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Retired Spy Master Makes TV Appearance with Shwe Mann

Burma’s former spy chief Khin Nyunt recently made a return to state-run television screen, appearing alongside Lower House Speaker Shwe Mann. Read More


Laiza Peace Marchers Greeted by Kachins

Thousands of ethnic Kachins welcome dozens of peace activists who walked for 57 days to reach the KIA stronghold of Laiza. Read More


Arakan Investigation Commission to Release Latest Report

The results of an official fact-finding mission to violence-stricken Arakan State will be released and submitted to President Thein Sein in late March. Read More


Is Tony Blair Pursuing a ‘Governance’ Mission in Burma?

The former British prime minister has made his second unannounced visit to Burma. But what’s he up to? Read More


NLD Youths Form Party’s First Policy Research Unit

National League for Democracy youths have created the opposition party’s first research unit in order to improve its policy direction ahead of elections in 2015. Read More


Passport Rules Relaxed, But Not for Ex-prisoners

Burma announces plans to speed up the application process for new passports, but former political prisoners still face hurdles. Read More


Weaving Together Burma-Thai Relations

As Burma marks 65 years of diplomatic relations with Thailand, the Thai embassy in Rangoon hosted and event to exhibit the close ties between them. Read More


Burma Parliament Finalizes Rules on Foreign Ownership of Firms

Burma’s Parliament rejects a proposal to limit foreign ownership in certain sectors— including agriculture and businesses that could affect the environment—to 49 percent. Read More


Vietnam’s Internet Dilemma: Online Censorship

Another name has been added to the growing list of Vietnamese bloggers accused of crossing a red line in the communist-ruled country. Read More


Philippine Top Court Halts Contraceptives Law

The Responsible Parenthood Law was passed by lawmakers late last year despite the church’s opposition but petitioners questioned its legality. Read More


Renewed Nuke Sale Fear After Recent NKorea Test

The biggest threat posed by its nuclear technology may be North Korea’s willingness to sell it to nations that Washington sees as sponsors of terrorism. Read More


3,000 Burmese Held in Thai Prisons: Minister

There are about 3,000 Burmese prisoners in Thailand, Deputy Home Affairs Minister and Chief of Burma’s Police Force Brig-Gen Kyaw Kyaw Tun told Parliament on Tuesday, according to a report by state-run newspaper The New Light of Myanmar. The minister told lawmakers that Thailand would soon “release Myanmar citizens in an amnesty and to commute [...] Read More


Work Resumes on Controversial Salween River Dam

Recently work has reportedly resumed on the controversial Tasang hydropower dam in Burma’s Shan State, according to the Shan Herald Agency for News, which reported that the project had been relocated to a site on the Salween River near Mongton town. Field work by environmental organization Shan Saphawa found that living quarters were being built [...] Read More


US Team to Search Burma for WWII Soldiers Remains

A US government team searching for bodies of American military personnel missing in action from past wars has finished its first mission in Burma since 2004. The US Embassy said on Tuesday that a nine-person team from the U.S. Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command confirmed some previous leads and developed new ones on the fate of [...] Read More


Burma Rice Producers Welcome Japan Rice Export

Burmese rice producers have welcomed Japan’s decision to import 5,000 tons of their produce. Secretary of the Myanmar Rice Millers and Producers Association Myo Aung Kyaw told The Irrawaddy that previously Burmese rice did not meet Japan’s high quality standards for rice import. “They care for health and they have their techniques to test the [...] Read More


Thai Govt Approves $67Bn Infrastructure Plan

Thailand’s Cabinet has approved a plan to borrow US $67.6 billion to build high-speed train lines and other transportation mega-projects over the next seven years. Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra said on Tuesday the government will borrow from domestic and foreign sources, rather than go through the annual budget process, to ensure the continuity of the [...] Read More


Laos Obstructs Probe for 3 Missing Men, US says

The US State Department says Lao authorities have obstructed embassy efforts to investigate the disappearance of three Laotian-Americans who went missing in southern Laos in January. A department official said on Tuesday two embassy staff traveled March 6 to Savannakhet province to investigate reports that the men may have died in a car accident. Local [...] Read More


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