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The Myanmar parliament has been urged to reject or extensively revise four controversial laws involving religion and women. People cross the road near Yangon City Hall, Yangon, Myanmar, March 16, 2011. EPA
The Myanmar parliament has been urged to reject or extensively revise four controversial laws involving religion and women. People cross the road near Yangon City Hall, Yangon, Myanmar, March 16, 2011. EPA

The Union parliament has been urged to reject or extensively revise four controversial laws involving religion and women, in a joint statement issued by human rights watchdog Amnesty International and the International Commission of Jurists on March 3.

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Helping people reconnect. Red Cross station at Mansu Monastery in Lashio, Shan State in February 2015. Photo:Myanmar Red Cross Society
Helping people reconnect. Red Cross station at Mansu Monastery in Lashio, Shan State in February 2015. Photo: Myanmar Red Cross Society

The Myanmar Red Cross Society is working to reunite and reconnect families separated by the conflict in north-eastern Shan State, Myanmar, according to Mandy George, writing for the International Federation of the Red Cross on March 2.

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Police block the protesting students in Letpadan, Bago division on March 3, 2015. Photo: Min Min/Mizzima
Police block the protesting students in Letpadan, Bago division on March 3, 2015. Photo: Min Min/Mizzima

Letpadan - Protesting students, blocked by truckloads of police, claim they will continue their march to Yangon, according to student leaders speaking in a press conference at the site on March 2.

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Female white elephants in the Royal White Elephant Garden in the outskirts of Yangon, Myanmar, July 2, 2013. Photo: Nyein Chan Naing/EPA

Myanmar says it has found a rare, white elephant in the jungles of the western Ayeyarwaddy region, according to the Associated Press on March 1.

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A Baptist missionary tour that did not have a township administrator’s letter of recommendation was allegedly asked for K200,000 [US$200] by a Myanmar army commander in Ta-Pauk-Kan Village, Paletwa Township, Chin State recently, according to Burma News International on February 27.

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Rakhine State is the home to most of Myanmar's white card holders. A trishaw drives along the main road during the curfew time following communal violence in Sittwe, Rakhine State, Myanmar, June 17, 2012. Photo: Lynn Bo Bo/EPA
Rakhine State is the home to most of Myanmar's white card holders. A trishaw drives along the main road during the curfew time following communal violence in Sittwe, Rakhine State, Myanmar, June 17, 2012. Photo: Lynn Bo Bo/EPA

Temporary ID card or white card holders in Rakhine State say they will hand over their white cards to the relevant authorities only if they get a similar ID card to take the place of the white cards.