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Mourners attend funeral of Ayatollah Montazeri
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Mourners attend the funeral ceremony of Iranian Grand Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri, the spiritual father of Iran's reform movement, his body in a casket at left, in the city of Qom, Iran, 21 Dec 2009

Iran Opposition: Huge Turnout for Cleric's Funeral

Mourners came from across Iran to the holy city of Qom to attend the burial of Ayatollah Montazeri.

Funeral ceremony for Grand Ayatollah Hoseyn Ali Montazeri
Clashes are reported in the Iranian city of Qom after the funeral of an influential dissident cleric, Grand Ayatollah Montazeri.

Health bill over key Senate hurdle
US healthcare legislation passes a crucial vote in the Senate, setting the stage for the final bill to be passed later this week.

Auschwitz theft suspects detained
Police in Poland question five men arrested after the stolen "Arbeit macht frei" sign from Auschwitz was found, cut into three pieces.

Foreigners Banned at Naga New Year Festival

Foreign tourists have been banned from attending the Naga New Year's festival this year by the Burmese military government. No reason was given for the ban.

Court to Hear Suu Kyi's Appeal

Judges at the Supreme Court in Rangoon announce they will hear Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi's appeal against her house arrest.

China Tells Than Shwe it Wants 'Stability, National Reconciliation'

Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping has told Burmese junta leader Snr-Gen Than Shwe in Naypyidaw that he hoped to see “political stability, economic development and national reconciliation” in Burma.

Crisis Prompts More Gov't Spending on Children

When the global financial crisis hit Southeast Asia last year, a reality that had once plagued this region—a spike in child labour—emerged as an obvious concern.

Cambodia Sends Uighurs Back to China

Cambodia deported a group of 20 Muslim asylum-seekers back to China, despite protests from the US and the UN.

Court accepts Aung San Suu Kyi’s appeal
Burma’s Supreme Court on Monday agreed to hear pro-democracy leader ...
Migrants in Chiang Mai join International Migrant Day
Migrant workers joined International Migrant Day functions on December 18, ...
U.S. lawmakers demand Burma free detained American
More than 50 U.S. lawmakers have urged Burma’s military rulers to immediately ...
Chinese banks eye operations in Burma
Two Chinese banks are gearing up to launch commercial banking operations in Burma, according to a source close ...
Suu Kyi lawyers appeal sentence at top Burma court

Dec 21, 2009 (AFP)–Lawyers for Burma's detained opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi argued an appeal against her extended house arrest sentence on Monday at the country's supreme court. - more

Burma assures China on border and pipeline

Dec 21, 2009 (DVB)–Escalating tensions between China and Burma earlier this year appear to have been tempered after the Burmese junta reassured Beijing over border stability and pipeline security. - more

Migrant protest ends in violence

December 21, 2009 (DVB)–Protests by Burmese migrant workers in western Thailand at the weekend ended in violence after security guards locked around 1500 demonstrators in a garment factory compound. - more

The fascist and feudal Than Shwe

Dr Zarni

Dec 21, 2009 (DVB)–In his doctrine, ‘The Art of War’, Sun Zi, the master Chinese strategist, stressed that “all warfare is based on deception.” No one in Burma politics appears to appreciate this principle more than Than Shwe. - more

Suu Kyi’s party needs new blood, say analysts

Dec 21, 2009 (AFP)–Burma's opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi faces an urgent challenge to shake up her party's ranks, analysts say, after a rare meeting with her colleagues exposed a weak and ageing leadership team. - more

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