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Asia Activates Pandemic Plans After WHO Alert

Hong Kong, the Philippines and Australia activated swine flu hotlines Thursday as part of stepped up efforts to prevent an outbreak

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Passengers wearing masks are asked to fill in health declaration forms upon arrival at Hong Kong Airport, 30 Apr 2009

China Ready for Swine Flu Audio Clip Available

Chinese health minister says if human case is found in country, authorities will report it in timely manner, quarantine patient and give treatment, according to plans and according to China's laws and regulations

Mexico City's airport, 27 Apr 2009

US Reports: At least 94 Infected with Swine Flu; One Dies in Texas Video clip available

US officials say they are not planning to close border with Mexico

Policemen in Mexico City wear protective masks, 27 Apr 2009

Mexico Faces Shut Down Over Swine Flu

Mexican Health Minister Jose Cordova said Wednesday non-essential government services will be suspended for five days beginning on Friday

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano (r) and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius in Washington, 29 Apr 2009

Lawmakers Urge More Action to Prevent Flu-Infected Travelers From Entering US Audio Clip Available

Number of lawmakers have suggested closing US borders as a way to stop swine flu-infected travelers from entering

A man works in a surgical masks factory in Vernet, France, 30 April.
The EU's health chief urges Europeans not to panic over swine flu, as ministers hold emergency talks on ways to contain the virus.

A ceremony is held in Basra to mark the official end of the British military presence in Iraq after six years.

Chrysler is to enter bankruptcy protection after failing to have its debts written off, a White House official says.

Shwegondaing Declaration (NLD)

NLD Sets Conditions for Election Participation

Burma’s opposition party has set three conditions for participation in the 2010 general election—including the unconditional release of all political prisoners.

US Praises Asean, UN for Facilitating Cyclone Nargis Aid

The US State Department has paid tribute to the work of the United Nations and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations in helping bring relief to the victims of the 2008 Cyclone Nargis.

US Will Not Lift Sanctions on Burma

A US State Department official says reports that sanctions on Burma will be eliminated are “incorrect.”

Burma Named Worst Online Oppressor

Burma is the worst violator of Internet freedom of speech rights in the world, says a media watchdog group.

Burmese Women Arrested in Prostitution Raid

Thai security forces raid a house in Ranong in southern Thailand and arrest 39 Burmese women on suspicion of prostitution.

Thai Ex-Diplomat Says He Urged Ban on Burma’s Asean Membership

Former Thai ambassador to Burma Poksak Nilubol has disclosed in a book titled “Understanding Burma” that his government rejected in 1996 a memo he wrote opposing Burma’s admittance to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.

Nargis Survivors Burdened by Debt

Without hundreds of millions of dollars in additional assistance, many victims of last year's devastating cyclone in Burma will be unable to rebuild homes or replant flooded fields in the Irrawaddy delta.

ADB Triples Capital to Respond to Economic Crisis

The Asian Development Bank said Thursday it is tripling its capital to $165 billion to provide the resources needed to respond to the global economic crisis and push its long-term goal of cutting poverty in the region.

Singapore Unemployment Jumps to 3.2 percent

The number of jobless Singaporeans jumped in the first quarter to its highest since 2005 as a slump in global trade pummeled the city-state's exports and sparked manufacturing layoffs.

Southeast Asian Health Ministers to Meet on Swine Flu

Health ministers from Southeast Asian countries will meet, probably in early May in the Thai capital, to discuss how to deal with the swine flu crisis.

Fishery Department introduces media censorship

The 'Myanmar Fishery Federation’ has imposed certain restrictions on the domestic media, on media coverage of fishery products and export figures issued by the government Fisheries...

Cyclone survivors left to their own devices

(Commentary) Travelling from Rangoon and in the south west direction, less than two hours by car is necessary to realize the extent of damage caused by Cyclone Nargis where more...

Burmese refugee children donate money for Nargis victims

Burmese refugee children in Malaysia yesterday donated Malaysian Ringgit 25,000 (USD 7,012) to Nargis victims, by selling books, which included paintings and stories in commemoration of the first

Differences halt school reconstruction in Nargis-hit regions

Serious differences have cropped up between the No. 1 Basic Education Department and construction companies over sanctions for rebuilding schools in Cyclone Nargis devastated regions.

Unidentified disease kills pigs in Burma

At least 100 pigs have died of an unidentified disease since April 26, said residents in Twante Township in Rangoon division, raising apprehensions following the outbreak of Swine Flu in...

NLD sets pre-conditions for role in elections

Burma’s main opposition party – the National League for Democracy – on Wednesday said it was willing to contest the forthcoming 2010 elections if the military regime releases political prisoners,...
Thousands of cyclone victims still need housing

Apr 30, 2009 (DVB)–More attention should be focused on the thousands of families still without proper housing one year after cyclone Nargis, say aid organizations who claim cyclone victims still need almost US$700 million in aid. - more

Masking fear: celebrations hide a fading Shan culture

Beth Macdonald

Apr 30, 2009 (DVB)–On the surface, the ceremony held last weekend in the small Thai village of Piang Luang was a lavish affair, attracting exiled Shan from across Thailand to ordain new monks and celebrate a culture whose roots reach back over 1000 years. - more

Released lawyer speaks of imprisonment

Apr 30, 2009 (DVB)–A human rights lawyer released earlier this week after a serving a sixth-month sentence for contempt of court has said that he was prevented from exercising and receiving medical care. - more

Karen group lose outpost to army

Apr 30, 2009 (DVB)–Burma’s principal armed opposition group has lost sections of a strategically important outpost near the Thai border after nearly a month of fighting between the group and government troops. - more

Diarrhea outbreak claims three lives

Apr 30, 2009 (DVB)–Outbreaks of severe diarrhea have continued in several towns in Burma, with hospitals now unable to cope with the upsurge in patient numbers and several deaths being reported. - more

Dialogue necessary before 2010 elections

Apr 30, 2009 (DVB)–If the Burmese government releases all political prisoners and holds dialogue without preconditions with opposition groups then Burma’s main opposition party will contest the 2010 elections, said a statement yesterday. - more

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