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Samples from suspected swine flu patients in India 11 June 2009
The World Health Organization is expected to declare a swine flu pandemic, after holding an emergency meeting.

Most of Sri Lanka's displaced could still be in government camps in a year, a UN official tells the BBC, quoting army sources.

Football club Manchester United accept a world record offer of £80m from Real Madrid for Cristiano Ronaldo.

A masked child plays with classmates at a kindergarten situated in a residential estate in Hong Kong, 11 June 2009
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Hong Kong Closes Schools as WHO Considers Declaring Pandemic

Announcement comes as the World Health Organization holds an emergency meeting in Geneva to discuss the latest development on the spread of the H1N1 virus

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Pakistan Pounds Militants Near NW Tribal Region

Police officials say 20 militants and three soldiers were killed in the latest fighting in the Jandola and Splitoi areas of South Waziristan

Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, 10 Jun 2009

Iran's Bitter Presidential Campaign Ends

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's final campaign message strongly denounced challengers, confidently asserted he will win re-election in Friday's vote

United Nations Security Council (file photo)

World Powers Agree on UN Sanctions Against North Korea

Draft UN Security Council resolution to expand sanctions against North Korea for its recent underground nuclear test, barrage of missile tests

North Korean female workers toil at a South Korean-run plant in the inter-Korean industrial complex in Kaesong (File)

N. Korea Demands Huge Pay, Rent Increases at Industrial Complex

Over 100 South Korean firms employ about 40,000 North Koreans at the Kaesong Industrial Complex, producing such goods as garments, kitchenware and electronics

UN Urges Focus on Education, as Donors Express Misgivings

UN officials in Rangoon have launched a drive to raise funds for education in the Irrawaddy delta, but the trial of Aung San Suu Kyi has complicated their efforts.

Burmese Migrant Workers Arrested in Malaysian Crackdown

Malaysian authorities have arrested about 100 Burmese migrant workers in their latest crackdown on foreign labor.

Big Demand for Suu Kyi Birthday Portrait

Thousands of portraits of pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi are being snapped up in a “Free Suu Kyi” campaign launched in Burma ahead of her 64th birthday on June 19.

Being a Defense Lawyer in Burma Is a Risky Business

Waging a strong defense for a political activist in a Burmese court frequently leads to contempt of court, suspension or cancellation of a law license, or prison.

Where Pariah States Meet

Global outcasts Burma and North Korea have few friends. That’s why they are sticking together in the face of international condemnation.

Joint Forces Concentrate on Mortar Attacks against KNU

Joint Burmese and DKBA forces soften up KNU troops with heavy mortar barrages, in preparation for a sustained ground attack.

Japanese Parliamentarians critical of Burma policy

The ongoing trial against opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi has attracted the attention of Japanese Parliamentarians, raising questions regarding Japan’s stance on Burma.

Burmese migrants in Thailand and Malaysia demand equal rights

Burmese migrants working in Thailand and Malaysia have released a joint statement on the impact of the global economic crisis on Burmese migrant workers, urging relevant governments to address
Suu Kyi witness appeal goes to higher court

June 11, 2009 (DVB)–Lawyers for Aung San Suu Kyi have submitted an appeal to Burma's central court to allow the remaining two witnesses disqualified last week to testify in her defense. - more

Commentary: Impunity bars justice for Burmese ethnic groups

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June 11, 2009 (DVB)–While the world has remained rapt by the trial of Burma’s Aung San Suu Kyi, the ongoing crisis over rights for ethnic minorities in the country has received little international attention. - more

Burmese shells land on Thai soil

June 11, 2009 (DVB)–Artillery shells fired by the Burmese army in its ongoing offensive against the Karen National Union have reportedly landed on Thai soil, as fighting steps up near to the border. - more

Kachin ceasefire group waver over transformation

June 11, 2009 (DVB)–The Kachin Independence Organisation will accept the Burmese junta’s recommendation to transform itself into a border patrol force only if a new government is elected who will guarantee them “insurance”. - more

Aid to Burma hindered by Suu Kyi trial

June 11, 2009 (DVB)–Donor countries providing post-cyclone aid to Burma have voiced skepticism about continuing aid to a country whose opposition leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, stands trial on spurious charges. - more

Suu Kyi ‘will not accept’ lawyer disqualification

June 11, 2009 (DVB)–The lawyers of Aung San Suu Kyi are deciding whether to take to a higher court an appeal to allow her remaining two defence witnesses to testify in her trial, follow dismay from Suu Kyi at the disqualification. - more

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