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The US is prepared to bolster the defence of Gulf allies if Iran develops nuclear arms, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says.

The main suspect in the Mumbai attacks says he is ready to be hanged after admitting his role in the violence.

The longest total solar eclipse this century crosses Asia, with swathes of India and China plunged into darkness.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton waves as she arrives for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Regional Forum on the Thai island of Phuket, 22 Jul 2009
Wed. 22 Jul 2009 0807 UTC

Clinton Says US Considers 'Defense Umbrella' to Deter a Nuclear Iran

In Thailand for a regional dialogue with ASEAN foreign ministers, US secretary of state also says the United States is concerned about possible North Korean nuclear aid for Burma

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5 Iranian Pilgrims Killed by Gunmen in Iraq

Police said gunmen opened fire on buses traveling near the city of Baquba

President Barack Obama delivers remarks in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington,about passage of the tobacco legislation, 12 Jun 2009

Obama to Press Iraqi PM on Reconciliation

White House meeting with Nouri al-Maliki is also expected to cover other internal issues in Iraq including oil revenue and boundary disputes


China Urges US to Adopt Stable Economic Policies Audio Clip Available

China holds more than $800 billion worth of US Treasury securities, making it Washington's biggest creditor

Thai police officers guard road in Pattani province after a series of bomb attacks in southernmost provinces of Narathiwat, Pattani and Yala, 17 June 2006

Thailand's Southern Insurgency Under Spotlight After Attacks in Jakarta

Thai government says it hopes to end Muslim insurgency in southern provinces within three years by improving laws, helping local politicians to better respond to residents' needs

We know there are also growing concerns about military co-operation between North Korea and Burma, which we take very seriously...It would be destabilizing for the region, it would pose a direct threat to Burma's neighbors.
— Hillary Clinton, US secretary of state


Clinton’s Burma Message

The US secretary of state’s words are loud and clear, but how will they be translated into policy?

Lawyers Denied Access to Suu Kyi

The legal team of Burma's jailed pro-democracy leader was denied access to the 64-year-old Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, two days before her trial resumes for final arguments.

As Foreign Aid Workers Leave, Food Security Concerns Grow

Cyclone survivors in the Irrawaddy delta fear that the departure of foreign relief workers could expose them to even greater food insecurity.

Crackdown on Passport Brokers Linked to Leaked Photos?

Several passport brokers were arrested in a recent crackdown in Rangoon, prompting rumors that the army officers in hiding are suspected of trying to flee the country.

Clinton Declares the US 'Is Back' in Asia

On her second trip to Asia as US secretary of state, Hillary Rodham Clinton is carrying a no-nonsense message about American intentions. "The United States is back," she declared.

UN Debate on Genocide: Protect or Intervene?

Out of genocides past and Africa's tumult a controversial but seldom-used diplomatic tool is emerging: The concept that the world has a "responsibility to protect" civilians against their own brutal governments.

Tycoons close to junta to disburse agri loans

The Burmese military junta has instructed 25 companies owned by top business tycoons, close to the regime, to disburse agricultural loans to farmers. Businessmen, known to be cronies of...

Aung San Suu Kyi barred from meeting legal team

Burma’s military rulers on Wednesday denied detained opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi a meeting with her legal team to discuss a draft of final arguments to be submitted...

Burmese doctor impressed by Clinton’s briefing

Dr. Cynthia Maung, a medical doctor and humanitarian worker invited to attend a briefing by visiting US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in Bangkok on Wednesday, said she is impressed...

U.S. sanctions policy likely to remain unaltered

The United States House of Representatives has voted to renew sanctions targeting Burma's ruling military for yet another year. To the surprise of no one, the decision was made yesterday,......

Indian Parliamentarians demand Suu Kyi’s release

Despite the Indian government maintaining a discreet silence over the on going trial of detained Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, over a dozen Indian Parliamentarians...

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...

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