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President Obama (left) and Mexican President Felipe Calderon, 16 Apr 2009
Fri. 17 Apr 2009 0104 UTC

Obama, Mexican President Discuss Drug Trafficking, Border Violence

Two leaders announced flurry of bilateral understandings, proposals, and pledges on a wide range of issues

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A protester holds a banner demanding full rights for immigrants outside the US embassy, Mexico City, 16 Apr 2009

Mexican Interest Groups Press Agendas During Obama Visit Audio Clip Available

Protesters urging President Obama to take action on climate, immigration issues

US President Barack Obama

Obama: No Charges Against CIA Officials for Harsh Treatment of Detainees

US president says it is unfair to prosecute CIA workers for conduct sanctioned in advance by US Justice Department

An aerial photo taken by the French Navy on 15 Apr 2009 shows a pirate 'mother ship' east of Mombasa, Kenya

Lack of Effective Somali Government Root of Piracy Problem, Experts Say Audio Clip Available

No effective solution to piracy problem possible without solution to Somalia's statelessness, analysts say

US Defense Secretary Robert Gates (file photo)

US Defense Chief: US Must Not Lose Support of Afghan People Audio Clip Available

US defense secretary calls civilian casualties 'a serious problem,' tells his commander in Kabul that protecting Afghan civilians must be one of his main concerns

A guard at Guantanamo Bay, October 2007
President Obama publishes details of harsh Bush-era interrogation tactics, but vows CIA agents will not face prosecution.

The leader of the movement which helped bring down former Thai PM Thaksin in 2006 is shot and injured in Bangkok.

The founders of Pirate Bay, the world's most famous file-sharing site, are jailed by a Swedish court on copyright charges.

Asia's New Boat People


A Muslim minority group unrecognized by Burma's military regime has sparked a diplomatic flurry, as they take to the high seas to escape persecution.

Arroyo offers Philippines as a model for Burma

Philippine President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo has held up her country's democratic experience as a guiding light for Burma's military regime, urging Burma's generals to adopt a similar approach...

Cyclone Bijli moving toward Burma

Cyclone Bijli, having formed earlier in the week in the Bay of Bengal, is now advancing in the direction of the Burma-Bangladesh border region. U.S. Navy weathermen predict that the...

Burma to reconsider restrictions on energy exploration

Oil and gas exploration and production companies in Burma are hoping for a forthcoming easing in restrictions on the current ban related to the selling and transferring of stakes in...

KNLA fights Burmese Army and DKBA

Fighting broke out tonight at the Karen National Liberation Army's base camp in Wah Lay Kee between the KNLA’s 201st Brigade, the Burma Army and its allies the Democratic Karen...

Burmese Join in Praise for Abhisit’s Crisis Strategy

The countries of Southeast Asia followed keenly the dramatic Songkran events in Thailand—but probably none of Thailand’s neighbors displayed more interest than Burma.

Gunmen Attack Thai Leader of 'Yellow Shirt' Protests

The founder of Thailand's "yellow shirt" protest movement that shut down Bangkok airports last year was shot and wounded by gunmen Friday in an attack.

Indians Start Voting in Month-long Elections

In tiny villages and sprawling concrete cities, tens of millions of Indians voted Thursday at the start of a monthlong process expected to yield no clear winner as this Asian giant grapples with global economic malaise.

Philippines Urges Burma to Free Suu Kyi

The Philippine president has urged Burma's military junta to free pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi in May when the extension of her house arrest expires.

NLD to Hold Rare ‘Special Meeting’ this Month

Burma’s main opposition party, the National League for Democracy (NLD), plans to hold a rare special meeting on April 28-29 to discuss what spokesman Han Thar Myint described as “several matters important for the country.”

Rohingya Issue Remains Unresolved

A regional meeting on illegal migration failed to reach any agreement on the issue of Rohingya boat people after Burma refused to recognize them as citizens.

Burmese Exiles Also Deplore Bangkok Violence

Burmese exiles in Thailand were exceptionally keen observers of the events that shook the country, with many of them deploring the use of violence by anti-government protesters.

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