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Thailand: Burmese ethnic armed groups ordered to inform junta of meetings

By Fri, Nov 21, 2014 12:54PM UTC Comments Off Kachin Independence Army recruits in training. Photo: AP

Lt-Gen Sathit Pittrat, commander of the Thai Third Regional Army, has directed that Burmese ethnic armed organisations (EAOs) must give advance notice to and seek permission from the army for any meetings they intend to hold in Thailand....

Burma’s Kachin rebels say 22 dead in attack

By Thu, Nov 20, 2014 9:47AM UTC Comments Off Recruits of the Kachin Independence Army in training near Laiza. Pic: AP.

YANGON, Burma (AP) — Ethnic Kachin rebels in northern Burma say the army has killed 22 of their fighters in a mortar attack near the Chinese border....

How the Burmese military perpetuates its own myth

By Wed, Nov 19, 2014 7:34PM UTC Comments Off Military MPs attend Burma's parliament. Pic: AP.

A heated debate broke out in Burma’s lower house Monday over efforts by the opposition to overhaul the constitution prior to the 2015 elections. As per previous debates, the military contingent – which takes up a quarter of seats and thereby wields effective veto over such matters – resisted the idea that charter reform, and allowing Aung San Suu Kyi to run for president, might benefit the country. "I would like you all to remember that the constitution is not written for just a person but for the future of everyone," Colonel Htay Naing, one of the uniformed MPs, told...

Burma parliament head rules out charter change ahead of election

By Wed, Nov 19, 2014 10:25AM UTC Comments Off Lower House Speaker Shwe Mann attends a regular session of parliament in Naypyitaw. Pic: AP.

YANGON, Burma (AP) — The influential speaker of Burma's parliament says the military-drafted constitution that bars opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi from becoming president will not be changed before next year's general election....

Burma students vow more protests over education law

By Tue, Nov 18, 2014 11:35AM UTC Comments Off University students march to protest against Burma's National Education Law in Yangon, Monday. Pic: AP.

YANGON, Burma (AP) — Students in Burma are threatening to hold nationwide protests unless the government amends an education law that they say restricts their academic freedom and prohibits them from engaging in political activities....

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