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B. 01-26 Former President Suharto dies at 86 Jakarta
C. 02-10 President Ramos-Horta shot at home Dili, East Timor
3. 05-03 78,000 dead in cyclone, 56,000 missing Myaungmya, Myanmar
05-06 Cyclone death toll jumps to 22,000 Myanmar
F. 05-08 Burma 'wants aid not foreigners' Myanmar
6. 06-21 Ferry hit by typhoon Sibuyan, Philippines
7. 07-25 Hole forces Qantas plane to land Manila
I. 11-08 Indonesia 'executes' Bali bombers Indonesia
J. 12-01 Top Thai court bans ruling party Thailand

Summary.     Click for More > Burma 'wants aid not foreigners' Junta lacking in cyclone response Junta: Almost 78,000 dead in cyclone Junta leader visits cyclone refugees Myanmar to admit all aid workers Ferry hit by typhoon   Fears are growing for more than 700 passengers on Princess of Stars which officials say has capsized in the wake of a typhoon Fengshen Hundreds trapped in capsized ferry Anwar Ibrahim arrested Hole forces Qantas plane to land Police fire tear gas at Bangkok protesters Indonesia 'executes' Bali bombers Top Thai court bans ruling party  Constitutional court has dissolved the People Power Party and 2 of its coalition partners for fraud during the last election Thai flights resume after week of protests Dozens killed in nightclub fire
  Former President Suharto dies at 86   Former dictator Haji Muhammad Suharto, the 'smiling general' who ruled his country with an iron fist for 3 decades died at a hospital in Jak... President Ramos-Horta shot at home Thaksin taken into police custody Thailand holds Russian 'top arms dealer' 54 Myanmar migrants suffocate in freezer Court sentences key militant 78,000 dead in cyclone, 56,000 missing Map of Myaungmya Myanmar  Burma has declared 5 disaster areas, including Rangoon, after a large tropical cyclone hit the states of Irrawaddy, Bago, Karen and Mon Myanmar death toll 'could reach 10,000' Cyclone death toll jumps to 22,000
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Suharto rushed to hospital Suharto suffers 'alarming' decline   Former President Suharto dies at 86


January 2008 ... more > Top ^
Jan.2  Singapore Airline bid hits trouble
Jan.5
Jan.11
 Suu Kyi meets with government
Jan.13  Suharto in 'critical condition'
Jan.26  
  Former dictator Haji Muhammad Suharto, the 'smiling general' who ruled his country with an iron fist for 3 decades died at a hospital in Jakarta
Jan.27  Suharto buried in state funeral

February 2008 ... more > Top ^
Feb.9 Burmese junta sets voting dates Feb.10   President Ramos-Horta shot at home
Map of Dili East Timor  Jose Ramos-Horta is undergoing emergency surgery after his house in the capital came under attack. He was shot in the stomach during the shoot-out Feb.14  Australia pledges E Timor support Feb.15  Police break up protest by ethnic Indians Feb.27     Thaksin taken into police custody  Former 58-year-old prime minister was taken into police custody after arriving on Thai soil and ending 17 months of exile to face corruption... Feb.28  Interpol alerts on terror suspect

March 2008 ... more > Top ^
Mar.6   Thailand holds Russian 'top arms dealer'   Viktor Bout, dubbed the 'merchant of death', suspected of being one of the world's biggest illegal arms dealers has been arrested Mar.8 Election setback for PM


April 2008 ... more > Top ^
Apr.9   54 Myanmar migrants suffocate in freezer   The bodies of migrant workers were found on the back of a truck. 67 other migrants were alive inside the freezer Apr.16  President returns home Apr.21   Court sentences key militant  An Indonesian court has sentenced Abu Dujana, he alleged military commander of an al Qaeda-linked network, to 15 years in prison Apr.30  Austrian incest dad holidayed in Thailand

May 2008 ... more > Top ^
May.3     78,000 dead in cyclone, 56,000 missing
Map of Myaungmya Myanmar
  Burma has declared 5 disaster areas, including Rangoon, after a large tropical cyclone hit the states of Irrawaddy, Bago, Karen and Mon
 As aid groups struggled to distribute supplies despite government obstacles, Myanmar TV was urging people to vote 'yes' in a referendum. The UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, has warned of dire consequences if foreign aid workers continue to be denied access
May.4 Hundreds feared dead in cyclone  Burma 'must allow aid workers in' May.5     Myanmar death toll 'could reach 10,000'   Almost 4,000 people have died and another 3,000 remain missing as a result of this weekend's devastating cyclone Death toll from cyclone more than 15,000 May.6     Cyclone death toll jumps to 22,000
  41,000 missing after the catastrophic cyclone that battered the country. The U.N. estimated up to a million could be homeless
 Aid agencies begin what they expect to be a major relief operation to help tens of thousands left without clean water and shelter. Up to 1.5 million people may have been affected by Cyclone Nargis, which devastated the Irrawaddy Delta region
May.7  Cyclone victims 'storm' reopened shops  Fears storm toll could soar May.8 Rotting corpses pile up
 UN 'disappointed' at Burma access     Burma 'wants aid not foreigners'
  Burma wants supplies but not foreign aid workers, hours after the UN chief urged military leaders to prioritise relief work May.9 U.N. 'furious' as Myanmar aid 'seized'  Burma warned over cyclone delays May.10 Cyclone aid used to entice voters May.11 U.S. aid flight en route to Myanmar May.13   Junta lacking in cyclone response  The government seems unaware of the scope of the death and destruction Cyclone Nargis wrought on the country more than a week ago  Myanmar allows more U.S. aid flights May.14 UN raises Burma cyclone estimate May.15  Storm aid frustrations grow May.16   Junta: Almost 78,000 dead in cyclone   Another 56,000 people remain missing two weeks after the storm  France angered by Burmese delays  Brown: Burma 'guilty of inhuman action' May.17  UN to press Burma on aid access May.18   Junta leader visits cyclone refugees   2 weeks after Cyclone Nargis, the country's reclusive junta leader Than Shwe visited a refugee camp outside Yangon Burma neighbours in cyclone talks May.19 Myanmar agrees to regional cyclone aid  Burma to mourn cyclone's victims May.21  U.N. chief: focus now reconstruction May.22 UN head tours cyclone-hit Burma May.23   Myanmar to admit all aid workers  U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon: Ruling junta agreed to 'allow all aid workers regardless of nationalities' into the country to help cyclone... May.24  Burma seeks crucial aid donations May.27  Junta extends Suu Kyi house arrest May.30  Logistics hamper relief  Burma policy costs lives, says US

