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Update: Wed, Mar 21 2018    

Tatmadaw, KNLA in Standoff After Fighting Over Road Rebuilding

Clashes broke out at least eight times from March 4 to 8 between the Karen National Liberation Army and the Myanmar Army in Papun Township, Karen State, forcing hundreds of Karen villagers to flee, according to local sources. "Clashes were occurring at least once or twice a day.

High-profile Military Families Linked to Unlicensed Resorts on Ngapali Beach

An official from the local branch of the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism Department in Thandwe district in southern Rakhine State confirmed that close relatives of several high-profile former army generals owned high-end but unlicensed resorts in prime locations on Ngapali Beach in Thandwe Township. During a visit to Ngapali and Thandwe Township over the weekend, this reporter obtained an official document listing the hotels and resorts that had been registered with the MOHT.

Remembering Two Deaths that Changed the Course of Myanmar's History

She used to wake her younger brother every day; for Daw Mar Mar Ei, it had become a morning ritual. But this pleasant routine came to an abrupt end one sultry summer day when she found herself staring at the young man's dead body lying on a trolley in the bleak old concrete morgue of Yangon General Hospital.

Man Files Sexual Abuse Complaint Against Employer

A waiter revealed sexual abuses carried out by his employer - the owner of the Mae Laint Lon restaurant in South Okkalapa Township in Yangon - who allegedly has HIV. The victim filed a complaint against the owner with the South Okkalapa Township police on March 8. The victim is from Irrawaddy Region.

Myanmar seeks parliament approval for MoU on regional anti-terrorism

Myanmar is seeking approval from the Union Parliament to sign a memorandum of understanding on the ASEAN-Australia Joint Declaration for Cooperation to Combat International Terrorism, the official Global New Light of Myanmar reported Tuesday. The aim of the MoU is to increase practical cooperation between the Association of Southeast Asian Nations and Australia against threat from foreign terrorists, a parliamentarian told the Union Parliament in Nay Pyi Taw Monday.

He drank serpent blood in Vietnam and had armed guards in Bulgaria....

Eric Rose travels to an appointment in Yangon, Myanmar, in 2015. Rose opened the first American law firm in Myanmar after the U.S. began lifting sanctions against the former military dictatorship.

TNLA Claims 3 Kills in Latest Clash with Rival Armed Group

The Ta'ang National Liberation Army says its soldiers killed three members of the Restoration Council of Shan State and seized some of the rival ethnic armed group's weapons and ammunition during two days of fighting in northern Shan State. TNLA spokesman Colonel Tar Aike Kyaw said the two groups clashed on Saturday and Sunday, first along the border between Kyaukme and Namhsan townships - where it says the RCSS was building a new base and its three soldiers were killed - and the next day in Namtu Township.

Kachin Designers Stage Fashion Show for Charity

Eight well-known Kachin designers will join the One1ness Kachin Charity Fashion Show later this month to raise money for people in Kachin and Shan states displaced by war and natural disasters. The show is being organized by the Ma Naw Ah Hla Charity Group and will take place on March 25 at Taw Win Garden from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. "The Ma Naw Ah Hla Charity Group includes Kachin singers, models and fashion designers, and we intend to donate to all kinds of people who need help," said L Khun Yi, the group's president.

Public Lacks Understanding of Gov't Finances, Groups Say

The Myanmar public needs to be better educated about budget information, civil society organizations said, as such information plays a key role in their advocacy, development and humanitarian support work. As part of this awareness campaign, the national development organization Local Resource Centre and the international development organization Asia Foundation co-organized the State Budget Transparency Forum in Naypyitaw on March 10-11.

Myanmar stresses importance of rule of law for national development

Myanmar State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi has stressed the importance of rule of law and its effect on national development, calling for enforcing rule of law to achieve peace for development. Addressing the Conference on Justice Sector Coordinating for Rule of Law in the capital of Nay Pyi Taw, Suu Kyi said genuine rule of law will bring a level playing field to both foreign and domestic businesses which will encourage investment and drive the country's development.

