Mbeki Tries to Mediate Ivory Coast Presidential Standoff

Mbeki holds separate meetings with incumbent President Laurent Gbagbo and challenger Alassane Ouattara

Former South African president Thabo Mbeki (L) meets with presidential election candidate Alassane Ouattara (R) during their meeting in Abidjan, 05 Dec 2010

Polls in Egyptian Runoff Close Under Protest

Vote, marred by opposition complaints calling it a farce, expected to bring landslide victory to ruling National Democratic Party

Egyptian voters protest in front of a anti-riot vehicle as they claim they were prevented from casting their votes in Damas, near El Dakahlia, Egypt, 05 Dec 2010

Afghanistan Blast Kills 2 NATO Troops

NATO says incident, which killed two other people and wounded several more, occurred outside military base in eastern city of Gardez

Iran to Use First Domestically-Produced Uranium Yellowcake

Iran says yellowcake, a uranium concentrate powder processed in the country, will be used at the Isfahan conversion plant

Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, Ali Akbar Salehi, cuts a ribbon during a ceremony, as a truck is seen behind him, containing Iran's first domestically mined raw uranium, at the Isfahan uranium conversion facility (UCF), central Iran, 05 De

Hundreds in Hong Kong March for Nobel Winner’s Freedom

Some 400 protesters marched through Hong Kong’s financial district, holding banners, chanting slogans calling for Liu Xiaobo’s freedom

Pro-democracy protesters with banners bearing photos of jailed Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo march to the Chinese government liaison office in Hong Kong, 05 Dec 2010

Eight Cyclists Dead After Collision in Italy

Witnesses say driver apparently lost control of his car, and collided head-on with cyclists

Sheets cover the bodies of cyclists after a speeding car, partially seen at right, plowed head-on into their group in southern Italy on Sunday morning, killing eight of them, in Lamezia Terme, Italy, 05 Dec 2010

Explosion Kills 7 in China Internet Café

Officials say blast in Kaili city, Guizhou province, appears to have been caused by illegal storage of chemicals in next-door shop

Israel Foresees End to Deadly Forest Fire

US ‘Supertanker,’ Palestinian fire engines have joined battle giving boost to multi-national effort that began last Thursday

An Israeli firefighter takes a break as he fights a blaze in the youth village (boarding school) of Yemin OrdE, near the northern city of Haifa, Israel, 05 Dec 2010

Kenya Asks FBI For Help After 3 Police Killed

Police say they hope to draw on FBI’s experience dealing with explosives and tracing origins of arms

Kenyan police officers clean the scene where a police van was attacked at the Eastleigh neighborhood in the capital Nairobi, 03 Dec 2010

Study says 39 Percent of Americans Think Marriage is Becoming Obsolete

Survey says a number of people think it is not necessary to be married to have a family

Dozens killed in Pakistan attack

Injured man arrives in Peshawar for treatment

A suicide bomb attack in the Mohmand region of north-west Pakistan leaves at least 40 people dead and many others injured, local officials say.

Concorde on fire as it leaves Charles de Gaulle airport, Paris (July 2000)

Continental blamed over Concorde

A Paris court blames US carrier Continental for the 2000 Concorde crash which killed 113, but the airline vows to appeal.

Iran in key Geneva nuclear talks

Iran and key world powers begin talks in Geneva on Tehran’s disputed nuclear programme, the first in more than a year.

More Refugees Flee Karen State Fighting

By THE IRRAWADDY
Refugees from Burma continue to flow into neighboring Thailand as fighting fails to die down in Karen State between Burmese government troops and breakaway forces of the Democratic Karen Buddhist Army.

Socially-active Artists Banned from State TV, Radio

By KO HTWE
The Burmese regime has ordered a blackout on news about several socially-engaged personalities from the country’s arts and entertainment scene.

The Risky World of Burma’s Football Gamblers

By HEIN THU
Not only their British fans were sorely disappointed when Manchester United were thrashed 4-0 by lowly West Ham United last week—gamblers in Burma also lost heavily.

Amnesty Decries ‘Epidemic’ Malaysia Prison Canings

By JULIA ZAPPEI / AP WRITER
Caning of convicts and asylum seekers in Malaysian prisons has reached “epidemic proportions” and is often inflicted so severely that flesh is torn off the body, Amnesty International says.

Thailand Marks 83rd Birthday of Revered King

By GRANT PECK / AP WRITER
Thailand on Sunday marked the 83rd birthday of King Bhumibol Adulyadej, the world’s longest-reigning monarch, but elaborate celebrations could not mask concern over his health and the future of the royal institution.

Aung San Suu Kyi talks to Mizzima

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(Interview) Pro-democracy leader and Nobel Peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi spoke with Mizzima on Monday, responding …

Artists off-air after backing Suu Kyi, political satire

fm-symbolBurma’s Ministry of Information banned eight FM radio stations from broadcasting interviews or …

WikiLeaks: Lee Kwan Yew; Asean spying for China

lee-kawn-yewSingaporean prominent leader Lee Kuan Yew said that Association of Southeast Asian Nations countries …

Junta orders closure of Shan office amid building tensions

ssa-thumbThe Burmese military has ordered a Shan ethnic militia formerly under ceasefire to close its office in …

Myanma Airways’ two new Chinese aircraft enter service

MA60_plan-sTwo Xian MA60s entered service on Wednesday for domestic carrier Myanma Airways to mark Burma’s …

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Student army to join Karen fighting

All Burma Students’ Democratic Front met with renegade DKBA commander shortly after fighting erupted in November close to the Thai border

 

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Karen villagers pressed to relocate

Land close to Myawaddy earmarked for development of petrol storage facilities by construction and trade company close to Burmese junta

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Fuel price cap sparks imbalance

Lack of profit-margin for private fuel stations causes a surge in black market sellers where gas can retail at nearly double the price