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Suu Kyi denies going ‘soft’ on military

Burmese State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi has rejected a suggestion she is soft on the military, which the UN has accused of ethnic cleansing, saying her relationship with the generals was normal and her objective was national reconciliation. Aung San Suu Kyi on Tuesday condemnedFULL STORY

Allies struggle to interpret Trump’s threats

Was it a bluff? A warning that Washington would shoot down North Korea’s next missile test? A simple restatement of past policy? Officials and pundits across Asia yesterday struggled to decode US President Donald Trump’s threat to “totally destroy North Korea” if provoked. However, thereFULL STORY

Millions of brick workers in bonded labor

Millions of Indian brick workers are trapped in bonded labor and regularly cheated out of their wages, an anti-slavery group yesterday said as it demanded government action. A study by Anti-Slavery International in the northern state of Punjab said workers are often rescued by non-governmental organizationsFULL STORY

Israel warns on threat from Tehran and Hezbollah

With President Bashar al-Assad seemingly poised to survive the Syrian civil war, Israeli leaders are growing nervous about the intentions of his Iranian patrons and their emerging corridor of influence across the region. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is agitating against Iran in global forums likeFULL STORY

Australian woman sacked for saying ‘it’s OK to vote no’

A children’s entertainment company in Canberra that allegedly sacked a contractor after she expressed opposition to same-sex marriage on social media may have breached discrimination law, experts have warned. Experts including Sydney University associate professor Belinda Smith and Per Capita research fellow Tim Lyons said theFULL STORY

Trump pays legal bills with donations

US President Donald Trump is using money donated to his re-election campaign and the US Republican National Committee (RNC) to pay for his lawyers in a probe of alleged Russian interference in the US presidential election, two people familiar with the matter told reporters. Following aFULL STORY

ANALYSIS: Trump speech at UN shows intact nationalist bias

Chalk one up for the nationalists. Among the many signals that US President Donald Trump sent in his speech to the UN on Tuesday, one was especially clear: former chief strategist Steve Bannon’s White House departure has not muted the president’s “America first” foreign policy instincts. Trump’sFULL STORY

Swiss to vote on food self-reliance

Swiss voters want to make sure they do not run out of food ever again. They are going to the polls on Sunday to decide on a constitutional amendment to guarantee food supply. Launched by the Swiss farmers’ association, the initiative has since been replaced withFULL STORY

FEATURE: Skilled youth depart Turkey in search of opportunity

When Dilara left Turkey for Dubai, United Arab Emirates, five years ago, her friends said she had made a mistake. The economy was flourishing, the cultural scene was vibrant and relations with the West warm. However now, “most of my friends are sending me their CVsFULL STORY

World News Quick Take

UNITED KINGDOM Police arrest three suspects Police arrested three men in south Wales over last week’s bombing of a busy commuter train in west London, meaning five people are now being questioned by detectives over the attack that injured 30 people. A 25-year-old man was arrested onFULL STORY

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