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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (R) and U.S. Mideast envoy George Mitchell, shake hands during their meeting at Mr. Netanyahu's office in Jerusalem, 16 Sep 2009
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US Envoy Meets Israeli PM Again to Discuss Settlements

George Mitchell said he hopes to bring his current phase of talks with the parties to a 'positive conclusion' in the coming weeks

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Yukio Hatoyama, who will be Japan's next prime minister, addresses members of his Democratic Party of Japan at a meeting in Tokyo, 15 Sep 2009

Hatoyama Becomes Japan's New Prime Minister

In a landslide election victory last month, Yukio Hatoyama's Democratic Party of Japan won 308 of the 480 seats in parliament's lower chamber


Iraqi, US Troops Detain Militants After Baghdad Green Zone Mortar Attack

Militants fired four mortars at the complex Tuesday, hours after US Vice President Joe Biden arrived in Baghdad for meetings with US military and Iraqi officials

US Navy Admiral Michael Mullen

Top US Military Officer Says More Troops Likely Needed in Afghanistan Video clip available

Admiral Michael Mullen did not say how many more soldiers would be needed, but he said he expects request for additional troops in next two weeks

Workers count ballots at the Independent Election Commission in Kabul, Afghanistan, 27 Aug 2009

Afghan Election Recount Begins Before Final, Preliminary Results Released Audio Clip Available

Recount amid fraud allegations leaves open possibility of second round for disputed election

Yukio Hatoyama in Tokyo on 16 September 2009
PM Hatoyama promises economic revival and strong US ties, taking office to end a half century of one-party rule in Japan.

Former US President Jimmy Carter says much of the vitriol against President Barack Obama's health reform plans is "based on racism".

Renault says it will not dispute allegations of F1 race-fixing, as team principal Flavio Briatore quits the team.

ASEAN can take a leaf out of African Union

(Commentary) ASEAN still has much to learn about establishing an effective human rights body from – of all places – Africa. As the Association of Southeast Asian Nations prepares......

Suu Kyi denied permission to attend appeal hearing

Aung San Suu Kyi’s request to the Rangoon Division of the Special Branch of Police to allow her to be present in court, which will hear her appeal...

Burmese rebels clarifies court over prosecution statement

The City Sessions Court in India’s Kolkata city on Tuesday sought clarifications from 34 Burmese rebels, who are currently facing trial on charges of gunrunning. The trial resumed...

NLD ‘Youth Working Groups’ set up in 69 townships

National League for Democracy, Burma’s main opposition party, is consolidating its youth and women party members across the country and has formed ‘Youth Working Groups’...

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ASEAN can take a leaf out of African Union

(Commentary) ASEAN still has much to learn about establishing an effective human rights body from – of all places – Africa. As the Association of Southeast ...

Food Shortages Reported in Laogai

Many people in the Kokang area are short of food because of the suspension of aid programs by the UN and NGOs following the fighting between government troops and Kokang militia.

Don’t Dance Until You Hear the Tune

As everyone awaits Than Shwe’s next move, the shareholders in next year’s election are already maneuvering for position.

Junta Announces Selection of Proxy Candidates

Three hundred candidates are selected to run under the banner of the National Political Party, a government-approved proxy party for the military.

A Child Porter

A 16-year-old Mon boy describes his ordeal as a porter forced to carry ammunition on the frontline for Burmese government troops.

Htoo Company Plans Tea Plantation near Mount Popa

Businessman Tay Za is clearing timber in the reserve forest near Mount Popa for a tea plantation, raising environmental concerns.

Burma Fails to Meet Global Counter-narcotics Measures

The junta may be subject to more US sanctions following a determination it has “failed demonstrably” to adhere to international counter-narcotics standards.

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