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Six members of a family accused of severely abusing two young housemaids at their tailor shop in downtown Rangoon made their first court appearance today at the Western Yangon District Court in Lanmadaw Township.

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Under the glare of the midday sun, several dozen men wearing blue outfits, with shackles around their ankles, stood grouped together in a field of shrubs and tall grass.

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Military activity and tension at the site of the Hat Gyi dam in Karen State threatens a breakdown of Burma’s nationwide ceasefire agreement (NCA) as concerns grow over potential clashes between the Burma Army and the Karen National Liberation Army (KNLA).

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Authorities in Putao Township, Kachin State, issued an order to an internally displaced persons (IDP) camp saying agencies and groups need permission to deliver aid.

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Mai Aung Kham, an ethnic Ta’ang—also known as Palaung—from northern Shan State, says he is on the run.

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The head of Rangoon Parliament’s Finance, Planning and Economic Affairs Committee told the press on Thursday of the divisional government’s priorities for the development of the commercial capital throughout the rest of the year.

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Married women in Burma give birth to five children on average and detailed findings of the country’s 2014 census highlight the lack of education, need for family planning, and the continued hardship that many women within the country face.

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During her recent trip to the United States, Myanmar’s de facto leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi highlighted the importance of amending the 2008 constitution, calling it a barrier to building “a truly democratic country”. Her rhetoric abroad, however, has yet to be matched by concrete action at home since her government took power in late March.

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You’ve probably heard of JICA, the Japan International Cooperation Agency. But what about MICA, the Myanmar International Cooperation Agency? No, Myanmar is not getting into the foreign aid game – the naming similarity is about all that JICA and MICA share.

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Thai and Myanmar authorities are registering Myanmar refugees who fled to Mae Hong Son province for repatriation, it was disclosed at the Thai-Myanmar Township Border Committee (TBC)’s meeting Thursday.

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During his first visit to Kachin State the U.S. Ambassador, Scot Marciel, told internally displaced persons (IDPs) that he would report to the U.S. government on their situation and think of ways he can help them.

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The Democratic Karen Buddhist Army (DKBA) renegade faction has denied reports that its leader, Col. Saw San Aung, had been killed in a clash with Burmese government forces.

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Following two weeks of fighting between the Burma Army and the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) in Kachin State the Burma Army launched jet fighter and helicopter air strikes against KIA camps on 23 September.

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Escalating protests against a military conglomerate-supported gold mine resulted in a stand-off between police and villagers outside regional government offices yesterday.

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More than 2000 people protested the arrests of seven jade prospectors this week in Hkamti township, Sagaing Region, following a government crackdown on people found in possession of illegal gemstones.

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Locals have sent an open letter to Burma’s President opposing the planned hydropower project to be built over the May Kha River and Ngaw Chan Kha Creek in Kachin State’s Chipwi and Tsawlaw townships.

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The Rangoon divisional parliament will begin its second session on Thursday after a three-and-a-half month break, lawmakers told The Irrawaddy.

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Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW),in a statement on 27 September, called on the Rakhine State Government to halt plans to demolish more than 3,000 buildings associated with the Rohingya population on the pretext that they have been built illegally. This includes 12 mosques and 35 madrasas in the Muslim-majority townships of Maungdaw and Buthidaung.

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Myanmar’s military-controlled Ministry of Home Affairs on Tuesday cancelled plans to give partial control of five of its departments to regional and state chief ministers, following the leaking of an office memo about the change on social media.

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Burma’s Lower House of Parliament on Tuesday discussed a proposal urging the government to enact legal protection against labor exploitation and abuse of Burmese migrant workers in foreign countries.

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