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Election worker in Jalalabad
The first results in Afghanistan's presidential poll are announced, giving Hamid Karzai a slight lead over one of his main rivals.

US President Barack Obama is to announce he is reappointing Ben Bernanke to a second term as chairman of the US central bank.

Caster Semenya's testosterone level is three times higher than in an average female sample, BBC Sport understands.

Election workers tally the results of the presidential election at the Independent Election Commission in Kabul, Afghanistan, 25 Aug 2009
Tue. 25 Aug 2009 1008 UTC

Initial Afghan Election Results Show Incumbent President with Slight Lead

Independent Election Commission says President Hamid Karzai has 40.6 percent while top challenger Abdullah Abdullah has 38.7 percent; tallies released cover only 10 percent of total

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South Korea's first space rocket, takes off from the launch pad at the Naro Space Center, south of Seoul, South Korea, 25 Aug 2009

South Korea Fails to Put Satellite In Orbit

Launch of the Korea Space Launch Vehicle-1, which was developed with help from Russia, had been delayed several times

U.S. envoy Stephen Bosworth (File)

Reports: North Korea Invites US Envoy for Nuclear Talks

If reports in South Korean media are accurate, trip by Stephen Bosworth would mark first official nuclear negotiations between Washington and Pyongyang under Obama administration

Palestinian men sit near the spot where at least three men were killed and seven wounded following an Israeli air raid on smuggling tunnels in Rafah, southern Gaza, 25 Aug. 2009

Israeli Forces Kill at Least 2 Palestinians in Raid on Gaza Tunnel

Earlier, Palestinian medics said Israeli troops killed one Palestinian and wounded another near the Israel-Gaza border

This handout video grab image shows the interrogation tape of Omar Khadr in Guantanamo Bay

US Establishes New Interrogation Unit, Names Head of Prisoner Abuse Probe Audio Clip Available

White House says it will directly supervise a new unit that is being set up to interrogate high value terror detainees

Monk Leaders Call for Third Sangha Boycott

Several Buddhist monk leaders in exile say that monks across Burma are preparing for another boycott, or pattanikkujjana, of the country’s military authorities and their families.

KNU Struggles to Acquire Arms

They’ve got the money, but nobody wants to sell weapons to the Karen National Union these days.

Tension Mounts between Junta and Kokang Ceasefire Group

Government troops move into area controlled by the ethnic Kokang army, as tension builds and residents flee to China.

Burmese IT Contest to Aid Junta?

Analysts suspect a computer contest to develop a Burmese language search engine is a junta initiative to increase its cyberspace capabilities.

Thai PM Fears Chaos at Weekend Rally

Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva invokes special security powers ahead of a major anti-government rally this weekend that he warns could turn chaotic and plunge the country back into turmoil.

Bangladesh Awards Gas Exploration Rights

Bangladesh has awarded three offshore blocks to two global energy companies to explore for gas in the Bay of Bengal.
Suu Kyi Asks for Return of Family Doctor
Burma's detained democracy leader wants her family physician reinstated as her primary doctor.

MAI to fly to Bodh Gaya

The ‘Myanmar International Airway’ (MAI) will launch a Rangoon-Bodh Gaya (India) flight from October 25. The ticket reservation centre of the Burmese National Flag carrier said...

Without constitution amendment elections cannot herald change: NLD

Unless Burma’s military regime releases political prisoners, including Aung San Suu Kyi, and amends the 2008 constitution, the 2010 general elections will be meaningless and will not...

Editorial, Opinion and Analysis

Burma's fishery export downward trend continue

(Analysis) Despite Burma’s fishery products being a good revenue earner in the export market, this year it has taken a beating and failed to achieve the targe...

Thai citizenship to grant stateless near Burma border

Citizenship will be granted by Thailand to displaced Thai villagers, who were in Burma, during demarcation by the British a hundred years ago. Surapong Kongchantuek of the Committee to......

Fire breaks out at Grand Royal Distillery again

For the second time, a fire broke out at about noon on Monday at the famous liquor and wine producers, the Grand Royal Distillery in Hlegu Township of Rangoon Division....

Cementing Japanese-Burmese relationship

The Burmese Agriculture and Irrigation Minister Maj-Gen Htay Oo’s visit to Japan is yet another sign of the cosy relationship that Japan maintains with Burmese military generals,...

Activists protest Htay Oo's secret visit to Japan

Burmese activists on Monday held a protest rally against the secret visit to Japan by Htay Oo, Secretary of the pro-junta civilian organization – the Union Solidarity and Development......

Transcript of interview with Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao

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Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao was interviewed by Fareed Zakaria on "Fareed Zakaria GPS" this weekend

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao was interviewed by Fareed Zakaria on "Fareed Zakaria GPS" this weekend

Below is the complete transcript of Fareed Zakaria's interview with Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao. The interview was taped September 23, and portions were shown on "Fareed Zakaria GPS" on September 28.

Zakaria: We are now beginning the formal interview, just so everyone realizes.

Wen Jiabao: Before we begin, I would like to let you know that I will use the words from the bottom of my heart to answer your questions, which means that I will tell the truth to all your questions.

I always tell people that sometimes I may not tell what is on my mind, that as long as I speak out what is on my mind, the words are true. Read More

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