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A supporter of Mir-Hossein Mousavi in Tehran (9 July 2009)
Iranian riot police arrest a number of pro-reform protesters in Tehran after demonstrations turn violent, reports say.

At least five Afghan security personnel and several militants die in a series of Taliban strikes in eastern Afghanistan.

Deutsche Bank says it faces a possible criminal inquiry into claims it spied on two of its own board members.

Pakistani security force soldiers show arrested militants and confiscated ammunition to media in tribal area of Khyber, 21 Jul 2009 Pakistan Military: 50 Militants Killed in Northwest
Officials say many of those killed were militants who fled military offensive in neighboring Swat Valley, three soldiers also killed during operation

Afghan soldier stands guard near burqa used by suicide attacker in Gardez, 21 Jul 2009 Suicide Attackers Hit Government, Military Buildings in 2 Afghan Cities
Officials say group of gunmen, some disguised in women's robes known as burqas, tried to storm local intelligence office, governor's office, police compound in Gardez, capital of Paktia province in southeast

US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton listens to questions from reporters during press conference in Bangkok,21 July 2009 Top US Diplomat Concerned About North Korea-Burma Military Link
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says military connection between two countries could be destabilizing to region

In pool photo, reviewed by US military, Guantanamo detainee speaks with guards, inside Camp 6 detention facility, 31 May 2009 Obama Administration to Miss Deadline for Guantanamo Bay Reviews
Officials say self-imposed deadline extended for six months

Japanese Prime Minister Taro Aso, in Tokyo Japan's Cabinet Dissolves Parliament
Move in preparation for a general election, expected on August 30

Yuyun Wahyuningrum, East Asia program manager for rights group Forum Asia Human Rights Groups Give Cautious Backing to New ASEAN Rights Commission Audio Clip Available
Rights groups say Southeast Asia has entered new era in promoting human rights after foreign ministers of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations endorsed new rights commission

Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi (file photo) Indonesia says Burma Must Release Democracy Leader for Elections to Be Credible Audio Clip Available
Indonesia has been pushing for tougher action against human rights violators during meetings of Association of Southeast Asian Nations this week in Thailand

Ukraine's President Viktor Yushchenko, right, looks on as US Vice President Joe Biden waves during their meeting in Kyiv, 21 Jul 2009 Biden: US Committed to 'Strong and Prosperous' Ukraine
Vice President Joe Biden spoke in Kyiv, at start of three-day mission to Ukraine, Georgia

Chinese paramilitary policemen search a man's bag on a street in the Uighur district of Urumqi city, in China's Xinjiang region, 14 Jul 2009 China Blames Separatists for Deadly Xinjiang Riots Audio Clip Available
Chinese official says rioters solely seeking independence for far northwestern region of Xinjiang, but adds China will never allow them to realize their goal

Solar eclipse above Gmunden, Austria, 11 Aug 1999 (file photo) Asia to Experience Lengthy Eclipse Wednesday
Event is being described as once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and could end up being most watched eclipse in history

Research suggests moderate alcohol consumption can be beneficial for older adults who are cognitively normal Study Finds Moderate Alcohol Consumption Lowers Risk of Dementia Audio Clip Available
But less is known about whether those beneficial effects apply to senior adults

Visa Backlog Holds Up Irrawaddy Delta Relief Work

The international post-cyclone relief effort in the Irrawaddy delta is under pressure because of a delay in granting visas for more than 200 aid workers.

Asean Calls for Inclusive Election; Release of All Political Prisoners

Asean foreign ministers call for the release of all political prisoners in Burma including Aung San Suu Kyi and for a “free, fair and inclusive” election in 2010.

Suu Kyi Awarded Gandhi Prize

Dr Sein Win, a cousin of Suu Kyi, has accepted South Africa's Mahatma Gandhi Award for Peace and Reconciliation on behalf of Suu Kyi.

Burmese Opposition Leaders Reject FM’s Comments

Political and ethnic leaders in Burma said a statement by the country’s foreign minister implying the ruling regime was open to calls for change was meaningless.

Senior Thai Official Says Junta Reaction 'Positive'

Asean calls for positive change in Burma and will maintain “constructive engagement”.

Is Burma Going Nuclear?

No one expects military-run Burma to obtain an atomic bomb anytime soon, but experts have the Southeast Asian nation on their radar screen.

Editorial, Opinion and Analysis

U.S.-Indian arms deal posits questions for Burma's generals

(Commentary) The signing of an extensive arms deal between India and the United States raises issues concerning Burma – not the least of which is a question f...

Hillary Clinton to meet Burmese humanitarian worker

The US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who reached Bangkok on Tuesday to attend a regional security conference, will meet humanitarian workers in Thailand, including Burmese...

Counter people with people: Home Minister

The Home Minister of the Burmese military junta had at a point of time exhorted the staff members of the General Administration Department at a meeting to ‘counter people...

Fund crunch hits reconstruction work

Reconstruction work in the 34,000 acre wide Meinmahla Island in Cyclone Nargis devastated Bogale Township in the Irrawaddy Division has hit a wall following financial...

Why should India condemn Burma?

Amidst the rhetoric of international outcry over the trial against Burma’s pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, if India, the world’s largest democracy and Burma’s neighbor,...

ASEAN releases post-Cyclone Nargis relief publications

The secretariat of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has released two books by members of the bloc concerning post-Cyclone Nargis relief in Burma. Surin Pitsuwan,...

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