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Kokang clashes in Burma will not draw Chinese intervention

By Thu, Feb 26, 2015 7:58AM UTC Kokang clashes in Burma will not draw Chinese intervention

In Northern Myanmar the situation has seriously deteriorated after violence between Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army (MNDAA) rebels and the army erupted on February 9 in Laukkai, the capital of Kokang region. The fight began after Kokang fighters led by 85-year-old Peng Jiasheng launched an attack on government forces in what is widely perceived to be an attempt to reestablish the MNDAA’s control on the region after the defeat they suffered in 2009. According to the Associated Press, on February 21 the fighting had already claimed the lives of more than 50 soldiers and 70 rebels.

UN rights chief warns Burma risks faltering on reform path

By Thu, Feb 26, 2015 7:45AM UTC UN rights chief warns Burma risks faltering on reform path

BERLIN (AP) — The United Nation’s top human right official says Burma/Myanmar is “headed in the wrong direction” amid a crackdown on dissidents and minorities.

Long way to go for foreign investment and human rights in Burma

By Wed, Feb 25, 2015 10:42AM UTC Long way to go for foreign investment and human rights in Burma

Since foreign investment began taking off in Burma a few years ago, many rights watchers and activists have been rightly concerned that the opportunities to make money in this new market would blind companies to the importance of responsible investing there. Burma has come a long way since President Thein Sein began opening the country to foreign investment several years ago, but it is still a nation rife with poverty and conflict. The government welcomes foreign dollars, but those often come at a cost to local people.

Burma rebels deny attack on Red Cross-protected refugees

By Mon, Feb 23, 2015 9:12AM UTC Burma rebels deny attack on Red Cross-protected refugees

YANGON, Burma/Myanmar (AP) — Kokang ethnic rebels battling Burma’s government in the country’s north have denied a claim that they attacked a truck flying the Red Cross flag that was carrying refugees fleeing fighting in the area.

Burma says Kokang rebels on the run despite allies’ help

By Sun, Feb 22, 2015 12:51PM UTC Burma says Kokang rebels on the run despite allies' help

NAYPYITAW, Burma/Myanmar (AP) — Burma’s government says allied minority rebel groups and former Chinese soldiers recruited as mercenaries are supporting ethnic Kokang rebels in fighting against government troops.

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