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Ten Rohingya pushed back into Burma

Teknaf, Bangladesh: Ten Rohingyas were arrested and pushed back into Burma by Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) on July 22nd, according to a local from Teknaf Town named Kamal.

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Burma's ethnic armed groups meet in Laiza for peace conference

Senior representatives from 16 of Burma's armed ethnic groups this week arrived in Laiza, the Kachin Independence Organization's (KIO) de facto headquarters, for talks aimed at solidifying a united rebel front in advance of further negotiations between the armed groups and the central government. The talks began on Thursday and are expected to last until early next week.

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Pyithu Hluttaw approves proposal to establish Ministry of Ethnic Affairs

The Pyithu Hluttaw has approved a draft bill submitted by its National Races Affairs and Peace Making Committee that provides for the creation of a Ministry of Ethnic Affairs.

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Returned Myanmar tell of 'atrocious' working conditions in China

A group of Myanmar workers who said they endured "atrocious" working conditions at two garment factories in China have returned home and been reunited with their families, said the 88 Generation Peace and Open Society group and the International Labour Organisation.

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Charges brought against suspects accused of causing Mandalay riots

Charges have been brought against three people accused of involvement in a fabricated rape claim that sparked three days of communal rioting in Mandalay early this month, a senior Home Affairs Ministry official told Mizzima in Nay Pyi Taw on July 23.

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SIM cards to go on sale in a month, says Ooredoo

Ooredoo SIM cards will go on sale in the third week of August, a spokesperson for the telecoms firm told Mizzima on July 23.

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MSF welcomes invitation to resume activities in Rakhine State

In an unexpected move, the Rakhine State Government has invited an international branch of the international medical aid group, Medicins Sans Frontieres, to "participate" in humanitarian activities in the state.

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SSA South to join third ethnic summit

The Restoration Council of Shan State/Shan State Army-South (SSA-S) will join the upcoming Third Ethnic Armed Organizations (EAO) conference in the Kachin State capital of Laiza, according to SSA-S sources. The SSA-S delegation will be led by Lt-Col Sai Ngeun, chief aide to SSA-S leader Lt-Gen Yawd Serk. The EOC conference will focus on the latest draft of the nationwide ceasefire agreement prepared by the NCCT, 16-member group which has been negotiating a ceasefire with Naypyidaw on behalf of armed ethnic groups

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Myanma Alinn to Launch Weekly Ethnic Language Section

Starting this August, Mon State’s edition of the state-run newspaper Myanma Alinn will include a weekly section written in Mon and other ethnic languages spoken in Mon State.

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No increase in deportations from Thai camps, says UNHCR

There has been no increase in deportations of Myanmar refugees from camps in Thailand since restrictions began being enforced on their movement in late June, the United Nations refugee agency told Mizzima on July 23.

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Sacked former religious affairs minister charged with sedition, says lawyer

Sacked former religious affairs minister U Hsan Hsint has been charged with sedition as well as breach of trust, his lawyer said after a hearing at Thabeikkyin Township Court in Nay Pyi Taw on July 22.

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