Catholics from nearby villages pray and chant in Bobei Catholic...

Small Catholic statues are on the shelf of a shop in Bobei village, in Guangdong province, China. About 800 people in the community are Catholic.

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China removes presidential term limits from its constitution, giving President Xi Jinping the right to remain in office indefinitely and confirming his status as the country's most powerful leader since Mao Zedong died more than 40 years ago. , moved, by Ben Blanchard and Christian Shepherd, 880 words) SEOUL - North Korea's silence on its upcoming summits with the United States and South Korea is likely due to caution over organising its stance regarding the meetings, South Korea's Ministry of Unification says.

Myanmar erects security structures atop burned Rohingya land: Amnesty

YANGON: Myanmar is building security installations on top of razed Rohingya villages, Amnesty International said Monday casting doubt on the country's plans to repatriate hundreds of thousands of refugees. Nearly 700,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled northern Rakhine state to Bangladesh since Myanmar launched a brutal crackdown on insurgents six months ago that the US and UN have called ethnic cleansing.

ASEAN defense chiefs reaffirm importance of peace in South China Sea

Association of Southeast Asian Nations chiefs of defense forces which include Brunei Darussalam, the Kingdom of Cambodia, the Republic of Indonesia, the Lao People's Democratic Republic, Malaysia, the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, the Republic of the Philippines, the Republic of Singapore, the Kingdom of Thailand and the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam have reaffirmed the importance of peace in South China Sea. The defense forces chiefs made the statement on March 8 at the 15th ASEAN Chiefs of Defense Forces Informal Meeting held in Singapore.

Horse-drawn carriages face elimination in Myanmar's second largest city

Horse-drawn carriages, which have been used as low-cost transport means over the past century in Myanmar's second largest city of Mandalay, is facing elimination, Myanmar Digital News reported Sunday. Fare for the horse-drawn carriages is the cheapest for getting around Mandalay, however, in the coming years, such carriages will slowly disappear, drivers from the horse-drawn carriage station were quoted as saying.

Myanmar monk returns to preaching after ban, denies fuelling Rakhine violence

YANGON: Myanmar Buddhist monk Wirathu said on Saturday his anti-Muslim rhetoric had nothing to do with violence in the western state of Rakhine, as he emerged from a one-year preaching ban. Wirathu is the most prominent of Myanmar's hard-line nationalist monks, who have emerged as a political force since the country's transition from full military rule began in 2011.

This Week in Parliament

In the Lower House, lawmaker U Maung Myint of the Union Solidarity and Development Party raised an objection to the government's plan to resettle 55 Kaman Muslim households from refugee camps in Kyaukphyu, Pauktaw and Ramree townships in Rakhine State to Yangon. U Maung Myint argued that the Kofi Annan-led Advisory Commission on Rakhine State only recommended that refugees be sent back to their original homes in Rakhine State, and not to Yangon.

Cultural barriers to tackling the superbug crisis

Research led by the University of Oxford has revealed how the complex cultural and social environment in developing countries can complicate the use of new diagnostic technologies to fight the global superbug crisis. The research, led by Dr. Marco J Haenssgen at the CABDyN Complexity Centre and the Centre for Tropical Medicine and Global Health, involved a new finger-prick blood test to help nurses and doctors decide whether their patients need antibiotic treatment.

Myanmar, China, Bangladesh agree on electric power trading

Myanmar, China and Bangladesh on Friday reached an agreement on electric power trade at a trilateral ministerial meeting in Nay Pyi Taw. Matters relating to starting trilateral cross-border power trading and its implementation mechanism were discussed at the plenary meeting, aimed at enhancing cooperation on electric power trading through promoting the interconnection of power grid and infrastructure development among the three countries.

Uncertainty on the Waterfront

In recent years, downtown Yangon has become a cool place to hang out, its history written on the walls of its picturesque old buildings, its streets filled with hipster cafes and trendy boutiques. Photographers often turn this area into their sets, posing models on trishaws against the backdrop of the Yangon River at sunset.