South Korean Army's K-9 self-propelled guns fire live rounds during the largest joint air and ground military exercises on the Seungjin Fire Training Field in mountainous Pocheon, 20 miles (30 kilometers) from the Koreas' heavily fortified border, South K

N Koreans ‘ready for sacred war’

South Korean exercises on 23 December

North Korea is ready for a “sacred war”, its armed forces minister says, as South Korea completes live-fire drills.

Dozens killed in Ivory Coast – UN

Post-election violence kills 173 in Ivory Coast, the UN says, as pressure mounts for Laurent Gbagbo to quit the presidency.

Than Shwe’s Son-in-law Named Ambassador to China

In his latest effort to entrench his family’s status as Burma’s ruling clan, Snr-Gen Than Shwe appoints his son-in-law to serve as the country’s ambassador to its closest ally.

USDP Candidates Prepare for Opening of Parliament

The junta’s proxy Union Solidarity and Development Party concludes a special conference in Naypyidaw to prepare for the newly-elected parliament and government.

Military Commandeers ‘Truck Porters’

The Burmese army forces drivers and their trucks to serve as military transport.

More Land in Arakan State Confiscated for Railway

More residents in Burma’s western Arakan (Rakhine) State suffer as their farm land and plantations have been confiscated or damaged due to a railway project in the area.

Volunteer Group Aids All Comers in Mae Sot

It is early morning and the doors to the People’s Volunteer Association office have been open for only one hour. Inside, there is already a line of people with problems queuing to talk with the staff.

2010: A Quake, A Meltdown, A Dramatic Rescue
The disruptions of earthly existence came from some unlikely places in 2010: ash from an Icelandic volcano; the contents of an airline passenger’s underwear; a website called WikiLeaks spilling the secret cables of international diplomacy onto front pages across the world.

Cyclone Giri Victims Short of Food
Two months after Cyclone Giri devastated coastal regions of western Arakan State in Burma, thousands of victims still lack food, report humanitarian organizations.

Bomb Scene Photographer Sentenced to Eight Years
Photographer Sithu Zeya is sentenced to eight years in prison for photographing the aftermath of the April 15, 2010 bomb blast in Rangoon.

Thirimingala market relocates

Rangoon City Development Committee has ordered the shopkeepers of Thirimingala Market to move to …

USDP lodges poll complaint against rival lawmakers-elect

usdp-thumbsIn patently hypocritical claims, the junta-backed party that won a controversial landslide victory in …

Somali pirates let Burmese crewmen contact families

msc-panamaThe 23 Burmese crewmen of Liberian-flagged container ship MSC Panama, hijacked early this month …

Cyclone Giri victims have just 45pc of basic needs: UN office

Cyclone-Giri-2010-story-sTwo months since Cyclone Giri ripped through Burma’s western Arakan State, residents affected have …

An open letter of a student for SPDC Chair person


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IAEA wants to visit suspected Burma nuclear sites

The UN atomic watchdog has asked Burma to be allowed to visit a number of suspect nuclear sites and facilities

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DVB reporter gets 8 year jail term

21-year-old arrested for photographing the aftermath of the Rangoon bombings in April sentenced while his father awaits verdict

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USDP assailants fined $0.50

Two men found guilty of attacking voter on 7 November fined just $0.50 by court as victim spends $30 in legal fees