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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....

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...

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....

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