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Iranians wait outside a polling station in Tehran
Voting is extended in Iran's presidential election as "unprecedented" numbers of voters flock to polling stations.

A leading Islamic scholar who called the Taliban "un-Islamic" is killed in one of two bomb attacks on religious targets in Pakistan.

Madonna wins permission to adopt a second child from Malawi after challenging an earlier ruling by a judge.

A woman casts her vote in Iranian presidential elections at Ershad mosque, on outskirts of Tehran, 12 Jun 2009
Thu. 11 Jun 2009 0906 UTC

Heavy Turnout Reported as Iranians Vote in Presidential Election

Strong turnout, according to analysts, could work against incumbent Mahmoud Ahmedinejad

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A member of the Pakistani bomb disposal squad uses a metal detector following a suicide bomb attack at the Jamia Naeemia madrassa, an Islamic seminary in Lahore, 12 June 2009

Two Blasts Hit Pakistani Cities

One attack took place at the Jamia Naeemia Islamic school in the eastern city of Lahore, soon after Friday prayers

Lt. Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal (file photo)

US Commander in Afghanistan to Review Strategy to Reduce Civilian Casualties

General Stanley McChrystal says emphasis to be on protecting civilians from both 'the enemy and from unintended consequences of our operation'

United Nations Security Council (file photo)

UN to Vote on New North Korea Resolution Friday

Resolution would impose additional sanctions on Pyongyang including cargo inspections and a total arms embargo

Indian Home Minister P. Chidambaram during press conference in Srinagar, 12 Jun 2009

India Proposes to Phase Troops Out of Towns in Kashmir Audio Clip Available

Home Minister Chidambaram reviews security during visit to restive region, where troops have been battling Muslim separatist insurgency for two decades

Suu Kyi Trial Postponed

Rangoon Court postpones Suu Kyi’s trial till June 26 to hear defense witness Khin Moe Moe.

Swine Flu Goes Global

The WHO has raised its alert on the H1N1 virus to that of a global pandemic while a Swiss pharmaceutical giant declares it has a vaccine.

Singapore Investors Waiting for Democracy in Burma

Former PM Goh has said Singapore investors will likely wait until after Burma’s elections next year before pouring any more money into the country.

Junta No 2 Expected to Ask China for Border Help

The junta’s number 2, is to travel to China soon on a visit analysts say will include talks focusing on the regime’s uneasy relationship with ethnic ceasefire groups based along the Sino-Burmese border.

EU Calls for a Ceasefire in Eastern Burma

The EU has issued a declaration expressing serious concern over the Burmese military offensive against the Karen National Union and its effect on civilians.

Suu Kyi Trial Adds to Ceasefire Groups’ Distrust of Junta

The Burmese regime’s plans to tame armed ceasefire groups have hit a snag, as the trial of Aung San Suu Kyi has highlighted the junta’s underhanded tactics.

Court adjourns Suu Kyi’s trial till June 26

The special court in the notorious Insein prison on Friday fixed June 26 for the hearing of a defence witness in the on-going trial of opposition leader Aung San Suu...

Rangoon still lacks proper electricity

Despite of promised by authorities to provide round-the-clock electricity supply in Rangoon, an official from Ministry of Electrical Power in Naypyitaw said,...

India silent on Aung San Suu Kyi’s trial: Freedom House

The Indian government has been urged by a Washington based Independent Non-Governmental Organization on Thursday to pressurize the Burmese military junta...

France, Germany join ranks in seeking release of Suu Kyi

The German and French Heads-of-State, Angela Merkel and Nicolas Sarkozy, during a joint news conference Thursday in Paris declared they are trying to enlist...

FDB urges UN to address Karen refugee issue

The ‘Forum for Democracy in Burma’ (FDB) in exile has urged the UN Security Council to tackle the Karen refugee issue by taking action on the grounds of crime against...

EU “concern” over mounting military offensive in eastern Burma

European Union on Thursday expressed “serious concern” over the mounting military offensive by the Burmese army and its allies against the Karen National Liberation Army, which results in large,...

Thai-Burma relations under ‘unprecedented strain’

June 12, 2009 (DVB)–Thailand’s condemnation of the Suu Kyi trial and the arrival of thousands of Burmese refugees has put relations between the two countries under “unprecedented strain”, according to a Burmese state-run newspaper. - more

Education in Burma requires ‘urgent support’

June 12, 2009 (DVB)–United Nations’ calls for urgent support for education in Burma have been reinforced by reports that schools in Rangoon are now reliant on donations from parents due to lack of government funding for education. - more

Thai villagers threatened in Karen offensive

June 12, 2009 (DVB)–A Burmese junta-backed militia group involved in the offensive against the Karen National Union near the Thai-Burma border has reportedly threatened to shell Thai villagers if they don’t supply them with food. - more

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