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A breakthrough accord signed by the Philippine government and Islamic militants on March 27 has ended 17 years of fighting.
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Government troops are holding 50 Burmese villagers in harm's way, many of them Christians, in order to prevent attacks by a Kachin rebel group.
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The ongoing peace talks between the government and rebels gained a major breakthrough to end four decades of fighting in the southern Philippines that has killed 150,000 and cost billions of dollars.
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New communal clashes have killed at least 6 people and injured five. And dozens of houses and several mosques were burned.
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A renewed offensive against ethnic Kachin rebels in Christian-populated northern Burma from Dec. 21 to 25 could prolong ceasefire negotiations.
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A Buddhist mob destroyed Muslim homes and property in northwestern Burma following an alleged sexual assault of a Buddhist woman by a Muslim.
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After two and a half years of war, Kachin refugees are tired of violence and only want to be reunited with their scattered family members.
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Clashes last week between Rohingya Muslims and security forces in Sittwe, capital of Arakan State in western Burma, killed at least two.
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Plans to build a church on a sacred site overlooking the Irrawaddy River were scuttled when a state-owned Chinese company began constructing a major hydro-power dam on the river.
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After three years of steady progress in the peace talks between the government of the Philippines and two separate rebel groups, negotiations are now in jeopardy.
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