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US committee: Burmese elections are not legitimate

By Fri, Oct 01, 2010 4:49PM UTC

Burma’s military junta says the elections, the first since 1990, are essential to its direction to democracy and civilian ruling. However Burma-watchers and critics, including the United States, believe the November 7 elections are premeditated to ensure the military remains in power in the country. According to a press release

Ayodhya comes to terms with new court ruling

By Fri, Oct 01, 2010 4:30PM UTC

In Ayodhya on Friday, people rushed to buy newspapers to read about the previous day’s court judgement, with some drawing chalk outlines of the site on the pavement to understand the split. Locals returned to the streets of the northern pilgrimage town, which had been locked down by thousands of

Gunmen torch NATO tankers in Pakistan

By Fri, Oct 01, 2010 3:33PM UTC

Gunmen in southern Pakistan on Friday torched more than two dozen trucks and tankers carrying supplies for NATO forces in Afghanistan, police said. Attacks on trucks carrying goods for US and NATO-led forces are routine. But Friday’s incident came a day after Pakistan blocked the convoys following the deaths of

Thailand lifts emergency rule in three more provinces

By Fri, Oct 01, 2010 12:31PM UTC

Thailand on Friday revoked a state of emergency in three northeastern provinces, but maintained the controversial laws in Bangkok, where there has been a series of minor blasts in recent weeks. The Thai government has come under pressure from the United States and rights groups to roll back the emergency

Vicious Catholic Church threatens Filipinos with excommunication

By Fri, Oct 01, 2010 11:51AM UTC

  I admire Carlos Celdran for standing up to the Roman Catholic Church. Yesterday, dressed as the Philippines’s national hero Jose Rizal, Celdran disrupted Mass at the Manila Cathedral by holding up a sign that says “Damaso” and, yelling, told the Church not to meddle in politics. Damaso was the

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