Supporters of Burma’s opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s party cheer as they watch the first official results. Photograph:  Ye Aung/AFP/Getty

US president Barack Obama called Burma’s leader Thein Sein to congratulate him on Thursday on the staging of a historic general election, in which dem(...)

Clashes between the Shan State Army (seen above) and the Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army in recent weeks are a setback to  government efforts to forge a nationwide ceasefire in Myanmar. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images.

Forty-seven Myanmar soldiers have been killed this week in fighting with ethnic minority insurgents near the border with China, the military said i(...)

The military has accused insurgents of ambushing an army patrol and laying siege to a base near Kunlong (marked in red on the map above),  last Wednesday. Map: Google maps

Seven Myanmar soldiers were killed and 20 wounded in an attack by rebels in the northeastern frontier with China five days ago, state media said on Mo(...)

Burmese Nobel laureate and opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi observes the view from the 350m high  observation deck at the Tokyo Skytree, the world's tallest broadcasting tower  in Tokyo today. Ms Suu Kyi is in Japan for a seven-day visit. Photograph: Franck Robichon/Reuters

The European Union is expected to lift all sanctions on Burma next week, except for an arms embargo, in recognition of the "remarkable process(...)