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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
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Obama Meets With Chinese Premier

At the start of the talks, President Obama said he wants a relationship with China that goes beyond economic issuese

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Iraqi Vice President Tareq al-Hashemi (File)

Iraqi Vice President Vetoes Part of Election Law

Tariq al-Hashemi says he wants more representation for Iraqis living abroad, many of whom are Sunni Arabs

US Army soldiers in Afghanistan

Obama: US Presenting Benchmarks for Afghan Government

US President Barack Obama also has promised a decision soon on if or how he will reinforce the nearly 68,000 US troops fighting militants in Afghanistan

NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen, 16 Nov 2009

NATO Chief Confident Afghanistan Will Have More Troops Audio Clip Available

Secretary-general Anders Fogh Rasmussen makes it clear that despite intensifying insurgency and uncertainty over whether President Obama will send more troops, NATO will remain in Afghanistan

Afghan President Hamid Karzai is seen during the inauguration ceremony of polio immunization campaign at the presidential palace in Kabul, Afghanistan, 15 Nov 2009

Afghan Corruption Concerns US Policy Planners Audio Clip Available

In Transparency International's 2009 survey of world corruption, Afghanistan was ranking 179th out of 180 countries surveyed, only Somalia is perceived as being more corrupt

Detainees stand during an early morning Islamic prayer at Guantanamo Bay
President Obama admits the US will miss the January 2010 deadline he set for closing the Guantanamo Bay prison.

One of Iraq's vice-presidents vetoes part of the new election law, putting the parliamentary polls due in January in doubt.

Women in developing countries will be the most vulnerable to climate change, a report from the UN Population Fund warns.

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

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.

A State-run ‘Market Economy’

Without the rule of law, there are no guarantees the economy will be free of state interference under the 2008 Constitution

Burma Considers Private Education

The Ministry of Education is reportedly holding talks on legitimizing private school education in Burma.

Gov’t Discriminates against ‘Distant Learning’ Graduates

Students with distant learning degrees from Burmese universities say they are not treated equally when applying for government jobs.

More Burmese Ring Tone Options for Mobile Phone Users

More than 100 popular Burmese songs will soon be available for use as ring tones and call-waiting tunes on mobile phones in Thailand.

Junta Confiscates Land in Arakan State

The Burmese government confiscates land and traditional hand-dug oil wells in Arakan State.

Junta Conscripts More Child Soldiers

Burmese regime forces have conscripted 112 underage youths in the last seven months, according to child labor activists in Burma.

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Aung San Suu Kyi’s letter to Than Shwe

(Letter) Aung San Suu Kyi’s letter to Than Shwe

Shan women’s group reveals dark side of tourism

A Shan women’s group revealed the “dark side” and the ugly face of tourism promotion in Shan State by the Burmese military junta in their latest ‘guidebook’ released...

Than Shwe should not let go of Suu Kyi’s offer: Observers

Detained opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s proposal to meet the ruling junta’s military supremo Snr Gen Than Shwe in person to further discuss easing of sanctions,...

Chins gathers for 2nd National Assembly

Ethnic Chin leaders across the world are meeting this week at Aizawl, capital of India’s North-eastern State of Mizoram, to discuss the future of the political course of the Chin,......

National Park on Thai–Burma border largely deforested

Thai authorities have increased surveillance in the National Park on the Thailand–Burma border in Chumporn Province because of severe deforestation and hunting of...

Ferryboat capsize in Southern Burma; 31 drown, 21 missing

Two boats collided in Nga Wun River killing 31 people, while 21 are missing, officials of the Basein (Pathein) District Peace and Development Council (PDC) said...

Burmese singers to attend Grammy Awards Ceremony

Three popular Burmese singers are to attend the 52nd Grammy Award ceremony to be held in Los Angeles on January 31, 2010. Noted pop singers Sone Thin Par,...
Suu Kyi’s letter goes public

Nov 18, 2009 (DVB)–Burma’s main opposition party has released the contents of a letter sent last week by Aung San Suu Kyi to the country’s ruling general in which she requests a meeting between the two. - more

Newspaper typo leads to journalist arrest

Nov 18, 2009 (DVB)–A glaring typo in one of Burma’s leading newspapers has landed a journalist in detention and temporarily delayed the printing run of the publication. - more

Burma among world’s ‘most corrupt’ states

Nov 18, 2009 (DVB)–Burma has been ranked third from bottom in an international report examining corruption in 180 countries around the world, with only the war-ravaged Somalia and Afghanistan ranking lower. - more

50 percent rise in Burma forced labour

Nov 18, 2009 (DVB)–Complaints of forced labour in Burma have risen by nearly 50 percent in the past five months, with more than half of these stemming from the recruitment of youths into the army. - more

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