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As peace negotiators continue to insist that a nationwide ceasefire is within reach, clashes reportedly broke out again this week in Shan and Kachin states ahead of a planned meeting between a handful of ethnic armed groups, President Thein Sein and Snr-Gen Min Aung Hlaing.
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Opposition leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi yesterday urged armed ethnic organisations to quickly wrap up the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement, but to also ensure that a sustainable deal is reached.
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Seven villagers in Kunhing Township were detained for more than a day after renewed fighting between the Burma Army and the RCSS/SSA.
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A date will be announced for the signing of a nationwide ceasefire agreement (NCA) after next month’s meeting between ethnic leaders and President Thein Sein, according to the Burmese government’s chief negotiator at the peace talks, Union Minister Aung Min.
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Political parties have raised concerns over police plans to hire tens of thousands of untrained civilians to serve in a special unarmed election force that will monitor the polls.

Parties raise concern as details emerge on election security plan
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The Arakan Army has sought to reach out to the government of Bangladesh to prevent further skirmishes after fighting erupted between Bangladeshi border guards and the ethnic Arakanese rebels on Wednesday in western Burma.
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Bangladesh has launched a raid against Myanmar separatists following a gun battle between local forces and the Arakan Army, local media sources reported August 27.
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India’s army on Friday killed five insurgents from a Naga rebel group that months earlier attacked the military in the country’s remote northeastern region bordering Myanmar, an official said.
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Thai Prime Minister Gen. Prayut Chan-o-cha and Burmese Commander-in-Chief Snr-Gen Min Aung Hlaing discussed the current relationship between the two countries during a meeting in Bangkok on Thursday.
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Burma’s parliamentary election Nov. 8 should have been a moment to anticipate with joy: another step in the nation’s emergence from military rule. But democracy is not strictly about the ballot box. It is also about the process — the nature of the competition for power, and whether that political struggle is free, fair and inclusive of all. By this measure, Burma is falling short.
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The sudden removal of one of Myanmar’s most powerful men sent shockwaves through the diplomatic community in the old capital of Yangon, where foreign embassies are still located. It seemed more like a midnight coup than an ordinary leadership reshuffle—security forces in the new capital, Naypyidaw, entered the headquarters of the de facto ruling party, the Union Solidarity and Development Party, or USDP, late August 12.
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On August 22, police in Yangon’s Hmawbi township arrested 10 Muslim internally displaced people from Rakhine State camps, including nine children. They are being detained for entering Yangon illegally.
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The leader of Burma’s main opposition party, Aung San Suu Kyi, said on Thursday she wished to see a “meaningful” nationwide ceasefire agreement (NCA) concluded as soon as possible, appearing to clarify comments attributed to her the previous day.
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For those who had any doubt, the recent dismissal of the head of Myanmar’s ruling party has made it clear that the military remains firmly in control of the country, even after four years on the path to democracy.
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The Pyidaungsu Hluttaw has approved an optional international protocal which aims to keep children out of armed conflict.
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Myanmar rebel group the Arakan Army (AA) swooped on a Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) patrol in Boro Modak area of Thanchi in Bandarban, Bangladesh, yesterday morning, leading to a gun battle that left one BGB soldier injured The Daily Star reported on 27 August.
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The Burmese consul general of the newly established Burmese consulate in Chiang Mai, U Kaung San Lwin, said Naypyitaw would only consider opening new border checkpoints after the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA) has been signed.
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Citing strong figures through the first four months of the fiscal year, Burma’s investment commission says it is confident that foreign investment will not be negatively impacted by the political uncertainty that surrounds a general election due Nov. 8.
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An Aug. 12 shake-up in the leadership of Myanmar’s governing Union Solidarity and Development Party has prompted speculation about whether Parliamentary Speaker Shwe Mann is a spent force and what that might mean for the country’s reform program after elections in November. The answer is that the “palace coup” will have little impact on the reform program, and may even have strengthened the hand of Aung San Suu Kyi’s opposition National League for Democracy.
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The sudden removal of one of Myanmar’s most powerful men sent shockwaves through the diplomatic community in the old capital of Yangon, where foreign embassies are still located. It seemed more like a midnight coup than an ordinary leadership reshuffle – security forces in the new capital, Naypyidaw, entered the headquarters of the de facto ruling party, the Union Solidarity and Development Party, or USDP, late August 12. The following day, it was announced that Shwe Mann, the speaker of the Lower House of Myanmar’s bicameral parliament, a former general and anticipated by some foreign observers to be the country’s next president, had been ousted.
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