The military detains seven men, including two journalists from DVB and a third from another former exile media outlet, for alleged ties to the Ta’ang National Liberation Army, which held a drug-burning ceremony on Monday to commemorate International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking.
The government Peace Commission is preparing to meet “soon” with members of a recently formed alliance of ethnic armed groups based largely in Burma’s north, an apparent signal that the new coalition is increasingly viewed as an important factor in the peace process calculus.
As a deadline passed for civilians to evacuate gold and amber mines in Kachin State’s Tanai Township, more fighting between government troops and the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) flared near the mining sites on Friday.
With thousands of miners and their families in recent days having fled gold and amber mines in villages across Tanai Township to Tanai town, in northern Kachin State, the military has told leaders at the camps for the internally displaced that the temporary settlements should be moved elsewhere.
Phyo Min Thein pledges to crack down on instigators of religious conflict, vowing that his government will take action against those stoking tensions following recent altercations involving Buddhists and Muslims in Rangoon.
A court in Rangoon denied bail to the The Voice Daily’s editor-in-chief and a satire columnist for the newspaper on Thursday, with the judge ruling that the defendants’ legal counsel had failed to provide the necessary medical documents to secure their release from police custody.
Burma’s government is keeping an eye on the situation for its migrant workers in Qatar as a diplomatic crisis has engulfed the Middle Eastern emirate, vowing to assist any Burmese nationals facing difficulties as a result of the regional upheaval.
Aviation authorities on Wednesday afternoon lost contact with a military aircraft carrying more than 100 passengers, with the plane en route to Rangoon from Myeik when it dropped off the radar in southeastern Burma.