Burma

    528 days ago

    Dozens feared dead as refugee boat capsizes

    Overcrowded boats carrying more than 100 people trying to escape an approaching cyclone have capsized off the coast of Burma with dozens feared drowned.

    541 days ago

    100 homes set alight in Burmese sectarian violence

    Buddhist mobs hurling bricks attacked two mosques and torched more than 100 homes in central Burma, killing one person and injuring at least nine more.

    581 days ago

    State of emergency declared after riot deaths in Burma town

    A state of emergency has been declared in a central Burmese town where at least 20 people have been killed in violence between Buddhists and Muslims.

    712 days ago

    Twelve feared dead in Burma earthquake

    A strong earthquake struck northern Burma today, causing a bridge and a gold mine to collapse, damaging several ancient Buddhist pagodas and leaving as many as 12 people feared dead.

    725 days ago

    Thousands displaced by new wave of Burma violence

    Victims of Burma's latest explosion of Muslim-Buddhist violence fled to already-packed displacement camps along the country's western coast as a United Nations humanitarian chief said the unrest had forced more than 22,000 people from their homes.

    728 days ago

    56 die in new Burma clashes

    At least 56 people have been killed and nearly 2,000 homes destroyed in the latest outbreak of ethnic violence in western Burma, a government official said today.

    764 days ago

    Suu Kyi granted highest civilian honour in US

    Politicians united by their respect for Burma democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi presented her with Congress' highest civilian honour in a ceremony in the Capitol Rotunda, ahead of a meeting with President Barack Obama.

    802 days ago

    Suu Kyi meets Burma president

    Burma opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi has met the president for their first talks since the Nobel Peace Prize laureate became a member of parliament.

    847 days ago

    Suu Kyi warned to stop calling country 'Burma'

    Opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi was warned today to stop calling her country “Burma”.

    849 days ago

    Suu Kyi bears regime 'no grudges'

    Burma opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi said that she holds no grudges against the military regime that kept her under house arrest for some 15 years and considers them people to work with toward reform.

    857 days ago

    Suu Kyi hails 'unforgettable' visit to Ireland

    Aung San Suu Kyi says her visit to Ireland will be one of the "unforgettable" days of her life.

    857 days ago

    Suu Kyi arrives in Ireland

    Burma's pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi has touched down in Dublin for a six-hour flying visit to Dublin.

    862 days ago

    Suu Kyi praises international efforts to reach out to Burma

    Burma opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi has welcomed steps by the international community to reach out to her country long isolated because of its military dictatorship.

    863 days ago

    Suu Kyi sets out on trip to Europe

    When Aung San Suu Kyi last saw Europe, it was still divided into the democratic West and communist East. Her homeland of Burma was still under oppressive military rule.

    864 days ago

    Authorities struggle to contain Burma violence

    Gunshots rang out and residents fled burning homes today as security forces in western Burma struggled to contain deadly ethnic and religious violence that has displaced thousands of people.

    865 days ago

    State of emergency over Burma riots

    Burma’s president has declared a state of emergency in a western state where sectarian tensions between Buddhists and Muslims unleashed deadly violence.

    873 days ago

    Suu Kyi to visit refugee camp

    Aung San Suu Kyi is set to turn her attention to Burma’s long-standing refugee crisis with a visit to a sprawling camp on Thailand’s border today.

    887 days ago

    Burma rebels 'agree to cease fighting'

    Ethnic Shan rebels have agreed in a second round of talks that there will be no more fighting between the guerrillas and Burmese government troops, a government negotiator said.

    888 days ago

    Campaigners hoping for Suu Kyi visit to Ireland

    Human rights campaigners are finalising plans for Burma's pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi to visit Ireland next month.

    906 days ago

    UN chief hails Suu Kyi's compromise

    UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has praised Burma’s opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi for supporting democratisation by making a political compromise.

    906 days ago

    UN chief urges lifting of Burma sanctions

    UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has urged the international community to lift more sanctions on Burma and increase development assistance.

    914 days ago

    EU agrees to drop Burma sanctions

    The EU has suspended its sanctions against Burma, but will retain an embargo on arms sales.

    914 days ago

    Suu Kyi to sit out parliament date

    Democracy campaigner Aung San Suu Kyi and the rest of her party’s newly elected politicians will not attend today’s opening session of Burma’s parliament because they object to wording in their oath of office which says they must “safeguard” the constitution, party officials said.

    917 days ago

    Suu Kyi party in protest over parliamentary oath

    Elected representatives from the opposition party of democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi are unlikely to take their seats in the Burmese parliament on Monday because they disagree with the oath of office.

    917 days ago

    EU 'to suspend Burma sanctions'

    The European Union will suspend most sanctions against Burma while it assess the country’s progress toward democracy, officials say.

    919 days ago

    Suu Kyi to visit Europe

    Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi is to visit Britain and Norway in June on her first trip abroad in 24, a spokesman for her National League for Democracy party said.

    923 days ago

    Cameron calls for easing of sanctions against Burma

    British Prime Minister David Cameron today called for sanctions against Burma to be eased today after holding talks with opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

    924 days ago

    Cameron in Burma for historic visit

    British Prime Minister David Cameron arrived in Burma today in what is believed to be the first visit to the former colony by a British prime minister.

    926 days ago

    Cameron to visit Suu Kyi in Burma

    David Cameron is to become the first Western leader to visit Aung San Suu Kyi since the Nobel Peace Prize laureate was elected to parliament.

    928 days ago

    Suu Kyi receives parliament invite

    Burma’s opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi will take her seat in parliament for the first time on April 23, following her historic election victory earlier this month.

