Police formed a human chain across a road leading to Myanmar’s biggest city Wednesday, telling hundreds of student protesters that authorities would “take action” unless they dispersed.
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The United Nations drugs control body says it is concerned about the proliferation of new narcotics developed to circumvent existing drug laws poses a serious health problem, as well as an old drug, opium, given concerns about opium production picking up in Myanmar.
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Three local teenagers have been arrested on Koh Samui for the murder of Burmese migrant worker Thet Soe on the Thai island last Friday.
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When an estimated 50,000 ethnic Kokang civilians poured into southwest China last month to escape fighting between the Myanmar Army and Kokang rebels, Beijing called for peace and provided food, medical supplies and camps for the refugees. But China’s stance as a benevolent mediator in Myanmar’s many internal conflicts and its treatment of asylum seekers is far less altruistic than Beijing cares to admit.
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When Myanmar’s Parliament voted on February 2 to approve a bill governing regulations for a planned referendum on constitutional amendments, it unleashed a firestorm. Included in the bill was a provision explicitly allowing holders of temporary ID cards – also known as “white cards” – to vote in the referendum.
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With Burma gearing up for a crucial general election in November, a coalition of six countries and the European Union released a statement this week affirming their support for free and fair polls. Democracy proponents hope the vote will be the first credible nationwide election in decades, but with the country beset by challenges and governed under a highly contentious, military-drafted Constitution, the outcome appears hardly certain.
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Fighting has again flared between the Burma Army and the Shan State Army-South (SSA-South), with a member of the rebel group accusing government troops of staging an attack on its base in a village of Shan State’s Mauk Mae Township.
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President U Thein Sein has warned China not to encroach on Myanmar’s sovereignty, as the two sides discuss the crisis on their border following three weeks of fighting with ethnic Chinese rebels in the Kokang area.
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A freelance photojournalist arrested last week for posting a satirical message on social media has regained his freedom – but not control of his Facebook account. U Aung Nay Myo, 37, yesterday accused police of changing the password on his account and posting messages purporting to be from him.
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Ethnic armed forces and the Burma Army fought three battles in northern Burma in one day, 24 February.
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No civilians are suspected in the rape and murder of two volunteer teachers in northern Shan State, the Kachin Baptist Convention (KBC) has stated. The KBC set up its own inquiry into the January 19 atrocities in Muse township’s Kaung Khar village.
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The Myanmar Red Cross Society is working to reunite and reconnect families separated by the conflict in north-eastern Shan State, Myanmar, according to Mandy George, writing for the International Federation of the Red Cross on March 2.
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Mi Mi Than, a judge from Nay Pyi Taw City Development Court, sentenced Tin Hlaing, an 88-year-old woman, to one month in Yamethin prison for squatting while Daw Nyo, an 82-year-old woman, faces similar charges.
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“Honesty is one kind of courage” said activist May Sabe Phyu, just prior to being awarded a 2015 International Women of Courage Award by US Secretary of State John Kerry.
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The four bills forming the “Race Protection” package are a distraction from Burma’s real political and economic challenges, and should never have reached parliament, says Amnesty International and the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ).
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Political observers have criticized a meeting on constitutional and electoral matters between President Thein Sein and opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi for lacking transparency, stating that the outcome of the discussion should be made known to the public.
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Burma’s opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi apologized for a play staged on Sunday by her National League for Democracy’s Prome office that graphically depicted brutalities by the former military regime.
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S.H.A.N. police officers received election security training at the state police office in Taunggyi Town, Shan State on 23 February.
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Several foreign embassies in Myanmar have voiced support for the upcoming general elections set for November and have been providing technical, training and donor support to the Union Election Commission, according to a joint press release on March 3.
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Two Thai construction companies are expected to sign an agreement with the Burmese government to start developing the first phase of the Dawei megaproject.
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