A new report on managing Myanmar’s extensive waterways will be issued by the Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) research team in November with the help of the Dutch government.
The United States Embassy in Yangon said that it failed to recognise early enough that a hotel it was assigned by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs was owned and constructed by a blacklisted businessman, leaving no option but to use the venue to host Secretary of State John Kerry last weekend.
US Secretary of State John Kerry urged Myanmar to continue down a path of reforms over the weekend, but said it was unrealistic to expect overnight changes in a country undergoing such a sweeping transition.
Peace negotiators say they're optimistic a Yangon meeting will be the penultimate round of talks before a ceasefire draft is complete, but ruled out the chance of finalising an agreement in the coming days.
Girls and young women in brightly coloured dresses and laden with food parcels, many heavy with vermicelli pudding, dodge the rain in Meiktila.
After the latest outbreak of interreligious violence between Buddhist and Muslim communities in Mandalay subsided, President U Thein Sein declared that the incident was incited by an unknown group whose motives remained unclear.