US President Barack Obama spent several hours in closed-door talks with his Chinese counterpart, Hu Jintao
President tells reporters US and China agree Iran must provide assurance of its peaceful intentions to international community
Thai city, built along banks of Chao Praya river has long been vulnerable to flooding; poor urban planning careless expansion have made problem worse
Pentagon says defense secretary ordered top officials to review security measures and ensure investigation into Ft. Hood massacre is comprehensive
Pakistani FM Shah Mehmood Qureshi says his country will decide on its own, according to its priorities and resources, on how to fight militants
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.
|QUOTE OF THE DAY|
| 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
|By KYI WAI|
|Prisoners, like other people in Burma, are excited and hungry for information about the possible release of pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi.|
|By SAW YAN NAING|
| 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. |
|By AUNG THET WINE|
| 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. |
|By ARKAR MOE|
| Media watchdog Reporters Sans Frontieres publishes a book about the life of one of Burma’s most famous dissidents. |
|By LAWI WENG|
|About 4,000 ethnic Shan celebrate New Year at Chiang Mai’s Wat Ku Tao Buddhist temple.|
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... Unrelenting attempts by the Burmese ruling junta to transform the ‘United Wa State Army’ (UWSA) into the regime controlled ‘Border Guard Force’ (BGF), notwithstanding,...
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, 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