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Kokang Rebels Claim Dozens of Govt Soldiers Killed, Arms Seized

Kokang rebels say they killed dozens of government soldiers and seized numerous small arms while fending off a Burma Army attack in northern Shan State.

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Outside a remote prison deep in the jungles of eastern Burma, young men sweat through their withdrawal in the dense heat of early summer.

Government, Kokang Insurgents Dispute Casualties in Latest Skirmish

State media has reported that fresh fighting has killed 10 Burma Army soldiers and wounded a further 62, figures disputed by Kokang insurgents in Laukkai.

Govt ‘Exaggerating’ Significance of Accord With Ethnic Groups: NCCT Leader

An ethnic leader accuses the Burmese government of exaggerating the significance of an agreement hailed in state media as a “historic” breakthrough in peace negotiations.

Election Commission to Question Mon Party Over Joint Statement With Rebels

The Union Election Commission calls on the Mon National Party to explain why it issued a joint statement with the New Mon State Party.

Ethnic Groups Consider Holding Ceasefire Conference in Wa Rebel Area

Burma’s ethnic armed groups consider convening in Wa rebel area in northern Shan State to discuss the potential signing of a nationwide ceasefire accord.

Kachin Group Says Its Investigation Could Reveal Killers of Teachers

The Kachin Baptist Convention says its investigation found two people who could reveal the identity of the killers of two Kachin schoolteachers in Shan State.

White Cards Expire, Rohingya to Enter Citizenship Verification Process

Hundreds of thousands of temporary identity cardholders, most of whom are stateless Rohingya Muslims, saw their official identification papers expire on Wednesday.

Disagreements Signal Long Road Ahead for Nationwide Peace

During a press conference, optimism arising from a draft ceasefire was tempered by the emergence of fundamental political differences between the government and ethnic groups.

Former Political Prisoner Facing Charges over Letpadan Protest

Nandar Sit Aung, sentenced in 2004 for criticizing the military junta, is before the courts after being apprehended in Rangoon on Thursday.

Govt, Rebels Say They Agree In Principle on Nationwide Ceasefire Text

A government advisor and ethnic rebel representatives say they in principle reached an agreement on the content of a nationwide ceasefire text.

Fighting Reported Between Govt and Arakan Army

Rare fighting reportedly breaks out between government troops and ethnic rebels of the Arakan Army in western Burma.

Twin Blasts Rock Burma Army Compound in Lashio

Two explosions are reported at a military installation in Lashio, about 80 miles southwest of fighting between the government and ethnic rebels in Shan State.

Ethnic Reps Remain Wary During Pause in Peace Talks

Various representatives from the ethnics’ Nationwide Ceasefire Coordination Team move to temper optimism over the current round of ceasefire talks set to resume next week.

Rangoon Peace Talks End on ‘Positive’ Note

On the tail end of four days of peace talks between the Burmese government and ethnic armed groups, stakeholders come out with a positive outlook.

Air Force Back in Kokang Action Amid Chinese Ire Over Border Bombing

The military resumes using fighter jets against Kokang rebels in northeast Burma, one week after a bomb strayed into Chinese territory, killing five Chinese nationals.

KIA, Govt Meeting Could Signal Shift in Peace Process

Naypyidaw appears to be changing tack as the Kokang conflict escalates and is reaching out to the Kachin rebels in order to stem the fighting.

Amid Peace Talks, Ethnic Armed Groups Decry Kokang War

Ethnic armed groups share their concerns with the Burma Army over intense ongoing fighting in northern Shan State between Kokang rebels and the government.

‘Good Compromise’ Sought as Ethnic Groups, Govt Meet for Peace Talks

An ethnic leader says if his delegation gets a “good compromise” with government negotiators, the group will agree to sign an elusive nationwide ceasefire accord.

Kachin Leaders Meet President, Burma Army in Naypyidaw Visit

KIA leaders meet with President Thein Sein and the army in Naypyidaw in the rebel group’s first ceasefire meeting with the government in Burma’s capital.

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