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A supporter of Ukrainian opposition leader and presidential candidate Viktor Yanukovych, holds a flag Party of Regions during a rally, in front of Central Election Commission, in Kiev, Ukraine,08 Feb 2010

Yanukovych Claims Win in Ukraine; Tymoshenko Won't Concede

Viktor Yanukovych is a former prime minister himself, and was in office at the time of the last presidential election, in 2004

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Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad visits the Natanz uranium enrichment plant, April 2008
The US says new sanctions against Iran are the "only path" after Tehran said it was stepping up uranium enrichment.

Yanukovych 'to win Ukraine poll'
Ukraine's pro-Moscow Viktor Yanukovych will win presidential elections, officials say, but PM Yulia Tymoshenko is defiant.

Genes reveal 'biological ageing'
Scientists say they have pinpointed gene variants that might show how fast people's bodies are actually ageing.

Thai-Burmese Border Camps Braced for New Refugee Flow

The prospect of conflict in disputed areas of Burma's Karen State is leading Thai-Burmese border camps to brace themselves for new flows of refugees.

International Lawyers Question Thailand's Security Law

A weak rule of law is contributing to political division and violence in Thailand, according to the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ).

Karen Refugees Warned Not To Talk

The Thai military has warned Karen refugees at Tha Song Yang not to speak to the media or the UNHCR––or risk arrest and deportation.

Filipinos Prepare for First-ever Automated Elections

Filipinos will vote in the May 10 general election through an “automated elections system”, which promises to speed up time spent at the ballot box, a quicker results count and a supposedly fraudulent-free process.

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.

Work stoppage in Hlaing Tharyar yet again

Monday, 08 February 2010 19:52 Khai Suu
New Delhi (Mizzima) – Workers in Hlaing Tharyar Industrial Zone No. 3 went on a wild cat strike this afternoon.
“About 1,400 workers in our factory are on strike,” an official of the 'Mya' Fashion garment factory said.
"They have been staging the strike since lunch time today demanding better wages. The strike is still on," he said.
Since lunch time, around 1400 workers struck work demanding an increase in wages. The demonstration was being held outside the factory.
There was no negotiated settlement between factory workers and the management, till the time of writing.
There were two similar labour strikes demanding better wages and other perks in January this year in Hlaing Tharyar industrial zone.
About 100 workers from a lobster cold storage in No. 2 Hlaing Tharyar staged a strike on 7 January, while workers from Weng Hong Hung garment factory in Hlaing Tharyar No. 3 industrial zone went on strike on 17 January for better wages.
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Karen refugees threatened on media contact

Feb 8, 2010 (DVB)–The Thai army has reportedly told Karen refugees at the centre of a dispute over their forced repatriation to Burma not to speak to media, otherwise they may face arrest. - more

Australia to increase Burma aid

Feb 8, 2010 (DVB)–Australia will increase aid to Burma by 40 percent over the next three years, despite maintaining sanctions on the pariah Southeast Asian state, the Australian foreign minister announced yesterday. - more

Exiled media ‘should be charged with libel’

Feb 8, 2010 (DVB)–Burmese exiled media should be sued for broadcasting a “skyful of lies” in relation to forced recruitment of child soldiers by the ruling junta, state-run media said on Saturday. - more

Anti-malarial tolerance rising in Burma

Feb 8, 2010 (DVB)–Resistance to what is hailed the most effective drug for malaria prevention is rising in Burma, the World Health Organisation has warned. - more

Philippines sees 'farcical' Burma elections

Feb 7, 2010 (AFP)–Burma is likely to hold elections around September but they are shaping up to be a "farce" with democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi unable to run, Philippine Foreign Secretary Alberto Romulo said Friday. - more

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