The proposed unification of Kayin ethnic armed groups into the Kawthoolei Armed Forces continues to stir controversy, with the Karen National Union attempting to put off any decision on the creation of the coalition until 2016.
Myanmar's top diplomat at the United Nations has reiterated calls for the country to be dropped from the group’s human rights agenda, as he accused the international community of overlooking the reforms undertaken by the government over the past three years.
Draft by-laws for the News Media Law will require government ministries to reply to media enquiries within 24 hours and take action against staff who do not respond in time, a senior Myanmar Press Council (Interim) official says.
Police at Kyaikmayaw in Mon State have accepted a complaint from the wife of journalist Ko Par Gyi, who was shot and killed while in military custody earlier this month.
Drug dealers from across the country are increasingly setting up shop in Mingalar Taung Nyunt township, police say, taking advantage of its large and ethnically diverse population, access to wholesale markets and thriving nightlife to peddle illicit substances.
Talks between the government and representatives of armed ethnic groups aimed at reaching a nationwide ceasefire will resume after the ASEAN Summit in November, a member of the Myanmar Peace Center said last week, but denied suggestions the delay was due to a “deadlock” in talks.