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Burma says troops make gains against Kokang ethnic rebels

By Tue, Apr 14, 2015 4:20PM UTC 0 Comment

YANGON, Burma (AP) — Burma's government says its troops have occupied more than 20 strategic positions held by ethnic Kokang rebels in two months of fierce fighting near the border with China, but a spokesman for the insurgents denies the claim....

Aung San Suu Kyi hopes high-level meeting leads to fair elections in Burma

By Fri, Apr 10, 2015 10:17AM UTC 0 Comment

NAYPYITAW, Burma (AP) — Burma opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi says high-level political talks to be held Friday will be meaningful only if they lead to polls set for later this year being free and fair....

Changing Burma: Preserving the old, embracing the new

By Wed, Apr 01, 2015 12:38PM UTC 0 Comment

When I first came to Myanmar in 2009 it felt like a country frozen in time thanks to its years of isolation and stagnation. Indeed I recall penning an article for Jet Star something along the lines of it being one of the few places left you could glimpse the Asia of old, one that existed some 50 years ago. And at that time, within the glittering modernity of much of Asia's new sky rise cities, that was oddly appealing but also a rather simplistic perception....

Burma’s new ceasefire agreement: The devil is in the detail

By Wed, Apr 01, 2015 11:35AM UTC 0 Comment

The first ever draft Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA) was signed between the government and ethnic armed leaders on Tuesday, March 31, but will it really bring peace to Burma?...

Burma government, rebel groups sign draft cease-fire deal

By Tue, Mar 31, 2015 3:59PM UTC 0 Comment

YANGON, Burma (AP) — Burma's government and 16 ethnic armed groups have agreed on the text of a draft nationwide cease-fire agreement aimed at ending decades of civil unrest....