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South Koreans walk by North Korean mock Scud-B missile(l) and other South Korean mock missiles at Korea War Memorial Museum in Seoul, 04Jul 2009 North Korea Test Fires Short Range Missiles Audio Clip Available
Scud tests take place as US begins to celebrate its Independence Day holiday

US Marines patrol through a village in Nawa district in Afghanistan's Helmand province, 04 Jul 2009 Afghanistan Fighting Kills 2 US Soldiers, 30 Militants
Fighting began with Taliban attack on US military base in eastern Afghanistan

U.S. Marines cross a bridge in the Nawa district in Afghanistan's Helmand province, 04 Jul 2009 New US Offensive in Southern Afghanistan Puts Pakistani Military on Alert
Concern in Pakistan that fleeing Afghan insurgents will cross porous border puts more pressure on army as it wages own campaign to rid country of Islamic extremists

Iranian reformist presidential candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi during a press conference after polls closed in Tehran, 12 June 2009 Iranian Newspaper Accuses Opposition Leader of Treason
Editorial in conservative daily 'Kayhan' says Mir Hossein Mousavi working with foreign governments after he was defeated in last month's presidential vote

Sen. John McCain (file photo) US Republicans Call for Stronger Position on Iran
Senator John McCain says 'we stand with' Iranians protesting disputed presidential election in face of heavy government crackdown

In honor of the July 4th Independence Day, the U.S. flag flies from the top of the Space Needle in Seattle, 03 Jul 2009 Americans Gear Up for July 4 Holiday
Despite money crunch, many Americans find ways to relax, enjoy holiday with outdoor summertime activities

Michael Jackson (file photo) Michael Jackson Memorial Planned for Fans, Family Tuesday
Memorial to be held in Los Angeles arena, the Staples Center where more than 17,000 fans will be allowed in; service also to be seen on worldwide TV feed

OAS Secretary-general Jose Miguel Insulza during news conference in Tegucigalpa, 03 Jul 2009 OAS to Vote on Suspending Honduras
In apparent show of defiance late Friday, country's new government said it no longer recognizes OAS charter, is withdrawing from group

AU delegations attend the opening session of the 13th African Union summit of heads of state and government in Sirte, Libya, 01 July 2009 AU Summit Compromise Leaves Continental Authority in Limbo
Africa's leaders meeting in Libya take step toward creation of continental authority that would have enhanced powers to deal with matters of mutual interest

An aboriginal man drinks a beverage outside a store in the remote outback town of Wadeye in the Northern Territory, Australia, 01 Jun 2009 Australia's Aborigines at Risk as Swine Flu Outbreak Escalates Audio Clip Available
Researchers warn that risk heightened because indigenous groups are more likely to be malnourished and living in poverty

A soldier at the international airport in Honduras on 5 July 2009
Honduras' interim government says it will block ousted President Zelaya from flying home, but he says he is determined to go.

A group of Iranian clerics calls the presidential vote's result invalid, underlining the splits in the ruling elite.

Roger Federer becomes the greatest player in Grand Slam history as he beats Andy Roddick to claim a 15th major title.


UN Chief’s Visit Fails to Bend Junta’s Iron Will

Ban Ki-moon failed to achieve any of his stated goals during his two-day visit to Burma, underlining the ruling regime’s determination to maintain a firm grip on power.

Weekly Business Roundup (July 4, 2009)

Organizers of a wide-ranging international Hong Kong trade fair have visited Rangoon seeking to attract exhibitors from Burma.

Ban Ki-moon's Speech

This is my second visit to Myanmar in just over a year. Both visits have been at critical times for the country’s future.

N Korea Using Malaysian Bank for Burmese Weapons Deals: Yonhap

A South Korean news agency has quoted a high-level source as saying that Pyonyang sought payment for weapons sold to Burma through a bank in Malaysia.

Than Shwe Denies Ban's Request to See Suu Kyi

UN Secretary-General said he was "deeply disappointed" after Burma's military ruler rejected his second and final request to meet jailed opposition leader.

Burma's Frustrated Generation Looks Abroad

Unlike the students in 1988, the generation today is focused on avoiding political activism, learning English and seeking opportunities abroad.

Has the Burmese regime grown immune to UN initiatives?

(Analysis) Burma’s military rulers have once again proved their indifference towards world opinion by rejecting the request of the United Nations Secretary-General to meet with,...

Victory over KNU, new order on Thai-Burma border

The victory of the Burmese Army and its proxy, the Democratic Karen Buddhist Army (DKBA), in attacks on bases of the Karen National Union (KNU) last month, puts the regime...

Ban Ki-Moon's remarks on Burma

This is my second visit to Myanmar in just over a year. Both visits have been at critical times for the country’s future. My first visit was in the aftermath...

Weekly Eleven lambasts RFA and Mizzima

A weekly Journal in Rangoon has lambasted the Radio Free Asia (RFA) and Mizzima News over the report of a journalist who tried to photograph an A/H1N1 patient in...

Ban’s request to meet Suu Kyi turned down: AP

Burmese military junta supremo Senior General Than Shwe on Friday turned down a request by Ban Ki-moon, Secretary General of the United Nations for a meeting with...

Aung San Suu Kyi’s trial postponed to July 10

The court overseeing the trial of Burmese pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Friday adjourned the hearing of testimony from a second defense witness, setting the date for...
Victims of the Great Dividing Game

Joseph Allchin

July 3, 2009 (DVB)–When the pro-Burmese junta Democratic Karen Buddhist Army commander San Pyone fell to an ambush on the Moei river last week, many assumed that he was the victim of a revenge attack. - more

Aid workers still being denied Burma visas

July 3, 2009 (DVB)–Aid workers attempting to enter Burma are experiencing increasing difficulties in obtaining visas following a change in protocol which gives sole authority on visa applications for aid workers to the Burmese government. - more

Suu Kyi trial postponed as UN chief arrives in Burma

July 3, 2009 (DVB)–Judges at the trial of Aung San Suu Kyi have adjourned the next hearing until 10 July on the day UN Secretary General arrives in Burma for high-profile talks with government leaders. - more

UN chief handpicks reporters for Burma trip

July 3, 2009 (DVB)–Coverage of the UN Secretary General’s visit to Burma will be provided by five reporters handpicked by Ban Ki-moon himself, a news agency revealed yesterday. - more

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