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U.S. President Barack Obama speaks to U.S. troops at a U.S. military airbase in Osan, south of Seoul, 19 Nov 2009
Thu. 19 Nov 2009 1011 UTC

Obama Calls on N. Korea to Return to Talks

After meeting with South Korean President Lee Myung-bak, the US president ended his Asian tour with a visit to American troops at the Osan air base

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Afghanistan's President Hamid Karzai (L) takes the presidential oath besides Afghanistan's Chief Justice Abdul Salam Azimi during his inauguration at the Presidential Palace in Kabul, 19 Nov 2009

Karzai Sworn in for Second Term as Afghan President

Addressing hundreds of foreign dignitaries and Afghan leaders at the ceremony, Hamid Karzai vowed to tackle government corruption, calling it a 'dangerous enemy of the state'

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At Least 19 Reported Dead in Pakistan Blast

Officials say the attacker blew himself up when guards were trying to search him outside a court building in Peshawar

A pedestrian crosses a footbridge over early afternoon traffic on a smoggy day in Beijing, 17 Sep 2009

Climate Change, Political Experts Say Obama Made Progress on China Trip

China agreed to work with the United States on a technology called carbon capture and sequestration

Iraqi Vice President Tareq al-Hashemi (File)

Iraq January Election on Hold

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

Hamid Karzai's inauguration in Kabul, 19 Nov
Hamid Karzai says he wants Afghan forces in charge within five years, as he is sworn in for a second term as president.

Growth and recovery are expected in 2010 in most world regions, but the upturn will be modest, the OECD says.

Drinking alcohol every day cuts the risk of coronary heart disease in men sharply, a study suggests, but experts remain critical.

These prosecutions fly in the face of Indonesia's commitments to free expression
— Elaine Pearson, the deputy Asia director of Human Rights Watch, commenting on three men imprisoned for three years in Indonesia for raising a banned separatist flag

Rice Shortage Scares: Would The Real Culprits Please Step Forward?

Alarms about a possible new Asian rice crisis may be nothing more than scaremongering, while key producers are hoarding.


Assessing the US-Asean Summit

The US-Asean Summit was generally well received, and US President's public demand for Suu Kyi’s release was a dramatic repudiation of the regime's oppressive ways.

Coco Islands to Open for Tourism

A former penal colony and a secretive naval base, the Coco islanders will host their first official tourists this weekend.

Global Fund Returns to Burma with Large Grant

The Global Fund, after a four-year absence, donates US $110 million to Burma to fight HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis.

Mystery of the Handcuffed Statues

Rangoon’s rumor mill is at work again over reports that statues of a well known nat, or spirit, in two local temples are being handcuffed at night.

‘Burma VJ’ shortlisted for 2009 Oscars

A documentary film on the brutal crackdown on Buddhist monk-led protests in September 2007 by Burma’s ruling military junta, has been shortlisted among the nominations...

Private schools shifted under Ministry of Education

For the first time, the Burmese ministry of Education has allowed a school in Rangoon to operate as a private school on November 9, a Deputy Director of the Basic...

NLD-LA to uphold Shwegondaing Declaration

At its recently held conference on the Thai-Burma border, the National League for Democracy (Liberated Area) (NLD-LA) adopted a resolution to uphold the Shwegondaing...
Jail term extended for 2007 activist

Nov 19, 2009 (DVB)–An activist whose group played a key role in sparking the September 2007 monk-led uprising in Burma has had his 10-year prison sentence extended by eight years, sources close to his family said. - more

Burmese hit by Japan job ‘scam’

Nov 19, 2009 (DVB)–A Rangoon-based Japanese employment agency is facing charges after more than 100 customers failed to receive job offers or visas to Japan a year after first paying for its services. - more

Burma to ‘double output’ of gas by 2020

Nov 19, 2009 (DVB)–Burma is to double its output of natural gas in the next 10 years, the country’s sole operator of oil and gas production told a regional trade fair in Bangkok yesterday. - more

Nearly 200 drug cases in past month

Nov 19, 2009 (DVB)–More than 270 people were arrested in Burma in October on drugs charges while police exposed 199 drug-related cases, state-media said today. - more

Private oil wells seized for Chinese company

Nov 19, 2009 (DVB)–Private oil wells and farmland in western Burma have been seized by government authorities to ready for exploration by a Chinese oil company, locals said. - more

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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