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Israel's PM meets a top US envoy amid efforts to revive Middle East peace talks with a deal limiting Jewish settlement activity.

Officials say a Frenchman seized by Somali rebels has escaped, but reports that a second hostage is also free are denied.

Sen. Edward Kennedy (2006 file photo)
Wed. 26 Aug 2009 0908 UTC

US Senator Edward Kennedy, Heir of Powerful Family, Dies

Democratic senator had been suffering from incurable form of brain cancer for just over a year

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In this Jan. 28, 2008 file photo, then-Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Obama smiles with Sen. Kennedy, during rally at American University in Washington

Tributes Pour in for Late US Senator Edward Kennedy Audio Clip Available

President Obama says US lost a 'great leader' in Senator Kennedy, who died Tuesday night at his Massachusetts home at age of 77

Benjamin Netanyahu, 25 Mar 2009

Israeli PM, US Envoy to Discuss Settlement Dispute

Benjamin Netanyahu says Israel working to reach compromise with US that will allow Israelis to continue building controversial settlements while restarting peace talks

Kim Young-chol, chief delegate and secretary-general of S. Korean Red Cross office (c) and other delegates wave before leaving for Diamond Mountain in N. Korea, 26 Aug 2009

Envoys From the Two Koreas Meet to Discuss Family Reunions

Thousands of families remain separated by political division of Korean peninsula

Indian PM Manmohan Singh speaks at the Central Bureau of Investigation and State Anti-Corruption Bureaux conference in New Delhi, 26 Aug 2009

Indian Prime Minister Calls for Crackdown on Corruption Audio Clip Available

Speaking at national conference of anti-corruption officials, Manmohan Singh says corruption is an impediment to India's growing economy

The present regulations imposed on Daw Aung San Suu Kyi are worse than the previous rules.
—Nyan Win, Suu Kyi's lawyer


Tension in the North

Tension between the Burmese military and the ethnic ceasefire militias has been rising along the Sino-Burmese border in recent months.

Another Huge Drug Bust in Tachilek

High-ranking Burmese officials are visiting the Thai-Burmese border town of Tachilek after huge amounts of heroin and methamphetamine pills were seized there.

Junta Tries to Discredit Kokang Leaders Linked to Drugs

The government is pressuring the Kokang ceasefire group on the basis of its links to illegal drugs, in a tactic to achieve Kokang compliance with the junta’s border guard plan.

Junta Warns Buddhist Monks Online

A junta-run Web site warns that the Burmese regime will take ‘severe action’ against Buddhist monks suspected of planning a military boycott.

Australia Says ‘No’ to Cross-border Relief

A Burmese delegation left Canberra empty-handed last week, the apparent victims of geopolitics. Meanwhile, the suffering at the Thai-Burmese border goes on.

ADB: Slowdown Mars Poverty Reduction Goals in Asia

Large pockets of extreme poverty and hunger persist in Asia, where the global downturn makes it more difficult to achieve UN goals to reduce the ranks of the poor, the Asian Development Bank said.

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