Bombers target Afghan army bases

Afghan soldiers run for cover as a bomb explodes during a gun battle on the outskirts of Kabul, Afghanistan, on Sunday

Suicide attacks on army bases in the Afghan capital Kabul and a northern city leave at least 13 security personnel dead, with one gun battle raging for hours.

Tendulkar hits landmark 50th ton

Indian batsman Sachin Tendulkar becomes the first player in history to hit 50 Test match centuries after scoring a ton in the the first Test against South Africa in Centurion. Sport

Inside KNLA Brigade 5 with the Free Burma Rangers

By ALEX ELLGEE
A reporter for The Irrawaddy crosses the border into Karen State and speaks with the director of the Free Burma Rangers while the ranger trains new teams near the front lines.

Suu Kyi Rules Out Replacing NLD Leadership

By SAW YAN NAING
Despite complaints from some of the party’s youth members, Aung San Suu Kyi says she won’t move to sideline senior leaders of her National League for Democracy.

Than Shwe Vows to Build Strong, Modern Military

By WAI MOE
Burma’s junta leader tells cadets at an elite military academy that the armed forces must continue to grow in strength.

Laura Bush Speaks by Phone to Suu Kyi

By JAMIE STENGLE
Former first lady Laura Bush, a longtime advocate of free elections in Burma, speaks with the country’s pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi for the first time.

Weekly Business Roundup (December 18, 2010)

By WILLIAM BOOT
Burma has been accused by the United Nations of dramatically raising cultivation of poppies for opium in 2010.

Local Media Barred from Publishing Suu Kyi Interviews
By YENI
Burma’s censors have been ordered to block efforts by privately owned publications to increase their coverage of pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s activities.

KNU Eye Manerplaw
By SAW YAN NAING
The KNU’s Battalion 202 has launched a short attack on the Burmese army base of Manerplaw, which was formerly the KNU’s headquarters.

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DKBA faction could commence guerilla war in ‘every township’

Renegade DKBA commander assertive as he tells DVB from the front line that faction is prepared for guerilla war across Burma if the Burmese army continues its ‘offensive’

 

 

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Suu Kyi’s ‘time has come and gone’: India

Leaked cable reveals India’s views on Aung San Suu Kyi and the junta number 1’s extraordinary travel ‘arrangements’ for his 2004 visit to the world’s largest democracy

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Victim of land confiscation facing jail

Farmer who claims his land and property was destroyed by Rangoon authorities is being tried on charges of trespassing

Report condemns Norway fund’s Burma investments

pipeline-construction-s(Analysis) Norway’s government has been accused of being “complicit in land confiscation, …

16 political prisoners released

insein-prison-sSixteen political prisoners who had served their full terms were released today from Burmese jails,

 

WikiLeaks: Junta ‘might go nuclear for US attention’

mitraMembers of Burmese dictator Than Shwe’s entourage during a 2004 trip to New Delhi, told the Indian …

Heavy rain spoils rice harvest, Mon farmers say

rice-crop-sUnseasonal heavy rain in the past week during the harvest had spoiled a large portion of the rice crop …