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.
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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
Decision comes after the president blocked an attempt by his Maoist government to fire the country's army chief
Afghan officials say bomb blast and separate militant attack took place in Zabul province
US Defense secretary heads to Middle East for talks with Egyptian, Saudi leaders
|By WAI MOE|
|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.|
|By STEPHEN WRIGHT|
|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.|
|By THE IRRAWADDY|
|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. |
|By MIN LWIN|
|Burma’s censorship board has severely restricted reports marking the anniversary of Cyclone Nargis that do not portray a positive image of the government. |
|By ARKAR MOE|
|Burma’s Ministry of Health has banned the sale of 37 brands of shrimp paste, warning that they contain a dangerous chemical dye. |
|By SAW YAN NAING|
|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 officer5/4/2009
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|
| 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
A year after Cyclone Nargis tore through Burma, untold thousands of victims are still homeless and grieving.