Monday, January 14th, 2013

Myanmar’s army fired artillery shells into the heart of a town used by ethnic Kachin guerrillas as their headquarters on Monday, killing three civilians and wounding four others in the latest escalation of the conflict, the rebels said. (more…)

Kachin ethnic rebels battling the army in northern Myanmar say they shot down a government helicopter, but the army says it crashed due to engine failure. (more…)

Fighting in Myanmar between an armed ethnic rebel group and the country’s military threatened to spill into Chinese territory on Monday, the insurgents said, with reports that shelling had killed three people in the border town of Laiza. (more…)

The United Nationalities Federal Council says they have come to a common agreement and are now prepared to help the Kachin if the government troops do not stop their offensive in Kachin State. (more…)

Several hours after an artillery strike by the Burmese government killed three civilians and injured four in Laiza town, a government spokesperson has come out to deny that the military was involved in the attack in northern Burma. (more…)

A draft Media Law bill will soon be presented by the provisional Myanmar Press Council (MPC) to members of the Burmese press, Council Secretary Kyaw Min Swe said at a press briefing on Saturday. (more…)

Peter Chou, the Burma-born CEO of Taiwanese phone company HTC Corp., has announced the launch of the world’s first mobile devices designed to be used with Burmese text. (more…)

Seven Burmese banks, including the country’s largest, officially launched a partnership with Western Union on Saturday to provide money transfer services to Burmese nationals living abroad. (more…)

As it strives to become Asia’s next economic star Myanmar has set its sights on overhauling its battered and distrusted banking system, a move which could pave the way for foreign lenders to open branches. (more…)

Taiwan’s HTC Corp. 2498.TW +5.05% is taking its smartphones to Myanmar, joining an expanding list of foreign companies seeking a foothold in one of Asia’s last investment frontiers. (more…)

Entertainer Linn Linn sings about love, the environment and freedom. But his fans keep asking for a different song—the one about Chinese immigrants taking over his hometown. (more…)

The head of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) arrived in Myanmar on Sunday to set up inspections of its prisons and seek access to conflict-hit border areas, the humanitarian agency said on Sunday. (more…)

Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) has called for international action following the Burma Army’s bombardment of Laiza, on the China-Burma border, in which three civilians, including a 76 year-old Christian pastor and a 15 year-old boy, were killed and four others injured. (more…)

Two months ago, Yub, a 28-year-old Rohingya man, slipped quietly into Thailand after he paid 400,000 kyat (142,000 baht) to a human trafficker to take him out of Myanmar’s violence-plagued Rakhine state. (more…)

Authorities in Burma should drop charges against activists who participated in peaceful protests against government policies, Human Rights Watch said today. Nine peace activists now face criminal charges for demonstrating in Rangoon without a permit on September 21, 2012, International Peace Day. Anti-mining protesters and land rights activists elsewhere in Burma have also been subject to intimidation and prosecution. (more…)