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A child at Nkosi's Haven, a shelter for Aids victims in Johannesburg
All South African babies testing HIV-positive will be treated, in a major change of policy announced by Jacob Zuma.

US police 'shoot dead police killer suspect'
Police in the US state of Washington say they have shot dead the man suspected of killing four police officers on Sunday.

Melting Antarctic ice to feed major sea rise
Melting Antarctic ice is likely to contribute to a sea level rise of about 1.4m by 2100, a major review of climate change says.

We hope that this mission [Nobel economics laureate Joseph Stiglitz's upcoming visit to Burma] will be able to open up a new space in economic decision-making and policy formulations.

—Noeleen Heyzer, the under-secretary-general of the United Nations and executive secretary of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific.

Suu Kyi Rated Top Global Thinker

US Magazine Foreign Policy places Suu Kyi in its 2009 list of top global thinkers.

Strengthening Kyat Gets the Experts Thinking

The recent rise in the value of the Burmese kyat against the US dollar is giving not only currency traders cause for thought—financial experts and market observers are also looking into the likely reason for the kyat's newly won strength.

Burma Marks World AIDS Day with Hope for More Aid

The number of HIV/AIDS cases has fallen in Burma, but the need for more assistance to fight the disease is still urgent, say experts.

Medical Council to Investigate Girl's Death

The controversial death of a teenage girl in a Rangoon medical clinic following an operation will be investigated by the Myanmar Medical Council.

Mon Schools Endure Funding Crisis

Many teachers in Mon State have not been paid since June due to delays and cutbacks by international donors.

95 Trafficking Victims Freed

Ninety-five Burmese migrants––who were trafficked into Thailand from Burma by gangs––are rescued by Thai authorities and human rights campaigners after raids in southern Thailand.
Suspect in Philippine Massacre Charged with Murder
Philippine prosecutors charged the heir of a powerful clan with murder in the massacre of 57 people.

Mae Tao clinic needs emergency funds

The Mae Tao clinic, which offers free medical service in Mae Sot on the Thai-Burma border to all Burmese people, needs emergency funding, Dr. Cynthia Maung...

Twelve Burmese fishermen rescued in Sri Lanka

The Sri Lankan Navy has rescued 12 Burmese fishermen from two fishing boats adrift in deep sea of Sri Lanka’s eastern coast. A Sri Lankan Naval Headquarter official in Colombo,......

Editorial, Opinion and Analysis

Machinery of dictatorship

(Editorial) The 'Union Solidarity and Development Association' (USDA), the Burmese military junta's strategically set up pillar of strength to help cling to pow...

Thai businesses hurt by controversial migrant legislation

Confusion over Nationality Verification legislation for Burmese migrant workers is sewing fear in business owners of a potential shortage in labor. Jeerasak Sukhonthachart,...

Indonesia in parleys with Burma for detained fishermen

Indonesian embassy officials in Rangoon on Monday said that they are negotiating with Burmese authorities regarding detained Indonesian fishermen, who along with Chinese,...
Nobel prize-winning economist to visit Burma

Dec 1, 2009 (DVB)–Renowned American economist, Joseph Stiglitz, who was awarded the Nobel Prize for economics in 2001, is due to visit Burma in December to advise the military government on poverty reduction. - more

AIDS stems from ‘socially unacceptable behaviour’

Dec 1, 2009 (DVB)–The Burmese government marked World AIDS Day today with an article in state-run media linking the disease to “socially unacceptable behavior”, despite warning against stigmatizing AIDS sufferers. - more

Burmese lawyers test the water at the ICC

Dec 1, 2009 (DVB)–Action could be taken on the Burmese junta at the International Criminal Court if a signatory to the Rome Statute is known to be cooperating with the ruling generals, the ICC prosecution chief has said. - more

NLD proclaims 'positive' Than Shwe speech

Nov 30, 2009 (DVB)–Burma’s ruling general last week made a “positive contribution” towards future peace in the country during a speech that touched on elections next year, an opposition party spokesperson said. - more

Singapore firm sign Burma gas deal

Nov 30, 2009 (AFP)–A Singaporean marine engineering company has signed a multimillion dollar contract with a Burmese firm, and will lay gas pipelines off the shores of the military-ruled nation next year. - more

EU pushes for Burmese refugee work rights

Nov 30, 2009 (DVB)–The European Union is seeking to allow Burmese refugees currently confined to camps along the Thailand-Burma border to work legally in Thailand. - more

EU envoy sees progress in Burma

Nov 30, 2009 (AFP)-Opportunities are emerging for a breakthrough in the political stalemate in military-ruled Burma, including the possibility of talks with the junta, and they must not be missed, an EU envoy said Friday. - more

Police dismiss rape of three girls

Nov 30, 2009 (DVB)–Police in Burma’s former capital have refused to investigate the rape of three sisters, one aged five, by a known paedophile due to their mother’s inability to pay costs demanded by the police. - more

Burmese VJs risking lives for freedom

Khin Maung Win

Nov 30, 2009 (DVB)–It is unlikely that ‘T’ knows that he is being honoured and celebrated around the world these days. - more

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