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A masked policeman in Mexico City on 26 April 2009
Governments around the world rush to contain a new flu virus suspected of killing more than 100 people in Mexico.

Sri Lankan troops will no longer use heavy weapons against Tamil Tiger rebels in the north-east, the government says.

Two people are killed during a police raid on a flat in Istanbul, where left-wing militants are said to be holed up, reports say.

Pakistani paramilitary maintain a position on a high post in the troubled area of Pakistan's Lower Dir district, 26 Apr 2009
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Pakistan Continues Operation Against Taliban, Kills 20 Militants

An army statement says paramilitary troops killed the militants in the Lower Dir district, which is part of the Malakand division of North West Frontier Province

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A wounded Turkish civilian is evacuated during a clash in Istanbul, 27 Apr 2009

7 Turkish Police, 2 Civilians Wounded in Shootout With Militants

Officials say militants threw explosive devices at police Monday as they moved in on an apartment block

Australian soldiers of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) keep guard on top of armored vehicles, in Tirin Kot, the capital of Uruzgan province (File)

Australia Urged to Boost Military Commitment in Afghanistan Audio Clip Available

Australia has about 1,100 troops in Afghanistan, including a 440-strong mentoring and reconstruction task force that trains Afghan soldiers

Director of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano at the White House, 26 Apr 2009

WHO, US Declare Swine Flu Emergencies Audio Clip Available

World Health Organization is expressing concern about a possible swine flu pandemic as number of confirmed cases rises in United States, Mexico and Canada

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

Obama Outreach Weighed in Mideast Audio Clip Available

Regional leaders are assessing result of President Obama's policy of dialogue with Middle East

Countries Race to Contain Swine Flu

World nations, including Asian countries with potent memories of SARS and bird flu outbreaks, are screening the travelers for fever with thermal scanners.

Thai PM: Postponed Summit Will Be in June

Thailand's prime minister said Sunday he hopes a regional summit meeting will be rescheduled for June after it was canceled earlier this month when anti-government protests stormed the venue.

EU Extends Burma Sanctions

The European Union renews economic sanctions on Burma during a foreign ministers’ meeting in Luxembourg.

Burmese Migrants Handed Over to Human Traffickers

A Burmese migrant has spoken out about his arrest in Malaysia, his detention, beatings and dealings with unscrupulous immigration officials, policemen and human traffickers.

Shan Composer Sai Kham Lait Celebrates 60th Birthday

The influential Shan composer Sai Kham Lait has celebrated his 60th birthday in Mandalay.

Burmese Refugees 'Treated Like a Commodity'

The mistreatment of Burmese migrants, asylum seekers and refugees in Malaysia is the focus of a report released last week by the US Senate Committee on Foreign Relations.

Suspect over fire in battalion tortured

A person has been arrested and is allegedly being tortured in the notorious Insein prison, on suspicion of involvement in a fire in the Garrison Engineering (GE) Battalion in Rangoon...

KNLA officer killed in battle

Colonel Saw Jay of the Karen National Liberation Army and two Burmese Army soldiers are the latest to be killed in what today became a two-week long battle for the...

Editorial, Opinion and Analysis

Political pluralism is the only answer

(Commentary) Addressing domestic issues is by far the most crucial need in delivering Burma from the vicious circle of political impasse and economic hardship, ...

Environmentalists worried over impact of Mekong damning

Environmentalists have warned that the damning of Mekong Rivers will have a significant trans boundary impact on countries which share this river, including Burma but accessing information..

Thailand, Malaysia to act on trafficking of Burmese migrants

The government of Thailand signed an anti-human trafficking understanding with the Burmese junta on Friday even as the Malaysian Prime Minister vowed to act against human trafficking of Burmese...
Music piracy now ‘out of control’

Apr 27, 2009 (DVB)–Music piracy in Burma is now so widespread that counterfeit albums are easier to obtain than originals and musicians are reluctant to produce albums for fear that no profit will be made, said a well-known musician. - more

EU sanctions only ‘a symbol of punishment’

Apr 27, 2009 (DVB)–The European Union’s plans to continue sanctions against Burma seem more like a symbol of punishment rather than a political solution, said an exiled Burmese political organization. - more

Indian rebels forcing Burmese villagers to flee

Apr 27, 2009 (DVB)–Indian separatist rebels who have taken up base in Burma’s Chin state are now forcibly moving into locals’ houses and causing them to flee their village, say a Chin human rights group. - more

Armed groups rebutt child soldier report

Apr 27, 2009 (DVB)–Two of Burma’s main armed ethnic groups have said that accusations in a United Nations report that they continue to recruit child soldiers are wrong and damage the credibility of the report. - more

Workers sacked after speaking to foreign media

Apr 27, 2009 (DVB)–Ten garment factory workers in Bago division were sacked last week without reason after speaking to foreign media about mistreatment in the workplace. - more

Burma suspends border fence construction

Apr 27, 2009 (DVB)–Burma has temporarily suspended construction of a controversial fence along the Burma-Bangladesh border following a meeting between border officials from the two countries. - more

Suu Kyi’s lawyer to make direct appeal

Apr 27, 2009 (DVB)–The lawyer of the detained opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi will file an appeal for her release directly to Burma’s junta leader following the government’s failure to respond to previous appeals. - more

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