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Burmese Fighting Reported Spreading to Shan State

Posted June 15th, 2011 at 6:35 am (UTC-5)
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Burmese ethic media say fighting that began last week in Kachin state between government forces and Kachin rebels has now spread into Shan state. The Kachin News Group reported that two battalions of the ethnic Kachin Independence Army have been engaged with Burmese forces since Tuesday evening in northern Shan state. It said the fighting […]

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Burmese Refugees Flee Fighting Between Army, Kachin Rebels

Posted June 14th, 2011 at 8:00 pm (UTC-5)
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Fighting between Burma’s military forces and an ethnic militia in northern Burma has forced hundreds of civilians to flee across the border to China. A spokesman for the Kachin rebels said from Thailand that Burmese troops pushed the ethnic forces from a key mountain post Tuesday. Kachin rebels destroyed a strategic bridge used by the […]

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Kachin Rebels Say Burmese Fighting Likely to Spread

Posted June 14th, 2011 at 3:50 am (UTC-5)
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Leaders of an ethnic-based army in Burma are warning of a wider war unless government troops immediately halt an offensive against bases of the Kachin Independence Army. Reports Tuesday quoted KIA officials saying the rebel movement had “lost patience” and ordered its forces to resist unless the government pulled back by midnight Monday. The group […]

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Heavy Fighting Reported in Northern Burma

Posted June 13th, 2011 at 3:10 pm (UTC-5)
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Heavy fighting continued Monday between government forces and an ethnic minority rebel group in northern Burma, with reports of casualties on both sides. The fighting between the Kachin Independence Army and government forces broke out last week in Kachin State not far from the Chinese border. VOA’s Burmese Service reports that the rebels have lost […]

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US Stops North Korean Ship on Suspected Burma Mission

Posted June 13th, 2011 at 10:40 am (UTC-5)
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The United States says its Navy intercepted a ship suspected of carrying missile technology from North Korea to Burma, and forced the vessel to return home after a standoff lasting several days. Special assistant to U.S. President Barack Obama, Gary Samore, identified the cargo vessel as the M/V Light. He said the ship was suspected […]

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Aung San Suu Kyi: Rights Push Shows Burmese Quest for Justice

Posted June 13th, 2011 at 10:05 am (UTC-5)
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Burmese democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi has asked international labor leaders to support justice and improved human rights in her homeland. The 65-year-old Nobel laureate spoke Monday by video message to the International Labor Organization meeting in Geneva. She said Burma must not be allowed to fail in its quest to improve the welfare […]

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US Stops North Korean Ship on Suspected Burma Mission

Posted June 13th, 2011 at 3:45 am (UTC-5)
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The United States says its navy intercepted a North Korean ship suspected of carrying missile technology to Burma, and forced the vessel to return home after a standoff lasting several days. Gary Samore, special assistant to U.S. President Barack Obama, identified the cargo vessel as the M/V Light. He said the ship was suspected of […]

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US Stops North Korean Ship on Suspected Burma Mission

Posted June 13th, 2011 at 2:00 am (UTC-5)
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The New York Times is reporting that the U.S. Navy intercepted a North Korean ship the Navy suspected of carrying missile technology to Burma, and forced the vessel to return home after a standoff lasting several days. It is not certain where the cargo vessel M/V Light was headed, or what it was carrying, but […]

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ILO: Increased Awareness Leads to More Complaints of Forced Labor

Posted June 6th, 2011 at 5:55 pm (UTC-5)
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The International labor organization says improved public awareness about the law on forced labor in Burma has led to an increase in formal complaints to the group’s liaison office in Rangoon. The United Nations labor organization says the increasing number of complaints is seen as a sign that the Burmese people are more aware of […]

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McCain Urges Burma to Quickly Implement Reforms

Posted June 3rd, 2011 at 5:50 am (UTC-5)
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U.S. Senator John McCain, ending a three-day visit to Burma, called on the government to free its more than 2,000 political prisoners and quickly implement democratic reforms. McCain told a news conference Friday that it was clear from his meetings with top officials that Burma wants closer relations with the United States. However, he said […]

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