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Kachin Independence Army troops in training. Pic: AP.

Burma says Kachin rebels trying to scuttle peace deal

By Thu, Jan 22, 2015 6:17PM UTC Comments Off Kachin Independence Army troops in training. Pic: AP.

YANGON, Burma (AP) — Burma's government is accusing ethnic rebels of trying to scuttle a nationwide peace deal, as tensions soar in the northern state of Kachin. Sporadic clashes between the army and insurgents have left more than 1,800 civilians trapped in a village....

UN hits back at Burmese monk Wirathu for calling envoy a ‘whore’

By Thu, Jan 22, 2015 12:32PM UTC Comments Off Hardline Burmese monk Wirathu. Pic: AP.

YANGON, Burma (AP) — The United Nations' human rights chief has urged Burma's leaders to protest sexist language used by an infamous ultranationalist Buddhist monk who — during a public rally last week — called a visiting UN envoy a "bitch" and a "whore."...

Burma releases prominent Rohingya political prisoner

By Tue, Jan 20, 2015 3:01PM UTC Comments Off Pic: AP.

YANGON, Burma (AP) — Rights groups are welcoming the release of a prominent Rohingya Muslim doctor who was arrested while trying to calm rioters during sectarian violence in western Burma....

Extremist Burmese monk Wirathu calls UN envoy a ‘whore’

By Mon, Jan 19, 2015 7:56PM UTC Comments Off Controversial Buddhist monk Wirathu. Pic: AP.

Extremist Burmese monk Wirathu is back in the headlines for all the wrong reasons. The man who appeared on the cover of Time magazine with the headline 'The Face of Buddhist Terror' called the UN’s special rapporteur for human rights in Burma, Yanghee Lee, a 'bitch' and a 'whore' while addressing a crowd in Yangon, Friday....

1,000 villagers trapped by fighting in eastern Burma

By Sat, Jan 17, 2015 4:20PM UTC Comments Off

YANGON, Burma (AP) — Trucks are on standby to try to rescue more than 1,000 civilians trapped in two villages in northern Burma where fierce fighting broke out between the Burma army and rebels. Gam Aung, a resident in Lone Khin, a town near the fighting in Kachin state, says many people, including children, are...

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