Growing tensions between Burma's government and an armed ethnic group forced thousands of people to flee from Kokang in the north-eastern Shan state towards China. This new tensions are believed to be linked to next year's elections.
US Senator Jim Webb (pictured) said Sunday that China has an "obligation" to mediate with the Burmese leadership. Webb was speaking after arriving in Thailand with US national John Yettaw, whose release he secured in talks with Burma's ruling junta.
US Democratic Senator Jim Webb (right) held talks with Burma's junta leader on Saturday and later met with detained opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi (left). Webb also secured an agreement from the junta to release US national John Yettaw.
US Senator Jim Webb has arrived in Burma for landmark talks with military supremo Than Shwe (pictured centre) just days after pro-democracy opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi was sentenced to a further 18 months of house arrest.
After hours of debate on a UN statement condemning the sentencing of Burma opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, the UN Security Council agreed to emit a watered-down statement designed to rally the consent of China and Russia.
The 27 European Union states say they are extending sanctions and travel bans on Burma officials to include members of the judiciary in the wake of the sentencing of democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi to 18 months of house arrest.
Web users have reacted with outrage at Burma's decision to extend pro-democracy opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi's house arrest. Also in this edition: the Perseid meteor shower arouses the interest of astronomy-loving bloggers.
Despite international outrage at the sentancing of Burmese pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Tuesday for a further eighteen months of house arrest, the UN security council has failed to agree on a US drafted statement condemning the verdict.