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Woman wearing a mask walks on the beach near the US-Mexico border in Tijuana, Mexico, on 3/5/09
Cases of swine flu are confirmed in more than half of US states, as countries are urged to stay vigilant over the outbreak.

Pakistan says the Taleban are holding 2,000 villagers as human shields to stop an offensive in the north-west.

European Union economies will shrink by 4% this year - much more than originally forecast, the European Commission says.

WHO Director-General Margaret Chan (file photo)
Mon. 04 May 2009 1005 UTC

WHO Chief: Swine Flu Could Return 'With a Vengeance'

Margaret Chan's remarks come despite the Mexican government's insistence the disease has reached its peak and is declining

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Hotel workers push cart loaded with foods to sealed-off hotel where Mexican travelers are being held under quarantine in Beijing, 04 May 2009

China Denies Discriminating Against Mexicans Audio Clip Available

Chinese authorities say quarantine of 70 Mexican travelers not aimed at Mexican citizens, but meant to protect public health, prevent a swine flu epidemic in China

Nepal's prime minister speaking to Indian business leaders at Taj Mahal Hotel in New Delhi, 15 Sep 2008

Nepal's PM Announces His Resignation

Decision comes after the president blocked an attempt by his Maoist government to fire the country's army chief


Militants Kill 18 in Eastern Afghanistan

Afghan officials say bomb blast and separate militant attack took place in Zabul province

U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates testifying on Capitol Hill, 30 Apr 2009

Gates: Arab Allies Should Not Worry About Possible US-Iran Rapprochement

US Defense secretary heads to Middle East for talks with Egyptian, Saudi leaders

Armed Ceasefire Groups to be ‘Border Guard Force’

The Burmese military plans to incorporate armed ethnic ceasefire groups into a border guard force within the Tatmadaw (Burmese armed forces) after the 2010 election.

Asia Urged to Rethink Growth Policies amid Crisis

Asia's governments must spend more on social safety nets and reduce their reliance on export-driven growth, finance officials said at an annual meeting of ADB in Bali.

EU-Japan Calls for Progressive Changes in Burma

Leaders of the EU and Japan have called for an inclusive political process in Burma and the release of political prisoners at a summit in Prague.

Junta Censors Nargis Anniversary Reports

Burma’s censorship board has severely restricted reports marking the anniversary of Cyclone Nargis that do not portray a positive image of the government.

Contaminated Shrimp Paste Brands Banned in Burma

Burma’s Ministry of Health has banned the sale of 37 brands of shrimp paste, warning that they contain a dangerous chemical dye.

Nyan Win Calls in Cuba for End to Sanctions

Burmese Foreign Minister Nyan Win has called in a Cuba speech for an end to sanctions on developing countries, claiming such punitive measures transgressed international law.

Railway route underway from Sittwe to Ann


By Tun Kyaw, Sittwe : Railway engines are being brought to Sittwe to facilitate transportation between Sittwe and Ann, where railway tracks are being built, according to a report. full story

Security Tightened on Western Border


Maungdaw: Security is being tightened on the western Burmese border with additional armed forces being deployed along the border and the Buthidaung - Maungdaw motor road since yesterday, reports a witness. full story

Five years in prison for ex-police officer


Mauangdaw: A retired police officer was sentenced to five years in prison by the Maungdaw District Court on Friday, as he was in contact with a Bangladesh-based media group in exile, a colleague of his said. full story

Mass Burmese migrant arrest 'due to high crime rate'

May 4, 2009 (DVB)–The high crime rate amongst Burmese migrants in Thailand could be the reason behind the mass arrest of over 300 migrants last week, said the chairman of a organisation dealing with migrant issues. - more

A media behind bars: press freedom after the cyclone

Francis Wade

May 4, 2009 (DVB)–Yesterday, international media watchdogs and analysts were united in their criticism of the deteriorating state of the world’s media. - more

Intelligence chief meets with ceasefire groups

May 4, 2009 (DVB)–Senior Burmese intelligence officials last week met with six ceasefire groups to discuss their participation in next year’s elections and the possibility that the groups will disarm, say observers. - more

'Deep Scars' Left by Nargis


A year after Cyclone Nargis tore through Burma, untold thousands of victims are still homeless and grieving.

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