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Polls Open For South African National Elections

The ruling African National Congress party is favored to win by a large majority

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Representative Jim McGovern, 21 Apr 2009

Congressional Hearing Assesses Humanitarian Crisis in Sri Lanka Audio Clip Available

UN and human rights groups call military conflict a dire humanitarian situation

A detainee at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba being escorted by two U.S. soldiers (file photo)

Obama Does Not Rule Out Prosecution of Senior Bush Officials on Interrogation Policy Audio Clip Available

US President says it is up to the attorney general whether to prosecute officials who approved harsh interrogation techniques on terror suspects

Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner testifies on Capitol Hill before Congressional Oversight Panel of the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP), 21 April 2009

US Treasury Secretary Says Confidence Returning to Credit Markets Audio Clip Available Video clip available

Timothy Geithner defends Obama administration's program to rescue financially troubled banks before congressional panel overseeing massive financial bailout

US President Barack Obama with Jordan's King Abdullah at the White House, 21 Apr 2009

Obama To Meet With Mideast Leaders Audio Clip Available

After meeting with Jordan's King Abdullah President Obama hopes to meet separately with Benjamin Netanyahu, Hosni Mubarak and Mahmoud Abbas within next six weeks

Voters in Soweto, 22/04
South Africans are voting in a poll seen as the most important test of the ANC's hold on power since the end of apartheid.

Maoist rebels who seized a train carrying several hundred passengers in eastern India have released them, police say.

Almost two million PCs, including machines inside UK and US government agencies, are taken over by hackers.

Thai FM Links Thaksin with Sondhi Attack

Thailand's foreign minister says exiled former premier Thaksin is linked with last week's violent attack on a prominent Thai protest leader.

UN Official Says War on Drugs Has Failed

The war on drugs has been a failure and nations should take a softer approach in dealing with addicts by providing them with access to treatment and respecting their human rights, according to a top UN rights official.

Attack on NLD Leader Raises Questions

The recent assault on members of the opposition party could be part of a systematic campaign against the opposition.

Junta Trying to Erase Non-Burman Identities, Say Ethnic Groups

Burma’s military regime is carrying out a program of “Burmanization” in ethnic areas under its control, according to a new report released by ethnic exiles.

Malaysian Levy Hike Will Hit Burmese Workers Hard

A Malaysian government proposal to double the levy on companies employing foreign labor will hit Burmese migrant workers hard.

More casualties as fighting continues on border

A lone explosion - a land mine detonating, broke the stillness of Tuesday night, as soldiers steeled themselves for another onslaught on their base camp. However, it did not happen...

Junta arrests two opposition members for praying

Burmese junta authorities in Rangoon’s Twante Township on Tuesday arrested two members of the opposition National League for Democracy for arranging a prayer meeting for the release...

Naypyitaw airport to be renovated

The Naypyitaw airport in Burma's new jungle capital is to be revamped to international standards where transportation and communication facilities will be upgraded to facilitate the travel of military rulers...

Global Fund re-allows Burma to apply for aid

The Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria will provide another chance to Burma to reapply for financial assistance. “Burma is being given the right to apply in keeping...

Casualties in conflict between KNLA and Army-DKBA

Casualties mounted on both sides this afternoon as an onslaught was launched to capture a Karen National Liberation Army encampment close to the Thai border by the Burmese Army and...

Can All Monks Be Trusted?


The Burmese people respect their monks more than their government, but some suspect the monks have been infiltrated by informers.

DVB television to reach millions via the internet

Democratic Voice of Burma television is now being broadcast globally via the internet, aiming to reach 10 million Burmese across the world. - more

Police arrest opposition members during prayers

Apr 22, 2009 (DVB)–Two opposition party members have been arrested whilst praying for the release of political prisoners in Burma, including opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi. - more

Civilians in crossfire running out of food

Apr 22, 2009 (DVB)–Civilians living in close proximity to the ongoing battle between Karen rebels and government troops are running low on food, says a senior official in the Karen group. - more

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