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Obama calls for 'inclusive' vote process in Myanmar: White House WASHINGTON: US President Barack Obama has called for an "inclusive and credible" elections process next year in Myanmar, where President Thein Sein was set to hold an unprecedented political summit on Friday with his rivals.Obama made the comment in telephone talks with Thein Sein, during which the pair also discussed the US president's visit to Myanmar next month, the White House said Thursday."The president welcomed the commitment of Thein Sein and his government to the peace process and said every effort should be made to conclude a national ceasefire in the short term," the statement said.Obama "underscored the need for an inclusive and credible process for conducting the 2015 elections" and emphasized Washington's "firm commitment to helping the people of Burma achieve a more free, open, and prosperous nation."He also asked Thein Sein to take "additional steps" to bring peace to the western state of Rakhine, where two waves of ...

Mexican president meets with kin of 43 missing students MEXICO CITY: President Enrique Pena Nieto met for the first time Wednesday with families of 43 students who went missing over a month ago in violence involving police and drug gang hitmen.The case of the missing in Guerrero state has shocked Mexico -- a country weary of years of mostly drug gang-linked violent crime -- and brought thousands to the streets demanding justice.The parents of the all-male students at a teachers' college in Guerrero want ...
Africans in New York complain of Ebola stigma NEW YORK: Members of the west African community in New York complained Wednesday that their children were being bullied at school and businesses were losing money because of hysteria over Ebola.Panic has gripped many Americans since a Liberian citizen brought the killer virus into the country and died on October 8 of the disease in a Texas hospital. Two nurses who treated him became infected, though recovered, and a US doctor who returned to New ...
US concerned at Burkina Faso plans to extend leader's rule WASHINGTON: Washington Tuesday voiced concern over plans to amend the constitution of Burkina Faso to allow its veteran president to seek reelection, a move that triggered protests in the west African nation."Constitutionally mandated term limits provide an important mechanism to hold heads of state accountable, ensure peaceful and democratic transfers of power, and give new generations the opportunity to compete for political office and elect new leaders," State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said.The United States ...
US nurse leaves quarantine, child negative for Ebola NEW YORK: A US nurse, whose enforced quarantine in New Jersey sparked a furious backlash after she returned from treating Ebola patients in West Africa, was discharged on Monday, officials said.Kaci Hickox complained bitterly about being placed under mandatory quarantine Friday, claiming she was made to feel like a criminal after being isolated in a tent without a shower or flush toilet.Republican New Jersey Governor Chris Christie announced that the nurse was being released, a ...
North Korea holds UN talks amid push for war crimes probe UNITED NATIONS: North Korea's ambassador on Monday met with the UN rights investigator for talks on a possible invitation amid a UN push for the Pyongyang regime to face war crimes prosecution.North Korean counsellor Kim Song told AFP that the meeting with special rapporteur Marzuki Darusman was to discuss "our future cooperation in the area of human rights."The meeting came ahead of a report to be presented Wednesday by Darusman to the UN General Assembly ...
Two arrested in case of 43 missing Mexicans MEXICO CITY: Two drug gang members were arrested Monday on suspicion of direct involvement in the disappearance of 43 students over a month ago, Mexico's top prosecutor said.Authorities detained four Guerreros Unidos members, two of whom are believed to have helped carry out the crime that has shocked Mexico, Attorney General Jesus Murillo Karam said.A total of 56 people have now been arrested in connection with the abduction of 43 male teachers' college students, in ...


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