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Participants attend North Atlantic Council Summit meeting during second day of the NATO summit in Strasbourg, 04 Apr 2009

Leaders of 28 NATO countries name Danish Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen as new Alliance secretary-general, agree on common policy toward Afghanistan

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Nato agrees to boost troop numbers to cover the Afghan presidential election at a summit marred by street violence.

The first window for the launch of North Korea's controversial rocket passes without a blast-off, possibly due to poor weather.

A Palestinian woman is killed after firing on an Israeli police base, in the second fatal clash within hours.

Burma urged to stop landmine use

Apr 3, 2009 (DVB)–International organisations have called for a ban on the use of landmines in Burma, which is one of only 16 states never to have ratified an international treaty on landmine use. - more

Doctor says Burma ignores HIV/AIDS threat

Apr 3, 2009 (DVB)–A Burmese doctor has said that the country’s leaders are ignoring the threat posed by HIV/AIDS in the hope that it will go away of its own accord. - more

Legal expert says Nargis judges breached own laws

Apr 3, 2009 (DVB)–A researcher from a prominent exiled lawyers’ organisation has said that the charges handed down by judges to two journalists recently were in breach of Burmese law. - more

US donates food aid to 350,000 cyclone victims

Apr 3, 2009 (DVB)–A senior official at the US embassy in Rangoon traveled to cyclone-hit Irrawaddy Delta on Tuesday to oversee the distribution of over 16,000 tones of rice donated by the US government in February. - more

Sai Din Hydropower Project Resumes


Buthidaung: Construction on the Sai Din hydropower plant in northern Arakan State started in March 2009 with the aim of developing power to distribute in Arakan, said an engineer from the Buthidaung municipal office. full story


Gas and Competition in the Sea of Arakan


By Tun Kyaw

Sittwe: China and Burma have signed an agreement for the construction of a fuel pipeline from Burma's Arakan Coast to China's southwestern Yunnan Province. full story

Bangladesh Eyes Farmlands in Arakan


Dhaka: Bangladesh is eager to lease land in Burma’s western Arakan State for cultivation and agricultural farming. full story

Forced Relocation for Border Fence in Maungdaw


Maungdaw: Some families in Maungdaw Township have been ordered by the Burmese army to relocate because their houses are located near army godowns where many goods, including barbed wire fencing and cement, are being stored, said a resident who is among those being asked to move. full story

Insurgents to Blame for Landmine Casualties: Junta

A senior Burmese diplomat said at an anti-landmine conference in Bangkok that ethnic insurgent groups were responsible for the country’s high casualty rate from the banned weapons.

Group Changes Rules to Allow Political Participation

A powerful business group in Burma changes its regulations to allow members to take part in politics and run as candidates in the 2010 national election.

US Congressmen Cautious Over Lifting Sanctions

A group of US lawmakers urge the Obama administration to uphold US priorities in any direct talks involving the Burmese junta.

US ‘Not Averse’ to Direct Talks with Burmese Regime

The new US administration is not averse to the idea of entering into direct negotiations with the Burmese military junta, according to insiders at the State Department in Washington.

The Life-and-Death Dilemma of a TB Patient

A young Burmese TB patient faces a nightmarish dilemma—she can scarcely afford to live, but must survive for the sake of her family.

Man Given 10 Years for Insulting Thai Monarchy

A Thai citizen was sentenced to 10 years in prison on charges of insulting the king and his family by posting edited photos of the monarchy on the Internet.

Detained Burmese protest wanting to go home

Wanting to return home, over 180 Burmese migrant workers held in 'Samonyin' detention camp by the Malaysian Immigration Department have been staging protests since yesterday evening.

Dress code imposed for singers during water festival

A dress code for singers to perform in the ensuing Burmese traditional water festival called 'Thingyan', prohibiting them from wearing dress alien to Burmese culture has been issued by the...

U.S. contributes 16,000 tons of rice for Cyclone victims

The United States government recently donated over 16,000 tons of rice as part its humanitarian assistance program directed at the most vulnerable victims of Cyclone Nargis, which struck coastal...

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Will Burmese ever experience justice?

(Commentary) In Cambodia, members of the ageing leadership of the Khmer Rouge, including the chief of the notorious prison and torture center of Tuol Sleng, are...

US contributes 16000 tons of rice for Cyclone victims
Mizzima.com - New Delhi,Delhi,India
The shipment of rice arrived in military ruled Burma in February, added the report. “Over the last two days, Chris Kaye from our office [WFP Myanmar] and a ...
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HIFF greets spring with diverse global lineup
Honolulu Star-Bulletin - Honolulu,HI,USA
Burma became international headline news in 2007 when Buddhist monks led a massive rebellion against the government. The peaceful religious order is also ...
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Will Burmese ever experience justice?
Mizzima.com - New Delhi,Delhi,India
But what about the caretakers of Burma's notorious prisons? Burmese political prisoners and their families’ have been tortured both physically and mentally ...
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Learning History and Culture Through Martial Arts
Foreign Policy Journal - New York,NY,USA
An experienced travel writer, Graceffo has also entered Burma to document human rights abuses in the ongoing genocide, and stepped into the frontlines with ...
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Postcard from Rangoon
By Hannah Beech Thursday, Apr. 02, 2009 Despite losing Burma's last elections in 1990, the junta has kept a firm grip on power. Sometimes the tea was bitter ...
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