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Newly arrived people displaced from fighting in Swat Valley queue for registration in Jalozai camp on outskirts of Peshawar, 15 May 2009
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UN Appeals For $543 Million to Assist Displaced Pakistanis

Funding would assist nearly 2 million Pakistanis displaced by fighting between army troops and Taliban militants in Swat Valley

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Handout photo taken on 13 May 2009, provided by Myanmar News Agency shows US Citizen John William Yettaw in Rangoon

Burma Says Aung San Suu Kyi Visit was Part of Anti-Government Plot

Minister says he thinks incident involving US citizen John Yettaw was made to intensify international, domestic pressure on military government

Vijay Nambier addresses reporters during press conference in Colombo, 22 May 2009

UN Official Says Sri Lankan War Zone Looks 'Ravaged'

Vijay Nambier, who toured conflict zone by helicopter Thursday says he could see serious devastation including burned vehicles, battered clusters of tents

Senate floor during debate on bailout bill (pool video)

US Senate Approves Funding For Wars In Afghanistan, Iraq

Measure will have to be reconciled with a House-passed version before a final bill is sent to President Barack Obama for his signature

US President Barack Obama delivers speech on closure of Guantanamo prison in Washington, 21 May 2009

Obama Pledges Guantanamo Prison Will Close, Cheney Disagrees Audio Clip Available Video clip available

President says his administration can close prison and keep America safe, but former Vice President Dick Cheney took strong issue with the Obama administration's Guantanamo policy

Refugee camp in Swabi, Pakistan
The UN appeals for $543m in humanitarian aid to help more than 1.6 million people displaced by fighting in Pakistan.

Vice-President Joe Biden backs Lebanese democracy ahead of crunch elections, in the highest-level US visit for decades.

British Airways announces an annual pre-tax loss of £401m, after being hit by the weak pound and higher fuel costs.


American in Spotlight at Suu Kyi Trial

The middle-aged American man whose nighttime swim to visit Suu Kyi may cost her a chance at freedom came into fuzzy focus as a court in Burma showed a home movie he allegedly shot at her lakeside residence.

UN Fails to Investigate War Crimes in Burma: Harvard Report

Potential crimes against humanity and war crimes should be investigated by the United Nations, says a Harvard University report.

Burmese FM Says Yettaw Visit Part of Opposition Plot

John W Yettaw’s visit to the home of Aung San Suu Kyi was part of a Burmese opposition plot to intensify international pressure on the government, according to Burmese Foreign Minister Nyan Win.

EU-China Summit Fails to Agree on Burma Issue

China and the EU agree to disagree on a wide range of global and regional issues at EU-China summit in Prague.

Regime Accused of Trying to Humiliate Suu Kyi

Burmese activists accuse the authorities of trying to humiliate opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi by including in the prosecution evidence at her trial personal possessions taken from her home.

Burmese Soldiers Torture Civilians in Shan State

One teenage girl was raped and a villager’s hands were cut off by Burmese soldiers, according to villagers.

Junta denies framing case against Suu Kyi

Burma's Foreign Minister, Nyan Win, has denied allegations that the regime has framed its case against Aung San Suu Kyi, arguing instead that it was the synchronized foul play of...

Time for international action: Suu Kyi’s lawyer

Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s international lawyer has said the United Nations Security Council should convene an emergency meeting if the military regime convicts her,...

Editorial, Opinion and Analysis

A "Charter 09" for Burma

(Commentary) Last December in China, a potentially revolutionary document began to spread through the web. The work of a group of activists, intellectuals and p...

News updates on 4th day of Aung San Suu Kyi's trial

The special court in Insein prison has fixed the next hearing of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s case on May 22, the fifth continuous day since the trial began on...

Ethnics draw inspiration from Aung San Suu Kyi

Expressing concern for democracy icon Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, currently facing trial in Rangoon’s Insein prison, Burma’s ethnic nationalities have said that they look at her as a turning...
France wavers over full EU sanctions on Burma

May 22, 2009 (DVB)–France has voiced concerns that the proposed ramping-up of EU sanctions on Burma would hit French oil company Total and therefore a significant proportion of the Burmese population who depend on it for natural gas. - more

Yettaw visit the work of ‘anti-government elements’

May 22, 2009 (DVB)–Burma’s foreign minister has suggested that the visit by John Yettaw to Aung San Suu Kyi was engineered by opposition groups in Burma in order to capitalize on the mounting international pressure on the junta. - more

Sales of state-run newspapers surge during trial

May 22, 2009 (DVB)–Government-run newspapers in Burma have reported unusually high sales since the trials of Aung San Suu Kyi and US citizen John Yettaw began on Monday. - more

Burmese journalists restricted in trial reporting

May 22, 2009 (DVB)–Burmese journalists reporting on the trial of Aung San Suu Kyi are being prevented from publishing detail other than that already being said in government media, according to a journal editor in Rangoon. - more

Commentary: The brief charade of an open trial

Francis Wade

May 21, 2009 (DVB)–Yesterday, as diplomats and journalists caught a rare glimpse into the notoriously secretive Burmese judicial system, there was the briefest glimmer of hope that international pressure had finally worked its way to the heart of Burma’s ruling junta. - more

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

Rare Access Granted at Trial


After an international outcry, Burma's ruling generals let diplomats and a handful of reporters into a high-profile trial.

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