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A Red Cross member stands amidst rubbles in L'Aquila, central Italy, 08 Apr 2009
Wed. 08 Apr 2009 0904 UTC

Death Toll in Italy Quake Rise to 250, Pope to Visit Soon

Workers and survivors in the walled city of L'Aquila have been clawing through mounds of rubble searching for victims

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Anti-government protesters take up the street near the home of King Bhumibol Adulyadej's top adviser, Prem Tinsulanonda, during a protest in Bangkok, Thailand, 08 Apr 2009

Tens of Thousands Rally Against Thai PM

Dressed in red, the protesters massed outside the prime minister's offices and at the house of a top advisor of King Bhumibol Adulyadej

This image provided by DigitalGlobe shows what is believed to be the exhaust trail and vehicle launched from Musudan-ri, North Korea, 05 Apr 2009

Japan Says Rocket Launch Shows N.Korean Progress in Technology

While it is still unclear if the rocket was carrying a satellite, Japanese official says the launch took place in a way that was more advanced than previous attempts

President Barack Obama is applauded by military personnel during his visit to Camp Victory in Baghdad, Iraq, 07 Apr 2009

Obama Returns to US After 1st Overseas Trip

On Tuesday, President Obama made an unannounced trip to Iraq

Fidel Castro, Havana, (file photo)

US Lawmakers Meet With Fidel Castro in Cuba Audio Clip Available

It is former president's first known meeting with American officials since becoming ill in July 2006 and handing power to his younger brother, Raul Castro

Undated handout pic of Maersk Alabama
Somali pirates hijack a ship with a 21-strong US crew, after what maritime officials describe as a sustained night-time attack.

Aftershocks continue to hamper rescue efforts in central Italy, as the death toll from Monday's earthquake rises to 250.

More than 97% of all e-mail messages are unwanted spam, or contain malicious software, or product adverts, says Microsoft.

NK Missile - Threat or Flop?


Kim Jong Il may not have placed a satellite into orbit, but his missile launch has played well domestically, given him the initiative, and exposed divisions at the U.N. Security Council.

Alleged murder victim daughter of former intelligence deputy

Apr 8, 2009 (DVB)–Burma’s leading state-run newspaper has confirmed that the body of a woman found dead in Rangoon last week is that of the daughter of the former deputy military intelligence chief. - more

Bangladesh Eager to Expand Railway to Burma


By Tun Kyaw: Dhaka has sought financial and technical assistance from Beijing to expand its railway network up to Ramu in Cox's Bazar District as part of a move to develop infrastructure links to Burma. full story

‘Non-political’ group to assess sanctions

Apr 8, 2009 (DVB)–A self-proclaimed non-partisan group in Burma has announced plans to examine the effects of sanctions on Burmese citizens and present their findings to the United States and European Union. - more


Wa Army to Celebrate 20th Anniversary

The largest armed ethnic cease-fire group, the United Wa State Army, prepares for its 20th anniversary of “peace building.”

Thailand Braces for Clashes, as PM Comes Under Attack

Tensions in Thailand are rising as protesters attack the car of Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva a day before a massive anti-government rally is set to take place.

KNU Says Ceasefire Agreements Essential for Peaceful Burma

The Burmese regime should sign ceasefire agreements with all ethnic armed groups, including the Karen National Union, if it wants peace for the country, according to KNU leaders.

Anti-govt Protesters Amass in Thailand

Tens of thousands of protesters demonstrated Wednesday outside the home of King's top adviser, accusing him of orchestrating the 2006 coup that toppled former PM Thaksin.

Indonesia Prepares for Parliamentary Elections

Parliamentary elections in the world's third-largest democracy this week will help determine whether Indonesia's reform-minded president will coast into a second term or face a prolonged fight for power.

Reflecting on the wisdom of Ludu Sein Win

(Commentary) Through his words, veteran journalist Ludu Sein Win has fought to improve the situation in his country for over four decades, tireless in his pursuit of a better Burma. ...

Thai media alerts journalists on safety during rally coverage

Media organizations in Thailand are to provide assistance to members of the Press in the event of violence against its personnel, while reporting the ongoing political demonstrations in Bangkok.

KNU accepts junta’s offer for peace parleys

Burma’s leading ethnic armed resistance group, the Karen National Union has accepted the offer of the Burmese military junta for peace talks through Thailand’s Foreign Minister Kasit Piromya..

Water Festival benefits Junta Chief’s grandson

The grandson of Burmese junta Supremo Senior Gen. Than Shwe is reportedly making money by reselling municipal permits issued by the Yangon City Development Committee (YCDC),...

Burmese oppositions aligned to form a ‘United Front’

Several Burmese opposition groups during a meeting last week in Thai-Burmese border had decided to form an inclusive united front to strengthen unity and consolidate.

Beverages in Burma under inspection for containing banned chemical dye

Burmese military junta authorities have started inspecting food and soft drinks in Burma, to check whether they are tainted with a chemical dye, which is dangerous for health of the...

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