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Pakistani officials at the blast site in Lower Dir, Pakistan, 3 Feb 2010
At least 10 people, including three US soldiers and three schoolgirls, die in a bomb in NW Pakistan, officials say.

US wary over Iran uranium offer
The US reacts warily after Iran says it will accept a deal to swap its enriched uranium for processed nuclear fuel.
France bars citizenship over veil
The French government refuses to grant citizenship to a man on the grounds he forced his wife to wear the full Islamic veil.

“We really hope to see the kind of progress that would demonstrate that Burma is ready to emerge from a period of authoritarian rule and some level of isolation and violation of human rights.”
—US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton

How to Select a UN Special Envoy?

As UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon looks for a successor to his special envoy on Burma, it might be useful to consider some do's and don'ts to guide him through the task.

Drugs Influx Expected in Thailand

Anti-drugs bureaus in Thailand say more and more drugs are being trafficked into the country, especially from Burma.

Western-sanctioned Kanbawza Bank Buys Airline

Burma continues to privatize businesses as Myanmar Airways International is sold to Kanbawza Bank, owned by a close business associate of the junta.

Assessing Thai Coup Rumors

With political tension mounting in Bangkok, coup rumors are growing, but who in the army has enough reason to mount a coup?

Burma Absent from UN Security Council's February Agenda

Burma is not on the February agenda of the United Nations Security Council because no member has raised the issue, according to Ambassador Gérard Araud of France, the country holding the council’s rotating presidency this month.

Burmese Activist Awarded US Fellowship

A New York-based Burmese activist, Myra Dahgaypaw, has been awarded a prestigious Carl Wilkens Fellowship by the Genocide Intervention Network.

Landmines and food crisis await Karen refugees

Feb 3, 2010 (DVB)–Around 3000 refugees who fled conflict in Burma last year have been told by Thai authorities that they must return to Karen state, despite dire warnings of conditions there. - more

Burma VJ Nominated for Best Documentary Oscar

The Documentary film, directed by Anders Østergaard, follows the story of video journalists (VJs) working inside Burma, for Norway based media outlet Democratic Voice of Burma (DVB). - more

Monks sentenced for 2007 uprising

Feb 3, 2010 (DVB)–Three monks and two civilians in Burma have been handed lengthy prison sentences, some as much as nine years, for their role in the September 2007 uprising, lawyers say. - more

Karen army says ‘2010 will be different’

Joseph Allchin

Feb 3, 2010 (DVB)–The 61st Karen Revolutionary Day was celebrated by its protagonists at a secret encampment several hours walk from the Thai border, amidst hope that this year will see their fortunes change. - more

Pro-junta group drops charges against USDA

Feb 02, 2010 (DVB)–Union of Myanmar Federation of National Politics said it has dropped charges against members of another pro-junta group, the Union Solidarity and Development Association, who attacked them last year. - more

ADB has no new lending plan for Burma
The Asian Development Bank has no immediate plans to provide fresh assistance to ...
Four women activists awaits court verdict
naw-ohn-hla-nldsDistrict Court in Rangoon’s notorious Insein prison has set February 15 for pronouncing ...
Obama proposes $ 34. 8 million for Burma
barack_obamasUnited States President Barack Obama in his budget proposal for 2011 has earmarked ...
Five more model villages coming up in Buthidaung
In the ongoing process of settling the homeless from across Burma, five more model villages are being set up with over 500 houses ...
Monks declared 'Boycott' against Suu Kyi's brother

Regional Source > NAM NEWS NETWORK Tuesday, 02 February 2010 23:59
U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Kurt Campbell is expected to press South Korea to speak up about human rights abuses in Myanmar when he meets top South Korean officials this week ...
S. Korea Seeks Investment in Myanmar Fishery Sector
Business Source > Xinhua Tuesday, 02 February 2010 23:58
A South Korean company based in Seoul is seeking investment in Myanmar's fishery sector, planning to set up a joint venture company with local fishery entrepreneurs, sources with the Myanmar ...
Myanmar Offshore Oil Field Discovered
National Source > Xinhua Tuesday, 02 February 2010 23:57
An assessing oil well in Myanmar's Mottama offshore oil field is estimated to be able to start commercial production in the dry season this year after test-fire of gas was successfully done on Monday ...
Asian tour secures Myanmar
Sports Source > James Mason/SkySports Tuesday, 02 February 2010 23:54
The 2010 Asian Tour has been boosted after the Myanmar Open was confirmed on the schedule. After a four-year hiatus, it has been confirmed that the tournament secured a slot in April ...
Asian Tour Comes Back To Burma After 4 Years
Sports Source > Jakarta Globe Tuesday, 02 February 2010 23:52
The Myanmar Open will return to this season’s Asian Tour schedule in April following a four-year absence, officials said on Tuesday. The tournament will take place from April 8-11 at Pun Hlaing Golf Club ...
A reluctant refuge for Myanmar folk
Commentary Source > Ben Blanchard/Reuters Tuesday, 02 February 2010 23:50
Ask residents of the dusty Chinese border town of Ruili what they think of their neighbor and supposed friend Myanmar (Burma) and one word features prominently -- "luan," or chaotic...
Thailand: Japan selecting first Myanmar refugees for resettlement
Regional Source > UNHCR Tuesday, 02 February 2010 23:48
Japanese government officials are visiting Mae La refugee camp in northern Thailand today (Tuesday, 02 Feb.) to begin interviewing refugees from Myanmar who have applied for resettlement to Japan...
Myanmar official media calls for producing world standard film
Entertainment Source > Xinhua Tuesday, 02 February 2010 23:45
A Myanmar official daily Tuesday called on artists in the country to produce good Myanmar films of international standard to make sure that international film market can be penetrated...

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