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A defendant in a drug trial was abducted from a police van while being transported from Shan State’s Taung Lay Lone Prison from a hearing at the Taunggyi District Court on Tuesday.
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China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) has begun a series of live-fire exercises close to the Myanmar border: a move that underscores the increasingly fractious relations between the two countries.
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The explosives landed in a rural area of Lincang in Yunnan province on Thursday night, close to where Myanmar soldiers have been fighting ethnic insurgents for months.
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Stray artillery shells landed on Chinese territory on Thursday evening causing injuries to five civilians, as conflict intensifies near the China-Burma border between Burmese government forces and Kokang rebels of the Myanmar Nationalities Democratic Alliance Army (MNDAA).
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While the military continues its attacks on ethnic rebels in Burma’s north, the country’s Commander-in-Chief, Snr-Gen Min Aung Hlaing, has been out of the country in recent days. After meeting with his Pakistani counterpart in Islamabad, he toured the offices of Heavy Industries Taxila, a major regional defense contractor. In Serbia, he sat down for discussions with Yugoimport SDPR, a state-owned weapons exporter. Both businesses specialize in the sale of tanks, armored personnel carriers and heavy artillery.
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In a major breakthrough, National Investigation Agency interrogation of National Democratic Front of Bodoland (Songibjit) terrorists has revealed that Chinese made weapons come to Manipur through the China-Myanmar-India border.
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The UK government has approved the sale of £16 million [K16 billion] of crowd-control and anti-riot equipment, including tear gas and rubber bullets, to countries including Myanmar who are on its own human-rights blacklist, reports The Independent in a story on March 9.
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The Burma Army this week summoned representatives of the United Wa State Army (UWSA) to ask them not to provide arms or ammunition to Kokang rebels in eastern Burma, where conflict has raged between rebels and government troops since early February.
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The Myanmar army and the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) have been using land-mines in recent skirmishes in Kachin and northern Shan State, according to UNICEF.
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Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, commander-in-chief of Myanmar’s armed forces, or Tatmadaw, is a man on the move. Since the beginning of the year he has traveled to Laos and Indonesia, attended large-scale war games in central Myanmar, reviewed the country’s largest ever naval exercises in the Bay of Bengal, presided over the annual Army Day parade in the capital Naypyidaw and met with a string of foreign dignitaries.
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A Burmese government spokesman said Tuesday that during meetings last week officials in Naypyidaw and their counterparts from North Korea did not discuss the controversial weapons trade between the two nations.
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The Myanmar Navy (MN) has commissioned its first guided-missile frigate with low observable radar characteristics.
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Two Burma Army helicopters and possibly one aircraft were shot down by the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) during the heavy fighting in the mountains of northern Burma in 2012 and early 2013, according to a recent report by IHS Jane’s Defence.
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Much fuss has justifiably been made about five journalists locked up in Myanmar after a story was published alleging the military-controlled government has built a chemical weapons factory in Pauk, a township in the country’s center.
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The Myanmar Human Rights Commission has recommended that police in Rakhine State be issued with better quality weapons, commission secretary U Sitt Myaing told Mizzima on February 5.
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In one deadly day this week, landmines in Myanmar’s Shan state killed three people in two separate incidents. The deaths highlight the dangers that civilians still face living in the shadow of the longest running civil war in history. The accidents, which occurred within hours of each other on December sixth, killed one man and two women, both of them mothers to four children each, according to the Palaung Women’s Organization, a local non-governmental organization that reported the deaths.
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Yeshua Moser, a representative from the Italian Campaign to Ban Landmines(ICBL) who is conducting research on landmine use in Myanmar, announced at a press conference on 26 November that Myanmar is the third most frequent employer of active landmines of all the countries in the world. (more…)

Burmese anti-narcotics police and government army troops stationed near Kutkai in northern Shan State seized a large cache of weapons and drugs valued at nearly US $250,000 on Wednesday, according to Burma’s state media.
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Four people including a four-year-old child have been injured by a landmine blast in southern Shan state’s Loilen district, according to local sources.
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The European Union could be breaching its embargo against Burma by providing riot gear to the Burmese police force as part of a new training programme, campaigners have warned.
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