Myanmar’s Suu Kyi backs US engagement

Myanmar’s Suu Kyi backs US engagement

926suukyiYANGON, Sept 26 —  Myanmar’s detained Nobel laureate, Aung San Suu Kyi, will support US plans to engage with the isolated nation but only if opposition groups are involved in any dialogue, her party said yesterday.

The pro-democracy leader also offered to cooperate with the country’s military rulers to seek an end to sanctions imposed by the United States and other countries, Nyan Win, spokesman for Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD) party, said.

The comments followed US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s announcement that Washington wanted dialogue with the country’s rulers but would not lift its tight sanctions on them.

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Jackson lost will to live, confidante says

Jackson lost will to live, confidante says

LOS ANGELES, Sept 26 — Michael Jackson lost the will to live in recent years, a former close confidante said yesterday, as scores of fans camped out to be the first to see the singer’s final appearance in the “This is It” movie.

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, appearing on NBC’s “Today” show, unveiled lengthy conversations he taped with Jackson during their 1999-2001 friendship, and said the “Thriller” singer suffered deep emotional pain.

“He lost the will to live,” Boteach said. “I think he was just going through the motions of life toward the end.”

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14 human rights groups : Stop immigration detention centre deaths

14 human rights groups: Stop immigration detention centre deaths

lenggeng detention camp myanmar burmese detainees incarcerated 220408Several human rights groups have urged the government to curb the increasing number of ‘death in custody’ resulting from lack of proper health care and poor sanitary conditions.

In a joint statement today, 14 human rights groups ( Amnesty International Malaysia (AIM), Bar Council Human Rights Committee, Malaysian Social Research Institute (MSRI) Suara Rakyat Malaysia (Suaram), Tenaganita and Women’s Aid Organisation WAO ) claimed that the current immigration detention centres are in deplorable state.

According to them, most centres are overcrowded, poorly sanitised, had insufficient food and inadequate access to medical and health services.

In May, two Burmese asylum seekers died from leptospirosis.

Leptospirosis is an infectious disease that is caused by water or food contaminated by animal urine.

Yesterday, according to the NGOs, six more Burmese detainees died, allegedly from same the cause.

Last month, a Togolese detainee was reported to have died in the same detention centre from Influenza A (H1N1).

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The new Miss Venezuela, Miss Mundo Venezuela and Miss Internacional Venezuela

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The new Miss Venezuela Marelisa Gibson (centre), Miss Mundo Venezuela Adriana Vasini and Miss Internacional Venezuela Elizabeth Mosquera (left) pose for photos during a news conference in Caracas. — Reuters pic

Playing second fiddle to foreigners despite having a birthright

Playing second fiddle to foreigners despite having a birthright

AN ELECTRONICS firm that advertised last week for a “preferably non-Singaporean” engineer has added fuel to a worsening controversy in this migrant city.

It particularly stipulated that “permanent residents are welcome” to apply for this “mid-career job (salary negotiable)”.

A copy of the advertisement found its way onto the web.

Applicants should have a diploma or a relevant trade certificate, with 3-5 years’ work experience, and “preferably non-Singaporean (PR welcome),” it added.

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