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US Navy Shadows Somali Pirates Holding American Captain

Shipping company says safe return of captain, held by four pirates on lifeboat, is top priority

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Police officers stand guard outside property in Cheetham Hill area of Manchester, England, where arrests were made following security blunder, 09 Apr 2009

Britain's Top Anti Terror Officer Resigns Over Security Blunder

Assistant commissioner Bob Quick photographed holding secret documents related to secret operation

Indonesian woman casts ballot at  polling station in Jakarta, 09 Apr 2009

Indonesians Vote in Parliamentary Elections

Opinion polls say president's Democratic party expected to win most votes

Pres. Obama and first lady Michelle are greeted by French Pres. Sarkozy and wife Carla in Strasbourg, 03 Apr 2009

Obama Receives Mostly Rave Reviews After First European Trip Video clip available

Analysts say new US president's style and message hit home

275 Dead in Italy Quake

Hope for finding more survivors fad
Ass Com Bob Quick
Britain's top counter-terrorism officer resigns after admitting he could have jeopardised an operation which aimed to thwart a possible al-Qaeda plot.

Negotiations are going on for the release of a US cargo ship captain held by Somali pirates in a lifeboat in the Indian Ocean.

North Korea's Kim Jong-il makes his first major state appearance since he had a suspected stroke last year.

Indonesians Celebrate a Decade of Democracy

Indonesians flooded polling stations across the sprawling island nation Thursday, capping a decade of democracy in a parliamentary election that will gauge the reform-minded president's chances of re-election.

Five Burmese Labor Activists Arrested

Five members of the Federation Trade Unions of Burma are arrested in Rangoon after returning from a conference on the Thai-Burma border.

New Year Oracle Holds Bad Omens

Bad omens for Burma are being read into the traditional Thingyansar predictions published to coincide with the Burmese New Year.

Learning from Poland’s Example

Poland’s experience in ridding itself of a rigidly totalitarian regime could help the Burmese people in their own struggle for democracy.

Shan State ‘Extremely Unstable’: Researchers

A new report on eastern Shan State reveals growing tension in the region, as the Burmese junta pushes ceasefire groups to disarm and China’s influence increases.

The Junta Woos the KNU

The Burmese junta is courting the KNU to sign a cease-fire agreement, in hopes of moving another step closer to an “inclusive” 2010 national election.


One Bangladeshi Killed, Two Injured in Shooting


Teknaf: An attack on a Bangladeshi fishing boat by Burmese law enforcement ended in one fisherman dead and two injured in the early morning of Wednesday, said Ko Saw from Shah Farir Biwit Island located at the mouth of the Naff River.full story

Rumor of Attacks Among Muslims on Border


Maungdaw: A rumor is spreading among the Muslim community on Burma's western border that Buddhists will attack Muslims during the upcoming Arakanese new year festival to be celebrated from 13 to 17 April, said a Muslim leader from Maungdaw over the phone.full story

Army Special Operation Chief Visits Western Border


Maungdaw: Lieutenant General Ko Ko, Chief of the Bureau of Special Operations 3 and a member of the ruling SPDC, arrived at the western Burmese border near Bangladesh on Tuesday along with many high army officials, said a police official on the condition of anonymity. full story


Chin suffers from inadequate access to protection in India


By Nava Thakuria: The Chin people of Burma, who are living in the Indian capital, suffers from less access to humanitarian relief and services by the local government and also the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees office in New Delhi.full story

Chin refugees in Delhi struggle to access aid

Apr 9, 2009 (DVB)–Refugees from northwest Burma who seek asylum in India are suffering unbearable living conditions and long waiting periods before registration, according to a report published yesterday. - more

Army offensive to clear way for deep-sea port

Apr 9, 2009 (DVB)–A border offensive this week against Burma’s main armed opposition group is an attempt to clear the area of rebels prior to the construction of a deep-sea port and coal factory, said an opposition group member. - more

Opposition leader’s lawyer resorts to pleading

Apr 9, 2009 (DVB)–The lawyer of imprisoned opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi has said that only pleading with the government will allow him access to his client, as her stated release date draws closer. - more

‘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

HRW urges Japan to speak out on Burma

The Human Rights Watch on Wednesday urged Japan to give human rights priority in the Japanese Foreign Policy, and in particular in its policy towards Burma. In an open letter...

US Congress members call for appointment of Burma envoy

Seventeen members of the US Congress have written to Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, asking for the appointment of a special envoy for military-ruled Burma, a state department

RSF demands release of two bloggers

'Reporters Sans Frontier' (RSF), an international media freedom group, today demanded the release of two Burmese bloggers Ko Thura a.k.a. Ko Zargana and Nay Phone Latt because they were,

NLD reviews finer points of Special Announcement No. 18

In a bid to explore a political strategy, the National League for Democracy (NLD), is currently reviewing the finer points expressed in its Special Announcement (18/09/08).


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