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In this frame grab taken from amateur video, supporters of Iranian reformist opposition leader Mir Hossien Mousavi demonstrate in Tehran, Iran, 16 June 2009
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Iranian Reformist Calls for Mass Rally Thursday

Move aimed at protesting disputed election results and violence against presidential candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi's supporters

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West Bengal and Assam in India; Bangladesh

Maoist Violence Escalates in Indian State of West Bengal

Rising violence by Maoist rebels in eastern India has resulted in deaths of six Communist Party members

US President Barack Obama talks to reporters at the White House, 16 Jun 2009

Iran Election Poses Dilemma for Obama Administration Audio Clip Available

Analysts say President Obama's pledge to open a dialogue with Tehran is now a touchy proposition

President Barack Obama delivers remarks on the new tax or entitlement policies for the pay-as-you-go plan at the White House, 09 Jun 2009

Obama to Introduce Plan to Reform Financial Industry Oversight

US president will recommend granting nation's central bank greater powers to supervise large banks and financial institutions

A Somali man carries a boy wounded during mortar shelling, 17 Jun 2009, in Mogadishu

Police Chief Killed as Clashes Continue in Somali Capital Audio Clip Available

Police official confirms Colonel Ali Said among those killed in violence between government forces, Islamist insurgents

Supporters of Mir Hossein Mousavi, Tehran, 16 June (Pic: Payvand.com )
Tens of thousands again take to the streets in Iran's capital after Mir Hossein Mousavi urges peaceful election protests.

Police in Pakistan arrest one of seven men suspected of attacking Sri Lanka's cricket team in Lahore in March, officials say.

A fresh fuel leak forces the postponement of the space shuttle Endeavour until July at the earliest, Nasa says.


Recent Karen Exodus Raises Questions about UNHCR Role

The definition of refugees fleeing repeated military clashes is blurred by the UNHCR’s core philosophy.

UN Experts Fault ‘Flagrant Violations’ in Suu Kyi Trial

A report by five United Nations legal specialists says the trial of Aung San Suu Kyi has been “marred by flagrant violations of substantive and procedural rights."

I think it would be unfair to single out Asean (on the Burma issue) and I think the whole international community puts in an effort and if it's not succeeding, why single out Asean?
— Thai Prime Minster Abhisit Vejajjiva

Burma’s High Court to Hear Suu Kyi Lawyers’ Plea

Burma’s High Court has granted a request by lawyers representing Aung San Suu Kyi to consider whether two more defense witnesses can testify before the special court trying her in Rangoon’s Insein Prison.

China Adds ‘Democracy,’ ‘Economic Growth’ to Burma Policy

The Chinese government adds the promotion of democracy and economic development to its Burma policy statement.

Two Karen villagers raped and killed

Burmese soldiers raped and killed a pregnant woman and a young mother in Pa-an District on June 12, according to a Karen relief team.

Junta Out of Step with Asean Economic Ambition

Singapore’s senior minister delivers an economic warning to the Burmese generals—no more business as usual.

Restriction brings down issuance of online arrival visas

The Burmese military regime is allowing application for online arrival visas to attract more foreign tourists to the country but due to the restrictions of this system, only about 25...

High Court accepts request to reinstate witnesses

Burma’s High Court on Wednesday admitted the request of Aung San Suu Kyi’s legal counsels to reinstate defence witnesses, who were earlier disqualified by a lower court in Insein prison....

Cooperative society owned schooner looted

A schooner carrying food supplies for government employees’ ‘fair price shops’ in Arakan State capsized after robbers looted the goods and scuttled it. The Arakan State Co-operative...

UN rights experts urge ‘open and fair’ trial for Suu Kyi

An “open and fair” trial for Opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi and her two aides has been demanded of the Burmese military junta by five United Nations Independent Human...

Daewoo signs MoU to sell gas to China

The Daewoo International led consortium on Monday agreed to sell gas from the A-1 and A-3 blocks of its offshore gas production in western Burma to the China National Petroleum......

Four prison officials sacked in Western Burma

Four officials of the Budithaung prison in Arakan state in western Burma have been removed from their posts following the arrest of a man possessing a documentary film,...

Court to consider remaining Suu Kyi witnesses

June 17, 2009 (DVB)–An appeal for the readmittance of two witnesses disqualified from testifying in the defense of Burma’s Aung San Suu Kyi has been accepted by the Rangoon courtroom in which she is being tried. - more

680,000 signatures delivered to UN chief

June 17, 2009 (DVB)–A petition carrying nearly 680,000 signatures has been delivered to the UN Secretary General demanding that he make the release of political prisoners in Burma a personal priority. - more

Human trafficking in Burma ‘a major problem’

June 17, 2009 (DVB)–Human trafficking within Burma remains “significant”, whilst trafficking of young women into forced labour and commercial sexual exploitation is a “major problem”, according to a US state department report. - more

Over 700,000 stateless persons in Burma

June 17, 2009 (DVB)–Burma has the world’s third largest population of stateless persons according to the UN refugee agency, while at the same time Burmese refugees were last year the main beneficiaries of UN resettlement programmes. - more

Junta-backed militia will ‘make Karen state peaceful’

June 16, 2009 (DVB)–A pro-junta militia in Burma believed to be responsible for the burning of Karen villages and forced recruitment of civilians as troops has said it intends to make Karen state “peaceful”. - more

China to begin Burma pipeline construction

June 16, 2009 (DVB)–China will begin construction of oil and gas pipelines through Burma in September aimed at cutting shipping time for crude oil imports, despite criticism of the project’s impact on civilians in the pipeline vicinity. - more

Thai PM denies propping up Burma regime

June 16, 2009 (DVB)–Thailand’s prime minister has denied that Thai trade and investment in Burma is responsible for continuing military rule in the country, arguing instead that Thai policy has “opened channels” into Burma. - more

10-year-old girl raped and murdered

June 16, 2009 (DVB)–A 10-year-old girl from central Burma’s Mandalay division has reportedly been raped and murdered after disappearing following an evening tuition class, sources close to her family say. - more

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