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French aircraft in search operation
The flight data recorders of a plane that went missing over the Atlantic may never be found, French officials say.

President Barack Obama arrives in the Middle East on a visit aimed at increasing US engagement with the Islamic world.

Communities Secretary Hazel Blears quits the cabinet, in what some say is a deliberate ploy to destabilise UK PM Gordon Brown.

President Barack Obama (L) shakes hands with Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz al-Saud after being presented with Order of Merit, 03 Jun 2009
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Obama Begins Mideast Visit in Saudi Arabia

US president receives red carpet welcome in Riyadh and immediate audience with King Abdullah

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Tiananmen Square

China Boosts Security in Tiananmen on Crackdown Anniversary Eve

Plainclothes police, paramilitary forces swarmed around square Wednesday, examining visitors at checkpoints and barring access to journalists

Frame grab from Saudi-owned television network MBC (Middle East Broadcasting Center) shows alleged terror mastermind Osama bin Laden

New Bin Laden Tape Criticizes Obama

Excerpts of recording aired on Al-Jazeera television, shortly after Mr. Obama arrived in Saudi Arabia, first stop on a trip where he is reaching out to Muslims around world

US President Barack Obama walks down the red carpet with Saudi King Abdullah in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 03 June 2009

Arab World Rolling Out Red Carpet to President Obama Audio Clip Available

Despite some misgivings, most Arabs, from Beirut to Riyadh to Cairo, are mulling over importance of US president's Mideast visit

Indonesian street tailor works on his portable sewing machine in Jakarta, 02 Jun 2009

Indonesians Look Toward Obama Speech With Hope Audio Clip Available

Expectations high in predominately Muslim country where Barack Obama spent part of his childhood


After The Lady Is Jailed

Closing arguments and a verdict in the trial of Burmese democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi have been delayed again. But that won’t change the outcome.

Thailand Opens Migrant Worker Registration Program

Many Burmese illegal migrant workers in Thailand can seek legal migrant worker status under a new program launched on Monday.

Court Postpones Suu Kyi Verdict, Admits Defense Witnesses

The Rangoon court trying opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi agreed today to delay the verdict it was planning to give on Friday and to hear the evidence of three defense witnesses instead.

Site of Collapsed Pagoda Sealed Off

Burmese authorities have banned the general public from entering the area of the collapsed Danok pagoda, local residents report.

Burma to Get Mobile Phone Internet Access

A company run by the junta-backed Union Solidarity and Development Association is planning to offer limited Internet access to mobile phone users starting in August.

Regime Fears Growing China Dominance of Burma’s Economy

The trial against Aung San Suu Kyi could put pressure on Western firms to pull out of Burma, making the ruling junta even more dependent on Chinese investment.

Activists skeptical of release of child soldiers

State-run newspapers on Wednesday reported that eight minors who had joined the military of their own volition were returned to their parents, a rare case in military-ruled Burma, which is...

Fund crunch threatens rice production in Burma: WFP

Farmers in the cyclone affected areas in Burma are in acute need of cash and credit assistance to buy inputs for the ensuing monsoon planting season, the United Nations World...

Villagers forced to relocate to Arakan State

About 300 people from proper Burma have been resettled to Arakan State under the government’s border region developmental projects. The group of people, who belongs to Rangoon, Mandalay,...

ASEAN urged to pressure junta for democracy in Burma

ASEAN should use its charter and the ASEAN community should work out a mechanism to mount pressure on the Burmese military junta to usher in democracy in the country, a...

Divisional Court accepts appeal of Suu Kyi’s case

The Rangoon Divisional Court on Wednesday accepted an appeal by Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s lawyers to review the rejection of defense witnesses by the sitting court in Insein Prison....

Junta plots to justify trial of Aung San Suu Kyi: FDB

A coalition group of the Burmese Opposition on Tuesday accused the ruling Burmese military junta of plotting to justify charging and putting on trial Opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi....

Burmese army returns child soldiers

June 3, 2009 (DVB)–The Burmese army has reportedly handed eight child soldiers back to their families in a ceremony in Rangoon attended by international monitoring bodies such as UNICEF and Save the Children. - more

Suu Kyi trial 'a chance' for UN inquiry on Burma

June 3, 2009 (AFP)–The international community should use global outrage about the trial of Aung San Suu Kyi to push for a UN inquiry over possible crimes against humanity in Burma, legal and rights experts said. - more

Thailand and Bangladesh to aid Rohingya repatriation

June 3, 2009 (DVB)–Thailand and Bangladesh are to take action to stem the flow of Rohingya refugees into Burma’s neighbouring countries and will help with repatriation back to Burma, said the Thai foreign minister yesterday. - more

Monk calls for unity among religious leaders

June 3, 2009 (DVB)–A prominent Burmese monk who organised relief efforts following cyclone Nargis last year has called for religious leaders in Burma to join hands in solving the country’s problems. - more

Burma low in Global Peace Index

June 3, 2009 (DVB)–Home to the world’s longest running civil war and crippled by restrictions on political liberties, Burma has ranked 126 out 144 countries in the 2009 Global Peace Index, only narrowly above Colombia and North Korea. - more

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