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Sentiments vs freedom: Rushdie issue festers


January 29th, 2012 - 2:49 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, Jan 29 (IANS) Days after Salman Rushdie was not allowed to speak at the Jaipur Literature Festival, the issue continues to touch a raw nerve among Muslim ... Read more...

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Tory chief Baroness Warsi attacks ‘bigotry’ against Muslims


January 20th, 2011 - 5:22 pm ICT by ANI
London, Jan.20 (ANI): British Minister without Portfolio and Conservative Party chairman Baroness Warsi will on Thursday warn against trying to divide Muslims into 'moderates' and 'extremists', saying that it simply fosters ... Read more...

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Myanmar military chief on goodwill visit to India


July 25th, 2010 - 11:26 am ICT by IANS
Yangon, July 25 (DPA) Myanmar's junta chief Senior General Than Shwe departed Sunday for a goodwill visit to India at the invitation of the Indian president, officials confirmed. Than Shwe departed Naypyitaw ... Read more...

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Myanmar military supremo plans goodwill visit to India


July 22nd, 2010 - 1:34 pm ICT by IANS
Yangon, July 22 (DPA) Myanmar's junta chief Senior General Than Shwe is scheduled to pay a "goodwill" visit to India next week, state media reports said Thursday. The official visit, at the ... Read more...

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Move into Iran, Sudan would be an accomplishment: Google


March 9th, 2010 - 4:30 pm ICT by IANS
Geneva, March 9 (DPA) An executive at internet giant Google said Tuesday that Washington's latest move to encourage service providers to expand their work into Iran, Cuba and Sudan was a "great ... Read more...

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UN special rapporteur on human rights visits Myanmar


February 15th, 2010 - 9:55 pm ICT by IANS
Yangon, Feb 15 (DPA) United Nations Special Rapporteur Tomas Ojea Quintana arrived in Myanmar Monday for a five-day official visit to assess the country's political and human rights situation prior to a ... Read more...

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UN special rapporteur on human rights visits Myanmar


February 15th, 2010 - 1:23 pm ICT by IANS
Yangon, Feb 15 (DPA) UN Special Rapporteur Tomas Ojea Quintana arrived in Myanmar Monday for a five-day official visit to assess the country's political and human rights situation. Ojea was scheduled to meet ... Read more...

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Pak must take decisive action against LeT: Experts


December 10th, 2009 - 6:25 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Dec. 10 (ANI): The arrest of David Coleman Headley, a US national of Pakistani origin who was apprehended in Chicago in October on terror charges, has highlighted the fact that the ... Read more...

Posted in South Asia |

Obama tells Myanmar to free Suu Kyi


November 15th, 2009 - 8:35 pm ICT by IANS
Singapore, Nov 15 (DPA) US President Barack Obama used a meeting Sunday with the Association of South-East Asian Nations (ASEAN) to urge pariah state Myanmar to free pro-democracy leader and Nobel ... Read more...

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Myanmar to hold elections in 2010: Junta chief


October 10th, 2009 - 3:33 pm ICT by IANS
Yangon, Oct 10 (DPA) Myanmar's military supremo has confirmed that a general election is scheduled for 2010, state media reported Saturday. "Elections will be systematically held in 2010 for Hluttaws (parliaments) that will ... Read more...

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Aung San Suu Kyi holds rare talks with diplomats


October 9th, 2009 - 12:27 pm ICT by IANS
Yangon, Oct 9 (DPA) Myanmar pro-democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi Friday held a rare meeting with foreign diplomats, presumably to discuss Western sanctions imposed on the state, sources said. Suu Kyi was ... Read more...

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Aung San Suu Kyi meets Myanmar junta representative


October 7th, 2009 - 4:47 pm ICT by IANS
Yangon, Oct 7 (DPA) Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi met Wednesday with a representative of the ruling junta to discuss her proposals to get sanctions dropped against the regime that ... Read more...

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Myanmar releases 600 prisoners


September 18th, 2009 - 6:37 pm ICT by IANS
Yangon, Sep 18 (DPA) Myanmar authorities Friday released an estimated 600 inmates, including some political prisoners, from Yangon's notorious Insein Prison as part of an amnesty for 7,114 inmates nationwide. Insein authorities invited ... Read more...

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Israel PM appeals to world leaders to reject Goldstone findings


September 17th, 2009 - 2:46 pm ICT by ANI
Jerusalem, Sep.17 (ANI): Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has termed the controversial Goldstone report as a "prize for terrorists" and described the commission, headed by South African Constitutional Court Judge Richard Goldstone, ... Read more...

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US senator meets Myanmar junta chief, Aung San Suu Kyi (Lead)


August 15th, 2009 - 8:38 pm ICT by IANS
Yangon, Aug 15 (DPA) US Senator Jim Webb, on a mission to "re-engage" Washington in South East Asia, met Myanmar's military supremo as well as detained opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi ... Read more...

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US senator talks with Myanmar’s junta chief, might meet Suu Kyi


August 15th, 2009 - 3:55 pm ICT by IANS
Yangon, Aug 15 (DPA) US Senator Jim Webb, on a mission to "re-engage" Washington in Southeast Asia, met Myanmar's military supremo Saturday and was scheduled to meet detained opposition leader Aung San ... Read more...

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India order on gays a transformational step: Canadian media


July 4th, 2009 - 1:34 pm ICT by IANS
Toronto, July 4 (IANS) The Canadian media has welcomed the decriminalization of homosexuality in India, calling it a transformational step for the entire third world. In an editorial titled 'India overcomes an archaism,' ... Read more...

