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Afghan children, slightly injured in a suicide attack, leave the site of the blast in Kabul on 18 August 2009
A suicide bomber kills seven people in an attack on Western troops in the Afghan capital, days before a presidential election.

The Russian navy arrests a group of eight people it says hijacked the Arctic Sea, the missing ship found off West Africa.

As many as 76 people are now feared dead after an explosion at a huge Siberian hydro-electric power station, officials say.

Members Afghan National Police secure site of suicide attack in Kabul, 18 Aug 2009
Tue. 18 Aug 2009 1108 UTC

Taliban Escalate Attacks on Kabul Two Days Before Presidential Election

At least 13 people dead, including NATO-led troops and Afghan staff members of United Nations, and more than 50 other people wounded, in latest wave of attacks

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Pakistani Taliban's top spokesman Maulvi Omar is seen in Khar of Pakistani tribal region of Bajur (file photo)

Pakistan Arrests Top Taliban Aide

Officials say Maulvi Omar was seized in northwestern Mohmand tribal region, center of militant activity

Former S. Korean President Kim Dae-jung attends a funeral of former President Roh Moo-hyun in Seoul, S. Korea (File photo - 29 May 2009)

Nobel Laureate Former S. Korean President Kim Dae-jung Dies at 85 Audio Clip Available

Mr. Kim sought Democracy, reconciliation with North

Soldiers and rescuers help victims evacuate the flooded village of Laiji, following Typhoon Morakot in Jiayi County, central Taiwan, 13 Aug 2009

Taiwanese Official Resigns Over Typhoon Response Audio Clip Available

Resignation came as President Ma Ying-jeou promised changes to improve government's response to disasters

Undated file photo released 12 Aug 2009 by Maritime Bulletin Sovfracht shows the Arctic Sea cargo ship at an unknown location

Russia Arrests 8 Suspected Cargo Ship Hijackers

Suspects include citizens of Russia, Estonia, Latvia

"We remain very concerned about the continued detainment of Aung San Suu Kyi and more than 2,100 prisoners that are in detention.
— P.J. Crowley, spokesman of the US State Department


The Junta’s New Balancing Act

With the possibility of a more flexible US policy on Burma, the generals’ reliance on China could be reduced.

Suu Kyi Clarifies Her Sanctions Policy

Suu Kyi believes the Burmese junta must interact with the opposition before a lifting of sanctions is considered, her lawyer tells The Irrawaddy.

Junta's Media Hail US Senator's Visit

Burma's government-controlled newspapers hailed the visit of US Sen. Jim Webb as "the first step" toward improving relations with Washington.

Asean Officials to Discuss Suu Kyi Pardon Proposal

A Thai government proposal for a request by the Asean to the Burmese junta to pardon Aung San Suu Kyi is expected to be discussed at a meeting of senior Asean officials in the Indonesian capital, Jakarta, on Wednesday and Thursday.

Irish Mayor Launches Petition for Suu Kyi’s Release

Dublin’s lord mayor launches a petition calling for Suu Kyi’s release.

A Visit to Refugees on the Salween River

In a makeshift Karen refugee camp on the Salween River, everyone has a story of loss and suffering.

Rohingya Teenagers Die in Thai Detention Camp

Two young Rohingya migrants have died in the past three months in a detention camp in southern Thailand, while 13 other inmates are reported to be in poor health.

Editorial, Opinion and Analysis

Sanctions - a stumbling block for Burma?

(Analysis) On the now contentious issue of sanctions, Burma’s detained opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi said she had not indicated to the visiting US Senato...

Obama, Ban Ki-moon welcome Yettaw’s release

Untied States President Barack Obama and United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Monday praised Senator Jim Webb for facilitating the release of American...

Journalists doubts effectiveness of sanctions on Burmese State-run media

Journalists in Burma doubts the effectiveness of the European Union (EU)’s inclusion of four Burmese state-run media in their updated list of sanctions. In the updated list of...

US Senator’s mercy mission to Burma may start a new process

The American senator, Jim Webb may have started something significant, but at this stage everything to do with his visit is still shrouded in mystery. Even at his two press...

Veteran opposition leader in hospital

Win Tin, a member of the Central Executive Committee of the National League for Democracy, who was hospitalised on Saturday and underwent a cardiac surgery,...

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