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Suu Kyi’s NLD to Compete in Myanmar Vote Despite Block

BANGKOK — The party of Burma’s opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi will contest the general election this year even if there is no change in the …

Asia

Cadet killings a ‘cowardly’ act, says ethnic bloc

The United Nationalities Federal Council (UNFC) has condemned Wednesday’s killing of 23 cadets at a Kachin Independence Army (KIA) training camp near …

No constitution change before 2015 elections: Thura U Shwe Mann

<b>Pyidaungsu Hluttaw Speaker Thura U Shwe Mann has ruled out any changes to the 2008 constitution before next year’s election.</b><p>The speaker said at a …

Elections

Myanmar’sMilitary MPs Object to Constitutional Change

RANGOON — Military representatives in Parliament have signaled that they will not support amendments to Burma’s controversial Constitution, dimming …

Asia

We are in favour of changing Article 436, say committee members

Burma’s parliamentary Joint Committee to Review the Constitution (JCRC) has finalised its notes and recommendations on constitutional reform, …

NLD presents petition to parliament calling to amend 436

The National League for Democracy (NLD) and 88 Generation Peace and Open Society (88GPOS) on Tuesday handed over a petition to parliament with nearly …

Asia

Burma Opposition Party Says 5 Million Sign Petition to Change Constitution

RANGOON — Burma’s main opposition party says it has collected about five million signatures seeking reduced powers for unelected military members of …

Aung San Suu Kyi

When Buddhist Monks Wield Kalashnikovs

"I was a monk. Most of us used to be," says a heavily armed soldier in the rugged mountains of northern Burma’s Kachin state. "When I heard about …

Burmese army plans to return only a quarter of seized land nationwide

The Burmese army plans to return less than 125,000 acres of farmland to its original owners, making up only less than a quarter of land seized across …

2.6 million sign petition for 436 amendment: NLD

Some 2.6 million people from Rangoon, Mandalay and Magwe divisions have thrown their support behind a petition by the opposition National League for …

The Interpreter

Drug trafficking on rise in Myanmar

Myanmar's Kachin state is at the epicentre of a multibillion-dollar illicit economy fuelled by mining, logging and drug trafficking. The FT's Ben …

Myanmar’s Kachin state at the heart of illicit economy | Financial Times

As the convoy of trucks laden with precious Burmese teak and sandalwood snakes its way into China from Myanmar, it comes perilously close to a ravine …

Suu Kyi presidency bid in the balance

For opposition party leader Aung San Suu Kyi, the path to becoming Burma’s president was always going to be an uphill battle, but a vote last week by …

Charter reform rallies draw ethnic crowds

Rallies in support of constitutional reform were held across Burma on Saturday, drawing crowds in three administrative regions.<p>Burma’s main …

Asia

Constitutional reform campaign builds steam

The campaign for constitutional reform continued on Tuesday as activist group 88 Generation Peace and Open Society (88GPOS) joined the National …

Elections

Karen Groups Back NLD Constitutional Reform Campaign

RANGOON — Karen political parties, armed groups and civil society organizations meeting in eastern Karen State last weekend have reiterated calls for …

Asia