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Seven Maoists get political prisoner status


August 8th, 2012 - 9:43 pm ICT by IANS
Kolkata, Aug 8 (IANS) The Calcutta High Court Wednesday granted status of political prisoners to seven Maoist leaders and sympathizers in West Bengal jails, the rebels' counsel said.The seven include ... Read more...

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US Congress wants to keep Myanmar import ban


August 3rd, 2012 - 5:45 am ICT by IANS
Washington, Aug 3 (IANS) The US Congress Thursday voted to extend a ban on imports from Myanmar by one year despite recent easing of other sanctions against the country.The ... Read more...

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Obama eases sanctions against Myanmar


July 12th, 2012 - 1:17 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, July 12 (IANS) US President Barack Obama has eased sanctions on Myanmar, allowing American companies to do business in the southeast Asian country.In his statement Wednesday, the president ... Read more...

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UN aid workers detained in Myanmar


July 7th, 2012 - 12:03 am ICT by IANS
Washington, July 6 (IANS) About 10 aid workers, some of them from the UN, are being held by authorities in western Myanmar where sectarian clashes killed scores of people last ... Read more...

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Yemen faces isolation over Al Qaeda war: UNSC


June 13th, 2012 - 8:08 am ICT by IANS
New York, June 13 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Yemen faces international isolation in case efforts to stabilise the situation in the country and reform its law enforcement agencies fall through, the UN ... Read more...

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Japan, Myanmar open trade talks


May 27th, 2012 - 9:28 pm ICT by IANS
Yangon, May 27 (IANS) Japan has opened negotiations with Myanmar on an investment agreement, the trade ministry said."Since many Japanese private companies are trying to do business with Burma (Myanmar), ... Read more...

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Tamil prisoners on hunger strike in Sri Lanka


May 21st, 2012 - 3:25 pm ICT by IANS
Colombo, May 21 (IANS) A total of 234 Tamil prisoners in Sri Lanka, most of them former Tamil Tiger rebels, are on a hunger strike the past five days here, ... Read more...

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Obama nominates ambassador to Myanmar


May 18th, 2012 - 6:18 am ICT by IANS
Washington, May 18 (IANS) US President Barack Obama Thursday nominated Derek Mitchell as the country's first ambassador to Myanmar in 22 years."Today , I am nominating our first US ... Read more...

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US extends Myanmar sanctions


May 18th, 2012 - 3:19 am ICT by IANS
Washington, May 18 (IANS) The US Thursday extended trade sanctions against Myanmar for another year."The United States is committed to supporting (Myanmar) Burma's reform effort, but the situation continues ... Read more...

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EU wants fair trail for Sri Lanka detainees


May 6th, 2012 - 8:38 pm ICT by IANS
Colombo, May 6 (IANS) The European Union (EU) Sunday called for a fair trial for suspected Tamil Tiger rebels held in Sri Lankan prisons.They should be either charged or released, ... Read more...

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Easing of Myanmar sanctions too early: Rights groups


April 26th, 2012 - 12:52 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, April 26 (IANS) A group of influential American human rights organisations has said the US may be moving too quickly in relaxing sanctions against Myanmar.The group, which includes ... Read more...

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Canada drops non-military sanctions on Myanmar


April 25th, 2012 - 8:43 am ICT by IANS
Ottawa, April 25 (IANS) Canada has suspended its non-military sanctions against Myanmar in recognition of the latter's moves towards democracy.Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird Tuesday said he made the decision ... Read more...

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British, Japanese journalists held in Bahrain


April 23rd, 2012 - 8:49 am ICT by IANS
Moscow, April 23 (IANS/RIA Novosti) A British TV crew and two Japanese journalists were detained by the Bahraini police Sunday."We can confirm that our foreign affairs correspondent Jonathan Miller and ... Read more...

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This is not the change we wanted: Bengal intellectuals


April 17th, 2012 - 9:55 pm ICT by IANS
Kolkata, April 17 (IANS) Expressing concern over instances of "police excesses" in West Bengal, a section of human rights activists and intellectuals Tuesday said people were fast losing trust ... Read more...

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Syrian opposition to visit Moscow


April 5th, 2012 - 2:43 am ICT by IANS
Moscow, April 5 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Envoys of Syria's opposition will visit Moscow for talks April 17-18, the Russian foreign ministry said."On April 17-18, contacts with Syrian opposition envoys will be ... Read more...

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Myanmar votes to elect Suu Kyi (Lead)


April 1st, 2012 - 3:14 pm ICT by IANS
Yangon, April 1 (IANS) Thousands Sunday voted in Myanmar's parliamentary by-elections in which Nobel laureate and democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi is contesting for the first time.Over six million ... Read more...

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EU praises Myanmar over political reforms


March 29th, 2012 - 11:01 am ICT by IANS
Brussels, March 29 (IANS) The European Union (EU) has praised the Myanmar government for "remarkable programme of political reform" in the country over the last year."The release of political prisoners, ... Read more...

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Dropping terror charges against Ghandy hailed


March 28th, 2012 - 9:41 pm ICT by IANS
Kolkata, March 28 (IANS) Maoist sympathisers and activists Wednesday hailed a Delhi court decision to drop terror charges against Maoist leader Kobad Ghandy and demanded the release of all political ... Read more...

