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President U Thein Sein receives a British delegation led by Speaker of the House of Commons, UK Parliament Mr. John Bercow and party at the Credentials Hall of the Presidential Palace in Nay-Pyi-Taw on 30 July 2013. (Photo: http://www.president-office.gov.mm/en)

UK Parliament Speaker John Bercow leads Burma delegation

By Wed, Jul 31, 2013 5:08PM UTC Comments Off President U Thein Sein receives a British delegation led by Speaker of the House of Commons, UK Parliament Mr. John Bercow and party at the Credentials Hall of the Presidential Palace in Nay-Pyi-Taw on 30 July 2013. (Photo: http://www.president-office.gov.mm/en)

Burma’s President Thein Sein received a British delegation led by Speaker of the House of Commons, UK Parliament Mr. John Bercow and party at the Credentials Hall of the Presidential Palace in Nay-Pyi-Taw on Tuesday, the state-run New Light of Myanmar newspaper said today. The British Speaker of the House of Commons was accompanied by...

Refugees face uncertain future as Burma opens

By Sun, May 12, 2013 1:40PM UTC Comments Off In this photo taken April 12, 2013, a Karen girl peers from her bamboo hut at Mae La refugee camp in Ta Song Yang district of Tak province, northern Thailand. Karen refugees are now face a future that will dramatically change their constricted but secure, sometimes happy lives. With the end of 50 years of military rule in Myanmar, aid groups are beginning to prepare for the eventual return of one of the world's largest refugee populations, some 1 million in camps and hideouts spread across five countries. (AP Photo/Apichart Weerawong)

MAE LA REFUGEE CAMP, Thailand (AP) — Since the day she was born, 20-year-old Naw Lawnadoo has known almost nothing of the world beyond the fence and guard posts that hem her in with 45,000 others — ethnic minorities from Burma/Myanmar and those like her who were born and raised in the Mae La refugee...

Burma’s opposition party re-elects Suu Kyi for top job

By Sun, Mar 10, 2013 7:32PM UTC Comments Off Daw Aung San Suu Kyi meets the press after re-elected as chairperson of the NLD in the First Congress n 10 March 2013. (Photo: NLD Congress)

 Aung San Suu Kyi, chairperson of the key opposition party, the National League for Democracy (NLD), Saturday pronounced publicly towards her fellow members to be united in the midst of fuss that could weaken the league in the upcoming historic elections in 2015.The NLD is holding its first all-party congress in Rangoon this weekend. Burma’s...

In Burma’s Kachin state, answers to conflict remain elusive

By Thu, Feb 21, 2013 4:38PM UTC Comments Off Kachin Independence Army soldiers guard a post on a hilltop overlooking the town of Laiza. Pic: AP.

LAWA YANG, Burma (AP) — Kneeling beside a line of freshly dug trenches carved like one long, open wound into a lush hillside, the rebel sergeant peered through dusty binoculars at all his troops had lost. Scattered across the sprawling valley below, a dozen thatched-roof homes stood quiet, abandoned by fleeing villagers as government forces...

Burma announces end of Kachin war, after seizing more areas

By Sat, Jan 19, 2013 5:53PM UTC Comments Off Lower House Speaker Shwe Mann attends a regular session of parliament in Naypyitaw. Pic: AP.

The Burma information ministry pronounces the Burma Army will stop its fighting against ethnic Kachin rebels, taking into account growing international condemnation. The government’s information ministry on Friday announced a close-down to military operations in Kachin state. The Lower House of Burma (Myanmar) made a request to the Union Peacemaking Central Committee and KIO/KIA at...

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