Nearly 70 Myanmar workers who had languished in immigration detention centres in Malaysia were welcomed home yesterday, the third group to be repatriated in honour of the state counsellor’s 71st birthday.

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Myanmar government leader Aung San Suu Kyi has accepted an invitation from President Barack Obama to visit the United States, the government said on Thursday, in what would be her first trip to America since she won an election in November.

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The United States announced on Wednesday that it will provide an additional $21 million in development aid to help strengthen governance in Burma, as a newly elected civilian government settles into its daunting first term.

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There was a revealing moment at a recent gathering of newly elected lawmakers in Myanmar’s capital, Naypyitaw, when talk turned to their many training sessions with “international experts” and Western politicians on lofty subjects such as “building democracy” and being good legislators.

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The Union Peace Conference or 21st Century Panglong Conference Preparatory Committee and Delegation for Political Negotiation (DPN) are meeting today, 20 July, in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

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It is believed that the attendance by the Commander-in-Chief of the Defence Services, Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, at the 69th Martyrs’ Day memorial, the first such attendance by a serving army Commander-in-Chief in over 30 years, is a good omen for national reconciliation in the country.

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Several revered Buddhist monks from across Myanmar have spoken out against the nationalist Ma Ba Tha movement, describing it as a minority group, and its actions as divisive and politicised.

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Hundreds of flood victims protested in Magwe Region’s Sidoktaya township on July 17, demanding upgrades to local dams and compensation for crops lost to flooding.

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EARLY IN the morning, before the sun has appeared over the horizon, U Zaw Lin Htun waited at the bus stop in his bustling neighbourhood. People stopped to stare at him as they walked by.

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Speaking at a public meeting in Rangoon’s Tamwe Township on Monday, Lower House speaker Win Myint said the National League for Democracy (NLD) government is unable to carry out reforms to its full capacity due to financial difficulties caused by the mismanagement of previous administrations.

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Burma’s Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with US-based aeronautical technology company Aireon LLC to explore the possibility of introducing a spaced-based system to increase surveillance of the country’s airspace.

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Workers are demanding that a new election be held for representatives to the Nay Pyi Taw Arbitration Council, claiming that the recently appointed members were not democratically elected.

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A shift in policy, away from building dams and toward running irrigation channels to farmland, has led to a 50 percent cut in the request for irrigation funding next year, the agriculture ministry says. U Myo Tint Tun, assistant secretary in the ministry, told The Myanmar Times on July 18 that expenditure in 2017-18 would be less than half of this year’s level.

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The Burma Army has said it will take action against troops accused of killing civilians in a rural area of northern Shan State’s Lashio Township in late June.

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Myanmar’s military on Wednesday voiced no objection to the ethnic summit planned for later this month, Lt. Gen. Mya Tun Oo from the office of commander-in-chief (Army) told the press in Yangon Wednesday.

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The international community roared approval when the National League for Democracy (NLD) and its leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, swept to power in elections last year. Now, some 100 days after her government took office, pundits are becoming more critical.

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The Myanmar government must immediately order the relocation of a sulfuric acid factory built dangerously close to a village, which is continuing to operate despite grave concerns over its health and environmental impact, said Amnesty International today.

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Burma Army Chief Snr-Gen Min Aung Hlaing’s attendance at the annual commemoration of Martyrs’ Day in Rangoon on Tuesday generated hope for restoring relationships in the war-torn country, said representatives from the country’s ruling party, the National League for Democracy (NLD).

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The Karen State Government has denied the Karen National Union (KNU) permission to hold a workshop outlining their land policy to residents of the state capital of Hpa-an, according to local sources.

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The Shan State parliament has approved an urgent proposal imploring government intervention to bring an end to simmering conflict between the national army and ethnic armed groups in the state’s north, which has displaced thousands of civilians.

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