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Fighting Intensifies in Northern Burma

Fighting has intensified in northern Burma as government troops continue a weeklong offensive against ethnic Kachin rebels. Presidential spokesman Ye Htut on Wednesday confirmed that several government troops, including a senior commander, have been killed in the fighting with the Kachin Independence Army ((KIA)).  He added that some local civilians have been displaced, but did not provide exact numbers. He called on the rebels to show restraint during the current New Year holiday...

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