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Ethnic Kokang rebel forces fighting the Burma Army in northern Shan State issued a statement on Wednesday warning the tens of thousands of refugees who have fled to China not to return to the Kokang Special Region as it remains unsafe.
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Two men were forcibly recruited by the Burma Army in Yangon when they went to look for work on 17 February, but fortunately they managed to escape according to U Tun Reh, one of the men.
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A leader of a pro-government Kokang militia had his house shelled by Kokang rebel forces on Wednesday. One government loyalist was killed and four were injured in the attack.
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Michaungkan land grab protestors were evicted by police from their rally camp in front of Rangoon City Hall in the early hours of Thursday morning. It is the second time the sit-in has been forcibly broken up by police after a similar incident in December.
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Fighting between the Myanmar army and ethnic Chinese rebels has handed the long-feared military a public relations coup, with an explosion of praise on social media and even former political prisoners expressing grudging support.
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They endured years of imprisonment – and, in many cases, torture – for their political beliefs, before being released amid government reforms. But thousands of former political prisoners in Myanmar are still suffering, according to the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP), due to financial hardship and poor health.
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The Kachin Baptist Convention plans to ask the United Nations to join its team investigating the rape and murder of two female volunteers in northern Shan State in January, a senior official said.
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The Yangon Women’s Festival, a colourful event celebrating the women of Burma, will be held in the former capital from 2-8 March.
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Representatives of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and Myanmar Red Cross Society (MRCS) arrived in the town of Kunlong in northeastern Shan State on Wednesday to assist the 5,000 civilians displaced by the ongoing fighting in the Kokang region.
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When a bulldozer rolled onto her ancestral farmland stretching under the shadow of Letpadaung mountain on a December morning last year, Ma Win Mar was among dozens of farmers who tried to stop it.
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Just one of 450 civil servants punished for corruption has received a jail term in the almost four years since U Thein Sein’s government took office, a senior minister has revealed, with the vast majority receiving a slap on the wrist.
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A fire on Wednesday devastated a boarding school in the Thai border town of Mae Sot.

The Children’s Development Centre, founded by Dr Cynthia Maung of the town’s well-known Mae Tao clinic, suffered serious damage when a fire spread to student accommodation after starting in a nearby sugar cane field. The blaze ignited at around 4pm on 25 February.
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Forbes Magazine has listed Burmese businesswoman Win Win Tint, managing director of Burma’s largest retailer City Mart Holdings, in its fourth annual Asia’s 50 Power Businesswomen list.
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Google said February 25 that Gmail is now available in the Myanmar language, marking the 74th language for the popular email service.
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Thailand’s largest private power producer, Ratchaburi Electricity Generating Holding Pcl , said it plans to invest 13 billion baht ($399 million) in 2015, mostly on expanding its power business at home and Southeast Asia.
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The Myanmar Rice Federation will accept invitations for ten more rice companies to receive permission to export rice to China after the first nine firms it selected were criticised for their lack of experience.
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The government has confirmed an avian flu outbreak in a poultry farming area in upper Burma, according to an announcement in state-run media on Thursday.
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With student protesters set to march into Yangon if an amendment to the National Education Law is not passed by Saturday, the Upper House parliamentary bill committee has explained why it is impossible to meet their deadline.
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Burma’s highest religious authority has publicly rejected key planks of student demands for education reform, as the upper house announced on Tuesday that its Draft Law Committee would conduct hearings on the amendment of the National Education Law next month.
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The Burmese government recently came under fire for back-pedaling on a pledge to grant the country’s beleaguered Rohingya minority the right to vote. On February 12, the government announced the imminent suspension of all temporary ID cards held by over half a million Rohingya Muslims in western Burma, dashing hopes that they might be allowed to vote in Burma’s first general election in over fifty years, scheduled for the end of this year.
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