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MYANMAR

Aung San Suu Kyi not voting

Opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi will not vote in upcoming by-elections despite running for a seat in parliament, an official with her party said on Monday. Even though Aung Sang Suu Kyi will be running for her National League for Democracy in the southern Yangon district of Kawhmu on April 1, she will not vote there because she does not live in the district, party spokesman Thein Oo said. Thein Oo said that to register to vote in Kawhmu, Aung Sang Suu Kyi would have to change her home’s registration from where she lives now in a central district of Yangon, which is a complicated procedure. As there is no by-election in Aung Sang Suu Kyi’s home district, she will not vote at all.

AFGHANISTAN

Karzai Twitter account fake

The presidency confirmed on Monday that a fake Twitter account had been set up in the name of President Hamid Karzai. The handle @PresHamidKarzai, which began tweeting on Monday with the announcement: “Welcome to my Official Twitter Account. Hamid Karzai,” was not authentic, deputy presidential spokesman Siamak Hirawai said. The account was not officially verified by the microblogging Web site and the second tweet raised further suspicions by describing Sunday’s killing spree of 16 civilians by a US soldier as “an act of war against our country.” “I deny such tweets are tweeted on behalf of the presidential palace of Afghanistan. The president does not have any account nor [does] he use Twitter,” Hirawai said.

AUSTRALIA

Gun ring broken up

A criminal syndicate smuggling black-market handguns into Sydney from Germany was smashed yesterday with three people arrested, police said. The arrests were made by officers from Strike Force Maxworthy, which was established last month to investigate the import racket with the help of the German Federal Police. “Today, a number of search warrants have been executed in Sydney, Australia, and Remscheid, Germany,” New South Wales state police said. “Three men have been arrested in Sydney and are assisting police with their inquiries.”

THAILAND

Deaths to be probed

Inquests will be held into the deaths of 16 people killed during a crackdown on Red Shirt anti-government protests two years ago, a prosecutor said yesterday. More than 90 people, mostly civilians, were killed and nearly 1,900 wounded during the 2010 rallies, which ended in a bloody military operation under then-prime minister Abhisit Vejjajiva, who is now opposition leader. An initial hearing was held on Monday, but examination of 41 witnesses in the case will not begin until mid-June.

SOUTH KOREA

Legislators fight envoys

Lawmakers scuffled with North Korean delegates in Switzerland at a UN meeting on the North’s human rights abuses. Footage from Yonhap news agency shot on Monday showed several lawmakers trying to grab a North Korean diplomat leaving the UN meeting as they chanted slogans against China’s policy of repatriating North Korean defectors. The lawmakers were pushed away by security and North Korean delegates. The incident comes amid reports that China is returning dozens of North Koreans to their homeland instead of letting them defect to the South. Yonhap said the North’s diplomat left the conference after denying a UN human rights envoy’s criticism of his country.

CANADA

Cheney cancels trip

Former US vice president Dick Cheney canceled a speaking appearance because of security concerns sparked by demonstrations during a visit he made to Vancouver last fall. Cheney was scheduled to talk about his experiences in office and the current political situation in the US at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre on April 24. However, Ryan Ruppert of Spectre Live Corp said on Monday that Cheney and his daughter Elizabeth had “decided it was better for their personal safety they stay out of Canada.” On Sept. 26 last year, Cheney was forced to stay holed up in the Vancouver Club for seven hours before it was deemed safe for him to leave. Demonstrators blocked the entrances and at one point scuffled with police.

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