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Abdullah Abdullah, former Afghan FM speaking with journalists after a press conference in Kabul, Afghanistan, 21 Oct 2009
Sun. 01 Nov 2009 0811 UTC

Afghan Presidential Challenger Withdraws

Afghan opposition candidate Abdullah's decision creates new political turmoil just six days ahead of the vote

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Local residents examine the site of a damaged girls high school, wrecked by suspected militants on early morning, 1 Nov. 2009 in Pakistan's Karigar Garhi village

Pakistan Militants Blow Up Girls' School

Officials say several people were wounded in the blast

Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas (L) meeting with US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (R) in the Emirati capital of Abu Dhabi, 31 Oct 2009

US Secretary of State Says Israel, Palestinians Should Resume Talks Without Preconditions

Hillary Clinton meets with Netanyahu and Abbas to pressue both sides to resume talks

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Bomb Kills 7 Pakistani Soldiers

Officials say bomb attack occurred in Khyber tribal area, home to Khyber Pass, main route for moving supplies to international forces fighting in Afghanistan

From left: the last Soviet leader, Mikhail Gorbachev, former US President George H.W. Bush and former German Chancellor Helmut Kohl applaude during an event in Berlin, Germany, 31 Oct 2009

Former World Leaders Remember Fall of Berlin Wall

Germany's ex-chancellor Helmut Kohl, former US president George H. W. Bush, and former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev honored at gathering in Berlin

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Afghanistan's election is thrown into confusion after President Karzai's rival says he will pull out of the second round next week.

Six bodies have been found in the home of a convicted rapist in the US city of Cleveland, police confirm.

Singer and pianist Sir Elton John is forced to postpone several more concerts this month because of ill-health.


A United, Collective Voice

The new Canadian ambassador to Thailand wants to see an unambiguous Western policy on Burma leading up to the 2010 election.

US Officials to Meet Junta, Opposition Leaders

A US delegation led by two senior officials will meet members of Burma’s ruling junta and leaders of the country’s main opposition groups.

Adding Bounce to Asia’s Rebound

To sustain their recovery from the global economic downturn, Asian economies will need to find ways to decrease their dependence on trade with the West.

Weekly Business Roundup (October 31, 2009)

The Chinese government has come under a barrage of petitions asking it to abandon plans to build gas and oil pipelines through Burma.

FFSS Founder Defies Court Summons

The founder of the Rangoon-based Free Funeral Services Society has defied an order to appear before a court to answer a charge that the organization is continuing to operate its clinic despite an official order to close.

Drug smuggling to Thailand mounts

Two drug smugglers were shot dead by Thai security forces in gun battles in Chiang Rai and Chiang Mai province, north of Thailand even as the Thai government expressed......

US inches closer to dialogue with junta

A United States top level “fact-finding mission” is due to arrive in Rangoon on Monday. The Assistant Secretary of State for East Asia, Kurt Campbell and the US Ambassador to...

Editorial, Opinion and Analysis

Nationality verification of Burmese migrants: A meaningful debate

(Commentary) The Thai Government recently reiterated its policy to formalise the status of around two million migrants from Burma working here - nationality ver...

Burmese-American’s case transferred

The case relating to the Burmese born American, Nyi Nyi Aung (alias) Kyaw Zaw Lwin, has been transferred to Rangoon’s Southern district court by the special court in Rangoon’s Insein...

Burmese artists shortlisted for international art prize

A Burmese refugee women’s group, Kumjing Storytellers, and a renowned detained poet, Saw Wei, have been named among the shortlisted finalists for the 2009 Freedom to Create Prize,...
How international pressure helps
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Unfortunately, experience (Lanka, Burma, Sudan, Israel) has been that accommodation usually turns into appeasement, and eventually nothing is achieved. ...
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US President Obama to invite ASEAN leaders to Washington
Earthtimes (press release)
... revealed during an informal talk with international participants attending a conference in Washington on Burma (Myanmar) last week that Obama would make ...
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Arrests of Burmese journalists on the rise

Oct 30, 2009 (DVB)–Around 20 journalists and entertainers have been arrested in the past month while many more have gone into hiding, a reporter at a Rangoon-based news journal said. - more

Refugee swell sparks clinic funding crisis

Oct 30, 2009 (DVB)–Increasing numbers of refugees crossing from Burma into Thailand have placed extra strain on a border clinic that treats thousands of Burmese each year, the director of the clinic said. - more

Security threats in eastern Burma ‘increasing’

Oct 30, 2009 (DVB)–The fallout from conflict in eastern Burma is likely to deteriorate in the coming year as greater militarization causes further unrest in the region, an aid agency said. - more

Burmese satirists could face death sentence

Oct 30, 2009 (DVB)–Comedians and performers who poke fun at Burma’s ruling junta could face the death sentence, an article written by Burmese police has warned. - more

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