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Iraqis inspect site of blast outside Al-Shurufi mosque in northeastern Baghdad district of al-Shaab, 31 Jul 2009
Fri. 31 Jul 2009 1207 UTC

27 Killed in Baghdad Mosque Bombing

Police say more than 50 wounded in at least five apparently coordinated blasts targeting Shi'ite mosques after Friday prayers

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Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad flashes a victory sign with an ink-stained finger as he holds up his identity cards at a Tehran polling station, 12 June 2009

Iranian President Denies Rift with Supreme Leader

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad likens relationship to ties between father and son

Poppy crop growing in Helmand Province in southern Afghanistan

Offensive against Taliban in Full Swing in Afghanistan's South Video clip available

But, war on opium proving equally difficult

Afghans dig graves for victims said to have been killed in an airstrike, in Gozara district of Herat province on 17 Feb 2009

UN: Civilian Death Toll Rises in Afghanistan

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Human rights advocates around the world are commemorating Burmese Democracy Advocate Aung San Suu Kyi's 64th birthday with a renewed call for her release

Verdict in Trial of Burmese Democracy Leader Postponed Audio Clip Available

Aung San Suu Kyi was due to be released in May but was charged with violating terms of house arrest for harboring uninvited American man without official permission

26 Dissidents Detained in Rangoon: AAPP

On the eve of the decision to postpone the verdict on Aung San Suu Kyi, Burmese authorities reportedly arrested 26 dissidents.

Burmese PM Vows Green, Secure Energy

In an address to Asian energy ministers, Burmese Prime Minister Gen Thein Sein said that Burma is doing its best to ensure energy security and the development of green energy.

Verdict on Hold

Are the generals playing for time in the face of domestic and international pressure?

Burmese Regime Deliberately Depresses Economy

Burma’s status as one of the world’s poorest, least developed countries is the result of an intentional policy put in place by the ruling generals, say two Southeast Asia experts.

Dhaka Delegation in Naypyidaw for Border Talks

Bangladeshi experts on border issues met with Burma’s foreign minister in Naypyidaw to discuss a territorial dispute between the two countries.

Junta Postpones Suu Kyi Verdict to Aug 11

A last-minute telephone call leads to an 11-day delay in the announcement of the verdict in the trial of democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

At least 30 National League for Democracy members arrested

Breaking News – For immediate release
31 July 2009
At least 30 National League for Democracy members arrested
(Mae Sot – Thailand)
The verdict in the trial of Noble Peace Prize Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi has been postponed to August 11, 2009. Meanwhile, the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (Burma) has learnt that the regime arrested at least 30 NLD members in the early hours of this morning, between midnight and 1 am. Three of those arrested were later released. The reason for their arrest is not clear.
30 NLD members were arrested;
Magwe Division;
1. (Ko) Myint Ngwe (Yenangyaung Township, Magwe Division)
2. (Ko) Tint Lwin (Yenangyaung Township, Magwe Division)
3. (Ko) Than Aung (Yenangyaung Township, Magwe Division)
4. (Ko) Khin Win (Yenangyaung Township, Magwe Division)
5. (U) Aye Myint (Aunglan Township, Magwe Division)
6. (U) Min Maung (Aunglan Township, Magwe Division)
7. (Ko) Soe (Taungdwingyi Township, Magwe Division)
8. (Ko) Par Lay (Taungdwingyi Township, Magwe Division)
9. (Ko) Kyaw Naing (Taungdwingyi Township, Magwe Division)
10. (U) Tha Aung (MP) (Myothit Township, Magwe Division)
11. (Ma) Zin Ma Ma Tun (Myothit Township, Magwe Division)
12. (Ko) Than Soe Myint (Myothit Township, Magwe Division)
13. (U) Pike Ko (Pakokku Township, Magwe Divison)
14. (U) Kyaw Nyunt (Pakokku Township, Magwe Divison)
15. (U) Tin Myint Aung (Pakokku Township, Magwe Divison)
16. (U) Thaung Soe (Chairparson of Minbu Township, Magwe Division)
17. (Ko) Nay Myo Kyaw (Saku Township, Magwe Division)
18. (Ko) Aung Win (Pwintbyu Township, Magwe Division)
19. (Mg) Thu Ya (Pwintbyu Township, Magwe Division)
20. (Ko) Htay Win (Kamma Township, Magwe Division)
Rangoon Division;
21. (Ko) Htein Win (Dagon Myothit Township, Rangoon)
22. (Daw) Khin Win Kyi (Dagon Myothit Township, Rangoon)
23. (Ma) Khin Myat Thu (Mingaladon Township, Rangoon)
24. (Ko) Nay Lin Kyaw (Dawbon Township, Rangoon)
25. (Ko) Nay Lin Soe (Tharkayta Township, Rangoon)
26. (Ko) Sai Kyaw Kyaw (Tamwe Township, Rangoon)
27. (Ko) Tin Min Naing (North Okkalapa Township, Rangoon)

Three NLD members were arrested then later released;
28. (Daw) Naw Ohn Hla (North Okkalapa Township, Rangoon)
29. (U) Nyunt Hlaing (MP-Aunglan) (Sanchaung Township, Rangoon)
30. (Ko) Myint Aung

Editorial, Opinion and Analysis

End of the old man

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Six NLD members freed

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Ministry orders checks on “black listed” tourists

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Thailand to setup pilot project for refugees

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Scores of supporters arrested, as court postpones verdict on Suu Kyi

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Verdict on Suu Kyi 's trial postponed till Aug 11

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