Friday, July 1st, 2016


A Muslim prayer hall in Lone Khin village of Hpakant Township, Kachin State was burned down by a mob on Friday afternoon.

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Representatives of the ethnic armed alliance the United Nationalities Federal Council (UNFC) have agreed with the Burmese government peace delegation to hold a meeting with State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi in mid-July.

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Nyi Nyi Lwin, the former monk and Saffron Revolution leader also known as U Gambira, was released from prison on Friday when all additional criminal charges against him were dropped.

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Financial challenges loom over journals serving residents of a central Myanmar region that was notorious for its persecution of journalists under the previous government.

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Khin Htar Kyu was in her late teens when she left her village in Ayeyarwady Region’s Wakema Township with a younger sister to find work in Yangon in order to help her indebted family.

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Five days after the Myanmar army arrested three ethnic Palaung men and 11 Shan villagers working in a cornfield near Lashio township in conflict-ridden northern Shan state, five of them turned up in shallow graves along with two other identified locals on Thursday, RFA’s Myanmar Service has learned.

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The Myanmar Journalist Network (MJN) has denounced as a threat to press freedom the Burmese military’s move to sue the 7Day Daily newspaper for publishing a remark by former army general and Lower House Speaker Shwe Mann.

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Thai and Burmese authorities will begin checking documents of Burmese nationals displaced by war who are residing in Thailand to pave the way for their repatriation.

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After a study released last week narrowed the likely cause of drug-resistant malaria along the Myanmar-Thailand border to a mutation in a specific parasite gene, health officials are trying to figure out how best to respond.

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Law enforcement officials in Pegu Division’s Kyauktaga Township on Thursday opened fire on trucks carrying illegal timber as they tried to run a checkpoint.

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On the first day of her trip to Thailand last week, State Counsellor and Foreign Minister Daw Aung San Suu Kyi met with Myanmar migrant workers at the seafood centre Mahachai, near Bangkok.

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Now here is an interesting juxtaposition of cases: On the same day that ministers announced there would be no legal action against members of a mob that broke into a mosque and assaulted a Muslim man in Bago Region, we learned that U Gambira – a former monk and Saffron Revolution leader – is facing new charges relating to an incident in 2012 when he allegedly forced open monasteries sealed by authorities after the monk-led uprising.

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