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Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi arrives in Tripoli
The US and Britain voice anger over the jubilant welcome home for the Libyan man convicted of the 1988 Lockerbie bombing.

Afghan President Hamid Karzai's campaign says he has enough votes for a majority, but his main rival also claims victory.

Microsoft, Yahoo and Amazon are to join a coalition against Google's efforts to scan millions of books for a huge virtual library.
Election worker counts ballots in Mazar-I-Sharif in northern Afghanistan, 20 Aug 2009
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Karzai, Abdullah Both Claim Victory in Afghanistan Election

Independent Election Committee refuses to confirm either claim, urging candidates to wait for release of official results

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Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset al-Megrahi leaves a police van at Glasgow International Airport, Glasgow, Scotland, 20 Aug 2009

Lockerbie Bomber Released From Prison

Former Libyan intelligence agent Abdelbaset Ali Mohmeit al-Megrahi dying of prostate cancer, but news of release sparks very mixed reactions

Men carry the coffin of a relative, killed in Wednesday's bombing, in Baghdad, Iraq, 20 Aug 2009

Iraq Detains 11 Security Officers After Baghdad Carnage

Iraqi officials raise death toll at least 100, say security officers should have prevented trucks of the sort that exploded Wednesday from approaching government ministries

President Barack Obama (l) and Michael Smerconish at the White House, 20 Aug 2009

Obama Promotes Health Reform on Conservative Radio

President spoke directly with listeners of a nationally-syndicated radio program hosted by Michael Smerconish

Map of Somalia, Ethiopia and Eritrea

Ethiopian Official Says Somali Militias Use Ethiopia to Attack Rebels Audio Clip Available

Spokesman says pro-government Somali militias have permission to use Ethiopia as base of operations in attacking al-Shabab rebels

American freed in Burma ducks media on return home
USA Today
Kent Boyd, spokesman for the Springfield airport, said the family believed he was "in poor health and not up to facing the media," the newspaper reports. ...
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UN's Ban Ki-moon criticized for poor leadership
Talk Radio News Service
A leaked report released this week claims the UN Secretary-General does not have the capacity to deal with global conflicts in Sri Lanka and Burma, ...
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Irish Times
(Reuters) CHICAGO – American John Yettaw says he has no regrets about taking a secret swim to the home of Burma's detained democracy leader, a decision that ...
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Treatment of asylum seekers in Thailand
Another recent example, reported in the Bangkok-based newspaper, The Nation, detailed here on The Irrawaddy website, is the death of two young Burmese ...
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Suu Kyi to challenge verdict as global anger grows
Myanmar's state media hit back at outside involvement, with the junta-controlled New Light of Myanmar newspaper deriding those who "interfere in the ...
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The Virtues of Careful Engagement

The current top-down elitist approach towards engagement is ill-conceived and woefully uninformed about how repressive regimes, left or right, civilian or military, foreign or native, change their policies and behavior.

Burmese Released from Malaysian Detention Center

The UNHCR office facilitates the release of 80 Burmese migrants from an immigration detention center in Malaysia.

Junta Conscripts Ethnic Youths

The Burmese military are forcing ethnic youths into military training to build up local militias.

Malaysian Arrested for Smuggling Burmese

A Malaysian man faces up to 35 years in prison for smuggling 12 people from Burma, amid a crackdown on human trafficking by Malaysia after it was labeled one of the world's worst offenders in a US report.

Khmer Rouge Verdict Expected in Early 2010

A verdict in the trial of the Khmer Rouge's chief jailer—its first senior leader to face justice—is expected early next year.

Max Myanmar Company awarded mining contract

The Burmese Ministry of Mines has awarded Max Myanmar Group of Companies, a domestic conglomerate owned by business tycoon Zaw Zaw, a contract to produce lime stone...

Campaigners call for commission of inquiry into junta crimes

Campaigners say now is the time for the international community, particularly the United Nations, to call on the Security Council to establish a commission of inquiry into crimes against......

Editorial, Opinion and Analysis

A message to Mr. John Yettaw

(Letter to the Editor) You may not have heard yet about the many speculations of your trial - which ranges from a story that you intentionally collaborated...

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