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Bushehr nuclear power plant, Iran (file image)
Western powers respond with scepticism to Iran's claim that a deal to swap enriched uranium for nuclear fuel could be close.

Blizzard paralyses US east coast
An "extremely dangerous" storm begins dumping large amounts of snow in the eastern US, shutting down the capital.

Row over girl's Rio Carnival role
A row erupts in Brazil as a young girl is given what is traditionally a "sexy" role as a samba queen in the Rio de Janeiro Carnival.

A Visit with Leaders on Mon National Day

Traveling from Chiang Mai, it took two days to reach the area near Three Pagoda Pass where Mon leaders came out of the jungle to celebrate Mon National Day.

Ban on CNN May Be Related to Haiti Coverage

Burma's only provider of non-state television stations has stopped broadcasting CNN, possibly because of its coverage of US troops involved in the Haiti earthquake relief effort.

Yes to Dialogue, No to the Border Guard Force

Nai Htaw Mon, chairperson of the New Mon State Party, discusses the organization's views and positions on the current political situation in Burma with THE IRRAWADDY.

Weekly Business Roundup (February 6, 2010)

The sudden sale of Burma's state assets to regime-linked businesspeople is being compared to the criminal carve up of Russia as the Soviet Union collapsed.

Thai Govt Responds to Karen Landmine Fears

The Thai government says it has been assured that the areas where Karen refugees are to be repatriated have been cleared of landmines.

Rangoon alone boasts over 3,000 massage parlours
Rangoon alone boasts between 3,000 to 3,500 illegal massage parlours, according to a senior ...
Some refugees repatriated by Thailand
Ignoring appeals from several quarters, three families from Noe Boe refugee camp in ...
Rights groups appeal to Thailand to halt repatriation of refugees
Citing instances of recent land mine explosion victims, several rights groups and US ...
KIO continues to oppose BGF
An adamant Kachin Independence Organization (KIO), continuing to oppose conversion of its armed wing the Kachin Independence Army ...
Thai police raid Karen houses

Feb 5, 2010 (DVB)–The home of a senior Karen National Union politician and a neighbouring office belonging a Karen media group in western Thailand were raided by police yesterday. - more

Thailand suspends Karen refugee return

Feb 5, 2010 (DVB)–A meeting is underway along the Thai-Burma border after Thailand yesterday suspended the forced return of some 3,000 Karen refugees back to Burma. - more

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