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Wreckage of a car bomb attack in Basra, Iraq, on 25 August, 2010
Dozens of people are killed and many others injured in a series of apparently co-ordinated bombings in Baghdad and other cities across Iraq.
Pakistani flood-affected people wade through water in Tando Hafiz Shah village about 60 km from Thatta in Sindh province on August 21, 2010. Jimmy Carter receives flowers from a North Korean child in Pyongyang on 25 August 2010
Thousands of Pakistanis flee their homes in southern coastal areas as flood-water sweeps down from the north.
Former US President Jimmy Carter visits North Korea and meets its number two leader in an apparent bid to free a jailed US man.
Tiger Woods and Elin Nordegren File photograph of Mont Blanc
Tiger Woods' ex-wife says she never suspected him of cheating on her, and went "through hell" after finding out about his affairs.
French engineers are set to drain a lake that has formed under a glacier on Mont Blanc, and which threatens to flood a valley below.
breaking news TV grab of crashed bus near Cape Town, South Africa, 25 August 2010
A plane crashes in the west of the Democratic Republic of Congo, killing 19 people, officials say.
At least eight children are killed and four injured in a collision between a school bus and a train in South Africa, local reports say.
Coffins of those killed in Manila are brought to a Hong Kong-bound plane on 25 August 2010 Bolivia's consul arrives to plant a flag at the mine in Chile as one of the miners is of Bolivian nationality
Victims of the Manila bus hijack have been flown back to Hong Kong, two days after the deadly siege which left eight tourists dead.
Chile's President Sebastian Pinera tells the 33 miners trapped hundreds of metres underground that every effort is being made to free them.
Afghans protest at Qalay-i-Naw, 25 August 2010 sumo wrestlers
An Afghan police recruit shoots dead two Spanish police officers and their interpreter in north-western Afghanistan, officials say.
Fat-fingered sumo wrestlers, unable to tap the keys on standard mobile phones, are being given iPads to communicate.

Than Shwe's election labyrinth

Monday, August 23, 2010

Border Closure Violates Spirit of Asean Free Trade

Six-week closure of Thai-Burmese border robs both countries of trade, jobs, goods and income, and contravenes the spirit of the new Asean rules on closer economic ties.

Cyclone Than Shwe Hits Naypyidaw

A military purge or a simple change of uniforms? No one yet knows why Than Shwe is uprooting his colleagues.

88 Generation Leaders Remain Defiant

Min Ko Naing and other students group leaders say they will not accept the election unless it is all-inclusive and all political prisoners are released.

EIU: No Chance of Fair Election in Burma

In it latest report on Burma, the Economist Intelligence Unit says it sees little likelihood of a free, fair or inclusive election in November.

Mon Cease-fire Group Says Election Not the Solution

Without political dialogue, the New Mon State Party vows to fight for ethnic rights and democracy.

KIO to Hold Congress

The Kachin cease-fire group will discuss its future role as a political party and a militia, as well as the junta's border guard force proposal.
Mono-crop Plantations Threaten Tiger Reserve
A wealthy Burmese businessmen, Htay Myint, is establishing a massive mono-crop plantation in the world’s largest tiger reserve in the Hugawng Valley in Kachin State in northern Burma.
Karen party to stand only in Irrawaddy Division
arrival-visa-bansBureaucratic roadblocks by the junta’s electoral watchdog have forced the Union Karen League party ...
NDF leader gives up on polls citing bureaucratic obstacles
khin-maung-sweNational Democratic Force party central executive committee member Khin Maung Swe announced ...

Burmese refugees suffer scabies in New Delhi
wrwab-health-caresBurmese refugees in New Delhi, India have been suffering from an outbreak of skin diseases since early ...
Labour activists released
ilo-logo-sTwo activists who had assisted farmers in central Burma in filing legal proceedings against the seizure of ...
Parents forced into USDP in return for polio shots
usdp-logo-sParents of children vaccinated against polio in the former Burmese capital have been pressured into ... UN aid has ‘limited impact’ in Burma thumbnail

UN aid has ‘limited impact’ in Burma
Report by internal UN Development Programme watchdog paints modest picture of aid efficacy in Burma, particularly in health and education Southeast Asia rich-poor gap ‘widening’ thumbnail

Southeast Asia rich-poor gap ‘widening’
Discrepancy is 'wide' between rich and poor and could undermine efforts to create a single market and manufacturing base in Southeast AsiaInt’l rights framework ‘meaningless’ for Burma thumbnail

Int’l rights framework ‘meaningless’ for Burma
Hong Kong-based legal group warns that continued human rights rhetoric without action is misleading and will keep Burma 'closed forever'

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