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Suu Kyi finally meets her son

Burma's pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, recently released from detention, was reunited today with a son she last saw a decade ago.

Kim Aris (33), who lives in Britain, flew into Rangoon after being granted a visa by the military regime and was greeted by his smiling mother at the airport.

Ms Suu Kyi was freed on November 13 after more than seven years under house arrest.



Lead found in drinking glasses

US regulators have launched an investigation into lead levels in drinking glasses depicting comic book and film characters, saying they are subject to strict standards for "children's products".

Testing revealed that the glasses contained lead up to 1,000 times the government's limit for children's products. The items also contained lesser amounts of the more toxic metal cadmium.



China biggest threat to tiger

Demand in China poses the greatest threat to tigers in the wild and organised crime runs the illicit trade in the world's largest felines, international experts said.

About 150 tigers are killed each year by poachers -- 5pc of the world's wild tiger population, Yuri Fedotov, head of the United Nations office on drugs and crime, told a summit in St Petersburg meant to address the rapid population decline.

In the past century, the number of countries that are home to tigers has dropped to 13 from 25, while three of the nine tiger sub-species have become extinct.



Homes wanted for 1,000 rats

Around a thousand rats are awaiting adoption in California after being rescued from a house featured on a TV show.

The Humane Society brought the rodents from Los Angeles to San Jose, where more than 30 volunteers and staff helped move them into Andy's Pet Shop, which agreed to temporarily house them.

Lauren Paul of the non-profit North Star Rescue said the previous owner's daughter had brought home a pregnant rat and the litter began multiplying -- and tearing the house apart.


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