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GM to Announce Reorganization

White House officials say GM will file for bankruptcy protection Monday in federal court

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Deputy Secretary of State James Steinberg (undated photo)

US Delegation Seeks Asian Consensus on North Korea

US Deputy Secretary of State James Steinberg is leading group, which arrived in Japan Sunday afternoon

Palestinian security officers carry the two bodies of security officers killed during a shootout with members of Hamas in the West Bank city of Qalqilya, 31 May 2009

Six Palestinians Killed in Clash Between Rival Factions Audio Clip Available

Gun battle erupted in West Bank town of Qalqilya, when Palestinian police raided a hideout of Islamic militant group Hamas

Ehud Barak (file)

Israel Begins its Biggest Civil Defense Drill

Amid growing tensions with Iran, Israel is training soldiers, emergency crews, and civilians for the possibility of all-out war

Displaced Pakistani children wait their turn at a food distribution center of Jalozai refugee camp in Peshawar, 25 May 2009

Red Cross Alarmed by Situation in Pakistan's Swat

ICRC states that it is gravely concerned about plight of civilians in Swat, where Pakistani military is waging war against Taliban fighters

General Motors' Pontiac cars (Pic: 2006)
Car giant General Motors is likely to file for bankruptcy protection later, the biggest industrial failure in US corporate history.

Hundreds of thousands of Tamil civilians displaced in northern Sri Lanka should be resettled quickly, a political leader says.

A woman who shot to fame in a British TV talent show is in a private clinic after being assessed under the Mental Health Act.

Tiananmen: A Battle of Remembering vs. Forgetting

As a young poet, Cui Weiping was not much interested in politics. But she says she could never shake the image of her husband returning home on a June night 20 years ago, his pants mottled with the blood of people shot by the Chinese army.

Vietnam Reports First Swine Flu Case

A 23-year-old Vietnamese student who recently returned from the United States has tested positive for swine flu, becoming Vietnam's first confirmed case of the virus.

Suu Kyi’s Ill; Court Delays Trial

Suu Kyi urgently needs medical attention in the prison where she is being held, her party said, while closing arguments in her trial were delayed until the end of next week.

'We are Facing a Crisis of Constitution,' Suu Kyi Tells Lawyer

Accused of breaking a 1975 security law that the junta itself has annulled, Aung San Suu Kyi has called into question the validity of the charges against her.

More Asean MPs Call for Suu Kyi’s Release

About 100 Southeast Asian MPs have added their voices to calls for Suu Kyi’s release, while threats loom for Burma to be suspended from Asean.

Many injured in Burma pagoda collapse

The 180-foot high Danoke pagoda in Dala Township, which was being renovated, collapsed on Saturday afternoon leaving many injured including naval personnel from the Irrawaddy,...

Aung San Suu Kyi’s court date postponed to June 5

The special court in Insein Prison on Friday extended the date for lawyers to submit arguments on Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s trial until June 5, according to her lawyers....

Health care, urgent need in Malaysian detention camps

Detention camps in Malaysia urgently need regular health care service and preventive measures, a joint action group working for migrant workers in Malaysia said today. Because of poor health care...

Human rights in jeopardy around the world: AI

Amnesty International (AI) is reporting that the world is sitting on a social, political and economic time bomb fuelled by an unfolding human rights crisis, according to their latest annual...

Yettaw's testimony throws a wrench into junta's plans

Yesterday’s state-run media, weary of potential implications, omitted some facts revealed during the court testimony on Wednesday of American John William Yettaw, who disclosed that,...

Thai senators call for Suu Kyi’s release

Thirty senators of Thailand on Thursday submitted a petition to the Burmese military junta urging that Daw Aung San Suu Kyi be released and the creation of a favourable ambience...

Jailed farmers’ lawyer refused appeal

June 1, 2009 (DVB)–An appeal for a renowned lawyer jailed after helping Burmese farmers complain to the United Nations of land confiscation by the military was last week rejected by court authorities, his lawyer said. - more

Burma reiterates warning to neighbours

June 1, 2009 (DVB)–A senior member of Burma’s ruling junta has issued what appears to be a warning to allied countries that interfering in the trial of Aung San Suu Kyi could muddy bilateral relations and upset regional stability. - more

Suu Kyi ‘bears no grudge’ toward Yettaw

June 1, 2009 (DVB)–Burma opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi told her lawyer over the weekend that she bore no grudge against John Yettaw, the man whose actions threaten a lengthy continuation of her imprisonment. - more

Suu Kyi trial adjourned further

May 30, 2009 (DVB)–The next hearing in the trial of Burma's Aung San Suu Kyi has been delayed by the court until 5 June, with no reason given, said the opposition leader's lawyer. - more

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