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Workers count ballots at the Independent Election Commission in Kabul, Afghanistan, 27 Aug 2009
Tue. 08 Sep 2009 1209 UTC

Election Commission Orders Recounts in Afghan Vote

Recounts ordered for polling stations that reported 100 percent voter turnout, and from locations where more than 95 percent of votes were for one candidate

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ISAF soldiers secure the site of the car bomb, outside the entrance to the military airport, in Kabul, Afghanistan, 08 Sep 2009

Suicide Bomb Blast Kills 3 at Airport in Afghan Capital

Airport is used by civilians as well as foreign troops operating in the country


4 Students Shot Dead in Northwest Pakistan

Some local officials suggested the students were shot at because they were minority Shi'ite muslims, a group that has been targeted by Sunni extremists in the past

Undated frame grab taken from video described by British prosecutors as suicide video and provided by Metropolitan police, shows Abdullah Ahmed Ali (File photo)

British Court Convicts 3 in Liquid Explosives Plot Audio Clip Available

Prosecutors say defendants intended to make 'violent and deadly' statement" with bombings, which would have involved flights bound to North America from London

Kirkuk, Iraq

Northern Iraqi Police Chief Killed in Bomb Blast

Blast struck a convoy carrying the chief of police Major Zaid Hussein Khalaf in the town of Armili, near Kirkuk

Afghan election workers sorts votes
President Karzai passes the 50% mark needed for victory in the Afghan presidential poll, but fraud claims cast doubt on the result.

Moscow denies claims that a ship which was apparently hijacked in July was carrying Russian anti-aircraft missiles to Iran.

All alcohol advertising - including sports and music sponsorship - should be banned because of the health risks, British doctors say.

Lawyers Request Permission to Meet Suu Kyi

Lawyers for Aung San Suu Kyi have sought permission to meet with the detained democracy leader ahead of an appeal hearing scheduled for next week.

Peng Jiasheng’s Fall from Grace

Peng Jiasheng, the Kokang leader heavily involved in the drug trade, was once a darling of the military government—now he’s on its most wanted list.

Kachin’s Hard and Soft Strategy

An emergency meeting called by the Kachin Independence Organization last weekend was part of the group’s strategy to prepare for its political and military future.

New Mon Party Forming for Election

An inside source claims that Mon community leaders are preparing to form a new party to compete in the 2010 election.

The Joke’s on the Junta

The Irrawaddy has recently published a second collection of his political cartoons. Artist and cartoonist Harn Lay talks about his life, work and political views.

Nearly 100 million narcotic pills stashed in Bangkok

Officials in Thailand suspect nearly 100 million narcotic pills are stashed around Bangkok for distribution and the number of drug smugglers and users would be around 100,000...

Shortest monsoon in three decades

For the first time in three decades, the monsoon in Burma will be about 30 days shorter this year, according to the Meteorology and Hydrology Department. The southwest...

Kokang clashes hit internet and phone services

Telephone and internet connections were cut off in Kokang during gun battles between the Kokang Army and government troops, said residents and observers. “Most internet...

Floods in delta forces villagers to abandon homes

Incessant heavy rains have inundated several houses in Laputta Town in Burma’s coastal Irrawaddy delta, forcing residents to move to higher ground, locals said. The torrential rains,...

Kachin rejects ‘Border Guard Force’ proposal

The Burmese military junta’s pressure notwithstanding, the Kachin people have rejected the regime’s proposal of transforming the Kachin Independence Organization (KIO) troops...

Manpower training firm to open office in Burma

A manpower training and consultancy firm FranklinCovey has explored options of setting-up an office in Burma, and will begin operations by the next fiscal year. The marketing...

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