U.S. President Barack Obama delivers remarks during the New Economic School graduation ceremony in Moscow, 07 July 2009
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Obama Reaches Out to Russians in Moscow Speech

Addressing students from Moscow’s New Economic School, Mr. Obama said the issue of nuclear proliferation is the ‘core of the nuclear challenge in the 21st century’

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Iranian reformist presidential candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi during a press conference after polls closed in Tehran, 12 June 2009

Iran Opposition Calls for Release of Detainees

Call was issued by defeated presidential candidates Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mahdi Karroubi as well as former president Mohammad Khatami following meeting late Monday

People shop at Hong Kong store, 7 Jul 2009

China Now Allowing Some Companies to Settle Trade in Yuan Audio Clip Available

New program allows some importers, exporters to trade in Chinese currency, beginning this week

Lee Myung-bak delivers speech to nation at Presidential House in Seoul, 22 May 2008

South Korea’s President Donates Personal Assets to Charity Audio Clip Available

President Lee Myung Bak is standing by his 2007 campaign promise to give his wealth to charity after taking office

An Uighur woman protests before a group of paramilitary police in Urumqi, capital of northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, 07 July 2009

Chinese Crack Down on Xinjiang Protesters

Hundreds of Uighur protesters clashed with anti-riot police two days after ethnic unrest there left more than 150 people dead and nearly 1,000 others injured

— UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

Ban Warns Junta of Costly Isolation

The failure of Ban Ki-moon’s visit to Burma highlights the need to rethink policy.


Despite Humiliation, Ban Irked the Generals

Local reporters who covered the fruitless two-day visit to Burma by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon say that although he was humiliated by junta leader Snr-Gen Than Shwe, his candid message to the generals would have irked them.

Suspected North Korean Ship Returns Home

Japan aims to tighten sanctions as suspected North Korean vessel is thought to have docked in North Korea on Monday.

Burmese Refugee Numbers Swell in Thailand

As the 50,000th Burmese refugee to be resettled abroad recently left Thailand for the United States, thousands of others fled their military-ruled homeland to seek shelter under tarps and in temples along the Thai-Burmese border.

UN Security Council Condemns NKorea Missiles

The UN Security Council on Monday condemned North Korea’s recent firing of seven ballistic missiles on US Independence Day, the reclusive country’s biggest display of firepower in three years.

Resolution in Congress to Renew Import Restrictions on Junta

Senior US officials are calling for the renewal of the Burmese Freedom and Democreacy Act of 2003.

Renew import ban on Burma, AAFA tells US

The US Congress has been urged by the American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) on Monday to renew the Burmese Freedom and Democracy Act of 2003, which imposes a ban……

Editorial, Opinion and Analysis

Time to rethink multilateralism?

(Commentary) Much has been made in recent weeks of Burma’s burgeoning relationship with North Korea – illicit arms trafficking, assistance in obtaining “the b…

Foreign investments soar in Burma despite economic sanctions

Economic sanctions imposed by the West – United States and the European Union – notwithstanding, foreign investments in Burma, since 1988, accounts for a total of,…