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Helicopters drop US troops at the presidential palace, Port-au-Prince, 19 Jan
Scores of US troops land at Haiti's presidential palace, as aid efforts gather pace a week after the devastating earthquake.

'Scores dead' in Nigeria clashes
At least 149 people die in two days of clashes between Christian and Muslim gangs in the Nigerian city of Jos, officials say.
Afghans 'paid $2.5bn in bribes'
Afghans paid out the equivalent of almost one quarter of legitimate GDP in bribes last year, a UN report suggests.

Our position remains that [Aung San] Suu Kyi's house arrest and the detention of all political prisoners is unjust and we call again on the government to release her and all political detainees without condition.
—Andrew Heyn, the British ambassador to Burma


Caveat Emptor: Asean's Dubious Trade Deal with China

Serious doubts are expressed across Southeast Asia about the benefits of the new free trade agreement between Asean and China.

Several Politicians Express Support for Burma Election

Several participants express support for the 2010 election at a recent political forum in Rangoon involving dissidents, politicians, former political prisoners and students.

Indian Delegation Visits Naypyidaw

Indian Union Home Secretary Gopal K Pillai met with junta generals in Naypyidaw on Tuesday to discuss border issues, according to media reports.

Foreign Reporters' Google E-mail Hacked in China

International journalists in China said that their Google e-mail accounts have been hacked in attacks similar to the ones against human rights activists.

Vietnam Aims to Carve World's Biggest Jade Buddha

One of the flamboyant entrepreneurs making it big in booming Vietnam unveiled a massive precious stone, purchased in Burma last year, that he plans to transform into the world's largest jade Buddha.

Thailand extends deadline for passport applications by migrants
passport_sWith the number of migrants registering for passports still extremely poor, the period for ...
Win Tin permitted to travel outside Rangoon
wintin-trip-mandalay1ssWin Tin, a leader with the National League for Democracy (NLD), for the first time since ...
Courts rush to conclude trials
insein-prisonsThe special courts inside Rangoon’s notorious Insein prison are said to be in a hurry to complete ...
NLD to reconstitute Central Committee
The National League for Democracy’ (NLD), which recently enlarged its Central Executive ...
ASEAN should not be taken in by unprincipled Burma
Commentary Source > Zin Linn/OpEdNews Tuesday, 19 January 2010 10:38
ASEAN is seemingly committed to accelerating economic growth, social progress and cultural development in the South-East Asia region, to strengthen the institution for a thriving ...
GAIL, ONGC Videsh buying Myanmar pipeline stake
National Source > Debjit Chakraborty / Daily News & Analysis Tuesday, 19 January 2010 10:34
State-owned GAIL (India) Ltd plans to pick up 4.17% equity in the $2.01 billion pipeline for exporting gas from Myanmar to southern China, chairman and managing director B C Tripathi said...
Gail to buy 4% in Myanmar-China project
Business Source > Economic Times Tuesday, 19 January 2010 10:32
State-run gas transportation company Gail India will pick up a 4% stake in the $2-billion Myanmar-China gas pipeline project, company
chairman and managing director BC Tripathi said ...
India Can Move the Needle on Burma
Commentary Source > KELLEY CURRIE/Wall Street Journal Tuesday, 19 January 2010 10:27
Delhi should be more clever about using its own values and role as a regional leader to press for political reform. Burma is back in the news amid reports ...

Win Tin allowed to leave Rangoon

Jan 19, 2010 (DVB)–Renowned opposition politician Win Tin, who remains Burma’s longest serving political prisoner, yesterday left Rangoon division for the first time since his release in September 2008. - more

New NLD central committee holds first meeting

Jan 19, 2010 (DVB)–Burma’s opposition National League for Democracy party yesterday held its first senior-level meeting following the expansion of its central committee. - more

Western envoys at Suu Kyi hearing

Jan 19, 2010 (DVB)–Diplomats from the British embassy in Rangoon yesterday attended the court hearing for Aung San Suu Kyi’s latest appeal, in which lawyers refuted the legality of her sentencing last year. - more

Burma torture now ‘more widespread’

Jan 18, 2010 (DVB)–Torture in Burma is “now more widespread than at any time in recent decades”, according to an open letter sent by an Asian rights group to the UN’s torture rapporteur. - more

Wa army training ‘thousands’ of civilians

Jan 18, 2010 (DVB)–Military training is being given by a Burmese ceasefire group to thousands of civilians in Shan state amid tensions between the ceasefire group and the Burmese army, regional sources say. - more

Burmese court hears final Suu Kyi appeal

Jan 18, 2010 (AFP)–Burma's supreme court heard final arguments on Monday against the extended house arrest of detained pro-democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi, her lawyer said. - more

Japan calls for Suu Kyi’s release

Jan 18, 2010 (DVB)–Japan’s foreign minister has urged Burma’s military rulers to release detained opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, adding that aid could be stepped up if elections this year are free. - more

Migrant passport deadline extended

Jan 18, 2010 (DVB)–Thailand’s labour ministry has extended the deadline for Burmese migrant workers to apply for temporary passports that grant them legal status in the country, the ministry website said. - more

Suu Kyi meets Burma junta liaison officer

Jan 18, 2010 (AFP)–Burma's detained pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi met the ruling junta's liaison officer Friday, officials and her party said, in the latest sign of dialogue between the two sides. - more

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