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British Prime Minister Gordon Brown (2L), and his wife Sarah Brown, (L), pose with U.S. President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, as they arrive at 10 Downing Street, London, 01 Apr 2009

US president will meet later Wednesday with Russian President Dmitri Medvedev and Chinese President Hu Jintao, before attending a dinner with the rest of the G-20 leaders

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A missile fired by a suspected US drone kills at least 10 people in Pakistan, close to the Afghan border, eyewitnesses say.

The chaos predicted by some that the Conficker worm could access personal files, or crash sites fails to materialise so far.

Migrant workers denied medical care

Apr 1, 2009 (DVB)–Two Thai-based organisations have urged the United Nations to provide assistance to Burmese migrant workers in Thailand whose labour rights were being denied by their employers. - more

Opposition members jailed for bomb plot

Apr 1, 2009 (DVB)–Seven members of opposition party National League for Democracy accused of a bomb plot were sentenced on Monday to five years imprisonment despite a distinct lack of evidence, said the wife of one. - more

Exiled lawyers call for abolishment of USDA

Apr 1, 2009 (DVB)–A government-backed social organization alleged to have been implicated in the 2003 Depayin massacre is fast becoming a political party and must be abolished, said an exiled Burmese lawyers group. - more

Villagers afraid to report forced labour to ILO

Mar 31, 2009 (DVB)–The International Labour Organisation has stated that complainants of forced labour in Burma are at greater risk of imprisonment if they have affiliations with political opposition groups. - more

Burmese migrants arrested at Bangkok charity gig

Mar 31, 2009 (DVB)–Nearly 400 Burmese migrant workers were arrested in Bangkok last week when Thai immigration officials raided a charity rock concert held to raise money for HIV/AIDS sufferers and orphaned children. - more

Numbers of the beast: the politics of superstition

Joseph A. Allchin

Mar 31, 2009 (DVB)–In many countries it is easy to forget that a government - the apparatus that controls our economy and has the power to send us to war or jail - is, like any institution, at the mercy of human idiosyncrasies. - more

Monsoon season threatens Nargis victims

Mar 31, 2009 (DVB)–Appeals have gone out to the international community for a substantial increase in funds and support for victims of cyclone Nargis, four weeks before the onset of monsoon season in the Burma. - more

Suu Kyi Climbs Higher in Time Magazine Poll

Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi ranks 25th in this year’s poll by the US magazine Time listing the 100 most influential people in the world.

It’s Time to Play the Villains’ Game

Two issues hold the key to unlock Burma’s political status quo, and the US should make them the focus of any contacts with the military regime.

Burma Tells Bangladesh Fence Will Stop Smuggling

Burma defends building a 40-kilometer fence on its border with Bangladesh, saying it is intended to stop smuggling.

More NLD Members Receive Lengthy Prison Sentences

Six members of Burma’s main opposition party have received five-year prison terms, while a seventh has had his sentence extended to 18 years.

Burmese Rock Fans Arrested in Bangkok

More than 400 Burmese illegal migrants were arrested by Thai immigration authorities as they tried to attend a concert in Bangkok by the Burmese rock band Iron Cross.

Emergency Declared in Philippine Hostage Crisis

The governor of a southern Philippine island declared a state of emergency authorizing him to order an attack on al-Qaida-linked militants after a deadline expired for the beheading of one of their three Red Cross hostages.

Official investigated in human trafficking scandal

A ward level Peace and Development Council (PDC) member in Rakhine state is under investigation for allegedly extorting money from Rohingya victims of human trafficking.

Businessmen encouraged to participate in 2010 election

In a move to enable businessmen to participate in the upcoming 2010 election, the Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry (UMFCCI) has retracted previous guidelines...

12th Convention of Rakhine Buddhist Welfare Association held in Bangladesh


Cox's Bazar: A two-day convention of the Rakhine Buddhist Welfare Association was held from 27th to 28th March, 2009, in the conference hall of its head office in Cox's Bazaar, a southern coastal town with a large Rakhine population in Bangladesh. full story

Authorities Employ New Tactic with Labor


Maungdaw: Burmese military authorities have employed a new tactic instead of the typical use of forced labor in the construction of embankments for erecting a fence along the border of Bangladesh, said a village chairman from Maugndaw Township. full story

Editorial, Opinion and Analysis

Capitalizing on a flawed electoral process

(Commentary) As ripples continue to reverberate from the recently concluded and rare visit of an American official to Burma's administrative center of Naypyitaw...

U.S. to seek seat on Human Rights Council

In but the latest sign of a subtle shift in U.S. foreign policy by the administration of Barack Obama, the U.S. has indicated that it will seek election to the...

Burma and Bangladesh look to boost trade

The third Burma-Bangladesh Joint Trade Commission (JTC) meeting, aimed at boosting bilateral trade between the neighboring countries, will be held on April 7th and 8th in Naypyitaw

Burmese democracy a daunting task: Abhisit

Thailand’s Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva says Burma remains a hideous blight on an Asian map of otherwise expanding freedoms and growing economies. Abhisit, during a speech at

Burma commences fence construction on Bangladesh border

Burma has initiated construction of a fence along its border with Bangladesh in order to check cross border smuggling, according to the Burmese ambassador in Dhaka on Tuesday.

BURMA: Tata discusses truck plant with government
just-auto.com (subscription) - Bromsgrove,England,UK
Tata Motors has met Burmese Minister of Energy Vice-Admiral Soe Thein and discussed setting up a truck manufacturing unit in Burma, according to the ...
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Burmese democracy a daunting task: Abhisit
Mizzima.com - New Delhi,Delhi,India
by Mungpi Chiang Mai (Mizzima) - Thailand’s Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva says Burma remains a hideous blight on an Asian map of otherwise expanding ...
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Author's books to be sold to raise funds for Burma Star Association
Isle of Man Today - Isle of Man,UK
BOOKS that have been signed and dated by author George macdonald Fraser are to be sold off to raise money for the Burma Star Association Isle of Man branch. ...
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Himal Southasian
Burmese selection
Himal Southasian - Kathmandu,Nepal
Throughout Burma, preparations are quietly being made for the country’s first elections in two decades. The last time Burmese citizens went to the polls, ...
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Bangladesh seeks clarification from Burma on border fence
Mizzima.com - New Delhi,Delhi,India
by Siddique Islam Dhaka (Mizzima) – Bangladesh on Monday sought an official explanation from Burma regarding the planned construction of a fence along the ...
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The sky is not blue in Burma
On Line opinion - Australia
By David Calleja - posted Tuesday, 31 March 2009 The recent decision by the Burmese military to release 6313 prisoners indicates that the rulers are ...
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JA Provides Guidance on Burma Gem Ban
Jewelers Circular Keystone Online - New York,NY,USA
The guidance includes the latest US Customs and Border Protection rules on imports of non-Burmese rubies and jadeite. After several interim updates, ...
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Murdered yachtsman's body found
The Press Association
Three migrant workers from neighbouring Burma who were arrested on a raft about half a mile from the couple's 44ft yacht were charged with kidnap, ...
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