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A mass of displaced Tamils are received by the army (image provided by Sri Lanka military on 15 May 2009)
Tamil Tiger rebels holed up in a tiny enclave in northern Sri Lanka have "decided to silence their guns", a rebel spokesman says.

Hardline Islamist militants capture a strategically important town north of the Somali capital, Mogadishu, eyewitnesses say.

The House of Commons speaker Michael Martin faces calls from an opposition party leader to quit over the expenses scandal.

Sri Lankans display the national flags and celebrate after President Rajapaksa declared victory in the country's long civil war with the rebels, Colombo, 17 May 2009
Sun. 17 May 2009 0705 UTC

Sri Lanka Says All Civilians Escape Northern War Zone

On the streets of Colombo, some people waved the national flag and set off fireworks to celebrate government reports of the rebels' defeat

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Benjamin Netanyahu, 25 Mar 2009

Israeli PM Begins US Visit for Talks on Mideast Peace, Iran

The United States and Israel have strategic differences on both issues despite being close allies

A Kuwaiti woman casts her vote during the country's parliamentarian elections at a polling station in Salwa, Kuwait City, 16 May 2009

Kuwaiti Women Win Parliamentary Seats for 1st Time

Results from Saturday's election also were a setback for Kuwaiti Islamists, whose share of the 50-member assembly fell from almost half to just 16

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh(l) talks to the media as Congress Party President Sonia Gandhi (r) looks on in New Delhi, 16 May 2009

India's Ruling Congress Party Wins Election Audio Clip Available

Decisive victory in general elections paves way for stable coalition government headed by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh

Local residents of Swari area of Pakistan troubled district Buner, walk on a road as they flee, 16 May 2009

Pakistani Troops Close in on Militants, Over Million Displaced

Army spokesman says security forces approaching Mingora, main town in Swat Valley, in effort to intercept militants trying to flee area

Clearly her health condition is of concern and that should be a concern for everybody.
—Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva

Two Suu Kyi Lawyers Dismissed from Bar

The Burmese generals revoke the licenses of two prominent attorneys known for representing political activists, in a blow against Aung San Suu Kyi’s defense.

Weekly Business Roundup (May 16, 2009)

An Australian company pulls its subsidiary out of design work on new Nyapyidaw Airport, claiming it wasn’t aware of the work.

Two US Senators Call for ‘Reform-minded’ Junta Leaders

Two influential US foreign policy lawmakers urge Burmese generals to challenge Sen-Gen Than Shwe’s policies in Burma.

Obama Extends Sanctions on Burma

US economic and other sanctions on the Burmese regime are extended one more year as the trial of pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi is set to begin on Monday.

KIO Meet to Discuss Call to Form Border Security Force

The Kachin Independence Organization meets as the Burmese junta continues to pressure the ceasefire group to transform its armed wing into a border security force.

Bangladesh Diplomat to Discuss Maritime Boundary Dispute

The Bangladesh foreign minister leads a team to negotiate its dispute with Burma over maritime boundaries in the Bay of Bengal.

Nobel Committee issue rare protest on Suu Kyi

May 16, 2009 (DVB)–The Norweigian-based Nobel Committee have issued a rare statement protesting the arrest of Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, saying her recent detention is “totally unacceptable”. - more

International leaders unite in support for Suu Kyi

May 15, 2009 (DVB)–International leaders have expressed dismay at the pending trial of Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, with the United Nations Secretary General saying the issue was cause for “grave concern”. - more

ASEAN member urges governments not to fall for Burma 'fallacy'

May 15, 2009 (DVB)-The head of the Burma caucus of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations has said that the charges to be faced by Burma oppositon leader are "just ridiculous", and urged fellow ASEAN governments not to fall for the "fallacy" of elections next year. - more

US renews Burma sanctions for another year

United States’ President Barrack Obama on Friday formally extended sanctions against Burma for another year, saying the actions and policies of Burma’s ruling junta has not changed and continues

India’s Left constituent joins outcry over Suu Kyi’s trial

India’s Left Front constituent, the All India Forward Bloc, has condemned Burma’s ruling junta for charging pro-democracy leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, saying that the whole incident was a ploy...

Burmese in exile demonstrate against Suu Kyi’s arrest

Burmese in exile have been staging protests against Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s arrest in front of the Burmese embassies in their respective countries since yesterday. She is in judicial...

Ex-soldier involved in central Burma robbery

A former soldier was involved in the robbery committed in a gold and jewellery shop in Yemethin town, Magwe Division, owned by Daw Aye Kyi and her nieces. One of...

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