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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
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UN to Relocate 600 Staff After Afghan Attack

Move follows last week's Taliban attack on an international guest house in Kabul that killed five foreign UN workers

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Suspected US Drone Attack Kills 2 in Pakistan

Pakistani intelligence officials say the attack took place in Pakistan's North Waziristan tribal region that borders Afghanistan


US Diplomats Urge Burma's Military to Talk With Opposition, Ethnic Groups Audio Clip Available

US Ambassador for ASEAN Affairs Scot Marciel says the United States is willing to improve relations, but only if there is progress on democracy in the country

Admiral Mike Mullen, 31 Mar 2009

US Calls on Karzai to Fight Corruption Audio Clip Available

Top US military officer, Admiral Mike Mullen, says Afghan surge could succeed in few years

Photo obtained by AP outside Iran shows anti-government protestors in Tehran, 04 Nov 2009

Iranian Opposition Supporters Return to Streets Audio Clip Available

Government rally devolves into rival protests as tens of thousands of demonstrators pour into Tehran streets

UN employees carry the coffin of a colleague killed in last week's attack, at Kabul airport on 3 November 2009
The UN says it is to temporarily move 600 of its foreign staff in Afghanistan, after last week's deadly Taliban hostel raid.

Opel workers in Germany are on strike in protest at parent firm GM's decision not to sell its European operations.

Cocaine and heroin still have a firm hold on Europe's drugs scene, but cannabis use is falling, an EU drugs watchdog says.

I think an election without Aung San Suu Kyi and the NLD, it would be very hard to see that as credible.
— Scott Marciel, US deputy assistant secretary of state for East Asia

US Expects Slow Progress in Burma

The US wants Suu Kyi and the NLD to participate in the 2010 election but does not expect quick concessions from the junta.

Suu Kyi Rejects NLD Meeting: State Media

Because her longtime colleague Tin Oo was excluded by the Burmese junta, Aung San Suu Kyi refuses to attend a meeting of NLD leaders, according to state-run media.

A Victim of the Junta’s Dog-Eat-Dog World

Purged former Foreign Minister Win Aung has died aged 65 in Rangoon’s Insein Prison.

Junta Continues Crackdown

The Burmese government has now arrested at least 41 people in October, while their families search for their whereabouts.

Asean Human Rights Debate Continues

The fallout rolls on over the refusal of five Asean governments to meet with NGO representatives as scheduled at the recent 15th Asean Summit held in Hua Hin, Thailand.

Rangoon-Mandalay highway toll tax doubled

Mounting maintenance costs have pushed up the toll tax on the Rangoon-Mandalay highway twofold, representatives of two companies responsible for the upkeep of part of...

What transpired between ethnic leaders and US delegation

(Interview) During their two-day visit to Burma, US Assistant Secretary of State, Kurt Campbell and Undersecretary Scot Marciel met Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, National League for Democracy (NLD)......

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What transpired between ethnic leaders and US delegation

(Interview) During their two-day visit to Burma, US Assistant Secretary of State, Kurt Campbell and Undersecretary Scot Marciel met Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, Nati...

US urged to call for revision of constitution

Burma’s main opposition party – the National League for Democracy – on Wednesday told the visiting United States diplomats to include the revision of the 2008 constitution...

Aung San Suu Kyi in rare press appearance

Detained opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi met visiting US diplomats for over an hour and also made a rare appearance for the press for a photo shoot at the...

Burmese 'Trafficked' To Thailand

Burmese migrant workers fall prey to traffickers with the promise of work in Thailand....
Former Burmese minister dies in prison

Nov 5, 2009 (DVB)–Burma’s foreign minister Win Aung died yesterday in Rangoon’s notorious Insein prison where he had been sentenced following the fall of former premier Khin Nyunt in 2004. - more

US engagement ‘must be reciprocal’

Nov 5, 2009 (DVB)–Burma’s political impasse is best resolved through political means and dialogue which must be reciprocal, a senior US diplomat told Burma’s main opposition party yesterday. - more

US told Burma elections ‘not most important factor’

Nov 5, 2009 (DVB)–Ethnic leaders in Burma yesterday urged the United States to include dialogue with ethnic groups as a key component of new US policy to Burma and future stability in the country. - more

Suspect in Burma nuclear trade sentenced

Nov 5, 2009 (DVB)–A Japanese national has been found guilty of attempting to export machinery to Burma that could be used in the manufacturing of nuclear weapons, Japanese news reported. - more

Grenade attack in western Burma injures 15

Nov 5, 2009 (DVB)–Three grenades were launched by a school headmaster into a crowd of around 80 people in western Burma on Sunday, leaving one person in need of amputation, locals said. - more

Thailand grants driver licenses to Burmese

Nov 4, 2009 (DVB)–Numbers of Burmese migrant workers in Thailand will soon be able to drive vehicles following the Thai government’s decision to allow them to possess cars and motorcycles. - more

Obama could meet Burmese premier

Nov 4, 2009 (DVB)–United States president Barrack Obama could cross paths for the first time with Burmese prime minister Thein Sein at a summit to be held in Singapore later this month. - more

Burma abstains from UN nuclear resolution

Nov 4, 2009 (DVB)–The Burmese government has abstained from a draft United Nations resolution on nuclear disarmament billed as a “leading proactive measure” towards non-proliferation. - more

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