During the 71st Shan State National Day commemoration at the headquarters of the Restoration Council of Shan State’s Loi Tai Leng headquarters, European ambassadors and UN representatives rubbed shoulders with ethnic armed group leaders.
The biggest US force in years joined an annual military exercise in Thailand on Tuesday despite controversy over the Thai junta’s invitation to neighbouring Burma’s army, which has been accused of ethnic cleansing.
A Reuters investigation into the killing of Rohingya Muslims in Burma prompted demands from the US State Department for a credible investigation into the bloodshed there and calls for the release of two journalists who were arrested while working on the report.
Reuters pieces together what happened in the days leading up to the killings in Inn Din, drawing for the first time on interviews with Buddhist villagers who confessed to torching Rohingya homes, burying bodies and killing Muslims.
On this year’s Nordic Day, the diplomatic missions of Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden are highlighting their countries’ strong and continued commitment to gender equality — domestically, in Burma and beyond.
Clashes between the Tatmadaw and the Ta’ang National Liberation Army (TNLA) erupted in several remote villages of Kutkai Township, Shan State, in recent days, sending possibly hundreds of locals fleeing to Kutkai town and the neighbouring township to the south, Hseni.
The Arakan Army denies allegations that the ethnic armed group was a conspirator in the recent murder of a former administrator for Mrauk-U Township in Rakhine State, where a police crackdown last month killed seven people.
The terrorist threat facing Southeast Asia is growing as foreign fighters return to the region, Southeast Asian defence ministers said in a joint statement on Tuesday in which they pledged to improve cooperation to tackle militancy.
Two Reuters journalists facing charges under Burma’s Official Secrets Act appeared for their fourth hearing at a Yangon court on Tuesday, defiantly maintaining their innocence and accusing police of mishandling the case.
The Kachin Independence Army’s objective in recent attacks launched by the ethnic armed group against government troops was limited to attempting to “disrupt” the military, not to “overrun” the bases it has targeted, according to a KIA spokesperson.
The New Mon State Party and Lahu Democratic Union will sign the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement on 13 February, with their accession to the accord marking one of the most substantive breakthroughs in Burma’s peace process since the National League for Democracy took power nearly two years ago.
If you are not a fan of spiders, you may not like the creepy little arachnid scientists found entombed in chunks of amber from northern Burma. Unlike its spider cousins alive today, this guy had a tail.
The Yangon Police Force has announced that the suspected perpetrator of an attack in which a petrol bomb was hurled at State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi’s residence in Yangon will be prosecuted regardless of his medical condition.
Lawyers for three of the four defendants detained in connection with the assassination of the prominent lawyer Ko Ni argue that their clients should be released because the prosecution has failed to present compelling evidence implicating them.
“Despite the fact that intense hostilities are continuing between the two sides, I believe that this informal meeting could pave the way for a shift from armed conflict to political dialogues,” Naw Bo told DVB.
Burma told the United Nations Security Council not to visit during February this year because it was “not the right time,” Kuwait’s UN Ambassador Mansour Ayyad Al-Otaibi said on Thursday, adding that the country did not completely reject the proposed trip.
An LGBT festival opened in Burma on Thursday after authorities allowed organisers to hold the launch event in public for the first time in the Southeast Asian nation where same-sex relations remain illegal.