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This really matters in Myanmar, where the economy has become greatly reliant on Chinese capital and labour, to say nothing of the waves of people and goods that cross the vast, mountainous borderlands.
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With just a week left before campaigning begins for Myanmar’s Nov. 8 general election, Kyaw Thu of RFA’s Myanmar Service interviewed Ton Aye, chairman of the Union Election Commission on policies concerning voter registration and security at the polls.

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CP Foods condemns, in the strongest possible terms, all aspects of human trafficking and slavery, and we take this opportunity to reassert our strong commitment to human rights and a sustainable supply chain the company said in a statement on 24 August.
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A group of Burmese youngsters have urged the country’s prospective legislators to address the concerns of children as they campaign for the November elections.
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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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The evening rush hour in Yangon’s Hlaing Tharyar township was unfolding with its usual chaos on August 23. The streets were clogged with vehicles carrying factory employees home from work and the air was repeatedly rent by the sound of frustrated drivers blaring their horns.
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Two political prisoner groups have expressed “great concern” over the treatment of four students in Mandalay’s Obo Prison arrested last month for spraying graffiti on the front of a university.
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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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Burma’s election oversight body has proposed overreaching restrictions for reporters covering a Nov. 8 general election, journalists told The Irrawaddy, that would limit the number and movement of credentialed correspondents on the day of the vote.
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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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A long-delayed international airport project in Myanmar has been postponed again, by four years this time, because of a delay in securing funds, state media and an official source said on Friday.
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Global stock markets surged Thursday on renewed confidence in the US recovery after days of wild swings, but some observers warned of more turbulence to come over the slowing Chinese economy.
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In the sunlight from the door opening of her bamboo hut, Naw Sodo Shoko shows us pictures of what she does at her job: neatly folded elephants and swans from towels and bed sheets and colourful flower ornaments ready to ornate a fancy dinner table or hotel reception.
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Construction work has begun on Thai-Burmese Special Economic Zone (SEZ) in Mae Sot, Tak province, with many additional labourers needed, according to the director of the construction work, Jyirot Puprasut.
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The Pyidaungsu Hluttaw on August 26 gave the green light to US$305 million in new development loans focused on improving electricity supply, water supply and a major highway.
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