Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013

Burmese authorities and the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) continue to trade accusations amid fresh clashes at various locations across Kachin State in recent days. (more…)

A heavy explosion rocked central Laiza at midday today, only a hundred meters from the hotel used by the Kachin Independence Army as it headquarters. (more…)

A federation of Burmese ethnic groups said Tuesday it had agreed to hold talks with the government to try to end the conflict in the northern state of Kachin. (more…)

A government peace delegation met with a Karen ceasefire group on the Thai-Burma border on Tuesday to discuss weapons the militia had seized from the area’s Border Guard Force (BGF) during a clash on 5 January. (more…)

For 20 years, they have been given food, water, shelter, health care. But the thing they need most – hope – has proven elusive. And according to the refugee youth in this area bordering western Myanmar, the future is growing dimmer by the day. (more…)

The International Finance Corporation (IFC) announced on Wednesday that it will be setting up a new microfinance institution in Burma. (more…)

Japanese companies are continuing their rush to Myanmar, primarily for contracts to build infrastructure or to open shop in special economic zones, according to the Directorate of Investment and Company Administration (DICA). (more…)

A colonel and another high-ranking Thai army officer have been temporarily removed from their posts while they are investigated for suspected involvement in trafficking refugees from Myanmar’s Rohingya ethnic minority to a third country, the senior commander for southern Thailand said Tuesday. (more…)

Former Thai Prime Minister Chavalit Yongchaiyudh traveled to Mon State on Tuesday, where he met with senior state officials and said that Thailand would invest US $20 billion in the Burmese economy. (more…)

Australia will consider restoring defence relations with Myanmar to help promote democratic reform in that country. (more…)

After Burmese artillery shells landed on Chinese soil recently Beijing reacted indignant, dispatching a high-ranking delegation to Burma to demand a ceasefire in Kachin State. Yet, those shells, and many of the other weaponry used in the conflict, are likely to have been Chinese made. (more…)

Despite moves towards political reform, children continue to be recruited and used as soldiers by armed forces and armed groups in Myanmar, a report published by Child Soldiers International said today. (more…)