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Presidents Barack Obama (r) and Hu Jintao in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, 17 Nov 2009
Tue. 17 Nov 2009 0611 UTC

US-China Summit Ends With Vows of Cooperation

US President Barack Obama spent several hours in closed-door talks with his Chinese counterpart, Hu Jintao

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US President Barack Obama speaks during joint statement to media with Chinese President Hu Jintao at Great Hall of the People in Beijing, 17 Nov 2009

Obama: Iran Must Prove Peaceful Nuclear Aims or Face Consequences

President tells reporters US and China agree Iran must provide assurance of its peaceful intentions to international community

Monsoonal floods in Bangkok, Thailand

Bangkok Faces Grim Future as Waters Rise Audio Clip Available

Thai city, built along banks of Chao Praya river has long been vulnerable to flooding; poor urban planning careless expansion have made problem worse

Military personnel carry the casket of Michael Grant Cahill to St. Monica's Church in Cameron, Texas, 15 Nov 2009

Pentagon Reviews Security After Ft. Hood Shootings Audio Clip Available

Pentagon says defense secretary ordered top officials to review security measures and ensure investigation into Ft. Hood massacre is comprehensive

Pakistan's FM Shah Mehmood Qureshi during Council of Ministers Meeting in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 02 Nov 2009

Pakistan Strongly Reacts to Reported Obama Letter

Pakistani FM Shah Mehmood Qureshi says his country will decide on its own, according to its priorities and resources, on how to fight militants

US President Barack Obama and Chinese President Hu Jintao
The Chinese and US presidents agree to work together on the world's most pressing problems, notably climate change.

German prosecutors charge a 90-year-old alleged former Nazi SS member with the deaths of 58 Jewish labourers, officials say.

Many nations are now arming to defend themselves in a cyber war and readying forces to conduct their own attacks, says a report.

There are clear steps that must be taken: the unconditional release of all political prisoners, including Aung San Suu Kyi; an end to conflicts with minority groups; and a genuine dialogue between the government, the democratic opposition and minority groups.
— US President Barack Obama

Possible Release of Suu Kyi Cheers Political Prisoners

Prisoners, like other people in Burma, are excited and hungry for information about the possible release of pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

Praise for Suu Kyi’s Letter Initiative

The initiative taken by Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi in writing to junta leader Snr-Gen Than Shwe proposing talks has been welcomed by several regional observers.

Why is the Value of Kyat Rising?

Some analysts and traders say the sudden rise in the value of the Burmese kyat is due to an influx of dollars from the illegal drugs trade.

RSF Publishes Win Tin Biography

Media watchdog Reporters Sans Frontieres publishes a book about the life of one of Burma’s most famous dissidents.

Shan in Chiang Mai Celebrate New Year

About 4,000 ethnic Shan celebrate New Year at Chiang Mai’s Wat Ku Tao Buddhist temple.

Plastic bag factories want to continue production

Though authorities have order factories from ceasing production of High Density Polythene (HDPE) plastic bags by the end of November, factory owners in Rangoon appealed the Rangoon...

No agreement yet between junta and UWSA on BGF

Unrelenting attempts by the Burmese ruling junta to transform the ‘United Wa State Army’ (UWSA) into the regime controlled ‘Border Guard Force’ (BGF), notwithstanding,...

NLD supports Suu Kyi’s proposal to meet Than Shwe

National League for Democracy leaders on Monday said they agreed with party leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s proposal of direct talks with junta supremo Snr. Gen Than Shwe...

Thu Wei writes to Than Shwe to promulgate election law

Thu Wei, the Chairman of the Democratic Party, one of the political parties keen on contesting the forthcoming election, on November 13 sent a letter to junta supremo...
France joins calls for Suu Kyi’s release

Nov 17, 2009 (DVB)–Calls from the French foreign ministry to release Burma’s Aung San Suu Kyi have been welcomed by campaigners in France who say that Western engagement with the regime is long overdue. - more

Shan culture in Burma being ‘erased’

Nov 17, 2009 (DVB)–International coverage of state-backed human rights abuses in Burma does not adequately address the subtler forms of abuse that are beginning to erode and distort ethnic cultures, a Shan group has warned. - more

Oil company harasses informal diggers

Nov 17, 2009 (DVB)–A government-backed oil company in Burma has hired thugs to beat and arrest locals in the country’s northwestern Sagaing division who are digging for oil in private wells. - more

Death toll from Burma ferry disaster rises

Nov 17, 2009 (DVB)–More than fifty people are now feared dead after a passenger ferry in Burma’s southern Irrawaddy division on Sunday collided with an oil barge. - more

Nine die in Irrawaddy boat collision

Nov 17, 2009 (DVB)–Nine people have died and nearly 15 remain missing after a passenger ferry collided with an oil barge in Burma’s southern Irrawaddy delta on Sunday, eye-witnesses said. - more

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