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Charles Taylor at The Hague, 14 July
Ex-Liberian President Charles Taylor testifies at his war crimes trial in The Hague, dismissing the charges as "lies" and "rumours".

US investment bank Goldman Sachs bounces back from the credit crisis with profits of $3.44bn in three months.

Report finds that social networking is the most popular reason for going online via a mobile phone

Former Liberian President Charles Taylor sits in the courtroom of the International Criminal Court prior to the beginning of his defense case during his trial in The Hague, 13 Jul 2009
Tue. 14 Jul 2009 1007 UTC

Ex-Liberian President Says War Crimes Case Against Him Built on 'Lies'

Charles Taylor is accused of supporting the Revolutionary United Front (RUF) in Sierra Leone, smuggling weapons to the rebels in exchange for so-called 'blood diamonds'

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Afghanistan and Pakistan

Civilian Helicopter Crashes in Afghanistan, 6 Dead

Officials say accident occurred early Tuesday, in Helmand province

Sonia Sotomayor in front of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, 13 Jul 2009

Sotomayor Pledges Commitment to Law, Impartiality if Confirmed for High Court Audio Clip Available Video clip available

President Obama's nominee responds to critics as she completes first day of her nomination hearing before Senate Judiciary Committee

Algerians women shop is a Chinese clothing store in a main street in Algiers (2006 File)

Beijing Vows to Protect Chinese in Africa From al-Qaida Threat Audio Clip Available

London risk analysis firm says Al Qaida's North African wing, Al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb, vows to target the 50,000 Chinese workers in Algeria and elsewhere in Africa

Jose Ramos Horta (file photo)

Former Rebels Go to Court Over Plot to Kill East Timor's President Audio Clip Available

Prosecutors charge mastermind behind assassination attempts against President Jose Ramos Horta is East Timorese-born Australian

Without participation of Aung San Suu Kyi, without her being able to campaign freely, and without her NLD party [being able] to establish party offices all throughout the provinces, this [2010] election may not be regarded as credible and legitimate.
— United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon

Burma’s Amnesty Announcement Draws Skepticism

Burmese dissidents view with caution an announcement by Burma’s United Nations ambassador that preparations are being made to release an unknown number of prisoners before the 2010 election.

US, Britain and France Doubt Credible Election; China Calls for Lifting Sanctions

Three permanent members of the UN Security Council express skepticism that the 2010 election in Burma will be free and fair while China calls for a lifting of international sanctions.

Mon Group Offered Alternative to Border Guard Proposal

The Burmese army has suggested to the New Mon State Party that it should transform its armed wing into a militia group if it doesn’t want to take up border guard duties.

Application for Migrant Worker Documents Begins

Ten thousand Burmese migrant workers will receive Thailand identification papers in a new registration program that starts this month.

Vietnam Charges Pro-democracy Activists

A Vietnamese novelist and five other pro-democracy activists have been charged with defaming the communist country's leaders.

ETimor Rebels on Trial for Shooting President

Rebel soldiers accused of trying to assassinate the president and prime minister of East Timor went on trial.

Passport applications accepted in Muse

According to residents, local authorities in conjunction with a travel agent are issuing Burmese passports, valid for three years, from the northern Shan State town of Muse. The Rangoon......

Burma preparing to free political prisoners

Military-ruled Burma has said it is preparing to release some political prisoners in order to allow them to participate in the 2010 general election, a part of the junta’s roadmap...

Editorial, Opinion and Analysis

A cursed treasure – ‘Jade Land’ Hpakant

(News Analysis) While the world’s highest quality green stone, jade, continues to be a money maker for the military rulers of Burma, the precious gem has lite...

Yangon United FC spent Kyat 500 million: Tay Za

The owner of The Yangon United FC, Burmese business tycoon Tay Za said he had spent over Kyat 500 million (approximately USD 450,000), on the club for the recently...

Gere calls for release of VJs and Suu Kyi

Hollywood actor Richard Gere has called on the United Nations to increase pressure on the Burmese military regime to release five detained Burmese Video Journalists (VJs) and other...

Over 500 villagers forced into jungles in eastern Burma

Over 500 villagers from eastern Burma’s Karen state have fled their homes and are hiding in the jungles as military offensives by the joint Burmese Army and the Democratic Karen......

Death of pigs causes alarm in Mizoram

The death of several hundred pigs in the Indian state of Mizoram, contiguous to Burma has caused alarm and spread panic among local residents, who believe the death...

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