Monday, October 24th, 2016


As some schools in northern Rakhine State prepare to reopen today, human rights groups continue to call for greater access to the region where thousands have been displaced in the wake of a deadly assault on border guard posts earlier this month.

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In a two-day peace meeting, women’s organisations agreed that civilians must collaboratively demand a halt to recent offensives as well as more gender-inclusive peace negotiations.

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The Burmese government has asked United Wa State Army (UWSA) members to withdraw their troops, citing a push for greater stability in the Mongla region of eastern Shan State, according to a senior officer from the National Democratic Alliance Army (NDAA), which controls the enclave on the Chinese border.

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Dozens of residents fleeing violence in Arakan State’s Maungdaw Township began returning home with the help of government agencies on Monday after sheltering in Danyawaddy sports ground in the state capital of Sittwe.

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Renovation and conservation work to nearly 400 earthquake-hit ancient temples and pagodas in Bagan will start on January 1 of next year, officials said.

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Muslim residents and rights activists say a military operation in northwestern Burma has killed more people than official reports have acknowledged, as a fresh bout of ethnic unrest threatens to undermine the country’s fledgling peace process.

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A large tropical depression in the northern Bay of Bengal is moving towards the Myanmar coast, prompting the issuance of a code red weather warning for the Ayeyawady Delta and the southern part of the Rakhine coast by the Department of Meteorology and Hydrology, state media reported on 24 October.

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Leaders from the Karen National Union and the News Mon State Party agreed more effort is needed to prevent territorial disputes between the two groups. Both parties met on October 15, at an undisclosed location on the Thai-Burma border to discuss their concerns about territory.

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Aiming to both bolster the economy and support the return of Myanmar citizens working abroad, the minister for labour announced plans to stimulate the country’s job market.

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The International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, is lending up to $13.5 million to United International Group Limited, a leading domestic hotel owner and operator in Myanmar, to expand United International’s hospitality business, the IFC said in a statement.

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