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At least 10 people have been reported killed and dozens more are missing after a downpour triggered the collapse of a massive slag heap in Kachin State’s Hpakant Township on Monday night, in the latest deadly landslide to hit Burma’s notoriously unregulated jade-mining region.

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A court in Burma sentenced a young poet to six months in jail on Tuesday for defaming former president Thein Sein, making him one of the first political activists sentenced since Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi took power in April.

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Around 40 residents staged a protest on Monday calling for the shutdown of a gold-mining operation near Uru Creek in Kachin State’s Hpakant Township.

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Over 50 villagers who were trapped in clashes between government troops and the KIA in Mansi Township, Bhamo District, Kachin State arrived back Mai Khaung refugee camp.

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Nationalist Buddhist monks from Ma Ba Tha are holding large-scale religious conversion ceremonies in Muslim enclaves, drawing criticism from local residents.

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The Kachin Independence Organisation has vowed to boycott the cornerstone of the new government’s peace plan if fighting between the Tatmadaw and the ethnic armed groups is not resolved first.

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Dr Naing Aung and Moe Thee Zun, the former chairmen of the All Burma Students’ Democratic Front (ABSDF), both former citizens of Myanmar, have been denied entry visas to visit the country.

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A man who allegedly made a fraudulent Facebook account under the name of Nay Myo Wai, the chairperson of the Peace and Diversity Party, was arrested after he posted remarks about the commander-in-chief of defence services and government officials on Monday. He is being investigated under Section 66(d) of the Telecommunication Law, reports say.

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Leaders of the New Mon State Party (NMSP) met with the chief minister and officials of the Mon State Government on Thursday [May 19] at state government office in Moulmein, the capital of Mon State.

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Without transparency, a government cannot earn a good public reputation, and ministerial and departmental spokespersons must be answerable to the media, Minister for Information U Pe Myint told senior government officials yesterday.

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Both houses of Myanmar’s parliament have approved without objection a bill revoking the Law to Safeguard the State against the Dangers of Those Desiring to Cause Subversive Acts which was enacted over four decades ago.

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The Union parliament approved a proposal yesterday to take Ks 500 billion in agricultural loans from the Central Bank of Myanmar for the 2016-2017 fiscal year.

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Following Thailand and Indonesia, leading multinational mobile wallet provider Cellum is now expanding its presence in Asia to Myanmar, the company said in a press release on 23 May.

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Just weeks after parliament approved closer Myanmar-Russia military relations – with some MPs saying it would help to “upgrade” the Tatmadaw – President U Htin Kyaw shook hands with Russia’s President Vladimir Putin at the Russia-ASEAN summit in Sochi.

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A tenuous civilian-military dance. Simmering Burman Buddhist nationalism. An impatient populace that is struggling with rising prices and power cuts, amid record-high GDP growth. A popular but inexperienced political leadership inching toward what some call “liberal authoritarianism”.

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At every session I have assisted as an interpreter – regardless of the sector or the topic – “capacity building” has been the most iterated phrase. The dire need requested by almost every government institution is usually expressed at the end of these sessions, under discussions about the “way forward” and/or “challenges”.

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Daw Yin Myo Suu was born and raised in Nyaung Shwe, on the edge of Inle Lake. She is managing director of Inle Princess Resort and founder of the Inthar Heritage House, both of which promote the customs and traditions of the Inthar people, who live on and around the lake. She spoke to Frontier about her approach to business and what can be done to help save one of the country’s most iconic natural sites.

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A House of Representatives MP from the Shan Nationalities League for Democracy (SNLD), Kyaukme constituency, said that six out of eight charred remains found in Kyaukme, northern Shan State, after clashes between Shan State Progressive Party (SSPP) and government troops,were believed to be local civilians.

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Local authorities and community leaders have completed a headcount of those living in the Muslim quarter of the Arakan State capital Sittwe, finding little to indicate, as was claimed, that the neighborhood’s population had swelled in recent years.

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Nay Lin Soe, a protester who had been marching from Rangoon to the controversial Letpadaung copper mine in Sagaing Division, was arrested with a companion outside Mandalay on Monday.

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