The meeting was “a step toward the next meetings,” said UNFC secretary Khu Oo Reh.
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The meeting was “a step toward the next meetings” said UNFC secretary Khu Oo Reh

Fifth Meeting Held Between Govt and UNFC Peace Delegations

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This week, The Irrawaddy discusses which ethnic armed groups will be invited and which will join the second 21st Century Panglong Conference.
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This week The Irrawaddy discusses which ethnic armed groups will be invited

Dateline Irrawaddy: ‘The Political Landscape on the Ground is Quite Complicated’

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Ngapali Beach sees an increase in visitors; agricultural exports show a slight rise; Taiwan boosts support to its investors in Burma; Natl Bank of Canada partners with ONGO; Ooredoo to launch mobile money service.
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Ngapali Beach sees an increase in visitors agricultural exports show a slight

The Irrawaddy Business Roundup (April 29)

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Nationalist Mob Closes Two Islamic Schools in Rangoon
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Nationalist Mob Closes Two Islamic Schools in Rangoon
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Chit Soe Chit Soe
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This week, The Irrawaddy discusses which ethnic armed groups will be invited and which will join the second 21st Century Panglong Conference.
Breaking: Two madrasas near downtown Rangoon were sealed off by an alleged Buddhist nationalist group on Friday evening, making the accusation that the Islamic schools were operating as mosques, without official permission.
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Breaking Two madrasas near downtown Rangoon were sealed off by an alleged

Breaking: Nationalist Mob Closes Two Islamic Schools in Rangoon

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The regional planning and finance minister says the purchase of 1,000 new buses for US$56 million was arranged with the help of the Chinese ambassador.
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The regional planning and finance minister says the purchase of 1000 new

Rangoon Regional Minister Reveals Ambassador’s Role in Bus Purchases from China

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Albert Lima Lima
As in other parts of Southeast Asia, snakehead (Nga Yant in Burmese) is a popular freshwater fish known for its sweet and tender meat.
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As in other parts of Southeast Asia snakehead Nga Yant in Burmese

Preparing Southeast Asian Snakehead

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“Examining the case without trying to bring all suspects to the court is not beneficial for anyone,” lawyer U Nay La said.
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Examining the case without trying to bring all suspects to the court

Lawyer in U Ko Ni Murder Calls for Naypyidaw Arrest Warrant in Search for Fugitive

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VIDEO: A crowd gathered at a mosque in Thaketa Township, Rangoon, on Friday evening, saying that the religious building is operating without official permission. The media was banned to access the site, and the lawmaker who represents the area said an official announcement about the incident would be made soon.
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VIDEO: In this week's editorial talk, The Irrawaddy’s founding editor-in-chief Aung Zaw and senior reporter Kyaw Kha discuss how China is taking a more active role in the Burmese peace process compared to its stance during the previous Thein Sein government.
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The Burmese government will not accept China’s offer to help mediate affairs in restive Arakan State, but “will collaborate” with Bangladesh, according to the President’s Office spokesperson U Zaw Htay.
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The Burmese government will not accept Chinas offer to help mediate affairs

Burma Turns Down Chinese Assistance in Addressing Refugee Crisis in Bangladesh

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The Hanthawaddy U Win Tin Foundation clinic, which provides free medical services to former political prisoners, closes temporarily due to financial constraints.
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The Hanthawaddy U Win Tin Foundation clinic which provides free medical services

Free Clinic for Political Prisoners Closes Temporarily

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“The KIA killed local Lisu farmers for no reason and buried them,” LNDP chairman U Shwe Min alleged. “Six were killed in a year. We want to know why they did that, and we want to get the bodies back.”
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The KIA killed local Lisu farmers for no reason and buried them

Ethnic Party Accuses KIA of Killing Lisu People

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“We do not want our citizens to be marginalized in the age of extremism and radicalization,” said Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak.
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We do not want our citizens to be marginalized in the age

Malaysia PM Warns Uneven Growth Could Fuel Extremism, Instability in SE Asia

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Ram Ram
“Based on the information available on the model villages and concerns brought to our attention by affected villagers, UNHCR stressed the importance to allow displaced communities to return to their place of origin and have access to their previous source of livelihoods,” UNHCR Burma spokesman Andrew Dusek said by email when reached for comment on the document.
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Based on the information available on the model villages and concerns brought

UN Criticizes Plan to Resettle Arakan State Displaced Persons in ‘Camp-like’ Villages

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Raj Narayan Giri
State Counselor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi traveled to the Philippines to attend an Asean meeting on April 29 in the capital Manila. She and other government members left Friday morning, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
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State Counselor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi traveled to the Philippines to
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Brice Carlson
Dr.Tin Myo Win led a four-member delegation from the government's National Reconciliation and Peace Center to meet the United Nationalities Federal Council (UNFC)'s delegation for political negotiation in Chiang Mai, northern Thailand on Friday. The two sides will discuss the UNFC's nine-point proposal to signing the nationwide ceasefire agreement and the upcoming Union Peace Conference on May...
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DrTin Myo Win led a fourmember delegation from the governments National Reconciliation
For eight years, prohibition was in effect in Chin State’s Thantlang Township. Today, it is water under the bridge.
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For eight years prohibition was in effect in Chin States Thantlang Township

Chin State’s Unsuccessful Campaign to Ban Liquor

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Humanitarian assistance including food and health is dwindling at Mae La camp, as international governments and donors cut their funding to reflect gradual movement in Burma’s peace process.
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Humanitarian assistance including food and health is dwindling at Mae La camp

Left Behind: Karen Refugees at Mae La Camp

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