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A man walks past the crater caused by a massive bomb attack in front of the building of the Ministry of Justice in Baghdad, Iraq, 26 Oct 2009
Tue. 27 Oct 2009 0910 UTC

Al-Qaida Group Claims Responsibility for Baghdad Bombings

Militant group named the Islamic State in Iraq announced it was behind the twin suicide bombings in a statement posted on a militant Web site

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Supporters attend ruling Frelimo party election rally in Nampula city, Mozambique, 25 Oct 2009

Mozambican Voters Poised for Wednesday Elections Audio Clip Available

Citizens to elect president, parliament and provincial assemblies in election considered as important test for opposition

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Amnesty: Israel Denies Water to Palestinians

Amnesty International report says Israel is pumping more than its share of water from an aquifer it controls in West Bank


Pakistan Frees 11 Iranian Guards Arrested Near SW Border

Authorities originally identified men as members of Iran's Revolutionary Guard, but later said they are security guards

Afghan President Hamid Karzai takes a question during a press conference at Presidential Palace in Kabul, Afghanistan, 11 Oct 2009

Afghan President, Main Rival Reject Power Sharing Audio Clip Available

Afghanistan's president and his main electoral challenger say country's political future should be decided at ballot box, not through formation of a coalition government

Lisbon Treaty opponent, Prague Castle
The top Czech court begins hearing what could be the last legal challenge to ratification of the EU's Lisbon Treaty.

A French court convicts the Church of Scientology of fraud, but stops short of banning the group from operating in France.

A rocket designed to replace the ageing space shuttle is set for its first test flight, despite questions over its future.

Too Soon for Optimism

A dose of skepticism is advised in reacting to the Burmese Prime Minister’s remarks on Aung San Suu Kyi and her national reconciliation role.

Are Burmese Losing their Love of Books?

Burma was once a nation of avid readers, but these days, fewer and fewer young people show any interest in serious writing.


Playing the Suu Kyi Card

The Burmese premier’s comment that Aung San Suu Kyi has a role to play in Burmese politics could be intended for US ears, an NLD leader says.

Thai Security Raids Homes of Karen Leaders

Thai security forces raided the homes and offices of KNU and KNLA leaders in Mae Sot in Tak Province early on Tuesday morning.

Burmese Dissidents, Activists Unhappy with Hun Sen

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen’s comparison of Thaksin Shinawatra and Aung San Suu Kyi raises the ire of Burmese.

Junta Continues to Suppress Religious Freedom: US

Religious freedom is suppressed in Burma, while the military government actively promotes Theravada Buddhism, says a new US report.

Twelve bombs explode in Kokang capital in weekend

Two months after clashes between the Kokang ceasefire group and the Burmese Army, 12 bombs exploded on October 24 evening in the Kokang capital Laogai, which was captured by......

No signs of UWSA compromising: Observers

A Sino-Burmese border-based observer has rejected rumors that one of Burma’s strongest non-state armed groups – United Wa State Army (UWSA) – has agreed to transform its...

Religious freedom yet to be won in Burma: new report

The United States State Department has once again produced a report critical of the right to religious freedom inside military ruled Burma. Monday’s release of the Bureau of Democracy,......
25 percent of Shan families forcibly relocated

Oct 27, 2009 (DVB)–More than a quarter of families in Burma’s northeastern Shan state were forcibly relocated in the past year, while nine percent of families had at least one member injured by a landmine, a US health academic said. - more

Sweden scrutinizes US policy to Burma

Oct 27, 2009 (DVB)–Burmese activists and aid workers took center stage at the Swedish parliament yesterday for a discussion forum aimed scrutinising US policy to Burma. - more

US accuses junta of abusing religious freedom

Oct 27, 2009 (DVB)–Burma’s military government “frequently” abuses the right to religious freedom for the country’s myriad ethnic and religious groups, an annual US government report states. - more

DKBA troops dig for gold in Karen territory

Oct 27, 2009 (DVB)–Around 700 troops from a pro-junta Karen militia have entered territory controlled by the opposition Karen National Union in eastern Burma, allegedly to mine for gold. - more

Photos released of murdered Japanese journalist

Warning: this article contains graphic images

Oct 27, 2009 (DVB)–Images of the post-mortem examination on the body of a Japanese journalist shot dead by Burmese police during the September 2007 protests have been released for the first time. - more

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