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A local journalist who was reporting in Mon State on the recent fighting between the Burma Army and Karen rebels was killed while in custody of government soldiers, according to the Interim Myanmar Press Council. (more…)

Burma’s Ministry of Immigration and Population will begin issuing electronic visas for tourists at six additional locations, a ministry official told The Irrawaddy on Friday. (more…)

Two Burmese women activists and an advocacy group will accept awards from the N-Peace Network alongside other Asian peace activists at a ceremony in Bangkok on Friday evening. (more…)

Lawyers in Myanmar are well accustomed to paying out a stream of bribes to clerks and judges as part of a widely acknowledged culture of graft. But when word spread last year about a judge’s wife demanding $150,000 for a favorable decision, even the most jaded lawyers took notice. (more…)

The United National Democratic Organization claims it will expose and put cases of human rights violations during the time of the military junta on the record. (more…)

Senior clergy have launched a crackdown on mendicants who masquerade as monks to solicit money and food from passers-by, as well as abbots who send novices across the city to collect alms in popular tourist areas. (more…)

The United Nationalities Federal Council (UNFC) ethnic alliance has expressed its doubts over the Burmese military’s commitment to the peace process. (more…)

Politicians and scholars have criticized the reluctance of military MPs to amend Article 436 of the 2008 Constitution, claiming they do not welcome political reform. (more…)

The government’s chief negotiator has generated controversy by warning in a speech to parliament that international funding for the peace process could dry up unless a nationwide ceasefire agreement is signed. (more…)

Although 11 proposals to build coal-fired power plants have been submitted to the Ministry of Electric Power not a single one has yet to be approved, a senior official at the ministry said. (more…)

All trains on the Yangon circular route will soon be fitted with air conditioning units, as part of the upgrade intended to turn it into the primary mode of public transportation in Myanmar’s largest city, the Ministry of Rail Transportation said. (more…)

The Union Election Commission has promised to extend the election campaign period from 30 to 60 days at the request of opposition parties but insisted that other restrictions on campaigning are needed to prevent unrest. (more…)

Regional and state parliaments should have the authority to appoint or elect their respective chief ministers rather than having them selected by the Union president, a report compiled by the Constitutional Amendment Committee says. (more…)

Tun Tun Hteik, the father of Win Zaw Htun, one of two Burmese suspects in the Koh Tao murder case, told The Irrawaddy on Friday of threats made against his son by Thai police that led to his confession. (more…)

The Malaysia-based low-cost carrier AirAsia will soon fly direct flights between Naypyidaw and Kuala Lumpur as the Burmese capital prepares to host a major regional summit next month. (more…)

A dramatic fall in the volume of rice exports has dragged prices downwards and threatens to drive small farmers off the land, farmers’ advocates have warned. (more…)

Recent drug seizures and reports of growing drug abuse in western Burma’s Arakan State are causing concern among local residents and state authorities, with some fearing that the developments indicate a rise in drug trafficking through the region to neighboring Bangladesh. (more…)

The change to an e-visa system and the accompanying drop of Myanmar’s pre-arranged visa-on-arrival service has created difficulties for at least 3,000 visitors with plans to visit the Golden Land, U Hnaung Hnaung Han, the secretary of Myanmar Tourism Entrepreneurs Association told Mizzima. (more…)

Representatives of the European Union are consulting with members of Myanmar NGOs to see how the EU might best help support civil society. (more…)

Some European countries have challenged the Myanmar authorities to prove the claim that Rohingya do not exist in Myanmar by providing strong evidence, according to Rakhine State Chief Minister U Maung Maung Ohn. (more…)

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