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Protests turned violent after the 12 June presidential election
About 140 Iranian prisoners detained during protests against last month's disputed election have been released, officials say.

A group of Nigerian Islamist militants is barricaded in a district of Maiduguri, after two days of violence that left scores dead.

A team of robots designed to deal with the risks posed by gas cylinders at fire scenes has been demonstrated in London.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, right, meets U.S. Mideast peace envoy George Mitchell in Jerusalem, Tuesday, 28 July 2009
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US Envoy Meets Israeli PM in Jerusalem

Washington says Israel must freeze settlement construction to promote peace, but Israel says it must continue building to allow for settlements' 'natural growth'

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U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates (l) shakes hands with U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Stephen Claybourne during a visit to Contingency Operating Base Adder, Iraq, 28 Jul 2009

US Defense Secretary Makes Unannounced Visit to Iraq

Robert Gates meets with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki to discuss US military's evolving role in country's security

Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei waves to the crowd during a religious ceremony, warning Western governments against

Iran to Release 140 Post-Election Detainees

In other news, Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei orders closure of jail where some political prisoners are believed to be held

Chinese State Councilor Dai Bingguo and Sec. of State Hillary Clinton during US-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue in Washington, 28 Jul 2009

US, Chinese Officials Talk Health, Economy

Second and final day of talks focuses on health care, poverty, energy

Burmese activist holds a picture of opposition party leader Aung San Suu Kyi outside the Burmese embassy in Bangkok (File)

Trial of Burma's Democracy Leader Concludes; Verdict Expected Friday Audio Clip Available

Prosecutors accuse Aung San Suu Kyi of violating terms of house arrest by allowing American John Yettaw to rest at her home after he swam there uninvited

In those long and often dark years, Aung San Suu Kyi has remained a symbol of hope, courage and the undying defense of human rights
— Irene Khan, secretary-general of Amnesty International, after announcing that Suu Kyi would be honored with Amnesty’s highest accolade, the Ambassador of Conscience Award.

Suu Kyi Insists Her Trial Will Test Rule of Law in Burma

Aung San Suu Kyi has insisted after a final session of her trial before Friday’s scheduled verdict that the proceedings would show “whether or not the rule of law exists in the country,” according to her lawyer Nyan Win.

Suu Kyi Verdict Set for Friday

The defense concludes its arguments, and the judge will deliver a verdict on Friday.

Asean May Request Development Funds for Burma

The Southeast Asian bloc may ask the international community to invest in development projects in Burma, says the Malaysian foreign minister.

Seventh H1N1 Flu Case Reported in Burma

A 25-year-old man infected with the H1N1 virus is confirmed in Rangoon.

Burma Prepares to Import Onions

Onion prices double in Rangoon, prompting authorities to import onions from India.

Philippine President Vows Not to Seek Fresh Term

MANILA, Philippines— Philippine President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, faced with the prospect of civil unrest unless she steps down at the end of her term, has vowed not to try to extend her time in office.

Legally Suu Kyi is innocent: Defence lawyer

The over two-month long trial of Burmese pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi points to her innocence, legally and the verdict to be pronounced on Friday will put to acid...

Aung San Suu Kyi supporters gather around Insein prison

(Video) Aung San Suu Kyi supporters gather around Insein prison

New report on ‘food security’ in Burma

Agricultural credit should be made available in order to prevent rural indebtedness and to improve agricultural production in Burma, said Dr. Noeleen Heyzer the Executive Secretary of...

Court verdict of Suu Kyi’s trial on July 31

The special court in Rangoon’s Insein prison heard the final arguments and responses on Tuesday and will pronounce a verdict on Friday on the trial of detained opposition leader Aung...

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