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Georgian armoured personnel carriers move to the Mukkrovani military base. Photo: 5 May 2009
Georgia says a mutiny at a military base near Tbilisi that officials linked to an alleged Russian coup attempt is over.

A senior Pakistani official urges residents to evacuate the troubled Swat valley in the north-west.

Dozens of Mexicans quarantined in China because of swine flu fears are being flown home on a chartered Mexican plane.

Georgian Interior Ministry spokesman Shota Utiashvili gives a news conference in Tbilisi, 05 May 2009
Tue. 05 May 2009 0905 UTC

Georgia Says Mutiny Underway

Defense Minister says a 'rebellion' is under way at a military base outside Tbilisi

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Pakistani police officers examine site of suicide bombing near Peshawar, 05 May 2009

Suicide Bomber Kills 5 in Northwestern Pakistan

Officials say attack happened at checkpoint near Peshawar, at least 21 wounded including children

Benjamin Netanyahu, 25 Mar 2009

Netanyahu Plan Calls for Fresh Approach to Peace With Palestinians Audio Clip Available

But the Israeli prime minister is making no mention of a two-state solution

Zimbabwean human rights activist Jestina Mukoko arrives at magistrate's court in Harare, 24 Dec 2008

Zimbabwe Detains 18 Activists

Court orders activists, including human rights campaigner Jestina Mukoko, detained on charges of plotting to overthrow President Robert Mugabe


Afghan Governor Says Security Forces Kill 25 Insurgents

Farah provincial governor Rohul Amin said security forces were backed by Western warplanes

Today, I lend my voice of support and admiration to all those brave men and women of the press who labor to expose truth and enhance accountability around the world.
— US President Barack Obama


Food Insecurity Threatens Cyclone Survivors

Rice fields destroyed by the cyclone, combined with a fear of storing rice in case of another disaster, means many families in the delta are going hungry these days.

Contaminated Shrimp Paste Brands Banned in Burma

Burma’s Ministry of Health has banned the sale of 37 brands of shrimp paste, warning that they contain a dangerous chemical dye.

Family Survives by Trapping Rodents

A father and mother of six children trap rats in a field at night to sell at the morning market, earning enough money to scrimp by.

Armed Ceasefire Groups to be ‘Border Guard Force’

The Burmese military plans to incorporate armed ethnic ceasefire groups into a border guard force within the Tatmadaw (Burmese armed forces) after the 2010 election.

Asking for more aid for coffer of generals

It is truly depressing and annoying to read reports about the need for more international aid funds to help the victims of Cyclone Nargis. Hardly anybody mentions the obligation of...

Where is UDP heading? (Interview)

some critics and hardliners are saying that the junta has not transferred power to the winning party NLD in 1990 general election. Don't you think you can face a similar...

Arms transported from Thailand seized

Burmese border authorities in Tachileik, eastern Shan State, on Monday arrested a car owned by a Thai citizen and seized arms and ammunition that are on the car. According to...

Weak public health care, invitation to disaster: Medical expert

Military-ruled Burma has set up medical checkpoints at its International airports in a step to prevent travellers carrying the deadly Swine influenza virus into the country...
Burmese border officials foil weapons smuggler

May 5, 2009 (DVB)–Burmese authorities yesterday seized firearms and ammunition from a Thai national smuggled across the border from northern Thailand, said a source close to Burmese officials. - more

Food crisis reported in two states

May 5, 2009 (DVB)–A United Nations body has begun to establish aid programmes for villages in Burma’s Chin state to tackle the ongoing famine there, whilst a human rights group has issued a report about a serious food crisis in Karen state. - more

Lawyers’ group slams ruling

May 5, 2009 (DVB)–The secretary of an exiled Burmese lawyers group recently declared illegal by the Burmese government has reacted to the ruling by saying that the government is itself an illegal entity. - more

Calls for release of imprisoned cyclone aid workers

May 5, 2009 (DVB)–Calls for the release of over 20 aid workers who were arrested after assisting in cyclone Nargis relief efforts last year, have been issued by a number of Burmese groups to mark the cyclone’s one-year anniversary. - more

Suu Kyi’s appeal rejected

May 5, 2009 (DVB)–An appeal submitted last month for the release of imprisoned opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, sent by her lawyer to the Burmese government, has been rejected. - more

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