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UN Welcomes Burma’s Peace Efforts

Posted January 20th, 2013 at 11:20 pm (UTC-5)
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The United Nations has welcomed Burma’s latest efforts to bring peace to rebel-controlled areas in northeastern Kachin state. A UN statement Sunday said Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has been following various reports from the ground on the implementation of a cease-fire that was supposed to have gone into effect on Saturday. The statement said Mr. […]

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Burma Says Troops Ordered Not to Attack Kachin Rebel HQ

Posted January 20th, 2013 at 12:10 pm (UTC-5)
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Burmese President Thein Sein says he is trying to create conditions for peace talks with ethnic-minority Kachin rebels. In a speech in Rangoon, Mr. Thein Sein said government forces are within an “arm’s length” of the main Kachin Independence Army base in the town of Laiza, on the border with China. He said he has […]

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Rebels Accuse Burma Army of Ignoring Cease-Fire Order

Posted January 20th, 2013 at 6:25 am (UTC-5)
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Ethnic Kachin rebels in northern Burma say government troops are ignoring a cease-fire order that was supposed to go into effect Saturday. President Thein Sein issued the order Friday to troops in northeastern Kachin state near the border with China. However, the rebel Kachin Independence Army said Sunday that attacks involving artillery and troops are […]

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Burma to End Offensive Against Kachin Rebels

Posted January 18th, 2013 at 11:20 am (UTC-5)
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Burma says it will end its offensive against ethnic minority rebels in the northern state of Kachin, in light of growing international criticism. The government’s information ministry on Friday announced a halt to military operations in the area. The move comes as fighting between Kachin rebels and Burmese forces has moved closer to rebel headquarters […]

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Kachin Rebels Say Burma Military Kills 3 Civilians in Artillery Attack

Posted January 14th, 2013 at 2:15 am (UTC-5)
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Ethnic Kachin rebels in northern Burma say government forces shelled the town they use as their headquarters, killing three civilians and wounding three others. A member of the Kachin Independence Army said the attack on the town of Laiza, near Burma’s northeast border with China occurred early Monday morning. He said one of those killed […]

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US Warns Against Travel to Central African Republic

Posted December 24th, 2012 at 2:25 pm (UTC-5)
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The United States has issued a new travel warning for the Central African Republic, where rebels have seized several towns over the past two weeks. The warning from the State Department Monday urged Americans in the C.A.R. to review their personal security situation and consider taking advantage of commercial flights to safe locations. The State […]

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Rebels Take Another Town in C.A.R.

Posted December 23rd, 2012 at 2:50 pm (UTC-5)
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Rebels in the Central African Republic have captured another town after a battle with government forces. The rebel alliance known as Seleka seized the town of Bambari on Sunday. Witnesses say government forces withdrew after two hours of gunfire. Bambari, a town of 40,000, sits in the south-central C.A.R., a 400-kilometer drive from the capital, […]

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DRC Gov’t, Rebels to Begin Talks Friday

Posted December 6th, 2012 at 9:15 am (UTC-5)
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Rebels in the Democratic Republic of Congo will open talks with the Congolese government Friday in Uganda. Ugandan spokesman Fred Opolot says delegations from the Congolese government and rebel group M23 will begin preliminary meetings in Kampala aimed at resolving their conflict. He says the talks will focus on ground rules for future meetings and […]

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Philippines Rebel Leader: Challenges Exist With Peace Deal

Posted October 27th, 2012 at 9:00 am (UTC-5)
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The Philippines’ top Muslim rebel leader says a peace deal signed with the Philippine government can end the armed conflict between the two sides only if the Filipino Muslim community supports it. Murad Ebrahim said Saturday the task of implementing the peace deal is big and complicated, and that it must become reality on the […]

German Court Convicts 10 Somalis of Piracy

Posted October 19th, 2012 at 6:00 pm (UTC-5)
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The U.N. Security Council says it plans to impose sanctions on the leaders of a Congolese rebel group and others who have violated an arms embargo on the country. The council also expressed its “deep concern” over reports that the Congolese militia group known as M23 is receiving help from neighboring countries. U.N. experts have […]

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