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UN Envoy Meets Burmese Military Government, Pro-Democracy Leader


Burma: Diplomats say a senior U.N. envoy has met with Burma's military rulers and pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi during a visit aimed at stopping a violent crackdown on anti-government protests.
They say Ibrahim Gambari met opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi today (Sunday) for about 90 minutes at a government-run guest house in Rangoon. The Nobel Peace laureate has been under house arrest for more than a decade and is rarely granted visitors.
Gambari arrived in Burma Saturday and spent the night in the country's new administrative capital, Naypyidaw, where he met leaders of the military government. Details of his meetings have not been released.
The United Nations sent Gambari to Burma after government soldiers opened fire on thousands of monks and other pro-democracy protesters earlier in the week.
Burma's government says 10 people were killed, but witnesses say many more died.

NoKor Nuclear: China says envoys at the six-nation talks on ending North Korea's nuclear programs are taking a two-day recess to consider a draft statement on Pyongyang's disarmament process.
Chinese envoy Wu Dawei said today (Sunday) negotiators are taking a break to allow their governments to review and endorse the draft.
U.S. envoy Christopher Hill said earlier today that even without a joint statement, the envoys agree, for the most part, on what North Korea must accomplish by the end of the year.
For the past four days in Beijing, the negotiators have largely focused on the scope and definition of nuclear disablement.
North Korea tested a nuclear weapon last year, but agreed in principle last February to abandon its nuclear program in exchange for fuel and political concessions.

Iran Nuclear: An Iranian official says his country will continue cooperating with the U.N. nuclear agency to prevent the imposition of more Security Council sanctions.
Foreign Ministry spokesman Mohammad Ali Hosseini made the comment today (Sunday).
On Friday, world powers meeting at the U.N. agreed to put off until November efforts to approve new sanctions.
But, the United States, other permanent Security Council members and Germany said they will seek a third round of sanctions against Iran unless diplomacy can resolve the dispute by November.
The United States and its allies accuse Tehran of trying to build atomic weapons under the cover of a civilian nuclear program. Iran denies the charge.

Ukraine Elections: Voters in Ukraine are choosing a new parliament today (Sunday).
Pro-Western President Viktor Yushchenko called the snap elections to end a political deadlock between him and his rival, Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych, who favors closer ties with Russia.
In an address on the eve of the election, President Yushchenko said voters face a choice between political chaos and and a better future.
Pre-election opinion polls indicate no party will win an outright majority. Prime Minister Yanukovych's Party of Regions is expected to win more seats than any other party in the 450-seat assembly (, known as the Rada).
However, President Yushchenko's party - Our Ukraine - is hoping to form a coalition with the party of former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko.
Results from today's election are expected Monday morning.

Iraq: The U.S. military in Iraq says coalition forces have captured 15 suspects believed to be involved in smuggling weapons throughout the country.
It says the 15 were arrested without incident during a raid early today (Sunday) in Baghdad. The military says one of those detained is believed to be a senior smuggling network commander.
In other developments, Iraqi police say gunmen killed a member of the Nineveh provincial council and three bodyguards in Mosul today (Sunday).
On Saturday, insurgents killed six people -- four policemen, two civilians and an Iraqi reporter who worked for a local newspaper in and around Mosul.
The U.S. military says two American soldiers were killed by gunfire Saturday - one in the northeastern province of Diyala, and the other in southern Baghdad.

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