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President Barack Obama during remarks at opening ceremony of Summit of the Americas in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, 17 Apr 2009
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Cuba Figures Prominently in Summit of the Americas Opener

President Barack Obama called for new beginning between US and Cuba after flurry of statements from US and Cuban officials on possibility of direct talks between two long-estranged nations

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Swiss Red Cross Hostage in Philippines Walks Free

Andreas Notter is one of three Red Cross workers kidnapped by extremist Abu Sayyaf in January

Most energy use produces carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases

Washington Moves Closer to Regulating Greenhouse Gases

Official government finding that carbon dioxide poses danger to public health could lead to first effort to regulate US greenhouse gas emissions

Captain Richard Phillips (right) arrives in US after his rescued from pirates. His daughter Mariah is on the left.

Rescued Ship Captain Returns Home to US After Somali Pirate Ordeal Audio Clip Available

Captain Richard Phillips thanked US Navy SEALs for saving his life after being held captive by Somali pirates, saying they did the impossible and that he was not a hero

Two US nuclear experts (R) are escorted by a Chinese police officer at Beijing airport, 17 Apr 2009

US Nuclear Experts Leave North Korea

Pyongyang orders expulsion after UN statement condemning country for April 5 rocket launch

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An Iranian-American journalist accused of spying for the US in Iran is jailed for eight years, her lawyer says.

Dutch commandos have freed 20 people who had been held by Somali pirates after they attacked a tanker, Nato says.

Parties to the Antarctic Treaty adopt limits to tourism in the region, in a bid to protect the fragile ecosystem.

Burma’s Economic Growth to Slow in 2009: ADB

The weakened performances of Burma’s neighbors—particularly China, Thailand and India—will diminish economic growth in Burma this year, according to the Asia Development Bank.

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.

Cyclone Bijli Expected to Hit Burma This Weekend

People on the western coast of Burma near Bangladesh are bracing for heavy rains, as Cyclone Bijli approaches amid warnings of possible massive flooding.

UWSA Leader Calls for ‘Solid, United’ Wa State

UWSA commander Bao You-Xiang has called for a solid and united Wa State at a ceremony in Panghsang attended by some 20,000 people.

In Burma, Fear and Suspicion Prevail


Tyler Chapman returns to Burma and writes, in a new reporter’s notebook, that hopes for reform have been snuffed out by a ruthless crackdown leaving Burmese in debilitating fear of each other.

People move to higher grounds in fear of 'Bijli'

In the wake of cyclone 'Bijli' warning being issued, people in the Cyclone 'Nargis' devastated region in Irrawaddy Division are reportedly moving to safer areas inland, eyewitnesses said.

Bangladesh raises Rohingya issue in Bali

Bangladesh has urged the Burmese junta to take back 28,000 remaining Rohingya, a Muslim minority, to their homeland. Foreign Minister of Bangladesh Dr Dipu Moni, during a regional meeting in...

Bali process failed to solve Rohingya boatpeople issue: AI

A two-day meeting of leaders from regional countries held in Bali, Indonesia, was unable to produce any concrete solution concerning the plight of Rohingya boatpeople,

Burma braces for Cyclone Bijli – direct hit unlikely

Torrential rains along with mild winds have begun hitting Sittwe, capital of western Burma's Arakan state, ahead of the expected arrival of Cyclone Bijli, according to a local resident...

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