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Burma says 22 dead in Kachin fighting this month

By Mon, Apr 21, 2014 11:36AM UTC Burma army soldiers in Kachin State. Pic: AP.

YANGON, Burma (AP) — Burma says fighting between government troops and ethnic rebels in the northeastern, strife-torn state of Kachin has left at least 22 people dead this month. The clashes in Kachin come despite efforts by President Thein Sein’s government to forge a nationwide cease-fire agreement with all armed ethnic groups — a deadline that has repeatedly been pushed back because of ongoing clashes.

Anti-junta Burma journalist Win Tin dies at 85

By Mon, Apr 21, 2014 11:11AM UTC Win Tin, pictured at his home in Yangon in October of last year. Pic: AP.

YANGON, Burma (AP) — Win Tin, a prominent journalist who became Burma’s longest-serving political prisoner after challenging military rule by co-founding the National League for Democracy has died. He was 85. He died of renal failure Monday morning, family said.

US calls on Burma to stop violence against Muslims

By Fri, Apr 18, 2014 12:43PM UTC

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.S. Ambassador Samantha Power is calling on Burma’s government to take urgent steps to stop violence in western Rakhine state, where Rohingya Muslims have fled. Power’s written comments followed a closed-door briefing to the U.N. Security Council Thursday by Vijay Nambiar, the secretary-general’s special adviser on

Reuters duo win Pulitzer for Rohingya coverage

By Tue, Apr 15, 2014 11:54AM UTC An armed police officer guards as Rohingya Muslims stand behind him at a refugee camp in Sittwe, capital of Rakhine State, western Burma. Pic: AP.

Reuters journalists Jason Szep and Andrew R.C. Marshall have won the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting for their coverage of the persecution of Rohingya Muslims in Burma and Thailand.

Bus-car collision in Burma kills 12 people

By Sat, Apr 12, 2014 5:12PM UTC

YANGON, Burma (AP) — A passenger bus has collided with a car and burst into flames along a Burma highway, killing 12 passengers and injuring five others. The Information Ministry says the bus overtook the car Saturday and hit and dragged the vehicle, causing the fuel tank to explode. Six

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