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In a surprise shake-up at the top, former president U Thein Sein handed over his Union Solidarity and Development Party leadership role today to U Than Htay, a member of the USDP central executive committee.

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Myanmar former ruling party the Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) on Monday vowed to adopt a new strategy in accordance with the desire of the people without altering its original objective.

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Burma’s Aung San Suu Kyi is standing by the country’s central bank governor, despite concerns from commercial bankers, government advisors and some of his own officials at the pace of reform on his watch.

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In a statement on Friday, Burma’s National Human Rights Commission criticized overcrowding, and inadequate staffing and provisions of water and medicine, at Katha Prison in Sagaing Division, and called for drastic improvements to be made.

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The Karen National Union (KNU) said it is taken action to curb the sale and use of drugs in its controlled area.

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Isn’t there any likelihood of Myanmar being won over by China and exploited in the larger nation’s self-serving schemes?

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In Burma, over 1.1 million Rohingya currently suffer from the impacts of systematic, widespread oppression. For decades, the Muslim minority in a largely Buddhist country has been denied citizenship, rendered stateless, and stripped of basic rights. The Rohingya face daily threats to their life and security in what the United Nations declares amount to “crimes against humanity.” Human rights activists deem the Rohingya the most persecuted minority in the world, warning of direct state involvement in actions that could constitute ethnic cleansing.

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I have always admired the courage and political instincts of Myanmar’s press. Although my knowledge is limited to English-language media, when I read what Myanmar journalists are writing I have often been impressed by how valuable and reliable the best Myanmar journalism is.

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Kayah State-based political parties have rejected an invitation to next week’s 21st-century Panglong Conference, expressing dissatisfaction at the meagre representational quota they have been granted as unsuccessful contestants in last year’s election.

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As controversy continues to swirl around allegations that the Myanmar government was condoning the “legal trafficking” of migrant workers to overseas jobs, it has emerged that more than 100 employment agencies have signed up to a new code of conduct.

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The exiled leader of the Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army (MNDAA), Peng Jiasheng, released a statement last Monday, saying that the Kokang militia supported the new round of peace talks that are due to begin next week, negotiations which have been dubbed the “21st Century Panglong Conference.”

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THE Union Solidarity Development Party’s leadership is seeking to plot a way back from the political wilderness, with a party conference expected to usher in a series of personnel changes.

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Two dozen Shan community groups have sent a letter to Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi calling on her government to stop the construction of hydroelectric dam projects on the Thanlwin or Salween River.

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State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi’s comment to ethnic armed group leaders in July—that they should consider what they could “give” to, rather than “take” from, the peace process—has caused some unease among the fragmented ethnic bloc.

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Thanks but no thanks, the Myanmar government may be preparing to say to a major Chinese lender. As Foreign Minister Daw Aung San Suu Kyi discussed the future of the controversial Myitsone dam project and other aspects of Myanmar-Chinese relations in Beijing, questions were being raised as to whether the country needs to take on an additional US$300 million in Chinese debt.

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Burma Army representatives of the National Reconciliation and Peace Center (NRPC) objected to a proposal put forward on Monday by an ethnic armed group delegation regarding the facilitation of dialogue at the upcoming Union Peace Conference.

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A court in Myanmar indicted a man on Monday for insulting the military chief and former president on social media, under a controversial telecommunications law that activists have urged the new government to repeal.

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The Indian Army is maintaining pressure on insurgent groups with “seek-and-destroy operations and surgical strikes” along the 1,643-km porous land border with Myanmar, even as external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj is slated to visit Naypyidaw on Monday.

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The Myanmar military has denied there was a recent exchange of gunfire on Myanmar soil between the Indian army and an ethnic armed group, state media reported on 22 August.

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Burma’s state media has reported that 19 people across the country have died so far this year from Japanese encephalitis, while some 173 confirmed cases of the disease have been recorded.

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