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President Barack Obama (L) and Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama at the prime minister's official residence in Tokyo, Japan, 13 Nov 2009
Fri. 13 Nov 2009 1111 UTC

Obama Meets with Japanese Leader

US President Barack Obama holds talks with new Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama aimed at improving ties with the longtime ally

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Bomber Strikes Near US Military Base in Afghan Capital

Taliban claimed responsibility for the bombing outside Camp Phoenix

Khalid Sheik Mohammed (File)

Official: 9/11 Suspects to Be Tried in New York Court

Khalid Sheik Mohammed will be tried in a civilian court in New York, along with four co-defendants

A view of destruction after a suicide bombing targeted Pakistan's main spy agency in Peshawar, 13 Nov 2009

Twin Suicide Bombings Hit Northwest Pakistan

First attack targeted the regional headquarters of Pakistan's spy agency, the ISI - Inter-Services Intelligence

US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton (file photo)

Clinton Says Burmese Elections Not Legitimate Without National Dialogue Audio Clip Available

Clinton spoke in advance of joining President Barack Obama in Singapore for multi-lateral meetings that could include US interaction with Burmese leaders

Khalid Sheikh Mohammed pictured upon capture in Pakistan in March 2003  (left) and more recently at Guantanamo Bay (right)
Alleged 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and other key suspects will be sent to New York for trial, officials say.

US President Barack Obama and Japanese PM Yukio Hatoyama agree in Tokyo on the need to renew their alliance.

The eurozone economy has emerged from recession after growing between July and September, figures show.

Suu Kyi to Seek Meeting with Than Shwe

Aung San Suu Kyi has proposed to meet with Snr-Gen Than Shwe for direct talks on how to remove sanctions against Burma, according to sources close to NLD.

The sanctions would be the most suitable issue to start any high-level talks in Burma.
— Nyan Win, the NLD spokesperson

Burma: A Landmine Tragedy

Military and civilian casualties from landmine explosions are increasing in Burma, the only country where landmine use has been widespread, consistently, for a decade.

HRW Calls on India to Change its Burma Policy

Human Rights Watch says India should do more to promote democracy in Burma, despite its concerns about China’s growing influence in the Southeast Asian country.

Than Shwe in Sri Lanka on State Visit

Burma's junta leader has arrived in Sri Lanka for a four-day state visit aimed at enhancing bilateral relations.

Detained Burmese Activists Finally Get their Time in Court

Thirty-four Burmese political exiles detained for 11 years in a jail in Kolkata have finally been allowed to present defense testimony before a court in the Indian city.

Competition and bribery at Burma’s National Defence College

(Commentary) After 1993, the then prevailing situation forced officers to attend the National Defence College (NDC) to be promoted to top echelon posts – defined as those above...

Burmese government in exile as witness in the 34 rebels’ case

Representatives of the Burmese government in exile, the National Coalition Government of Union of Burma (NCGUB) on Thursday said his organization is witness to the freedom struggle...

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Competition and bribery at Burma’s National Defence College

(Commentary) After 1993, the then prevailing situation forced officers to attend the National Defence College (NDC) to be promoted to top echelon posts – defi...

India urged to change policy on Burma

The New York based Human Rights Watch has urged the Indian government to change its current policy towards Burma before its elections in 2010. Brad Adams, Executive Director of......

Pro-junta group skeptical of US motive on Burma

Amidst wide ranging speculation and applause over the new US-junta engagement, a group of activists, essentially known as a pro-junta student group, has lambasted the United States...

US wants ASEAN to persuade Burma to hold transparent polls

The United States has urged ASEAN nations to convince Burma to hold transparent general elections as US President Barack Obama leaves on his debut presidential Asia tour...

Author highlights India’s failing ‘Look East’ policy

In order to achieve peace and stability in India’s North Eastern region, India must reverse its ‘Look East’ policy, and stand firm in its support towards democratic reforms in neighbouring......
Monks boycott junta chief in Sri Lanka

Nov 13, 2009 (DVB)–Burmese monks living in Sri Lanka have said they will enact a boycott of religious services for the visiting Burmese junta chief in protest against mistreatment of monks in Burma. - more

UN ‘considers’ Burmese rebels in India

Nov 13, 2009 (DVB)–A United Nations body is to finally ‘consider’ granting refugee status to 34 Burmese men appearing in an Indian court on charges of gun smuggling, 11 years after they were arrested. - more

Activists urge halt to Burma tourism

Nov 13, 2009 (DVB)–The debate over whether tourists should travel to Burma or not has reignited in Britain as Burmese activists yesterday demonstrated at the World Travel Market Exhibition in London. - more

Dhaka restarts India-Burma pipeline talks

Nov 13, 2009 (DVB)–The Bangladesh government has restarted tri-nation talks over a proposed 950-kilometer gas pipeline to run from western Burma to eastern India, through Bangladesh. - more

Karen refugees told to leave Thai camps

Nov 12, 2009 (DVB)–Refugees who fled to Thailand in June after fighting broke out in eastern Burma’s Karen state have been told by Thai authorities to leave the makeshift camps they had been living in. - more

Burma’s problems are regional, says Clinton

Nov 12, 2009 (DVB)–If Burma’s internal problems are left unaddressed then they will impact further on the stability of neighbouring countries, US secretary of state Hillary Clinton said yesterday. - more

Thousands celebrate Burmese National Day

Nov 12, 2009 (DVB)–Aung San Suu Kyi yesterday passed on a message of thanks to thousands of Burmese citizens who took part in celebrations to mark the country’s 89th National Day. - more

Suu Kyi to release ‘procedure for the nation’

Nov 12, 2009 (DVB)–Detained Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi is soon to release a statement reportedly offering constructive guidelines for a better future in Burma, her party spokesperson said. - more

Clinton prods ASEAN over Burma polls

Nov 12, 2009 (DVB)–Southeast Asian countries have an important role to play in urging the Burmese junta to hold free and fair elections next year, US secretary of state Hillary Clinton said yesterday. - more

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