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A Spanish passenger rests on top of his baggage at Bilbao airport, northern Spain, 18 April
The body representing the world's airlines criticises governments in Europe for the way they close air space because of volcanic ash.
Thai soldiers take up position in Bangkok's business district, 19 AprilShen Neng 1
The Thai army moves into the business district of Bangkok to prevent anti-government protesters entering the area.
Australia plans tough new laws to prevent shipping from entering areas around the delicate Great Barrier Reef.
US military photo allegedly showing Abu Ayyub al-Masri/Abu Hamza al-Muhajir (June 2006)Discovery (Nasa)
The Iraqi prime minister says two leaders of al-Qaeda in Iraq have been killed, but there is no US confirmation.
Low cloud and rain in Florida delay the return to Earth of the space shuttle Discovery.
Girl drinks water from hoseBarack Obama
The amount of water used to make food and goods exported to the West is worsening global shortages, a report argues.
Views of the US around the world have improved sharply over the past year, a BBC World Service poll suggests.
The ash cloud has blown across the Atlantic from IcelandLalit Modi
Fulham's Europa League semi-final against Hamburg, which had been in doubt because of the disruption caused by the volcanic ash cloud, will go ahead on Thursday.
The Indian Premier League semi-finals are moved from Bangalore to Mumbai amid security fears following two explosions outside the Chinnaswamy Stadium.
Yehuda Brown, a former Israeli soldier originally from a West Bank settlement,  performs in central Jerusalem.Mucuchie dog
Some striking images from around the world
The hold of Bolivar (and his dog) on modern Venezuela
Usain Bolt crossing the winning lineBA employee talks to passengers at O'Hare International Airport in Chicago
German sports firm Puma unveils new green packaging
British Airways asks the EU and UK government for compensation for the closure of airspace.
A Citibank branch - part of CitigroupFirst Choice
Wall Street banking giant Citigroup reports a profit of $4.4bn for the first three months of the year.
TUI Travel, Europe's biggest travel operator, says the disruption caused by the volcanic ash has cost it about £20m.
Study participantPhilips flat screen TV
Intensive therapy using a robot has helped patients improve arm movement years after they had a stroke.
Global electronics giant Philips has reported profitable quarter as it continues to recover from the recession.
Carrie UnderwoodKylie Minogue and Jason Donovan in 1987
Carrie Underwood becomes the first female artist to win entertainer of the year at the Academy of Country Music Awards for a second time.
British fans of Neighbours are given the chance to win a part in the Australian soap to celebrate its 25th anniversary.
Tube-anemone larvae (Image: Cheryl Clarke-Hopcroft/UAF/CMarZ)Cattle at a farm in Nupur, Iceland
An unprecedented number of tiny, ocean dwelling organisms is catalogued by a survey of the world's oceans.
Icelandic farmers race to protect their animals from being poisoned as rural areas become caked in dust.
RitalinKenya farm workers
Behavioural rewards for children with attention-deficit disorders work on the brain in the same way as drugs, a study suggests.
Thousands of farm workers in Kenya are temporarily laid off because of the volcanic ash that has grounded flights over Europe.
An al-Shabab fighter stands guard over a crowd during a court session in Mogadishu on 22 June 2009 Bolivian President Evo Morales
Hardline Islamists have brought greater stability to parts Somalia, but at a huge cost, Human Rights Watch says.
Delegates gather in Cochabamba for a "people's conference" on climate change called by Bolivian President Evo Morales.
Edwin ValeroPeople search through rubble in Jiegu, Qinghai province, China (19 April 2010)
Champion Venezuelan boxer Edwin Valero is found dead in a police cell after being arrested for killing his wife.
Two survivors are pulled from the rubble in Qinghai, as the death toll from last week's quake rises to nearly 2,000.
Carl Williams in Melbourne, Australia (30 March 2004)Nodar Kumaritashvili
Infamous Australian gangland boss Carl Williams dies after a beating at a high security jail in Melbourne.
Officials admit the track on which a Georgian luger died at the 2010 Winter Olympics was faster than it should have been.
Arriva busEhud Barak (file photo 28 March 2010)
German national rail company Deutsche Bahn is close to a £1.6bn takeover of UK transport group Arriva, reports say.
Israeli Defence Minister Ehud Barak says Israel must eventually give Palestinians their independence.
(Copyright: Fullstop Ad agency) Shashi Tharoor, left comes out after a meeting with the Indian Prime Minister in New Delhi, India, Sunday, April 18, 2010.
The UN high commissioner for Human rights says more needs to be done to improve rights for migrant workers and women.
An Indian junior government minister resigns over allegations of corruption in the country's premier cricket league.
mapQueue of passengers at Air France desk in Rabat (AFP)
Seven people are reported dead as a magnitude 5.3 earthquake hits Afghanistan and is felt in neighbouring states
Royal Navy ships are drafted into the efforts to return stranded travellers to the UK as airspace restrictions are extended.
Jack Tweed arriving at court earlierCourt drawing of Edlington attackers
A jury hears that a woman allegedly raped by Jack Tweed, widower of Jade Goody, and his friend, "did not protest".
An independent watchdog recommends government intervention after a series of crises at Doncaster Council.
Omari RobertsGran Canaria beach
A 23-year-old man who stabbed a teenage burglar to death has a murder charge against him dropped.
A 12-year-old girl from Dewsbury dies and a boy is injured in a hit-and-run car accident on Gran Canaria.

The plight of migrant workers

Uncertain of their rights, many are being subjected to harassment and extortion by the police, even if they are legally employed

Bangkok Post , Published: 11/04/2010 at 12:00 AM
Mya and her sister, Burmese migrants who work the night shift at a Samut Sakhon textile factory, were asleep in their home late one morning when there was a knock on the door.

UNPOPULAR: Two children take part in a demonstration against the nationality verification process earlier this year. PHOTO: PATTANAPONG HIRUNARD

Burma's shadow of death

Monday, April 19, 2010

Leading Parties Stay Away from Election

Nineteen political parties to date have registered for this year's general election in Burma; however, the leading parties say they will not compete.

Rangoon Blasts Target Junta Chief's Grandson?

Explosions in Rangoon appear to have targeted the grandson of junta chief Sr-Gen Than Shwe, say army and police sources.

KIO Meets Junta Officials after Dam Bombings

Kachin Independence Organization officials meet with their junta counterparts in Myitkyina, following a series of bomb blasts at the Myitsone dam site.

Newspaper Blames Rangoon Bombs on Exiled Groups

Exiled Burmese opposition groups were responsible for the bombing of a pavilion in Rangoon, according to a commentary in a state-run newspaper on Sunday, which said the groups gave terrorist training to migrant workers.

Volcano-stranded Europeans Seek Alternate Routes

Frustrated European travelers stranded overseas struggled to find alternate routes home, desperate for information on flights into the continent's few airports not closed by a dangerous cloud of ash from an Icelandic volcano.
Poor turnout for festival finalé in Rangoon
pandal1sVery few people attended the Thingyan traditional water festival at pavilions along Kandawgyi Road, ...
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Kachin dam bombing kills four

Three bombs explode close to controversial dam days after a similar attack in Rangoon left nine dead and hundreds injured

Is drug policy a human rights abuser?

Prohibition on the global drugs industry is born of a moralistic, not pragmatic, viewpoint and has had a devastating impact on poor countries such as Burma

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