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Diarrhea Outbreak Raises Fears of Cholera

The diarrhea epidemic that has plagued Rangoon’s North Okkalapa Township recently has not abated, raising concerns about an outbreak of cholera.

Release of Political Prisoners Still Key Issue: UK Ambassador

Britain’s ambassador to Burma urged continued humanitarian aid to the country while stressing the importance of releasing political prisoners as the key to real progress.

Child Soldiers Still Common in Burma: UN Report

Burma’s army and nine other armed groups are still recruiting child soldiers, according to a new report released by the United Nations.

Researchers Respond to INGOs Criticism

A war of words has escalated between INGOs in Burma and the researchers of a cyclone relief report.

NLD Members Arrested after Praying for Suu Kyi’s Release

Two members of Burma’s opposition National League for Democracy have been arrested after praying for the release of their detained leader Aung San Suu Kyi and other political prisoners at a pagoda in Twantay, Rangoon.

Khmer Rouge Defendant: Pol Pot Feigned Ignorance

The man accused of running the Tuol Sleng prison for the Khmer Rouge said the regime’s leader lied when he denied knowledge of the notorious torture center.

Thai Parliament Meets for Reconciliation Talks

A special session of Parliament aimed at resolving Thailand’s political crisis degenerated into partisan bickering, with both sides blaming the other for the country’s troubles.

Aftermath of insurgent attack in Iraq (20/04/2009 )
Scores of people have been killed in two suicide bomb attacks in Baghdad and Baquba, Iraq.

Early poll results give South Africa's ANC a big lead, paving the way for controversial leader Jacob Zuma to become president.

A type of molecule that until now only existed in theory has finally been made, proving a Nobel prize-winner was right.

Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) officers sort and count ballot papers in Durban, South Africa, 23 Apr 2009
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South Africa's ANC Ahead in Early Election Results

It is still unclear whether the ANC will retain its two-thirds majority in parliament that allows it to amend the constitution without the cooperation of other parties

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

Obama Administration Promises to 'Reverse' Economic Rescue Measures Audio Clip Available

US Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner says maintaining the current measures longer than necessary would create political and economic risks

The United Nations Security Council meets about Haiti April 6, 2009 at UN headquarters in New York. Security Council members continue to consult on the North Korean missile incident.

UN Security Council 'Deeply Concerned' For Sri Lankans Caught in Fighting

Council members urged Sri Lankan government to protect civilians and called on Tamil Tiger rebels not to use them as human shields

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Reports: GM to Shut Down Plants for the Summer

News reports say decision was made because company faces low demand and growing inventory of unsold cars

IMF Chief Economist Olivier Blanchard (L) taking questions at IMF headquarters in Washington, DC., 22 Apr 2009

IMF Predicts Slow Global Recovery from Financial Crisis Audio Clip Available

IMF chief economist says world absorbing enormous shock from financial crisis; recovery to begin only by year's end

Vehicles Requisitioned for Border Fence


Maungdaw: Many vehicles, including lorries and trucks, on the western border have been requisitioned by the Burmese army to transport stone and gravel for construction of fences along the border with Bangladesh, said one car owner.full story

Human rights group slams UN report on child soldiers

Apr 23, 2009 (DVB)–A leading human rights watchdog has criticised a United Nations report for focusing too much attention on releases of child soldiers by the Burmese army whilst ignoring the fact that they continue to be recruited. - more

Family of forced labour victims receive legal threats

Apr 23, 2009 (DVB)–The family of two brothers who died during a forced labour incident are being threatened with legal action by village authorities after they complained about the incident to an international monitoring body. - more

Ground control: militarization and the theft of Burma’s land

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Apr 23, 2009 (DVB)–In the last two decades Burma has aggressively expanded its military, doubling army personnel to the point where now there is one troop for every 100 citizens. - more

Army using civilians as minesweepers

Apr 22, 2009 (DVB)–The Burmese army has been using civilians to act as minesweepers, forcing them to walk in front of bulldozers and troop patrols in order that neither army equipment nor personnel is damaged, claims a report. - more

Fire breaks out in Rangoon suburbs

A fire broke out gutting a factory on Thursday in Rangoon’s suburban Township of South Dagon, fire department officials said. The fire started at about 11:45 a.m. (local time) at...

Diarrhea outbreak in Rangoon and Mandalay

A fresh outbreak of Diarrhea has reportedly killed four people in Rangoon’s Thaketa Township and led to 60 people being hospitalized in suburban North Okklapa this month, local residents said....

Real Estate market on upswing in Laputta

In the aftermath of Cyclone Nargis, a new satellite town is being built beside the Myaungmya-Latputta Highway, about three miles away from Latputta. Currently, the real estate business is on...

KNU soldier injured in land mine explosion

A Karen National Liberation Army soldier was injured in a land mine explosion this afternoon as his unit made its way through dense jungle. The pitched battle for the base...

Junta shuts down cement factories

Authorities have shut down at least five cement factories located in Burma’s second largest city of Mandalay for failing to comply with an order to move issued two years ago....

USDA prepares list of possible election candidate

The Burmese military junta-backed civilian organization, the Union Solidarity and Development Association (USDA) in Chin state, has completed its list of members, who will contest in the ensuing...

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