June 2008 ... more > Top ^
Jun.1  Gates could withdraw Navy ships Jun.2  Protesters win concessions Jun.7  Monsoon brings more suffering Jun.16  Monsoon rains hinder aid effort Jun.21   Ferry hit by typhoon
Map of Sibuyan Philippines
  Fears are growing for more than 700 passengers on Princess of Stars which officials say has capsized in the wake of a typhoon Fengshen.    A rescue vessel was expected to reach stranded ferry by late Su...
Jun.22   Hundreds trapped in capsized ferry  Authorities hope that 749 people missing after their ferry capsized in a typhoon are still alive inside an air pocket Stricken ferry 'survivors found' Jun.23 Divers yet to find ferry survivors Jun.29  Anwar seeks sanctuary in Turkish embassy

July 2008 ... more > Top ^
Jul.15   Anwar Ibrahim arrested  Police arrested Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim, less than an hour before a deadline for him to appear at police headquarters Jul.16  Anwar released on bail Jul.22  Ministers set for N Korea talks Jul.25   Hole forces Qantas plane to land
  A passenger plane en route from London to Melbourne has made an emergency landing after a large hole appeared in its fuselage  Engineers 'had fears over plane' Jul.30 Thaksin's wife guilty of tax evasion


August 2008 ... more > Top ^
Aug.6 Bush chides China over human rights
Aug.25  Quake shakes Indonesia, tsunami alert Aug.30 Thai PM Samak refuses to resign Aug.31  Parliament discusses political crisis

September 2008 ... more > Top ^
Sep.1  Bangkok under state of emergency Sep.10 Major quakes hit Japan and Indonesia
Sep.15  Cash handout spurs deadly stampede Sep.25  Former PM loses second TV court case

October 2008 ... more > Top ^
Oct.3  Melamine found in 18 more food products Oct.4  Cambodia warns Thailand over 'hostilities' Oct.6   Police fire tear gas at Bangkok protesters  Several thousand demonstrators attempting to block access by lawmakers to Parliament, heating up a political crisis Oct.7  Deaths as police, protesters clash Oct.9  Protest leaders say they will surrender  Protest leaders surrender Oct.11  Jubilant return for tsunami province rebel Oct.15 Cambodian-Thai stand-off


November 2008 ... more > Top ^
Nov.1  19 Moro rebels killed  Floods kill 24 people Nov.8   Indonesia 'executes' Bali bombers
  3 Islamic militants condemned to death for the 2002 bombings which killed 202 people have been executed by firing squad  Bali burials being held amid high tension Nov.11  Chemical tanker hijacked Nov.14  Thais pay respects to princess Nov.16  Quake kills two, tsunami warning lifted Nov.19  Fatal blast hits Bangkok protest Nov.22  Big earthquake strikes off coast Nov.23  Thai marchers move on parliament Nov.25  Bangkok protesters fire on rivals Blasts hit Bangkok's airports
Nov.26 PM rejects calls for elections  Thai protests shut second airport Nov.27  Malaysian jailed for maid attacks  Protesters braced for battle Nov.28  PM removes chief of police  PM vows peaceful siege end  Police confront protesters Nov.29 Blast hits government house  No relief for Thailand tourists Nov.30  Protesters allow dozens of planes to leave

December 2008 ... more > Top ^
Dec.1  Airport blast kills activist   Top Thai court bans ruling party
  Constitutional court has dissolved the People Power Party and 2 of its coalition partners for fraud during the last election.    The parties' leaders, including Prime Minister Wongsawat, were banned from politics for 5 years; mos...
Dec.2 Protesters to end siege as PM ousted
Demonstrators leave airports Dec.3   Thai flights resume after week of protests  International flights to and from Bangkok are gradually resuming after week-long anti-government demonstrations at airports Dec.4  Bangkok airport resumes operation Dec.9  80,000 birds to die in flu scare Dec.14 Thai parliament picks new PM Dec.25  Improvements seen 4 years after tsunami Dec.28  Protests cause Thai speech delay Dec.29  Thai protesters maintain vigil  PM delivers key speech amid protests Dec.30  Spy freed over killing Dec.31   Dozens killed in nightclub fire  At least 59 people were killed in a fire that broke out at one of most upscale nightclubs, where about 1,000 revelers were ringing in the new year