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West Africa Working to Prevent Spread of Swine Flu

Countries reactivate early warning systems put in place following outbreak of avian flu three years ago

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Health Experts Warn Swine Flu Will Continue To Spread Video clip available

It is not yet a pandemic, but researchers are at work on a vaccine

President Obama talks on the phone in the White House, 28 Apr 2009 (White House photo)

More Swine Flu Cases in US, Death Toll Rises in Mexico

President Obama has asked Congress to provide $1.5 billion to fight swine flu

North Korea

North Korea Threatens Nuclear, Missile Tests

North Korea's Foreign Ministry says it will be 'forced to take additional defensive measures' unless the UN Security Council accommodates Pyongyang's demand for an apology

Pakistani soldiers fire heavy artillery towards Taliban hideouts in Lower Dir, 28 Apr 2009

Pakistan Reports Gains Against Militants Audio Clip Available

Military says it now controls northwestern town of Dagar; Taliban fighters in some police stations putting up fierce fight

A Mexican wears a surgical mask trying to prevent contagion of the swine flu virus at Mexico City's international airport
A Mexican child dies of swine flu in Texas - the first such death outside Mexico, where the virus may have killed up to 159.

Two car bombs kill at least 16 people in the Shia district of Sadr City in Iraq's capital, Baghdad, officials say.

A trial starts in Paris over the kidnapping and killing of a young Jewish man that shocked France three years ago.


Small-scale Livestock Farmers Struggling in Delta

Only a fraction of the poultry and livestock lost following Cyclone Nargis has been returned to struggling farm families, who rely on raising poultry and pigs to get by.


Villagers Still Struggle Year after Storm

Tens of thousands of survivors in the Irrawaddy Delta, where most of the more than 138,000 victims drowned when Cyclone Nargis roared through on May 2, still struggle to eke out a life.


NLD in Dilemma

Burma's opposition party is under mounting pressure as the 2010 elections nears, but it’s in no hurry to declare it will participate.

Junta Commanders Court Ceasefire Groups

Burmese junta representatives have held a series of meetings with ethnic ceasefire groups, with talks believed to center on next year’s election.

Burma’s Own Potemkin Village

As villagers in Burma’s cyclone-devastated region struggle to finance anniversary merit-making ceremonies, the government makes political capital out of creating a showpiece community.

Donor in the Delta

The Irrawaddy speaks to the country director of Save the Children in Burma, Andrew Kirkwood, about the challenges of operating in the Irrawaddy delta.

A year on, Nargis victims still lack adequate support

A year after Cyclone Nargis devastated Burma’s Irrawaddy delta, aid organizations, including the United Nations agencies point out that much needs to be done in terms of relief and reconstruction...

Thai and migrant workers reeling under financial crisis

Thai activists in Bangkok have revealed that more than 12,000 workers in Thailand have asked for help after they were affected by the ongoing financial crisis of the past three...

Diarrhea outbreak in Monywa

Diarrhea has broken out in Monywa Township in Sagaing Division. A doctor of a private clinic said “there are a lot of diarrhea patients from all blocks. The number of...

Burma’s opposition discusses 2010 poll

Burma’s main opposition party – National League for Democracy (NLD) – on Tuesday met with organizing committee members from its various branches to discuss whether or not to contest the...

Cyclone hit farmers face new plague – pests

A year after Cyclone Nargis devastated Burma’s rice bowl, the Irrawaddy delta, farmers say they are plagued with another disaster – pests. A farmer in Paunte village in Bogale Township...

Detained Burmese comedian allowed treatment

With the health of famous comedian and film director Thura a.k.a. Zarganar, serving 35 years in prison, deteriorating, he was finally allowed a medical check-up on Monday. Zarganar (48),..
Burma to accept Bangladesh prisoners

Apr 29, 2009 (DVB)–Burma has agreed to take back 68 Burmese nationals who have been imprisoned in Bangladesh following a meeting between the Burmese government and a Bangladeshi paramilitary border force. - more

Lack of army food could lead to corruption

Apr 29, 2009 (DVB)–A new system that gives lower-ranking army soldiers a weekly allowance equivalent to around eight cups of rice could cause an exodus from the army and deepen corruption among troops, said a military analyst. - more

Foreign investment in Burma ‘costly for companies’

Apr 29, 2009 (DVB)–Foreign investments in Burma’s oil and gas sector pose a risk to companies and lead directly to human rights abuses against civilians, including rape and torture, says a human rights watchdog. - more

Solo demonstrator sentenced to one year

Apr 29, 2009 (DVB)–A tutor who was arrested in March for staging a solo demonstration calling for the release of political prisoners has been sentenced to a year in prison. - more

Opposition party to wait on 2010 decision

Apr 29, 2009 (DVB)–Burma’s main political opposition party will wait to see if there is democratic progress made by the government before deciding on whether to contest the elections scheduled for March next year. - more

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