China is trying to stifle UN Darfur report
Sources say China is attempting to block publication of a UN report alleging that munitions from the country are being exported -- in clear violation of UN sanctions -- to the Darfur region of Sudan. Shell casings reportedly manufactured in China have been found at the sites of attacks against peacekeepers in Darfur, where the government is battling rebels in a conflict that has killed 300,000 and displaced 2.7 million.
Myanmar closes elections to foreign observers
No foreign election observers or international media will be allowed into Myanmar to monitor Nov. 7 elections, the ruling junta says. Rights advocates have repeatedly raised concerns that the ruling military junta will manipulate elections and many opposition leaders, including Aung San Suu Kyi, will not be taking part in the poll. Diplomats, United Nations officials and media already based in-country will be allowed to observe voting.