Iraq parties in government ‘deal’

Iraq’s parties have broken an eight-month deadlock over the formation of a new government, the man brokering negotiations says.

Currencies to dominate G20 talks

The world’s leading economies begin a summit in South Korea, with currency policies set to dominate the agenda.

Lichtenstein piece fetches $42.6m

Roy Lichtenstein’s Ohhh… Alright… is sold at auction at Christie’s New York for $42.6m (£26.4m), a record for the US pop artist.

  • Australia migrants gain legal win

    The Australian High Court rules in favour of asylum-seekers who claimed laws barring appeal against refugee status rejections were unfair.

  • NDF Calls for Investigation into Claims of Vote Rigging

    RANGOON — A Burmese opposition party, the National Democratic Force, said in a statement issued on Thursday that it would call on the Election Commission to investigate its complaints of vote rigging in last Sunday’s election. The party said that initial vote counts indicated that it was strongly favored to win in a number of constituencies that later went to the regime-backed Union Solidarity and Development Party after advance ballots were added overnight. “We have a duty to inform people about this vote rigging,” said the party’s leader, Khin Maung Swe. “During the vote counting, we were winning nearly 85 percent of the seats we contested. But the next day, we were defeated by advance ballots.” Published Thursday, 11 November, 2010

    Court Refuses Suu Kyi Appeal

    RANGOON — Supreme Court refused Aung San Suu Kyi’s appeal against her house arrest sentence. “The Supreme Court was led by the chief justice. He confirmed the sentence,” an official told AFP on condition of anonymity. But hopes for her imminent freedom remained. Suu Kyi’s lawyers expect her to be released on Saturday – just days after a rare election in which the junta’s proxies claimed a landslide win – but they had hoped she would also be acquitted to prove her innocence. Published Thursday, 11 November, 2010

    Suu Kyi Set to Probe Burma Vote Fraud

    RANGOON — Aung San Suu Kyi will help investigate charges of election fraud if and when she is released from house arrest this week. Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy has established a committee to probe allegations of fraud in the polls. NLD was officially disbanded as a political party because it refused to register for the polls it considered unfair, but the group remains active as a social movement. Published Thursday, 11 November, 2010

    Parties Condemn ‘Daylight Robbery’

    Several parties have already lodged complaints with the electoral commission, but most are unlikely to proceed with them. It will cost the equivalent of US$10,000 to proceed with the complaint, and if they lose the case they will be given a $3,000 fine and three years in jail. Instead, a leading opposition politician, Than Nyein, has urged his NDF party’s candidates and others not to sign declarations recognizing any controversial poll results. See: Published Thursday, 11 November, 2010

    Security Stepped Up for Scheduled Suu Kyi Release

    Security preparations are under way for the expected release of detained opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, which is scheduled to take place on Saturday, Burmese government officials told AFP news agency. “We haven’t got any instruction from superiors for her release yet, but we are preparing security plans for for November 13,” a government official told the news agency.

NDF Urges Investigation of Advance Vote

The NDF will lodge complaints with the election commission regarding malpractice in the polls.

Recounts Favor USDP

Winning in the evening; losing in the morning; The lion seized all the seats! That’s what the children are singing in the street around Rangoon.

Winners Become Losers One Day after Election

Voters in Mandalay went to bed happy on Sunday believing pro-democracy candidates had won only to wake up the next morning to learn those same candidates had lost.

Brigade 5 Cease-fire Talks Break Down

Leaders of DKBA Brigade 5 say that negotiations with Burmese commanders have broken down.

Canadian Company Charged with Illegal Exports to Burma
The Canada Border Services Agency has charged Kenn Borek Air Ltd and its former general manager, Stephen Penikett, with unlawfully exporting goods to Burma.

Arakanese seek to counter junta power in their state

rndp-logo-sThe main ethnic Arakanese party is seeking an alliance with other parties’ MPs to counter the influence of …

2,500 Karen, Mon refugees cross Three Pagodas Pass

refugees-sleep-mae-sot11s-sRefugees of clashes between junta troops and a Karen splinter faction in Myawaddy, Karen State …

Thai engineering giant signs Tavoy port deal

southeast-asia-sThe largest civil construction company in Thailand, Italian-Thai Development, has signed a contract … NLD to sound out ‘remedy for ugliness of ballot fraud’

wintin-nld-interview-s(Analysis) Despite its boycott of Sunday’s elections, the National League for Democracy wants to do …

Low voter savvy casts further doubt over polls

poll-survey8-1sBurma’s 2010 general election was characterised by low levels of knowledge of parties and policies by …

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Disabled woman raped by soldier

Major build-up of troops in central Shan state is denounced by rights group after disabled 25-year-old is raped on the eve of elections



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USDP accuses opposition of stealing votes

PM’s party rumoured to be filing a complaint to election authority over seats it lost to an opposition Arakan party last week

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NLD asks for warning of Suu Kyi’s release

Security preparations need to be made by party as officials approach 13 November release date with cautious optimism

Cyclone Giri, Burma: Launch of fund-raising website by Giri Relief Committee

Date: November 11, 2010

The Giri Relief Committee urges the international community to support its fund-raising drive for the survivors of cyclone Giri. Today the Committee launched its fund-raising website: