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President Barack Obama meets with Russia's President Dmitry Medvedev on the sidelines of the APEC summit in Singapore, Sunday, 15 Nov. 2009
Sun. 15 Nov 2009 1011 UTC

Obama Holds Key Talks on Sidelines of APEC

Discusses nuclear issues with Medvedev; Burma with ASEAN leaders

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Severe drought is one of the expected consequence in Africa of climate change

APEC Leaders Lower Expectations for Climate Change Agreement

Leaders say not enough time for binding agreement ahead of December Copenhagen meeting

Singapore PM Lee Hsien Loong, back to camera, gives welcome address to APEC leaders, in Singapore, 14 Nov 2009

APEC Leaders Agree to Chart New Growth in Asia Pacific

Leaders say regional economies can not return to normal growth

A general view of Iranian parliament seen during a debate on three Cabinet ministers nominees in Tehran, Iran, 15 Nov 2009

Iran's Parliament Approves Ahmadinejad's New Cabinet Ministers

Iran's state-run media say the country's parliament has approved the remaining three Cabinet nominees proposed by Iranian President

President Barack Obama waves as he boards Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland, 12 Nov 2009

North Korea, Free Trade Likely to Dominate Obama's Korea Visit Video clip available

He says U.S. will talk one on one with Pyongyang, but only with aim of bringing North Korea back to six-nation nuclear talks

Aung San Suu Kyi at Inya Lake Hotel after meeting US Assistant Secretary of State Kurt Campbell on 4 November 2009
The US president "directly" calls on Burma's prime minister to release pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

Asia-Pacific leaders say it will not be possible to reach a climate change deal ahead of the UN conference in Copenhagen.

Tens of thousands of fans pay tribute to Germany's goalkeeper Robert Enke, who committed suicide earlier this week.

Monks boycott junta chief in Sri Lanka

Nov 13, 2009 (DVB)–Burmese monks living in Sri Lanka have said they will enact a boycott of religious services for the visiting Burmese junta chief in protest against mistreatment of monks in Burma. - more

UN ‘considers’ Burmese rebels in India

Nov 13, 2009 (DVB)–A United Nations body is to finally ‘consider’ granting refugee status to 34 Burmese men appearing in an Indian court on charges of gun smuggling, 11 years after they were arrested. - more

Activists urge halt to Burma tourism

Nov 13, 2009 (DVB)–The debate over whether tourists should travel to Burma or not has reignited in Britain as Burmese activists yesterday demonstrated at the World Travel Market Exhibition in London. - more

Dhaka restarts India-Burma pipeline talks

Nov 13, 2009 (DVB)–The Bangladesh government has restarted tri-nation talks over a proposed 950-kilometer gas pipeline to run from western Burma to eastern India, through Bangladesh. - more

Climate Change and Aung San Suu Kyi

The regime in Burma is like climate change—if you don’t contain it now, it could be catastrophic.

US-Asean Drop Call for Free Suu Kyi and Political Prisoners

A post-summit statement by members of the US-Asean Summit takes a soft line on Burma, failing to call for the release of Suu Kyi and other political prisoners, despite efforts by the US.

Obama Tells Thein Sein Release Suu Kyi

US President Barack Obama made a personal request to the Burmese junta to release Aung San Suu Kyi and all political prisoners, signaling that there is different view between Association of Southeast Asian Nations and US.

What’s on the Cards When Obama Meets Thein Sein?

The US president touches upon a number subjects that will be raised at the first US-Asean Summit on Sunday—including calls for democracy in Burma.

Obama Says Release Suu Kyi, but Rights Whispers Grow

Despite promises to put human rights on the agenda during his trip to Asia, US President Obama is increasingly seen as soft on the issue.

Cambodia Raises Stakes, as Ties with Thailand Plummet

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen steps up his rhetoric against the current Thai government as he comes under attack for harboring ousted Thai premier Thaksin Shinawatra.

Junta continues suppressing freedom of expression: Media Watchdogs

An international and a Burmese press freedom watchdogs on Friday condemned Burma’s military regime for a recent arrest of journalists and bloggers and reminded the international...

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Competition and bribery at Burma’s National Defence College

(Commentary) After 1993, the then prevailing situation forced officers to attend the National Defence College (NDC) to be promoted to top echelon posts – defi...

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