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Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani in televised address, 7 May 2009 (Pakistan government photo)
Fri. 08 May 2009 0305 UTC

Pakistani Aircraft Bomb Taliban in Swat

The new attack came after Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani urged the nation to unite against extremists

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Posters put up by local newspaper companies with headlines of Mas Selamat Kastari being captured is hung at local newspaper stands in Singapore, 08 May 2009

Singapore Fugitive Islamist Leader Captured in Malaysia

Mas Selamat Kastari escaped from a detention center in February of last year and was believed to be hiding somewhere in Singapore or Indonesia

U.S. envoy Stephen Bosworth (File)

US Envoy Warns Second N. Korean Nuclear Test Will Bring Consequences

Pyongyang's comments come as special US envoy Stephen Bosworth travels through region in effort to persuade north to return to negotiating table

Fed. Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke prepares to testify before Congress, 05 May 2009

10 Major US Banks Told To Raise $75 Billion Audio Clip Available

Directive follows examination of major banks to see if they have enough money to cover potential losses if recession gets worse

U.S Defense Sec. Robert Gates speaks at a news conference in Kabul, 07 May 2009

Gates: Probe Into Afghan Civilian Deaths Not Complete Audio Clip Available

US Defense Secretary says he regrets civilian loss of life, investigation is under wa
Young girls, fleeing military operations in Pakistan's Swat Valley, queue for rations in a relief camp on Friday in Mardan
Some 200,000 people have fled Pakistan's north-western Swat Valley following an offensive against militants, the UN says.

Toyota, the world's biggest carmaker, makes its worst annual loss and expects to lose money again this year.

Pope Benedict arrives in Jordan for the first leg of what he has described as a pilgrimage of peace to the Middle East.

Story of 'Suu Kyi' Swimmer Widely Questioned

Average citizens question the truth of the Burmese regime’s account of a US citizen who was arrested swimming away from Aung San Suu Kyi’s compound.

Burma's Most Respected Writer Turns 90

Dagon Taya, a writer known for his novels, poems, short stories and social commentary, created an enduring body of literature based on his philosophy of art for the people’s sake.

Generals Call the Ceasefire Groups’ Hands

In their longstanding game of political poker with the Burmese junta, the ethnic leaders should think long and hard before they put their cards on the table.

Security Council Silent on Burma’s Child Victims

The UN Security Council, which has remained virtually paralyzed on Palestine because of strong Western support for Israel, is considered equally ineffective on Burma because of Chinese and Russian backing for the military junta.

Terror Suspect Who Fled Singapore Held in Malaysia

A top Islamic terror suspect who escaped from a high-security jail in Singapore last year has been arrested in Malaysia, an official said Friday, ending a massive manhunt for the man accused of plotting to crash a hijacked plane into Singapore.

IDPs mount in more conflicts in eastern Burma

Unabated fighting between the Karen National Liberation Army (KNLA) and the Burmese Army has led to thousands more to flee their homes and live in the jungles in the first...

Intrusion could be used to defame Suu Kyi: NLD-LA

The National League for Democracy in exile, NLD-Liberated Area, on Thursday warned that Burma’s ruling junta is likely to twist the facts about the American citizen’s intrusion into the residence...

British MP’s accuse junta of crimes against humanity

May 8, 2009 (DVB)–Over 60 British Members of Parliament, including two former Foreign Office ministers, have called for a United Nations commission of inquiry into crimes against humanity in Burma. - more

Gas pipeline causes ‘shocking, systemic violations’

May 8, 2009 (DVB)–The maintenance of a 180-mile gas pipeline that cuts through three states in southern Burma is responsible for human rights violations described as “systemic, shocking and ongoing,” in a report released on Wednesday. - more

Mother forced to sell child

May 8, 2009 (DVB)–A young mother from Burma’s eastern Karen state has been forced to sell her child after suffering severe financial hardship following the death of her husband, say a Mon human rights organization. - more

Opposition party concerned for Suu Kyi’s safety

May 8, 2009 (DVB)–The spokesperson of opposition party National League for Democracy has spoken of his concern for imprisoned NLD leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s safety following news of a break-in by an American citizen at her compound. - more

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