Tuesday, May 31st, 2016


On his just completed trip to Asia, President Barack Obama announced in Hanoi that he was ending the decades-old embargo on U.S. arms sales to Vietnam, one of the last regional policy relics of the Cold War.

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Government peace negotiator Dr. Tin Myo Win will meet with leaders of the ethnic armed organizations that did not sign 2015’s so-called nationwide ceasefire agreement (NCA) later this week in an effort to include them in the peace dialogue process.

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As the Mandalay City Development Committee (MCDC) has moved forward with its plan to relocate squatters in the city, complaints are being raised that many squatters were not properly accorded housing while some impostors were given more than one residence.

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Rangoon Chief Minister Phyo Min Thein said on Tuesday that Burma’s commercial capital will continue to face blackouts in the coming months as attempts are made to address the city’s weak power cables and growing electricity demands.

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Over 100 refugees displaced by ongoing fighting gathered in Thibaw/Hsipaw township yesterday to protest the clashes that have kept them from returning to their homes. The protesters held up white placards reading “Stop the war”, “Solve conflict peacefully” and “Let children go to school”.

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Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi will lead a new effort to bring peace and development to Rakhine State where violence between majority Buddhists and minority Muslims in recent years has cast a cloud over progress on democratic reforms.

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Ousted senior officials from the Union Solidarity and Development Party are threatening to take their feud to the election commission if their request for a party conference is not heeded.

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Myanmar’s growth rate, once one of the world’s most impressive, has dipped following heavy floods and an investment slowdown sparked by uncertainty over its political transition, the World Bank said Tuesday.

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The rights of Myanmar’s sizeable merchant seaman population will be better protected after the country last week ratified the Maritime Labour Convention of 2006, the International Labour Organisation said.

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Thai military officials have asked their Burma Army counterparts to help in convincing a powerful ethnic Wa armed group, the United Wa State Army (UWSA), to withdraw its bases on the Thai-Burma border, where some are on Thai territory.

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The Swedish government says women in Burma can count on its support in furthering gender equality and protecting them from violence over the next four years.

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