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Wed. 07 Oct 2009 1110 UTC

Obama to Discuss Afghanistan With Advisors

US President will meet senior military, political advisors for another strategy session on 8th anniversary of military mission

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Pakistani protesters rally against America holding banner reading 'Down with international terrorist America' in Peshawar, 07 Oct 2009

Pakistani Parliament Debates $7.5 Billion US Aid Bill

Some in Pakistan concerned that money comes with conditions that could violate country's sovereignty

Electoral Complaints Commission (ECC) worker takes photograph after looking for patterns of irregularities in Kabul, 13 Sep 2009

Washington Post: UN Data Shows Vote Discrepancies in Afghan Election

Newspaper says spreadsheet kept secretly by UN chief envoy in Afghanistan showed widespread discrepancies between estimated turnout, IEC vote results

Jalal Talabani (File photo)

Obama, Talabani Meet at White House

US president praises Iraqi counterpart for promoting national unity, expresses support for efforts to adopt new election law

President Obama speaks at National Counterterrorism Center, 6 Oct 2009

Obama: US Making 'Real Progress' in Terror Fight Audio Clip Available

President says members of intelligence community deserve nation's thanks

Anti-EU protester at Prague Castle, Czech Republic
The Czech PM, Jan Fischer, tells EU leaders he fully expects his country to ratify the Lisbon Treaty by the end of this year.

Somali pirates attack a French navy ship by mistake, believing it to be a harmless cargo vessel, France's military says.

A colossal dust ring is seen encircling Saturn, way beyond the ones astronomers have long known about.

Chicken in the Basket

Despite some censorship relaxations, it’s still too early to hope for the return of a free press to Burma.

Thailand: We Won’t Send Back Refugees

A leading Thai security official predicts 200,000 refugees from Burma would flood into Thailand if fighting breaks out again, but says Thailand will not repatriate them.

Armed Faction Splits from Mon Party

Fifty soldiers break away from the New Mon State Party over a disagreement about the party’s role in the 2010 Burmese election.

Suu Kyi Meets Junta Liaison Again

The detained pro-democracy leader meets Aung Kyi, the Burmese Minister for Relations, for the second time in a week.

Burma, Bangladesh Reinforce Border Troops

Tension between Bangladesh and Burma escalates after Burmese border authorities resume construction of a wire fence.

An Historian Looks at Rohingya

The word Rohingya derives from the Arakan word lwintja, which means falling leaves blowing around without a purpose, says Dr Aye Kyaw.

US embassy official meets detained citizen, lawyers appointed

The consul officer of the United States embassy met detained citizen Kyaw Zaw Lwin in Rangoon’s Insein prison on Sunday, and appointed two lawyers to take up...

Takkatho Tun Naung dies

Takkatho Tun Naung, a pioneer of Burmese modern music, died of a heart attack in Thu Kha Kabar, a special clinic in Rangoon, at about 8 p.m. on October 6....

Editorial, Opinion and Analysis

Ostensible verdict against Aung San Suu Kyi

(Commentary) If a ruling of a court is called a verdict, it has to be called a legal judgment and the judgment has to be made by a judge. So far it seems ostens...

Thailand affected by situation in Burma

The ongoing conflict between the Burmese Army and ethnic armed groups and Thailand’s energy dependence on its neighbour has significantly affected Thai security policy...

Burma urged to open LCs with Bangladeshi banks directly

Bangladesh has requested Burma to take the initiative to open letters of credit (LCs) with its commercial banks directly instead of going through any third country,...

Ethnic Nationalities Council chair clarifies groups’ position

The Chairman of the Ethnic Nationalities Council in exile, a coalition of ethnic political organisations, on Monday made it abundantly clear that the Council’s position does not support...

Ex-servicemen to hold nation-wide conference

Burma's Ex-Servicemen’s Organization will begin a three-day nation-wide conference in Leway near the new capital city of Naypyitaw on Wednesday. The organization sent...

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