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Iranian hardline students protest with US, British and Israeli flags outside the UK embassy in Tehran on 23 June 2009
Some of the British embassy staff arrested in Iran for "inciting protests" will be put on trial, a top cleric says.

Up to 26 Pakistani soldiers are feared dead after an army transport helicopter crashes in a tribal region, officials say.

Algerian Rai music star Cheb Mami is jailed for five years in France for trying to force his former partner to have an abortion.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (L)meets with Burma's junta leader Senior General Than Shwe (R), at the Bayint Naung Yeiktha, in Naypyidaw, 03 Jul 2009 UN Chief Begins Talks with Burmese Military Rulers
Ban Ki-moon in Burma to press for release all political prisoners, including pro-democracy leader Aung Sang Suu Kyi

President Obama at the White House, 2 Jul 2009 Obama Prepares for Russia Summit, G8, Africa Visit Audio Clip Available
US president leaves Washington Sunday for Moscow for meeting on arms control; trip ends with likely emotional visit to Ghana

U.S. Marine takes a position next to piles of dried poppy bulbs in the village of Noghara in the Nawa district in Afghanistan's Helmand province, 03 Jul 2009 US Forces Settle into Afghan Taliban Heartland
Some 4,000 US Marines, several hundred Afghan forces taking up positions in Helmand province

USAF photo of a MQ-1L Predator UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) armed with AGM-114 Hellfire missiles, 2006 file photo Suspected US Missile Strike Targets Pakistani Militants
Pakistani army is trying to hunt down Baitullah Mehsud, blamed for scores of attacks against government, civilians

Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati delivers sermon during Friday prayers at Tehran University campus, 03 Jul 2009 EU Recalls Iranian Envoys in British Embassy Dispute
Move follows Iran's decision to put some British Embassy staff on trial for allegedly playing role in post-election demonstrations

VP Biden (L), US Ambassador Hill (C) and Gen. Odierno at a U.S. military base near Baghdad, Iraq, 03 Jul 2009 US Vice President Encourages Reconciliation in Iraq Audio Clip Available
Biden's trip comes amid surge of insurgent attacks that are testing capabilities of Iraqi forces

Sudan Darfur Rebels, Sudanese Opposition Party Sign Agreement
Sudan UMMA party - led by former Sudanese Prime Minister Sadiq al-Mahdi - and rebel Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) announced agreement Friday

Devotees, supporters of former Philippine President Corazon 'Cory' Aquino attend a 'healing mass' for the third day in Manila, 3 Jul 2009 Philippines Prays for Ailing Former President Corazon Aquino Audio Clip Available
Democracy icon is in intensive care, battling colon cancer

Ousted Honduran president Manuel Zelaya speaks during a news conference after a meeting of the OAS in Washington, 01 Jul 2009 Coup D'etat in Honduras Highlights Zelaya's Relationship with Chavez Video clip available
Chavez said to be capitalizing on coup

Handout image obtained on June 30, 2009 from WireImage shows Michael Jackson during rehearsals for planned shows at Staples Centre in Los Angeles, 23 Jun 2009 Promoter Says Jackson Memorial Planned at LA Arena
Randy Phillips, head of AEG Live promotion company, says family is considering holding event on Tuesday but has not made a final decision

Mozhan Marno plays Soraya, an Iranian woman who is stoned to death Film Spotlights True Story of Iranian Woman's Stoning Audio Clip Available Video clip available
Form of punishment continues to be used in Middle East, Africa

Fireworks explode over Washington 4 Jul, 2008 Americans Get Early Start to July 4 Holiday
Washington DC, New York among cities planning spectacular fireworks displays on Saturday

UN Chief Denied Suu Kyi Visit

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says that Than Shwe rejected his initial request to meet jailed opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

Thailand and Cambodia Order Troops to Be on Alert

Both Thailand and Cambodia have ordered their soldiers to be on alert in case fighting erupts at their disputed border.


Can Ban Ki-moon Make A Difference?

UN Secretary General runs a political risk if his current visit to Burma brings no political progress.

Junta Itself is Main ‘Sanction’ on Burma: Expert

International sanctions on Burma have done far less damage to the country’s economy than the ruling regime’s “willful mismanagement,” according to economist Sean Turnell.

NLD Delegation Travels to Naypyidaw to Meet Ban Ki-moon

Four executive members of Burma’s main opposition party have been taken to the ruling regime’s capital to meet the visiting UN secretary-general.

INGOs Kept Waiting for Visas

International aid workers are being frustrated in getting Burmese visas again, a sure sign the junta is cooling toward them.

Suu Kyi Image Lights up Central Jakarta

The British embassy in Indonesia is displaying a large image of Burma’s opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi in downtown Jakarta to coincide with the visit to Burma by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

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