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Tamil Tigers accuse Sri Lankan troops of killing about 1,000 civilians, but the government says it is helping thousands.

Former US Vice-President Dick Cheney urges the CIA to release memos which he says show harsh interrogation techniques work.

A two-minute silence for victims of the Holocaust brings Israel to a standstill, as ceremonies are held across the world.

South Korean officials leave for North Korea at the customs, immigration and quarantine office in Paju, near the border village of Panmunjom, South Korea, 21 Apr 2009
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Format Dispute Delays Korean Talks

Two sides are expected to discuss their joint industrial complex, which opened in Kaesong in 2005

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Picture released by the Sri Lankan Army shows what the army claims to be civilians escaping an area controlled by Tamil Tigers in north-eastern Sri Lanka, 21 Apr 2009

Deadline Passes For Rebels to Surrender in Sri Lanka Video clip available

Sri Lankan officials say nearly 50,000 civilians have escaped from a patch of Tamil Tiger rebel territory as a government's deadline passed for the separatists to surrender


Kenyan Violence Leaves 24 Dead

Police say the violence occurred late Monday after residents of the central Kenya town of Karatina organized themselves to fight back against the notorious Mungiki gang

Fiji's military commander Frank Bainimarama stands outside the officer's mess at the Queen Elizabeth Barracks in the capitol Suva (file)

Rights Groups Warn Fiji Heading Towards Civil Unrest

Amnesty international says conditions in troubled South Pacific country are getting worse by the day, after army chief's decision to abrogate constitution

EU delegates walk out in protest during a speech by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (top) during the U.N.'s Conference against Racism in Geneva, 20 Apr 2009

US Defends Boycott of Racism Conference Audio Clip Available Video clip available

Human rights groups contend boycott by US and other countries undermines fight against racism

Thai Anti-govt Leader Promises More Protests

Thailand's anti-government movement will stage new protest actions in the next few days following a military crackdown that ended deadly rioting last week.

Weekly Business Roundup (April 20, 2009)

Burma is one of three countries of Asean to benefit from a Chinese financial package designed to reboot regional growth in the wake of the global slump.

With Censorship, Thais Turn to Websites and Foreign Media

When the Thai government imposed an emergency law cracking down on rampaging red-shirted protesters on the streets of Bangkok, the military was not its only weapon. The state’s censors were given liberty to silence critical media.

Ad industry in a spot due to auctions of sites

Private advertising firms face severe losses because the Yangon City Development Committee (YCDC) Engineering Department (Building) has started to auction off billboard sites...

Thai Social Development Minister to visit Burma

The Thai Social Development Minister is scheduled to visit Burma this Friday for the signing of an anti-human trafficking agreement and to strengthen bilateral cooperation regarding...

UWSA goals remain elusive after 20 years

One of Burma’s major ethnic ceasefire groups – United Wa State Army (UWSA) – has acknowledged it has failed over the past two decades to achieve its primary objective of...

Food scarcity likely to worsen in Chin State – Aid group

The scarcity of food in rat-infested Chin State in western Burma, is likely to escalate during the monsoons, according to a relief group in exile. Salai Cinzah, Chairman of CHRC,...
Karen leader says inexperience responsible for defection

Apr 21, 2009 (DVB)–A senior member of Burma’s principal armed opposition group has said that inferior military and political experience was responsible for the recent defection of the son of a former group leader to the government. - more

Expansion of military forces citizens off land

Apr 21, 2009 (DVB)–Fertile farmland is being confiscated by the government and converted to army barracks, outposts and training sites as Burma’s military increases in size, says a report released today on land confiscation in Burma. - more

China ramps up support for Burma

Apr 21, 2009 (DVB)–Asian business leaders and heads of state wrapped up talks on the economic crisis last week with China pledging further economic support for Burma, reported a state-run newspaper today. - more

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