Monday, July 25th, 2016


Peace activists held mass rallies in support of the upcoming government-led Union Peace Conference (21st Century Panglong) in Yangon yesterday, local media reported.

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PROMINENT activist Ko Tin Htut Paing, who was sentenced to 15 years’ imprisonment in 2009 and released under a presidential amnesty in 2012, might have had reason to believe there would be greater freedom under the National League for Democracy government.

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It takes two to tango, say Burma-watchers trying to make sense of the relationship burgeoning between the new government and the armed forces. This last week, some intriguing gestures have passed between the two.

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A nationalist political party yesterday raised objections over how the new government has been addressing citizenship issues in Rakhine State, citing a lack of punishments enforced against fraudulent applicants.

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Speculation rippled across social media after fire trucks and ambulances were seen outside the embassy compound in Myanmar’s largest city, but local officer Zaw Win told AFP “it was not a bomb explosion”.

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Fresh from a stint back in their constituencies, members of parliament have now returned to Nay Pyi Taw for the second hluttaw session since last November’s elections. As the new session opens today, they face a range of issues, starting with a proposed revision of the budget law.

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Health officials in Pegu Division have warned of a fast-spreading outbreak of acute dysentery in Prome District caused by recent monsoonal flooding.

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Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se met with Myanmar’s Foreign Minister Aung San Suu Kyi Sunday to exchange views on bilateral ties across the board and the North Korean nuclear program, officials here said Monday.

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Burmese State Counselor and Foreign Minister Aung San Suu Kyi met with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi on the sidelines of the ongoing 49th ASEAN Foreign Ministers Meeting (AMM) and Post-Ministerial Conferences (PMC) in Vientiane, Laos, on Sunday, both promising to strengthen ties and cooperation.

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