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People walk along scene of devastation following powerful quake in Pago Pago village on American Samoa, 30 Sep 2009
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Tsunamis Devastate Pacific Islands

Officials say waves were triggered by powerful deep sea earthquake between Samoa and American Samoa; scores of people are reported killed

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Powerful Earthquake Strikes Indonesia

US Geological Survey says quake had magnitude of 7.9 and was centered 600 km northwest of Jakarta

Vietnamese police officers provide goods, foods to flooded area in Quang Tri Province, 30 Sep 2009

Typhoon Ketsana Leaves Trail of Destruction Across Southeast Asia Video clip available

Officials say death toll has reached 298 and is expected to rise

President Barack Obama (right) and NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen at White House, 29 Sep 2009

Obama, NATO Chief Agree on Afghanistan Strategy Audio Clip Available Video clip available

Anders Fogh Rasmussen says he agrees with President Obama's approach of deciding on Afghan war strategy first, then troop levels

Kandahar and Khost provinces in Afghanistan

Afghan Suicide Bomber Strikes Foreign Convoy

Attack occurred Wednesday in Madozai district of Khost province, near Pakistani border

Tsunami damage in Pago Pago, American Samoa
A tsunami caused by a powerful earthquake in the Pacific kills more than 100 people in Samoa, American Samoa and Tonga.

The BBC learns that UN official Peter Galbraith is to be removed from his post in Afghanistan, but the envoy denies this.

Adapting to impacts of climate change will cost the developing world up to $100bn per year, a World Bank study concludes.

Apprehensive Burmese Await Arrival of New Banknote

The arrival of a new Burmese bank note with a face value of 5,000 kyat is being viewed with concern and suspicion by many people, from housewives to economists.

US Begins Dialogue with Junta

The US assistant secretary of state for East Asia and the Burmese minister of science and technology hold talks at the UN in New York.

China’s Dilemma: Junta Oil and Wa Refugees?

Analysts say war between the Burmese government forces and the Wa army is inevitable. Some say Beijing’s decision is inevitable too.

Large Drug Cache Found in Kokang

Burmese authorities seized more than 1 million amphetamine tablets in Laogai in northern Shan State on Monday, according to Burma’s state-run media.

China Clears Central Beijing for Anniversary Party

Massive security and thick fog helped create an eerie calm in downtown Beijing as police blocked off popular tourist landmarks ahead of a massive parade marking 60 years of Communist rule.

Burmese delegates meet US Assistant Secretary

In what appears to be the first step of engagement, US Assistant Secretary of State Kurt Campbell on Tuesday met Burmese delegates led by Minister of Science and...

Australian companies urged to withdraw from Burma

Campaigners have called on Australian companies to pull out of Burma, as the military rulers are benefitting from their investments, helping prolong the regime’s rule. Zetty Brake,...

Hostility between Thai police seniors over border crossing to casinos

A casino in the Golden Triangle near the Thailand-Burma border has become the centre of conflict among high level Thai police officers after the former Deputy Metro Police...

Landmines halt refugee return in Karen State

Fighting largely came to an end in Karen State’s central Hlaing Bwe Township three months ago, but villagers who fled to Thailand in June to avoid the offensive are still...

KNLA demolishes DKBA’s bulldozer and excavator

A demolition operation by the Karen National Liberation Army (KNLA), an ethnic armed rebel group, has destroyed a D6 Caterpillar bulldozer and a 20-tonne excavator near...

RI hails US’s new Burma policy

The Refugee International on Monday hailed the United States for including an increase in humanitarian assistance to the Burmese people in its new policy announced by...

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