Witnesses say afternoon explosion ripped through crowded market in Peshawar, killing mostly women
A Taliban spokesman calls the attack a 'first step' to disrupt next months' presidential runoff election
Voters are casting ballots in elections widely expected to return President Armando Guebuza to power
Envoys expected to meet with interim President Roberto Micheletti and Mr. Zelaya in Tegucigalpa, urging both sides to show flexibility
Manmohan Singh also calls on separatist groups in Indian Kashmir to join dialogue with government
At least 91 people are killed and many injured by a car bomb in a market in Peshawar, north-west Pakistan.
The UN says the Taliban raid on a guesthouse in Kabul that killed six employees and three Afghans will not deter its work in Afghanistan.
|QUOTE OF THE DAY|
| A central issue is the results of the 1990 election [a landslide win for the NLD]. We can’t throw away the results like a piece of paper or a leaf. |
— Win Tin, a founding member of the National League for Democracy
|By AUNG ZAW|
|Burma’s generals have a history of juggling relations with Washington and Beijing.|
|By LAWI WENG|
|Burmese junta troops force 200 Rohingyas to build a wire fence on the Bangladesh-Burmese border in Burma’s northern Arakan State each day.|
|By SAW YAN NAING|
| More pressure on Burmese opposition groups is to be expected, Thailand-Burmese border-based activists said. |
|By LAWI WENG|
| In a further move to rid of non-recyclable plastic bags, Naypyidaw has ordered around 100 plastics factories in Rangoon to stop producing them. |
|By HEIN ZAW|
| In the past, many people arrived at the jetty in Chaung Sone village, on their way to Ywa Lut, the village that made the famous smoking pipes. But those days are gone. |
|By THE IRRAWADDY|
|“At this point, if we turn our back on the 1990 election results and talk about taking part in the 2010 election, the NLD will be shamed,” U Win Tin tells The Irrawaddy.|
A number of members of a Cyclone Nargis volunteer group, ‘Lin Let Kye’, including freelance journalist Pai Soe Oo were arrested from Dagon Seikkan, Rangoon Division yesterday... A conference of the All India Youth Federation held from October 26 to 28 in New Delhi discussed threadbare Burma’s deteriorating human rights situation and called for...
Editorial, Opinion and Analysis
(Commentary) On May 10, 2008 the military junta ruling Burma held a constitutional referendum to approve a new constitution. Perhaps the results of the referend...Over 60 villages are in the process of forced relocation from two dam sites in Burma’s northern Kachin State, said the latest report released on Tuesday by a Kachin Environmental......
Politicians preparing to contest the 2010 general elections have called for freedom of the media before Burma goes to the polls. “We are not permitted to publicize our activities......
Over 300 Australian women, including the wife of the country’s Prime Minister and those of Opposition leaders, assembled outside the Opera House in Sydney on Tuesday to express...
Surprise raids were carried out by Thai security forces on Tuesday on the homes of several top ranking leaders of the Karen National Union (KNU), an ethnic armed rebel group,...
| 15-year sentence for displaying a poster|
Oct 28, 2009 (DVB)–A courtroom in Rangoon has handed down a 15-year sentence to a man arrested after putting up a poster calling for the release of political prisoners in Burma. - more
| Rangoon to ban plastic bags|
Oct 28, 2009 (DVB)–Plastic bag factories in Rangoon have been ordered by local authorities to stop production by the end of November or face heavy punishment, as the Burmese government looks to ban plastic bags. - more
| Thai police raid Karen National Union homes|
Oct 28, 2009 (DVB)–Thai security officers yesterday raided around 10 houses belonging to key Karen leaders in the Thai border town of Mae Sot. - more
| 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 at 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|
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