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Cameron set to visit Suu Kyi

BRITISH prime minister David Cameron is to become the first Western leader to visit Aung San Suu Kyi since the Nobel Peace Prize laureate was elected to parliament.

The landmark trip to Burma on Friday is another sign that the country is being welcomed back into the international fold after holding open elections.

Cameron, currently on a tour of South East Asia, is expected to travel to the country's new capital, Naypyidaw, for talks with President Thein Sein, before meeting Ms Suu Kyi in Rangoon.



Three shot at daycare centre

A MOTHER who had a suspicious feeling after she dropped off her toddler at a home daycare centre returned to the house a few minutes later to find three adults shot dead.

The woman's child was unhurt and no other children were at the centre in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota. Police are seeking a suspect in his mid-20s, believed to have fled on a BMX bicycle.

Two nearby community colleges were locked down for several hours after the shootings were reported at 6.30am yesterday.



Veteran China activists jailed

A CHINESE activist who has fought for the rights of people forcibly evicted from their homes was sentenced by a Beijing court to two years and eight months in jail for unruly behaviour and fraud.

Ni Yulan, a veteran activist left disabled by past police mistreatment, was sentenced along with her husband, Dong Jiqin, who was jailed for two years. The couple were arrested last year, when China carried out a crackdown to deter popular uprisings such as the ones in the Arab world.



Nine killed in suicide attack

A SUICIDE bomber in a 4x4 vehicle detonated his cache of explosives in Afghanistan today, killing nine people and wounding 21.

The attacker struck as people were gathered outside a local government building. Noor Khan Nekzad, a spokesman for the provincial police chief, said nine people were killed -- three Afghan police and six civilians. Another 21 people were wounded, most of them civilians, he said.


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