Remarks, made as Robert Gates visits Iraq, come as other Western leaders are also warning of possible sanctions
US defense secretary spoke to US troops at Forward Operating Base Warrior, near Kirkuk, northern Iraq
Hostages were among 75 people seized Thursday from a school in Agusan del Sur province
- Iran Warns Against 'Interference' in Yemen's Affairs
- US Military: Afghan Surge Begins Next Week
- Gates Offers US Support After Deadly Iraq Bombings
- President Obama Accepts Nobel Peace Prize
- Iran's Intelligence Minister Hits Out at Opposition
- US Officials Pressed on Afghan Government Capabilities, Efforts Against al-Qaida
- Police in Pakistan Link 5 US Nationals to al-Qaida
- Iraqi Lawmakers Question Maliki about Security
- 'Useful' US Visit to N. Korea Yields No Date for Nuclear Talks
- US Senators Agree On A Framework For A Climate Change Bill
- Obama: No 'Precipitous Drawdown' of US Forces in Afghanistan
- Clinton Calls 'Exploratory' Meeting with North Korea 'Quite Positive'
EU leaders agree to pay 7.2bn euros over three years to a global warming fund, in a deal they hope may boost world efforts.
Shell wins Iraq oil field rights
A consortium led by Shell wins the rights to develop Iraq's giant Majnoon oil field, while another contract is given to a Chinese firm.
Cyprus ex-leader's corpse stolen
Thieves steal the corpse of Tassos Papadopoulos, the former president of the Republic of Cyprus, police say.
|QUOTE OF THE DAY|
| A non-violent movement could not have halted Hitler's armies. Negotiations cannot convince al Qaeda's leaders to lay down their arms. |
—US President Barack Obama, commenting on military action in his Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech
|By WAI MOE|
|A senior Chinese army officer has held talks in Naypyidaw with a Burmese military leader on efforts to ensure stability on the Sino-Burmese border.|
|By LALIT K JHA|
| US President Barack Obama's Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech singles out Burma's repressive regime and honors fellow laureate Aung San Suu Kyi for her commitment to democratic reform. |
|By LALIT K JHA|
| A total of 442 members of parliaments from 29 countries call for the UN Security Council to form a commission of inquiry to investigate war crimes and crimes against humanity in Burma. |
|By JIM LOBE|
| In formally accepting the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo Thursday, US President Barack Obama enunciated a worldview that places him squarely within the realist and liberal internationalist thinking. |
|By MARWAAN MACAN-MARKAR|
|A promised election in military-ruled Burma next year will be held in a vastly different media culture compared to the last general election in 1990, Burmese journalists said at a regional media forum.|
Decades of exploitation by the rulers has led to Burma’s once assertive and independent judiciary system being reduced into an arm of the bureaucracy, resulting in lack of... Military-ruled Burma has been ranked the world’s fifth worst country in terms of imprisoning freelance journalists, while its closest ally, China, is number one, according to a new report......
On International Human Rights Day, 442 Members of Parliament from 29 countries on Thursday urged the United Nations Security Council to set up a commission of...
Burma has proposed to Bangladesh to set up joint-venture industries and agricultural farms in Burma to utilize its huge workforce and Burmese land. Burmese Ambassador to Bangladesh...
Burma needs to reorient its economy and business environment in order to deal with and gain from economic challenges and opportunities resulting from China’s economic boom,...
Washington-based advocacy group Refugee International on Wednesday said Burmese refugees in India are subjected to widespread discrimination because of India’s lack of...
| British govt launches innovative Burma campaign|
Dec 11, 2009 (DVB)–The British government has teamed up with two prominent rights groups to highlight the story of Burma’s political prisoners in a bid to pressure the ruling junta as it prepares for elections next year. - more
| Two farmers handed 7-year sentence|
Dec 11, 2009 (DVB)–Two farmers involved in a land dispute in Burma which was taken up by the International Labour Organisation were yesterday given seven-year prison sentences. - more
| US citizen was ‘visiting cancer sick mother’|
Dec 11, 2009 (DVB)–The Burmese-born US citizen standing trial in Burma on charges of fraud had flown to the country to visit his mother, who is sick with cancer, his wife wrote today in The Nation newspaper. - more