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A man is seen at the spot of an explosion in Peshawar, Pakistan, 28 Oct 2009
Wed. 28 Oct 2009 0910 UTC

Blast Kills More Than 90 in NW Pakistan Shortly After Clinton Arrival

Witnesses say afternoon explosion ripped through crowded market in Peshawar, killing mostly women

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An Afghan policeman stands guard as firefighters are seen in the back ground as the site of an attack in Kabul, Afghanistan, 28 Oct 2009

Taliban Attack UN Guesthouse in Kabul, Killing 9

A Taliban spokesman calls the attack a 'first step' to disrupt next months' presidential runoff election

President Armando Guebuza casts his ballot for presidential, parliamentary, provincial assembly elections in Maputo, 28 Oct 2009

Polling Stations Open Across Mozambique

Voters are casting ballots in elections widely expected to return President Armando Guebuza to power

Honduras' ousted Pres. Manuel Zelaya walks in Brazil's embassy in Tegucigalpa, 26 Oct 2009

US Envoys to Visit Honduras, Push for Crisis Resolution

Envoys expected to meet with interim President Roberto Micheletti and Mr. Zelaya in Tegucigalpa, urging both sides to show flexibility

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh waves to supporters at a public rally at Wanpoh, about 55 kilometers south of Srinagar, India, 28 Oct 2009

Indian PM Makes Fresh Offer of Dialogue to Pakistan

Manmohan Singh also calls on separatist groups in Indian Kashmir to join dialogue with government

Aftermath of bombing in Peshawar, 28 October 2009
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.

Tennis star Andre Agassi says he lied to authorities about using crystal methamphetamine to escape a ban.

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

Playing With Super Powers

Burma’s generals have a history of juggling relations with Washington and Beijing.

Rohingyas Forced to Work on Border Fence

Burmese junta troops force 200 Rohingyas to build a wire fence on the Bangladesh-Burmese border in Burma’s northern Arakan State each day.

Burmese Dissidents Worry about Thai Crackdown

More pressure on Burmese opposition groups is to be expected, Thailand-Burmese border-based activists said.

Ban on Plastic Bags Extended to Rangoon

In a further move to rid of non-recyclable plastic bags, Naypyidaw has ordered around 100 plastics factories in Rangoon to stop producing them.

Once a Village of Craftsmen, Ywa Lut Struggles On

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.

NLD Elder Holds Out for Constitutional Review

“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.

Nargis volunteers, including reporter arrested

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...

Youth conference condemns junta, urges Suu Kyi’s release

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

Burmese way of filibuster

(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...

Concern over forced relocation of 60 Kachin villages

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 call for media freedom before 2010 polls

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 express support for Suu Kyi

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...

Thai security forces raid KNU leaders’ homes in Mae Sot

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,...

A Ba U Win Brith Day photo [ 27.10.2009 ]

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

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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