Barack Obama tells audience of senior Cabinet officials his single most important responsibility as president is to keep the American people safe.
Attacks come amid recent upsurge in violence
Official statement says four men sought to buy plastic explosives from undercover FBI informant to use in attack on synagogue in Bronx borough
United Nations says nearly 1.5 million people have been displaced by fighting this month alone
Nobel Prize laureate on trial for allegedly violating conditions of her six-year house arrest by receiving visitor without official permission
Guantanamo Bay prison camp is a "misguided experiment" and a "mess" that must be cleaned up, US President Obama says.
Four men accused of plotting to bomb New York synagogues and fire Stinger missiles at aircraft are due in court.
An Egyptian businessman and a security guard are sentenced to death for the murder of the Lebanese singer Suzanne Tamim.
|The Burmese junta’s policy of locking away political opponents and throwing away the key often deters dissent. But the democracy movement cannot afford to keep silent and let Suu Kyi be put behind bars.|
|By THE IRRAWADDY|
|Britain’s Ambassador to Burma, Mark Canning, says it’s clear from the reaction of officials at the trial of opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi that she remains a “major figure” in her country.|
|By ARKAR MOE|
|Fears are being expressed within Burma’s opposition National League for Democracy (NLD) over the safety of its veteran executive committee member Win Tin. |
|By SAW YAN NAING|
|The United Wa State Army has rejected an offer from the Burmese regime to assume duties as border guards under joint-command of the Burmese army. |
|By MIN LWIN|
|Burmese generals are using free eye treatment programs to promote military-backed candidates in the 2010 general election. |
|By AGUS BASUKI|
|Indonesia vowed to ground all of its C-130 Hercules planes if investigators determine that mechanical problems caused a crash that killed 99 people, putting a spotlight on its beleaguered air force.|
In a surprise move, Burmese authorities on Wednesday allowed 30 foreign diplomats and ten journalists into the special court in Insein Prison, prompting defense counsels of opposition,... Defense counsels of Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi said the trial on Wednesday was a ‘half-open’ court but welcomed the authority’s permission to allow foreign diplomats and a...
|The Burmese military junta authorities have tightened security in Sittwe and Tungup towns in Western Burma where anti-regime protests took place in the recent past.||As Burma’s pro-democracy leader, Aung San Suu Kyi’s trial in Insein prison continues, there is mounting international pressure on the military regime to release her.|
|Divergent views have emerged among Burmese analysts regarding the extension of U.S. sanctions against military-ruled Burma. Some welcomed the extension of sanctions by the U.S. even as.....||The left canal of Kinda dam in Myitha Township, Mandalay Division, cracked on the 16th of May, inundating 12 villages. Incessant heavy rainfall is thought responsible for the collapse. ...|
| Commentary: The brief charade of an open trial|
| Harvard report claims Burma comparable to Darfur|
May 21, 2009 (DVB)–Human rights atrocities in Burma are comparable to those of Darfur and Yugoslavia and should be addressed more thoroughly through a UN Security Council commission, said a report by the Harvard Law School. - more
| UN chief says to visit Burma 'as soon as possible' |
May 21, 2009 (AFP)–United Nations chief Ban Ki-moon said he was "deeply concerned" by the trial of Burma democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi and would visit Burma as soon as possible to urge the junta's chief to release her. - more
| Court access for diplomats merely ‘a gesture’|
May 21, 2009 (DVB)–Burma opposition party, the National League for Democracy, have said that allowing diplomats to observe Aung San Suu Kyi’s trial was merely a “gesture” and still falls short of making it an open trial. - more
| Burma bars access to Suu Kyi trial again|
May 21, 2009 (AFP)–Burma's military regime put the trial of opposition icon Aung San Suu Kyi back behind closed doors today, after allowing diplomats and journalists to attend the hearing for just one day. - more