    932 days ago

    US to ease Burma restrictions

    The Obama administration said it would soon nominate an ambassador to Burma and ease some travel and financial restrictions on the formerly military-run Southeast Asian nation following historic elections that saw opposition gains in parliament.

    933 days ago

    Call to lift Burma sanctions

    South-east Asian leaders have called on Western countries, including the European Union, to lift punitive sanctions imposed on Burma.

    934 days ago

    Election victory sees Suu Kyi secure foothold in Burma parliament

    Democracy campaigner Aung San Suu Kyi's opposition party has won a landslide victory in historic Burmese elections.

    935 days ago

    Suu Kyi hails 'new era for Burma'

    Aung San Suu Kyi has said she hopes her victory in a landmark election will mark the beginning of a new era for Burma.

    935 days ago

    Jubilation as Suu Kyi wins seat

    Supporters of Burma’s opposition icon Aung San Suu Kyi erupted in euphoric cheers today after her party said she won a parliamentary seat in a landmark election, setting the stage for her to take public office for the first time.

    936 days ago

    Suu Kyi 'wins seat in parliament'

    Aung San Suu Kyi’s party claimed today she has won a seat in Burma’s parliament after a landmark election, setting the stage for the pro-democracy leader to hold public office for the first time.

    936 days ago

    Burma voting in landmark election

    Burma was today holding a landmark election that was expected to send opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi into parliament for her first public office since launching her decades-long struggle against the military-dominated government.

    937 days ago

    Suu Kyi poised for public office in Burma

    Burma’s leaders spent two decades tenaciously trying to silence pro-democracy campaigner Aung San Suu Kyi. But they are now on the verge of an extraordinary turnaround – allowing her into parliament.

    938 days ago

    Suu Kyi hits out at election 'irregularities'

    Democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi has said Burma's elections cannot be called free and fair because of widespread irregularities.

    942 days ago

    Suu Kyi suspends campaign after falling ill

    Democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi has suspended her campaigning a week ahead of Burma’s by-elections after falling ill.

    946 days ago

    UN chief hopeful of successful Burma poll

    UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said he hopes reforms in military-ruled Burma will help ensure transparent polls next month.

    990 days ago

    Suu Kyi cleared to run in Burma by-election

    Burma’s Election Commission has given opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi the green light to run for parliamentary by-elections, seen as a key test of the long-repressed country’s commitment to democratic reforms.

    1008 days ago

    No turning back on reforms, says Burma president

    Burma's president vowed not to turn back on his country's democratic reforms as he urged the West to lift sanctions, and even dangled the possibility of giving opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi a Cabinet post.

    1010 days ago

    Suu Kyi seeks Burma parliament seat

    Ecstatic cheers of “Long Live Aung San Suu Kyi!” echoed through the streets of Rangoon as Burma’s best-known woman registered her candidacy for a parliamentary by-election.

    1013 days ago

    Clinton presses for further reforms in Burma

    US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said the US will embrace Burma further if the once-estranged Asian government releases all remaining political prisoners, ends violence against minorities and cuts military ties with North Korea.

    1014 days ago

    US to upgrade Burma links

    The US is to exchange ambassadors with Burma in response to its freeing political prisoners and other reforms.

    1015 days ago

    Burma releases prominent prisoners

    Burma freed many of its most prominent political prisoners today in a long-awaited step toward national reconciliation that also has been a key condition set by Western nations for easing sanctions against the country.

    1016 days ago

    Burma signs ceasefire with rebels

    The Burmese government has signed a ceasefire agreement with ethnic Karen rebels, taking a major step towards ending one of the world’s longest-running insurgencies.

    1057 days ago

    Clinton and Suu Kyi agree agenda

    Two of the world’s most recognised women leaders pledged to work together to bring democracy to Burma.

    1058 days ago

    Clinton urges Burma to introduce reforms

    US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton challenged Burma's leaders today to continue and expand reforms.

    1068 days ago

    Suu Kyi expected to run for office

    Pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi intends to run for parliament in upcoming by-elections in Burma.

    1072 days ago

    Suu Kyi party set for election test

    Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi's party is set to register itself as a legal body so that it can take part in future elections in Burma.

    1084 days ago

    New Burma law could encourage Suu Kyi to reregister party

    Burma's president has signed a revised law on political parties in an apparent attempt to encourage Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy to accept the political system and reregister as a party.

    1169 days ago

    Suu Ky backs Dam protesters

    Burma pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi has joined forces with environmentalists and minority groups with an appeal for a rethink of a large dam project.

    1219 days ago

    Suu Kyi sends video message to US

    Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi spoke to members of the US congress by video today, calling for a commission of inquiry into rights abuses and urging support for steps to open up “the real road to democracy” in Burma.

    1223 days ago

    Burma rebels blamed for border skirmishes

    Burma’s government has blamed ethnic Kachin rebels for starting a week of fighting along the country’s north eastern border with China.

    1242 days ago

    Suu Kyi plans tour of rural Burma

    Pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi said she plans to tour rural Burma next month in her first trip into the provinces since a 2003 political tour ended in her lengthy house arrest.

    1285 days ago

    Suu Kyi tells of hopes for envoy

    Burmese pro-democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi has said she hopes that a new US special envoy to the country will help usher in true democratic reforms.

    1380 days ago

    Suu Kyi makes legal bid to revive party

    Pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi is seeking to revive her political party in military-run Burma by launching an appeal to the Supreme Court of a ruling that upheld its banning, her lawyers said today.

    1436 days ago

    Suu Kyi: Release does not signal junta moderation

    Burma’s democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi said today that her release from seven years of detention is not a sign that the country’s military regime is becoming moderate.