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Suu Kyi may soon play a role in Burma’s parliament

Aung San Suu Kyi could be given a job in Burma's nominally civilian government if she is elected to parliament in the April by-elections.

Seventeen killed in Rangoon warehouse blast

An explosion at a warehouse in Burma's biggest city has killed at least 17 people and injured dozens -- but was not caused by a bomb, officials say.

State group urges Burma to set free political prisoners

A state-appointed body in Burma has urged officials to release "prisoners of conscience", in a sign the country may soon free political prisoners.

Burmese firm gets SA exploration right

South Africa has handed an offshore petroleum exploration right to a company reportedly tied to the military junta of Burma.

Suu Kyi’s party urges West to keep Burma sanctions

The party of Burma pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi recommended on Monday maintaining Western sanctions on the country.

Junta silent as Burma awaits Suu Kyi release

Aung San Suu Kyi was due to be freed from house arrest on Saturday, but there was still no sign the country's army rulers were ready to release her.

Burma’s Suu Kyi files new appeal against detention

Burma opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi has lodged a new appeal with the Supreme Court against her house arrest in a final attempt to win freedom.

China casts nervous eye at erstwhile ally Burma

The giant red poster staring over China's Wanding border crossing with Burma proclaims that their "brotherly feelings will last forever".

Burma junta under new pressure over cyclone victims

Burma's junta on Saturday came under renewed international pressure from rights groups and the United States defence chief, who said its slow response to the cyclone disaster had cost "tens of thousands of lives". US Defence Secretary Robert Gates criticised the delay in allowing in foreign aid, saying US ships could have swiftly brought relief.

Foreign aid workers enter Burma’s cyclone-hit delta

Foreign aid workers on Tuesday pressed into Burma's Irrawaddy Delta, testing the junta's pledge to open up areas where one million people have yet to receive aid three weeks after the cyclone. Six foreign staff based in Rangoon with the United Nations Children's Fund were allowed to join teams of mainly Burma workers.

Burma: ‘If we don’t act now, more lives will be lost’

The United States sent its first aid flight to Burma on Monday, but experts warned the relief effort was floundering and 1,5-million cyclone survivors were at grave risk from hunger and disease. The US military transport plane laden with emergency supplies was permitted to land by the ruling junta.

Cyclone kills nearly 4 000 in Burma

Burma said on Monday that nearly 4 000 people had been killed in the cyclone that tore into the impoverished and secretive Asian nation at the weekend, and that tens of thousands more could also be dead. The announcement on state television increased the death toll from Tropical Cyclone Nargis more than ten-fold.

Burma’s hard-line prime minister dies in hospital

Burma Prime Minister Soe Win, considered one of the hardliners of the isolated military regime, died on Friday after a long illness, state media said. "The Prime Minister, General Soe Win, died this evening" at a military hospital in the country's main city, Rangoon, state radio said.

Burma junta warns of more arrests

Burma's military regime kept up the pressure on its people on Wednesday after last week's bloody crackdown on protesters as the European Union agreed in principle to punish the junta with sanctions. Troops who last week killed at least 13 and arrested over 1 000 people continued overnight arrests and mounted patrols to strike terror into the population.

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