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Myanmar signs two agreements with Sri Lanka


June 15th, 2009 - 2:20 pm ICT by IANS
Yangon, June 15 (DPA) Myanmar and Sri Lanka strengthened diplomatic relations over the weekend with the signing of two agreements that eased visa restrictions and pledged cooperation in the tourism sector, media ... Read more...

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Air France update : Bomb threat received


June 3rd, 2009 - 9:59 pm ICT by John Le Fevre
It has been revealed that air France received a telephone bomb threat just days before Air France flight AF447 disappeared over the Atlantic Ocean on Sunday night. Officials at Argentina’s Buenos Aires’ ... Read more...

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US to provide Pakistan choppers for CI ops


June 3rd, 2009 - 6:52 pm ICT by IANS
Islamabad, June 3 (IANS) Bowing to a long standing demand, the US has promised to supply four helicopters to Pakistan for its counter-insurgency operations in the country's troubled northwest, a top ... Read more...

Posted in South Asia |

Terrorism a possible cause for AF447 death plunge


June 2nd, 2009 - 10:04 pm ICT by John Le Fevre
French Defense Minister Herve Morin has said an act of terrorism cannot be ruled out in the disappearance and presumed crash of Air France flight AF447. Morin told Europe 1 radio, "we ... Read more...

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Downed Air France AF447 debris found


June 2nd, 2009 - 9:23 pm ICT by John Le Fevre
Brazilian military aircraft have sighted debris from missing Air France flight AF447 650 km (400 miles) north of the islands of Fernando de Noronha off Brazil's northern coast. The debris, comprising metal ... Read more...

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Myanmar junta congratulates Obama


November 8th, 2008 - 3:25 pm ICT by IANS
Yangon, Nov 8 (DPA) Joining a world hopeful of change, Myanmar's military junta has sent congratulation notes to US president-elect Barack Obama and vice president-elect Joseph Biden, news reports said Saturday.State Peace ... Read more...

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The hijab: A thorny issue in a changing world


July 10th, 2008 - 9:29 am ICT by IANS
By Abdul Jalil Mustafa Amman (Jordan), July 10 (DPA) For some people, the Muslim women's headscarf, or hijab, is the most burning issue at stake in the religious and secular debate between the ... Read more...

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Number of dead and missing in Myanmar cyclone raised to 138,000


June 24th, 2008 - 4:45 pm ICT by IANS
DPA Yangon, June 24 (DPA) A total of 138,373 people were killed or reported missing when Cyclone Nargis smashed into Myanmar's central coast last month, a joint assessment of the disaster revealed ... Read more...

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Myanmar says foreign broadcasters worse than Cyclone Nargis


June 8th, 2008 - 1:22 pm ICT by IANS
DPA Yangon, June 8 (DPA) Myanmar's state-controlled media Sunday claimed that foreign broadcasts were spreading false news about the government's aid efforts for victims of Cyclone Nargis in an effort to "undermine national ... Read more...

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Myanmar junta extends Aung San Suu Kyi’s house arrest (Lead)


May 27th, 2008 - 7:58 pm ICT by admin
DPA Yangon, May 27 (DPA) In a move likely to spark new international criticism, Myanmar's ruling military junta extended the house arrest of opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi by six months, government ... Read more...

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UN chief frustrated with Myanmar’s disaster relief (Second lead)


May 23rd, 2008 - 1:11 am ICT by admin
DPA Yangon, May 22 (DPA) United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon Thursday held talks with Myanmar's prime minister at which he expressed his frustration over the regime's blocking foreign relief workers from going ... Read more...

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UN chief holds ‘constructive talks’ in cyclone-hit Myanmar (Lead)


May 22nd, 2008 - 5:50 pm ICT by admin
DPA Yangon, May 22 (DPA) United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon held "constructive talks" with Myanmar's prime minister Thursday before inspecting areas devastated by Cyclone Nargis, which has left more than a million people ... Read more...

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Myanmar’s frustrated aid drive puts faith in ASEAN


May 22nd, 2008 - 5:24 pm ICT by admin
DPA Bangkok, May 22 (DPA) Frustrated by the Myanmar junta's constraints on a relief drive for 2.5 million people affected by Cyclone Nargis, the international aid community is counting on the Association of ... Read more...

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UN chief in Myanmar to inspect cyclone damage, hasten aid


May 22nd, 2008 - 11:33 am ICT by admin
DPA Yangon, May 22 (DPA) United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon arrived in Myanmar Thursday to inspect areas devastated by Cyclone Nargis, which hit the country's coastal region 20 days ago, and talk ... Read more...

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Myanmar’s referendum ratifies new constitution


May 15th, 2008 - 5:10 pm ICT by admin
DPA Yangon, May 15 (DPA) Myanmar's controversial referendum - held May 10 in the wake of the destruction wrought by Cyclone Nargis - has ratified a constitution designed to cement the military's political ... Read more...

Posted in Politics |

Myanmar invites relief experts from Asia


May 14th, 2008 - 4:37 pm ICT by admin
DPA Bangkok, May 14 (DPA) Myanmar's junta has appealed for aid personnel from Bangladesh, China, India and Thailand to help its relief efforts for victims of Cyclone Nargis, while still delaying granting visas ... Read more...

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Thai premier flies to Myanmar on persuasion mission


May 14th, 2008 - 12:53 pm ICT by admin
DPA Bangkok, May 14 (DPA) Thai Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej flew to cyclone-devastated Myanmar Wednesday on a mission to persuade the ruling junta to grant visas to relief experts trying to enter the ... Read more...

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US military plane flies aid to Myanmar


May 12th, 2008 - 2:35 pm ICT by admin
DPA Bangkok, May 12 (DPA) A US military aircraft left Thailand's U-Tapao Airbase Monday to deliver emergency aid to neighbouring Myanmar in the wake of a cyclone that has left an estimated 100,000 ... Read more...

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