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A Pakistan army soldier stands in Peshawar, Pakistan, on 20 January 2010
Pakistan's army rules out new offensives against militants anytime soon, as the US defence secretary arrives for talks.

China's economy resumes rapid growth
China's economy grew by 8.7% in 2009, setting it on course to overtake Japan as the world's second-largest.
Democrat Edwards admits campaign lovechild
Former Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards admits he fathered a child with a filmmaker hired before his bid.

US Seeks Ban on Importing Burmese Python

The United States wants to ban the import of Burmese pythons and eight other large constrictor snakes, as the Obama administration believes the large snakes endanger America's fragile ecosystem.

NLD Needs a New Breed

The NLD must reorganize itself along new lines and bring in new, innovate, energetic leaders and members.

Kyat Falls on Talk of Trade Liberalization

Demand for US dollars has increased in Burma amid speculation that the country's ruling regime is planning to further relax restrictions on imports.

Burma Strengthens Relations with Asean Chair Vietnam

The Burmese military junta has stepped up military, trading and social relations with Vietnam, Asean's current chair.

Human Rights 'Deteriorating' in Burma: HRW

Burma's human rights record continued to deteriorate in 2009, says Human Rights Watch in its annual report.

Illegal Rice Trade Increases in Mae Sot

Illegal rice imports across the Thai-Burmese border to Mae Sot have increased to an estimated 5,000 sacks daily.

Thai governor warns Burmese social organizations
The Thai government proposes to come down heavily on some Burmese political ...
ILO, Burma renew supplementary understanding
The Burmese military government has agreed with the International Labor Organisation ...
Uneasy calm prevails between junta and ceasefire groups
khin-nyunt-pao-yu-changsDespite the refusal of armed ceasefire groups to favorably respond to the junta’s proposal to ...
Migrants keen on driving license
Even as migrant workers in Ranong province have begun to apply for driving licenses, ...
State-backed attacks on activists grow

Jan 21, 2010 (DVB)–A leading rights watchdog has reported a global rise in the number of state-sanctioned abuses against “rights defenders”, fueled in part by the inability of the rights movement to protect victims. - more

Thai village chief shot by DKBA troops

Jan 21, 2010 (DVB)–A Thai village chief has been seriously injured after being shot twice by a pro-Burmese junta militia, who last week crossed from eastern Burma into Thailand. - more

Eight charged for Sept 2007 activities

Jan 21, 2010 (DVB)–Eight activists have been charged for their role in the September 2007 uprising, more than two years after police in Burma launched a brutal crackdown on peaceful protests. - more

ILO extends forced labour ‘understanding’

Jan 20, 2010 (DVB)–The International Labour Organisation has agreed the extension of a ‘supplementary understanding’ with the Burmese government regarding illegal use of forced labour in the country. - more

Election ‘preparation’ barred from media

Jan 20, 2010 (DVB)–Burmese media has been banned from publishing material covering political groups’ preparations for the elections this year, while news of the elections themselves is allowed. - more

India urges Burma to hunt for rebels

Jan 20, 2010 (DVB)–India’s ongoing problem with its Northeastern rebels will likely dominate talks between the Burmese junta and India’s home secretary, who is currently in Naypyidaw. - more

US citizen reportedly in solitary confinement

Jan 20, 2010 (DVB)–The Burmese-born US citizen detained in a Rangoon prison has been placed in solitary confinement, along with two other inmates, prison sources say. - more

US ‘needs clear steps’ on Burma reform

Jan 20, 2010 (DVB)–The US yesterday signaled a growing impatience with the Burmese regime after complaining that it had received a “mixed bag” of results following its decision to engage with the pariah state. - more

Punk's not dead in military-ruled Burma

Jan 20, 2010 (AFP)–The singer smashes his guitar to pieces on the stage as thousands of spiky-haired punk fans cheer loudly - a rare display of countercultural exuberance in military-ruled Burma. - more

U.S. to press Myanmar on reform: report
World Source > Reuters Tuesday, 19 January 2010 23:00
The United States plans to meet officials from Myanmar soon and will seek more evidence it is ready to enact political reforms in return for broader dialogue with Washington, a senior U.S. official said on Tuesday...
Myanmar to hold Miss Tourism Contest for 2010
Tourism Source > People's Daily Online Tuesday, 19 January 2010 22:56
Myanmar will hold a miss tourism contest for the first time in Yangon in February, in a bid to promote the country's tourism industry, sources with the Hoteliers Association said on Tuesday...

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