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Burma: Rights groups call for charges against father of slain schoolgirl to be dropped

By Thu, Dec 18, 2014 1:03PM UTC Comments Off Brang Shawng. Image provided by Fortify Rights.

Rights groups have called for the Burmese government to drop charges ethnic-Kachin man Brang Shawng, 49, whose 14-year-old daughter was killed in disputed circumstances in September 2012....

Burma rebels say trust in government at all-time low

By Fri, Dec 05, 2014 6:14PM UTC Comments Off Recruits of the Kachin Independence Army in training near Laiza. Pic: AP.

BANGKOK (AP) — A leader of ethnic Kachin rebels fighting in northern Burma says that trust in the country's military-dominated government is at an all-time low despite years of peace talks aimed at resolving the conflict in the country's jade-rich north....

Burma discovers it has only 51 million people

By Sat, Aug 30, 2014 2:44PM UTC Comments Off A recent census showed Burma has a population of 51 million, rather than the 60 million the government had thought. Pic: AP

Burma has discovered it has only 51 million people — far less than the previously estimated 60 million....

Burma says 22 dead in Kachin fighting this month

By Mon, Apr 21, 2014 11:36AM UTC Comments Off Burmese soldiers shot Aung Niang dead on 4th October. 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....

Burma talks with Kachin rebels show progress

By Fri, Oct 11, 2013 12:24PM UTC Comments Off Burma talks with Kachin rebels show progress

YANGON, Burma (AP) — Representatives of Burma’s government and Kachin ethnic rebels said Thursday they made significant progress in their latest peace talks and that a comprehensive cease-fire agreement including all armed ethnic groups might be in sight. Burma for decades has faced rebellions from minority groups seeking autonomy. The Kachin are the only major...

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