UN names 21 countries where rape used in conflict

By Fri, Apr 25, 2014 11:16AM UTC U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. Pic: AP.

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A new U.N. report names 21 countries where rape and other sexual violence has been committed in current and recent conflicts — from Afghanistan and Central African Republic to Burma and Syria.

Burma: Kachin rebel leader urges US role in peace talks

By Tue, Apr 22, 2014 9:55AM UTC Gen. Gun Maw. Pic: AP.

WASHINGTON (AP) — A leader of ethnic Kachin rebels fighting Burma government forces is urging U.S. involvement in peace talks to quell decades of conflict in the country’s lawless border regions. Renewed clashes this month come despite efforts to forge a nationwide cease-fire agreement between the government and all armed ethnic groups.

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

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