Deposed Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra is expected back in Thailand February 28th.

After President Bush imposed fresh sanctions on Burma’s business interests, The Irrawaddy says Burma’s Asian neighbors, who are bigger trading partners than the U.S., need to do the same.

Reuters on Monlam Chenmo, Tibet’s Great Prayer Festival. More on Monlam from Phayul.com. There was also a clash reported in Amdo province between Tibetans celebrating the event and Chinese authorities.

The International Campaign for Tibet reports that police in Nepal raided a Tibetan refugee center and handed a man there over to the Chinese authorities. And in related news, the Chinese government complains that more border crossings are needed to increase trade between Tibet and Nepal.

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