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Burma: Kachin rebel leader urges US role in peace talks

By Tue, Apr 22, 2014 9:55AM UTC 1 Comment Gen. Gun Maw. Pic: AP.

WASHINGTON (AP) — A leader of ethnic Kachin rebels fighting Burma government forces is urging U.S. involvement in peace talks to quell decades of conflict in the country's lawless border regions. Renewed clashes this month come despite efforts to forge a nationwide cease-fire agreement between the government and all armed ethnic groups....

Burma says 22 dead in Kachin fighting this month

By Mon, Apr 21, 2014 11:36AM UTC Comments Off Burma army soldiers in Kachin State. 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....

Anti-junta Burma journalist Win Tin dies at 85

By Mon, Apr 21, 2014 11:11AM UTC Comments Off Win Tin, pictured at his home in Yangon in October of last year. Pic: AP.

YANGON, Burma (AP) — Win Tin, a prominent journalist who became Burma's longest-serving political prisoner after challenging military rule by co-founding the National League for Democracy has died. He was 85. He died of renal failure Monday morning, family said....

Bus-car collision in Burma kills 12 people

By Sat, Apr 12, 2014 5:12PM UTC Comments Off

YANGON, Burma (AP) — A passenger bus has collided with a car and burst into flames along a Burma highway, killing 12 passengers and injuring five others. The Information Ministry says the bus overtook the car Saturday and hit and dragged the vehicle, causing the fuel tank to explode. Six car occupants and six bus...

Burma papers protest sentencing of reporters

By Fri, Apr 11, 2014 12:57PM UTC Comments Off A man buys a weekly news journal at a roadside newspaper stand in Yangon, Burma. Pic: AP.

YANGON, Burma (AP) — Several private newspapers in Burma have printed black front pages to protest the recent arrests and sentencing of journalists. Burma has only recently emerged from a half-century of military rule, and one of the most visible reforms since a new, nominally civilian government came to power in 2011 was a freeing up of the press. But experts warn the media climate has been worsening recently....

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