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Seven days after an attack on ethnic army cadets in Kachin State, activists and social groups held donation drives and ceremonies on Wednesday to commemorate the 23 soldiers who died in the incident. (more…)

Aung Zaw, the founding editor of The Irrawaddy Magazine, received the International Press Freedom Award, which was presented by the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) in New York on Tuesday night. (more…)

The Pyidaungsu Hluttaw has approved a proposal to hold six-party talks aimed at solving the country’s political problems. (more…)

A bill for the amendment of Myanmar’s 2008 Constitution will be drawn up over the parliamentary break and submitted to the 12th session of the Hluttaw in January 2015, said U Nanda Kyaw Swa, deputy speaker of the Pyithu Hluttaw. (more…)

Win Cho, a former political prisoner and renowned rights activist, has been approved as an eligible candidate for upcoming municipal elections in Rangoon after appealing an initial rejection by the city’s election commission. (more…)

Bangladesh has outlined proposals to intern thousands of undocumented Rohingya before repatriation to Myanmar, which they fled because of targeted violence and systematic discrimination, an official Foreign Ministry document obtained by Al Jazeera America reveals. (more…)

A court on the Thai island of Koh Samui on Wednesday rejected a bail request by two Burmese migrant workers who are accused murdering a pair of British tourists, a NGO member working on the case said. (more…)

The planned seventh meeting between the Myanmar government’s Union Peace-making Work Committee and the Nationwide Ceasefire Coordination Team, who represent the armed ethnic-minority groups will be postponed as a response to the recent killing of the 23 cadets at a Kachin Independence Army training facility, NCCT leader Nai Han Thar told Mizzima on November 25. (more…)

American multinational General Electric will soon begin upgrading Rangoon’s industrial gas turbines, a spokesperson said on Wednesday, after finalizing an agreement with the government. (more…)

The Yangon Electricity Supply Board (YESB) will begin to facilitate private investment from early next year, with a view to the possibility of an eventual complete privatization of the city’s electricity transmission. (more…)

Debate continues amongst potential health insurance providers over affordable premiums for health insurance balanced against viable financial coverage for people hospitalised, industry sources tell Mizzima. (more…)

Myanmar’s external debt is projected to increase to US$11.7 billion or 19.4 % of GDP (when????), according to Asia Development Bank Outlook 2014. Total external debt declined to US$10.7 billion in the fiscal year 2013 from US$13.5 billion in the fiscal year 2012. (more…)

Student activists plan to again take to the streets to protest the National Education Law on Thursday in Mandalay, where they will reiterate a request that the government convene a quadripartite meeting to discuss the controversial legislation. (more…)

Five Burmese migrants injured in a coal mine blast in Malaysia’s Sarawak State on 22 November are recovering, and three of them have been carried by helicopter to other hospitals in Malaysia, said Win Win Min, a diplomat in charge of labour issues at Burma’s embassy in Malaysia. (more…)

Tea leaf entrepreneur stays true to his roots (more…)

Political parties in Mandalay called on the government on Wednesday to end its armed conflicts in Burma’s ethnic regions and put more of an effort into the country’s peace process. (more…)

The Burmese army systematically uses sexual violence against women – including gang rape by soldiers – to “demoralise and destroy the fabric of ethnic [minority] communities” and establish control over resource-rich areas, according to a women’s rights group. (more…)

The Burma Army on Monday discharged and released 80 children and young people who had been recruited illegally when they were younger than 18 years, Unicef has announced. (more…)

Authorities in Rangoon’s Ahlone Township have offered to construct a new road and ferry gate in order to help students access a school in the area, a local administrator said on Tuesday. (more…)

Burma’s Upper House on Monday approved a proposal to adopt a Proportional Representation (PR) voting system in all states and divisions for the election of Upper House lawmakers, a controversial decision opposed by Aung San Suu Kyi’s party. (more…)

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