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Anwar al-Awlaki
The alleged US plane bomber met a radical Muslim cleric in Yemen and was recruited in London, Yemeni officials say.

Sudan ethnic clashes kill 140
Dozens die in ethnic clashes in Southern Sudan, as aid agencies warn that the country faces a return to civil war.

Contracts for Galileo sat-nav
Contracts worth one billion euros are awarded to build an operational satellite-navigation system for Europe.
I have urged them [Burmese military leaders] to first of all make it clear about all the electoral systems, and there should be clearly set deadlines for the election.
— UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon


Regime Privatizing to Retain Control of Resources

A recent wave of privatization ahead of this year's election is putting ownership of state-owned corporations into the hands of the Burmese junta's cronies.

Two Receive Death Sentence for Information Leak

A former military officer and a foreign affairs official were sentenced to death and another foreign affairs official was sentenced to long-term imprisonment in a special court in Insein Prison.

Looking for an Election in Burma's Political Fog

Although Burma's election year has dawned, the country's political scene is still swathed in gloom.

Mon National Day Billboard Censored

Authorities have ordered that the Burmese language text be removed from billboards in Mon State commemorating the 63rd anniversary of Mon National Day.

Ban Notes No Election Date Set by Than Shwe

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says Burmese Snr-Gen Than Shwe should set clear dates for the 2010 election.
Thai Detention Extended for Alleged Arms Smugglers
The crew of a cargo plane that left North Korea with 35 tons of weapons last month will remain in Thai prison another 12 days so police can continue investigating the flight that violated UN sanctions.

Fund raising Burmese film on Cyclone Nargis victims
To raise funds for Cyclone Nargis hit victims some Burmese nationals residing ...
Prison officials foil observing Independence Day
Prison authorities foiled a plan by political prisoners in Myitkyina prison to observe ...
Our attitude and demands on regional demarcation and transformation of our armies
(Research) We hereby present our attitude and demands on regional ...
WFP to continue assistance to Chin State
The World Food Program (WFP) has pledged to offer further help to Chin state in western Burma plagued by rat infestation and ...

Women selling hair ‘to restore livelihoods’

Jan 7, 2010 (DVB)–Trade in women’s hair in Burma has boomed in the last five years as people look for a new way to make ends meet, particularly in the wake of the devastation wrought by cyclone Nargis. - more

Shan party eye 2010 elections

Jan 7, 2009 (DVB)–A Shan political party that came second in the 1990 elections in Burma has requested a meeting with its imprisoned party leaders prior to elections this year, apparently with an eye to participating. - more

ILO to be ‘more proactive, not reactive’ in Burma

Jan 7, 2010 (DVB)–The International Labour Organisation is looking to change its approach to dealing with issues of child soldiers and forced labour in Burma, with a top-level ILO official to visit the country next week. - more

Farmers sell livestock to repay loans

Jan 6, 2010 (DVB)–Farmers in central Burma forced to repay loans months in advance of their deadline have reportedly been selling off livestock, following threats of arrest. - more

US senator Webb gives election backing

Jan 6, 2010 (DVB)–US senator Jim Webb, the only senior-level US official to have met Burmese junta chief Than Shwe, has said that he supports the junta’s controversial planned elections, to be held this year. - more

Burma will struggle for attention in 2010

Francis Wade

Jan 6, 2010 (DVB)–The extent of Burma’s “boutique” attraction for the international community will be tested this year as the opposition vies for attention amidst a horde of other, equally controversial, elections. - more

Burmese reporter receives 20-year sentence

Jan 6, 2010 (DVB)–A Burmese reporter who contributed video material to the Democratic Voice of Burma has been handed a 20-year prison sentence, bringing to 13 the number of imprisoned journalists in Burma. - more

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