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Injured Pakistani
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Pakistani volunteers carry an injured person after an explosion in Karachi, Pakistan, 08 Jan 2010

Pakistan Blames Militants for Karachi Blast

Officials say militants accidentally detonated explosives, flattening their safehouse, killing at least 7 people

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Police photo of Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab released by US authorities on 28 December 2009
The Nigerian man accused of trying to bomb a US-bound flight last month is to make his first court appearance in Detroit.

Iran reformist's car 'fired on'
Iran opposition leader Mehdi Karroubi's car is fired on in the northern city of Qazvin but he is not hurt, his website says.

Portugal backs gay marriage
Portugal's parliament passes a law to legalise same-sex marriage, but rejects proposals to allow same-sex couples to adopt.

Letter from Kathmandu

Sometimes, a look inside another struggling country can help answer questions about your own.

Burma Would 'Disintegrate' under Federalism: Gen Maung Aye

Burma would “disintegrate” if the demands by ethnic groups for a federal system of government were granted, says the No 2 ranking general.

Election to be Held in October?

One of Japan's leading dailies, citing a Burmese military source, says this year's election is slated take place on October 10.

Another Medical Malpractice Death in Rangoon

A 59-year-old woman, Kyi Lay, dies while undergoing a hip operation at Aung Yadana Medical Center in Rangoon.

100 Factory Workers Strike in Rangoon

About 100 female workers from a shrimp processing factory in Rangoon's Hlaing Tharyar Township have gone on strike.

Malaysian Churches Attacked in 'Allah' Dispute

Assailants attacked three Malaysian churches with firebombs Friday, extensively damaging one amid a growing conflict over the use of the word "Allah" by non-Muslims.
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.

Trade unions attack Burma wage rise

Jan 8, 2010 (DVB)–A salary increase for civil service workers in Burma is necessary but will severely strain the country’s budget and “damage the public”, a Burmese trade union coalition has said. - more

UN defends hiatus on Burma envoy

Jan 8, 2010 (DVB)–The United Nations has said that it continues to be closely engaged with Burma after accusations that it has been lax in appointing a successor to former envoy Ibrahim Gambari. - more

Death sentence for Burmese whistleblowers

Jan 8, 2010 (DVB)–Two Burmese government officials accused of leaking sensitive information about secretive diplomatic trips to Russia and North Korea are to be executed, a Rangoon court has announced. - more

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

Monk’s Followers Flee


Followers of an activist Vietnamese monk are forced underground.

Returns Shock U.S. Hmong


Hmong abroad fear for relatives forcibly returned from Thailand to Laos.

Filmmaker’s Family To Appeal


Relatives of a jailed Tibetan filmmaker hope they can afford a lawyer to appeal his sentence.

Migrant System 'Not Enough'


A new points-based scheme aims to help millions of migrant laborers in south China.

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