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Four houses were burnt in an attack against an interfaith couple in Nattalin Township, Pegu Division on 16 April, according to local authorities. No one was injured and authorities said that calm has been restored.
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DVB reporters and staff in Rangoon gathered for Burmese New Year’s Day to pray for the release of their colleague, Magwe correspondent Zaw Pe [Zaw Phay] who was recently sentenced to a one- year jail term for charges related to his journalistic work. (more…)

Myanmar’s political reforms will continue and more changes can be expected after the election next year, but the push towards democracy will be gradual, said a top adviser to the government.
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A group of protestors who left Yangon for the confluence of the Ayeyawady River have continued on their protest march north after breaking for the Thingyan new year.
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A group of ethnic organisations plans to conduct a survey in minority areas to highlight mistakes in the recently concluded national census.
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Over six decades of civil war in Eastern Burma, civilians fled en masse over the border to Thailand in search of basic necessities – physical security, food, medicine.
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Yangon is a city abuzz with economic activity, as the world rediscovers one of the region’s most promising frontier markets after decades of isolation. With this, however, comes a growing housing crisis, as the city seeks to accommodate its rapidly expanding labor force.
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The Myanmar military has launched multiple offensives against the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) on April 10, with fighting continuing over the Thingyan new year holidays.
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In a report reopening allegations of the Burmese army’s persistent and systematic use of sexual violence as a weapon of war, Burma Campaign UK (BCUK) has reignited calls for an international commission into violence against women in Burma.
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Two Reuters reporters were awarded a Pulitzer Prize for international journalism on Monday for reporting on the trafficking of Burma’s stateless Rohingya Muslims. The prize was announced just days before two Thailand-based journalists are set to appear in court, where they may face up to seven years in jail for republishing one paragraph of the award-winning work that they, in part, made possible.
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On the industrial outskirts of Yangon, a rusted chimney exhales wisps of white smoke as a three-decade-old gas-fired power station chunters on.
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A total of six people were killed and 47 others injured over the four-day period of Myanmar’s Thingyan water festival in Yangon region, local media reported Thursday.
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The head of Myanmar Radio National Service, who is attending the 2014 Bo’Ao Asia Forum in Hainan, China commented during an interview on the 9th that in the digital age, the focus on one type of media is bound to fail and the development of multi-directional media is the only way forward.
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Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi is due to depart France for home on Wednesday, having canvased international support for her agenda of constitutional change in Burma. The weeklong trip included Germany and France, and was her third visit to Europe since 2012.
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Myanmar President U Thein Sein on Sunday expressed the hope that the forthcoming traditional new year would bring peace to the nation and the country could become a union with perpetuation of justice, freedom and equality.
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The US will open its first commercial service office in Myanmar to help US companies invest in the southeast Asian nation, marking another step towards reviving US economic ties with the country.
The move follows the restoration of diplomatic relations and the lifting of most economic sanctions, said Penny Pritzker, US commerce secretary, as she touted the need for stronger trade relations with Asia in a speech delivered ahead of Barack Obama’s visit to the region next week.
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University lecturers and students are volunteering their time during this summer holiday as part of the 2014 Literacy Campaign in Burma, which aims to provide free classes to 46,479 people, including children and elderly persons who never learned to read.
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On April 10, the Chairman of the Standing Committee of National People’s Congress, Zhang Dejiang held a meeting with the speaker of the Myanmar Union Parliament and the Lower House, U Shwe Mann.
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Chinese companies assisted Myanmar in completing the Myanmar national power system studies and designed the country’s power development planning reform. The project has been untaken as a form of grant assistance to Myanmar. Related reports were submitted to the Ministry of Electricity in Naypyidaw in the evening of April 9th.
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Yesterday, Vice governor of Yunnan Ding Shaoxiang met with Myanmar Vice President U Nyan Tun and his delegation.
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