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At 84, Badal begins fifth innings as chief minister (Profile)


March 14th, 2012 - 1:20 pm ICT by IANS
Chandigarh, March 14 (IANS) In 1969, Parkash Singh Badal, then 42, became the youngest chief minister in the country when he took over the reins of Punjab for the ... Read more...

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West Bengal government to release 40 lifers


March 14th, 2012 - 12:26 am ICT by IANS
Kolkata, March 13 (IANS) The West Bengal government would release 40 prisoners serving life terms who have completed 18 years behind bars, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee announced Tuesday."Our government ... Read more...

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Amnesty claims widespread rights violations in Iran


February 28th, 2012 - 11:06 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Feb 28 (IANS) Global human rights monitor Amnesty International has said there have been "widespread and persistent human rights violations in Iran", CNN reported Tuesday."It is essential if further ... Read more...

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Fast, prayers mark Tibetan New Year festival (Lead)


February 22nd, 2012 - 7:28 pm ICT by IANS
Dharamshala, Feb 22 (IANS) Thousands of Tibetan assembled in Himachal Pradesh's Dharamshala town, on the first day of the sacred Losar New Year festival on wednesday, offered prayers for ... Read more...

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No political prisoners in Russia: Putin


February 7th, 2012 - 9:43 am ICT by IANS
Moscow, Feb 7 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has dismissed the idea of a political amnesty because he said there were no political prisoners in the country."I don't ... Read more...

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Kishenji was killed in fake shootout: Mahasweta Devi


February 3rd, 2012 - 10:46 pm ICT by IANS
Kolkata, Feb 3 (IANS) Claiming that top Maoist leader Kishenji was killed in a "fake" shootout by the security forces, Magsaysay awardee author-activist Mahasweta Devi Friday said the government must ... Read more...

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‘Myanmar can become top rice exporter’


February 2nd, 2012 - 12:43 pm ICT by IANS
Yangon, Feb 2 (IANS) Myanmar has the potential to reclaim the title of the world's No. 1 rice exporter, an industry leader has said.The country's rice harvest may more than ... Read more...

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Reduce military in Tibet, say exiles


January 27th, 2012 - 7:54 pm ICT by IANS
Dharamsala, Jan 27 (IANS) The Tibetan government-in-exile based in this north Indian hill station Friday asked China to reduce its huge military presence in Tibet, release political prisoners and resume ... Read more...

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Nambiar to become UN chief’s adviser on Myanmar


January 26th, 2012 - 12:15 pm ICT by IANS
United Nations, Jan 26 (IANS) Veteran Indian diplomat Vijay Nambiar is stepping down as chef de cabinet of UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon to become his special adviser on ... Read more...

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Hague praises Myanmar reforms


January 6th, 2012 - 11:27 pm ICT by IANS
Yangon, Jan 6 (IANS) British Foreign Secretary William Hague wrapped up his two-day official visit to Myanmar Friday by praising the reforms initiated by the new government."If the country continues ... Read more...

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Syria frees hundreds of political prisoners


December 29th, 2011 - 9:36 am ICT by IANS
Damascus, Dec 29 (IANS/AKI) Syria has freed 755 prisoners arrested during anti-government protests that began in March.The move by Bashar al-Assad's government comes as the country is visited by Arab ... Read more...

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Belarus urged to release political prisoners


December 19th, 2011 - 6:56 am ICT by IANS
Moscow, Dec 19 (IANS/RIA Novosti) US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton Sunday called on Belarus to release and rehabilitate political prisoners."We reiterate ... Read more...

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Respect human rights, Tibetan exiles ask China


December 10th, 2011 - 9:32 pm ICT by IANS
Dharamsala, Dec 10 (IANS) The Tibetan government-in-exile here Saturday asked China to respect the fundamental human rights of the Tibetan people, stop repressive policies and resolve the Tibetan issue through ... Read more...

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Coices of dictatorship in Mamata regime: Rights group


November 23rd, 2011 - 11:59 pm ICT by IANS
Kolkata, Nov 23 (IANS) Civil rights group Association for Protection of Democratic Rights (APDR) Wednesday launched a stinging attack on West Bengal's Mamata Banerjee government alleging that democracy was ... Read more...

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Syrian opposition launches anti-government iPhone app


November 19th, 2011 - 1:59 pm ICT by IANS
New York, Nov 19 (IANS/RIA Novosti) The Syrian opposition has launched its own iPhone application to broadcast anti-government news, the Mobiledia online portal said.The "Souria Wa Bas" ("Syria Alone") application ... Read more...

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Syria suspended from Arab League


November 13th, 2011 - 12:22 am ICT by IANS
Cairo, Nov 12 (IANS/RIA Novosti) The Arab League Saturday suspended Syria, Qatari Prime Minister Hamad bin Jassim Al Thani announced.The regional body will impose harsh economic and political sanctions against ... Read more...

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Maoist put up posters threatening Trinamool leaders


October 17th, 2011 - 12:34 am ICT by IANS
Kolkata, Oct 16 (IANS) A day after West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's seven-day ultimatum to Maoists to choose between guns and negotiation, ultras' posters in Junglemahal Sunday threatened ... Read more...

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