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Sonia Sotomayor and Barack Obama, 26/05
Barack Obama nominates Sonia Sotomayor to serve on the Supreme Court - the first Hispanic person to be chosen.

North Korea reportedly fires two short range missiles, a day after its second nuclear test provoked international outrage.

Burmese democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi tells a court she did not break the terms of her house arrest, say diplomats.

President , announces federal appeals court judge Sonia Sotomayor, right, as his nominee for the Supreme Court, Tuesday, 26 May 2009, in an East Room ceremony at the White House in Washington
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Obama Announces Supreme Court Pick

If confirmed, 54-year-old Sonia Sotomayor will be first Hispanic judge on nine-member high court

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A tourist walks past a diagram of North Korean missiles at the exhibition hall of an observation post in Paju near the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) dividing the two Koreas, 26 May 2009

Report: North Korea Test-Fires More Missiles

Report by South Korea's Yonhap news agency cites unnamed government sources who say the missiles were fired from an east coast launch pad

North Korea Rocket

China Urges 'Coolheaded' Response to North Korea

Foreign Ministry spokesman says Beijing would like to see all sides resolve issue peacefully, through consultation and dialogue

Burma's opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi (2008 file)

Aung San Suu Kyi Testifies in Trial

Burma's opposition leader denies charges that she violated terms of her house arrest by permitting American intruder to stay at her home earlier this month

Pakistani displaced children wait their turn during food distribution at Jalozai refugee camp in Peshawar, 25 May 2009

Rights Group Fears 'Humanitarian Catastrophe' in Northwest Pakistan

Human Rights Watch director urges Pakistani military to lift curfew in Swat Valley conflict zone, take all possible measures to quickly alleviate large-scale human suffering

Suu Kyi Tells Rangoon Court She’s Innocent

Testifying for the first time at her Rangoon trial, Aung San Suu Kyi declares she’s innocent of any crime.

Official: Burma Had Planned to Release Suu Kyi

Burma considered releasing pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi from house arrest this week, but canceled the decision after an American stayed at her house in violation of the country's security law, a top police official said.

Asem Foreign Ministers Issue Statement on Suu Kyi

Foreign ministers from Asia and the European Union called on Burma to release political prisoners as Aung San Suu Kyi’s trial continues.

Asean Tiptoes toward Statement on Suu Kyi Trial

Burma observers and activists believe the Southeast Asian bloc is not doing enough in rebuking the Burmese junta over the trial of Aung San Suu Kyi.

UN Receives Petition with 600,000 Signatures

A petition signed by 600,000 people worldwide calls for the UN to take stronger actions to secure the release of all political prisoners in Burma.

South Africa Urges Burma to Adopt Civilian Rule

The South African government has called on the Burmese military regime to release opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, saying it wants to see Burma adopt civilian rule under a democratic multiparty system.

Shan Army ambushed junta soldiers, killed two officers

Fifteen people including two Burmese Army officers were killed during an ambush by the Shan State Army – South (SSA-South) on May 24 night, according to Shan army sources.

E.U. backs Thailand over Suu Kyi's trial

The European Union has announced its support for Thailand’s statement as ASEAN Chair on the political situation in Burma, according to Thailand's Foreign Minister.

Suu Kyi’s trial will not end simply: Win Tin

Pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Tuesday will be produced before the special court in Insein jail and will be asked to give her testimony, in a trial, where...

Indian rights champion condemns gov’t over silence

An Indian human rights advocacy group on Wednesday condemned Burma’s military rulers for conducting a trial against Burmese pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

News updates on 6th day of Aung San Suu Kyi's trial

Burma on Monday rejected Asean’s statement on the trial of pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, saying the statement violates the traditional practise of the grouping.

Junta’s violations severe in Northern Burma: CSW

The Christian Solidarity Worldwide, an advocacy group, said human rights violations continue to be grave in areas where ethnic minorities live and have come out with fresh accounts of violations...

Burma's Suu Kyi denies charges at trial

May 26, 2009 (AFP)–Burma opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi told her trial today that she did not violate her house arrest, saying she only offered temporary shelter to a US man who swam to her lakeside home. - more

Frequency of rape by Burmese army appalls researchers

May 26, 2009 (DVB)–Rape of women by Burmese soldiers in Kachin state is common, and could be part of a campaign of ethnic cleansing by the Burmese army, a group investigating human rights abuses in northern Burma has found. - more

Asian and European ministers agree on Burma

May 26, 2009 (AFP)–Foreign ministers from Asia and Europe called for the release of Burma opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi at a summit in Hanoi yesterday. - more

Bomb accusations ‘to discredit’ opposition groups

May 26, 2009 (DVB)–Government accusations that a bomb found on a train heading towards Burma’s capital is the work of opposition groups was an attempt to weaken anti-government movements, said a member of the accused group. - more

Thailand reacts to Burma anger

May 26, 2009 (DVB)–Thailand insisted it had its neighbour’s best intentions at heart following Burma’s outrage at a statement released by Thailand that expressed “grave concern” over the trial of Aung San Suu Kyi. - more

Junta ‘had considered’ freeing Suu Kyi

May 26, 2009 (DVB)–The Burmese government had considered releasing Aung San Suu Kyi tomorrow on her scheduled release date until her alleged breached of house arrest conditions earlier this month, said a senior police official today. - more

Detained party member to testify for Suu Kyi

May 26, 2009 (DVB)–The detained deputy leader of the National League for Democracy (NLD) will be called as a defence witness in the trial of NLD leader Aung San Suu Kyi as the court today reopens to journalists. - more

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