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Iraqis gather at the site of a massive bomb attack in Baghdad, Iraq, Sunday, 25 Oct. 2009
Sun. 25 Oct 2009 0910 UTC

Twin Bombings Rock Central Baghdad, at Least 130 Killed

Sunday's near-simultaneous blasts were aimed at a provincial government building and the Ministry of Justice

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Israeli forces stormed the Jerusalem's holiest shrine, Sunday, firing stun grenades to disperse hundreds of Palestinian protesters, Jerusalem, 25 Oct. 2009

Israeli Police Storm Disputed Jerusalem Holy Site

Palestinian officials express outrage over the incident, saying Israeli police actions were a provocation to all Muslims

University students stand around a burning effigy of the President Barack Obama during a demonstration in front of the Afghan Parliament, Kabul,  25 Oct. 2009

Afghans Burn Obama Effigy After Koran Abuse Rumor

Protests are prompted by allegations that Western troops burned a copy of the Muslim holy book, the Koran

Egyptians look for victims inside debris of a train in Girzah district, Egypt, 25 Oct 2009

At Least 18 Killed in Egyptian Train Collision

Collision took place in Al-Ayat area of Giza, health ministry says another 39 others injured

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UN Calls for War Crimes Investigation in Sri Lanka Audio Clip Available

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay calls again for an investigation

Aftermath of bomb attack in Baghdad - 25/10/09
Twin bomb blasts near central Baghdad's Green Zone kill at least 132 people in the deadliest attack in Iraq since 2007.
UN's nuclear inspectors are visiting a previously secret uranium enrichment plant in Iran, Iranian officials say.

Hundreds of people in Somalia are forced to watch Islamist militants executing two people accused of spying.

Chinese Premier Raises Border Stability at Asean Summit

Chinese Premier Raises Burma Border Stability at Asean Summit Wen Jiabao discusses peace along the Sino-Burmese border, while pledging development aid to Burma at the Asean-China Summit.

Suu Kyi's House Arrest could be Relaxed: Burmese PM

Hints that Aung San Suu Kyi’s house arrest could be relaxed if she “maintains a good attitude” follow meetings between Burma’s prime minister and his Asean Summit counterparts.

Burmese PM: Electoral Law Coming Very Soon

Burma’s ruling military junta will soon announce an electoral law for next year’s planned election, according to the country’s prime minister.

Thailand-Cambodia Dispute Overshadows Summit

Tensions between two neighboring members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations have made the grouping’s latest summit uncharacteristically edgy.

Getting the Facts First

Andrew Heyn, the new British ambassador to Burma, met with Aung San Suu Kyi recently to discuss the issue of Western sanctions on the military-ruled country.

Activists rejected from ASEAN summit

Oct 23, 2009 (DVB)–Five activists from various Southeast Asian countries chosen to represent civil society groups today at a regional summit in Thailand have been rejected, one of the delegates said. - more

UN expert slams Burma impunity

Oct 23, 2009 (DVB)–Widespread government impunity in Burma has allowed the country’s “alarming” human rights situation to continue unabated, the United Nations special rapporteur for Burma said yesterday. - more

Mobile phones allowed in Burma’s secretive capital

Oct 23, 2009 (DVB)–The use of mobile phones in Burma’s jungle capital of Naypyidaw has been permitted by government authorities for the first time since it opened in 2005. - more

Chinese energy firm to expand exploration

The China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC) will expand its operations in Burma, christening three new drilling wells off the gulf of Martaban, according to an informed...

ASEAN inaugurates human rights commission

Leaders of Southeast Asian nations on Friday inaugurated a new regional human rights body as they kicked off the meeting at the 15th ASEAN summit in Hua Hin,...

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A question with no answer yet

General Than Shwe wants to acquire nuclear arms because of the United States attack on Iraq. He reckons that if only Iraq possessed nuclear arms in addition to ...

Court hears witnesses in trial against Burmese-American

A special court in Rangoon’s notorious Insein prison on Friday heard two prosecution witnesses in the trial of Burmese born American Kyaw Zaw Lwin (a.k.a) Nyi Nyi Aung. Kyi Win,......

Civil society representatives barred from ASEAN summit

Member-states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) have rejected a proposed meeting with five civil society representatives, including a Burmese delegate,...

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