shwe Mann warned a National League for Democracy MP to mind his own business and a military MP supported a move he believed would increase the accountability of governance.
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Refugees from Burma residing in Thai border camps are concerned about the lack of transparency and proper procedures by Thai authorities regarding repatriation, in light of a recent census poll being conducted in the camps.
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The speaker of the Amyotha Hluttaw told a session of parliament on July 28 that the President must redouble his efforts in tackling the nations’ growing problem with drugs.
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Former U.S. officials — both critics and champions of Myanmar while working for the government — are doing brisk business as consultants introducing investors to the newly open country.
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