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Iranian hardline students protest outside the British embassy in Tehran, 23 June
The UK foreign secretary demands the release of local British embassy staff held in Tehran over post-election unrest.

The doctor who was with Michael Jackson before he died speaks at length to police, but is not a suspect, his spokeswoman says.

Somali pirates release a Belgian dredger and its crew two, months after they were captured, the Belgian prime minister says.

British Foreign Secretary David Miliband (file photo)
Sun. 28 Jun 2009 1006 UTC

Britain Calls for Release of Detained British Embassy Staff

David Miliband tells reporters Sunday that the detentions were harassment and intimidation that are not acceptable

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Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Michael Mullen

Top US Officer Says Iraqis Ready for Handover

Admiral Mullen still has some concerns, but Iraqis prepared to handle own security

In this June 20, 2009 image, U.S. Marines pass through a poppy field during operations against the Taliban near Now Zad in Afghanistan's Helmand province

US Adjusts Drug Policy for Afghanistan

Washington will now spend more money to support legal crops and agricultural development

Saad Hariri arrives for meeting with President Michel Suleiman at Baabda presidential palace, east of Beirut, 26 Jun 2009

Hariri Named Lebanon's Prime Minister

President Michel Suleiman designated parliamentary majority leader Saad Hariri as PM, after majority of lawmakers nominated him for post

Michael Jackson waves as he arrives at the Santa Barbara County courthouse in Santa Maria, California (Jun 2005 file photo)

Jackson Family Seeks Second Autopsy

Want private doctor to find out what happened to pop star


A Visit to North Korea’s Arms Factories

The Burmese junta’s No 3, Gen Thura Shwe Mann, made a secret, seven day visit to North Korea last November, apparently with a shopping list for arms and sophisticated weapons systems.

Gambari in Naypyidaw

Gambari is visiting Naypryidaw to prepare for a possible visit by Ban Ki-moon in early July.


Burma Wants the Bomb

The Irrawaddy recently spoke with Thakhin Chan Tun, Burma’s former ambassador to North Korea, about recent developments in relations between the two pariah states.

No Signs Gambari Will Meet Suu Kyi or Than Shwe

There appears to be little likelihood that the visiting UN envoy will meet with either Burma’s democratic opposition leader or the head of the ruling regime.

US Will Not Use Force to Inspect NKorean Ship

The United States will not use force to inspect a North Korean ship suspected of carrying banned goods, an American official was quoted as saying.

Weekly Business Roundup (June 27, 2009)

A secretive Russian mining operation in northern Shan State is accused of land theft, forced relocation and water pollution.

New rules for musicians performing abroad

With instances of artistes seeking asylum in host countries going up, the Myanmar Music Association (MMA) has introduced a new regulation for singers and musicians, who go abroad to perform....

UN special envoy begins visit to Burma

United Nations Special envoy Ibrahim Gambari on Friday arrived in Burma’s former capital city of Rangoon and has reportedly headed for Naypyitaw, the new capital, to meet...
‘Lawyers of the government’ steering Suu Kyi trial

June 26, 2009 (DVB)–A witness disqualified from testifying in the defense of Burma’s Aung San Suu Kyi said yesterday following his appeal that it was not “ordinary lawyers” making key decisions in the trial but government cronies. - more

UN envoy Gambari arrives in Burma

June 26, 2009 (DVB)–The UN Special Envoy to Burma arrived in Rangoon this morning for what is widely believed to be a prelude to the visit of UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, whose trip is penciled in for early July. - more

Thai education reform to benefit Burmese migrants

June 26, 2009 (DVB)–Burmese migrants and refugees living on the periphery of Thai society could benefit from the Thai government’s new plans to strengthen its education policy for migrant and stateless children in the country. - more

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