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Overturned train carriage
A bomb blast caused the derailment of a Russian express train, killing at least 26 people, intelligence officials say.

UN chief urges deal at Copenhagen
UN head Ban Ki-moon urges world leaders to "seal a deal" on climate change when they meet in Copenhagen next month.

Golfer Woods faces police queries after crash
World number one golfer Tiger Woods faces police questions after a car accident near his home in Florida.

The critical role that civil society groups played providing critically needed assistance after Nargis has been done by many by maintaining a low profile.
—Benjamin Zawacki, the Burma researcher for Amnesty International

Cambodian Ex-prison Chief Pleads for Release

After claiming to feel great remorse for his part in Khmer Rouge atrocities, the defendant in Cambodia's first genocide trial makes a last-minute plea for his freedom.

Dubai Debt Problems Cast Shadow Over Region

An unfolding financial crisis in the UAE's glitzy, debt-ridden emirate has alarmed investors throughout the Middle East and beyond.

HIV Infection Rates Still High Among Injecting Drug Users

Despite efforts by local and international agencies, a growing number of intravenous drug users in Burma are being infected with HIV.

Weekly Business Roundup (November 28, 2009)

An infestation of rats caused by Cyclone Nargis is threatening to devastate rice crops in the Irrawaddy delta—in contradiction of government claims that Burma is set to produce a one million tons surplus for export.

A Husband Whose Wife is a Political Prisoner

The husbands of political prisoners in remote Burmese prisons have their own form of suffering and hardship.

Thailand surveys location for second bridge with Burma

Thailand has started searching for a suitable location to build the second Thailand-Burma Friendship Bridge on the Moei River even as the Thai Deputy Commerce Minister...

Handcuffing of Burmese-American in court protested

The lawyer of detained Burmese born American, Kyaw Zaw Lwin (alias) Nyi Nyi Aung, said he had objected to handcuffing the accused during the trial and had submitted...

Editorial, Opinion and Analysis

The faces of two HIV positive patients

(Commentary) I would like to tell you the stories of two hapless and vulnerable HIV patients in Burma. The first is a female farmer hailing from Magwe Division....

Increased drug threat due to instability in Burma: report

Political instability in Burma could lead to an increase in trafficking of illicit drugs and may result in the shifting of clandestine manufacturing facilities across the borders of...

Burmese cultural troupe to perform in northeast India

A 15-member cultural troupe from Burma is to arrive in India’s North-eastern region on Saturday to showcase their country’s traditional art and culture,...

Burmese pro-democracy activists brief Indian intellectuals

A group of Indian intellectuals and Burmese pro-democracy leaders in exile on Thursday held a brainstorming seminar on the possibilities of democratic transition in Burma and...

Swiber bags US $ 77 million contract

Singapore’s Swiber Holdings Ltd. has bagged its first offshore pipeline installation contract in Burma. In a press release on Thursday, Swiber said it has been awarded a US$ 77 million......
Methamphetamine use ‘rapidly’ rising in Burma

Nov 27, 2009 (DVB)–Figures released by the United Nations’ drugs agency show that use of methamphetamine in Burma is on the rise, and is having an increasingly detrimental effect on neighbouring countries. - more

British MPs allege war crimes in Burma

Nov 27, 2009 (DVB)–A group of high profile MPs in Britain have submitted a parliamentary petition calling for the United Nations to investigate possible crimes against humanity and war crimes in Burma. - more

Obama saddles up to ‘rogue states’

Joseph Allchin

Nov 27, 2009 (DVB)–Washington looks set to join ‘rogue states’ like Burma as conspicuous absentees from a gathering in Colombia next week where global leaders will attempt to rid the world of landmines. - more

Teenage girl’s death sparks media frenzy

Nov 27, 2009 (DVB)–The death of a 15-year-old girl from a misdiagnosis has sparked a plethora of revelations about Burma’s healthcare system, with doctors admitting that they often assess patients in less than a minute. - more

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