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Convoys have come under attack. Victims of the conflict sit on board a rescue truck as they flee the Kokang capital Laukkai, northern Shan State, Myanmar, February 17, 2015. Photo: Lynn Bo Bo/EPA

Dozens of female prisoners were injured in a fierce firefight between rebels and soldiers in northeastern Myanmar following an attack on a government convoy, state media said February 24.

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RCSS chairperson Lieutenant General Yawd Serk seen at his home at Loi Tai Leng, Southern Shan State on December 1, 2013. Photo: Theingi Tun/Mizzima
RCSS chairperson Lieutenant General Yawd Serk seen at his home at Loi Tai Leng, Southern Shan State on December 1, 2013. Photo: Theingi Tun/Mizzima

Chiang Mai – The leader of the Restoration Council of Shan State has welcomed the recent signing by his group of the “Deed of Commitment for Peace and Reconciliation” with the government on Union Day, noting it opened a new page of history that leads to political dialogue.

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Union Election Commission chairperson U Tin Aye speaks to the media during an earlier meeting, this time between the UEC and political parties at Park Royal Hotel in Yangon on February 18, 2015. Photo: UEC
Union Election Commission chairperson U Tin Aye speaks to the media during an earlier meeting, this time between the UEC and political parties at Park Royal Hotel in Yangon on February 18, 2015. Photo: UEC

The Union Election Commission has advised the United Nationalities Alliance to avoid confrontation with the government over the student march calling for amendments to the National Education Law.

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 Panzagar seeks to replace hate speech with "flower speech". Images: Panzagar

Facebook now features a new set of stickers or graphics which users can download to counter online hate speech in Myanmar, according to Global Voices on February 22.

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Myanmar to promote cooperative fishing between men, dolphins. Photo: Koen Van Weel/EPA
Myanmar to promote cooperative fishing between men, dolphins. Photo: Koen Van Weel/EPA

Authorities in Myanmar are trying to promote the resurgence of cooperative fishing with freshwater dolphins, a practice which has been lost as the species becomes endangered.

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Kokang fighters are now calling for dialogue with the government. Kokang fighters standing outside a deserted market as a convoy carrying diplomats and journalists visit the Myanmar-China border town Laukkai, Myanmar on September 8, 2009. Photo: Khin Maung Win/EPA
Kokang fighters are now calling for dialogue with the government. Kokang fighters standing outside a deserted market as a convoy carrying diplomats and journalists visit the Myanmar-China border town Laukkai, Myanmar on September 8, 2009. Photo: Khin Maung Win/EPA

The Kokang fighters are calling on the Myanmar government to enter into dialogue as soon as possible as fighting continues in the troubled Kokang region, according to a spokesperson for the Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army.