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Suu Kyi climbdown hints at pragmatism in Myanmar

BANGKOK: For over two decades the pro-democracy leader, Ms Aung San Suu Kyi defied Myanmar's army rulers with steely resolve, but analysts say she has now embraced compromise, even if that means putting principles aside.

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World’s oldest blood found in 5,300-year-old body

ROME: Scientists have discovered the world's oldest blood cells in the remains of a 5,300-year-old iceman found in Italy. The scientists found traces of blood around an arrow wound that killed the man in the mountains of what is now the Alto-Adige region of northern Italy.

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Attack on Syrian university protest kills four

DAMASCUS: The UN admitted a shaky three-week-old truce in Syria is not holding but said the number of observers would be doubled within days, as violence erupted on Thursday near Damascus and the northern city of Aleppo.

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Hours after Obama’s visit, Taliban hit Kabul

KABUL: Taliban bombers attacked a heavily fortified guesthouse used by Westerners in Kabul on Wednesday, announcing the start of their annual "spring offensive" in defiance of calls from the US President, Mr Barack Obama during a visit to Afghanistan that the war was ending.

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Pak not going to change stance against India: Obama aide

WASHINGTON: In a candid admission, a close aide of the US President, Mr Barack Obama has said Pakistan is not going to completely change its "strategic orientation" against India which it considers a threat and would not be comfortable with an Afghan government closely aligned with New Delhi.

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Suu Kyi sworn in to Myanmar’s Parliament

NAYPYITAW: The Opposition leader, Ms Aung San Suu Kyi was sworn in to Myanmar's military-backed Parliament today, taking public office for the first time since launching her struggle against authoritarian rule nearly a quarter century ago.

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UN chief hails Suu Kyi’s Myanmar compromise

YANGON: The UN chief, Mr Ban Ki-moon praised the Myanmar pro-democracy leader, Ms Aung San Suu Kyi Tuesday for backing down over a boycott of Parliament which had threatened to stall the fragile reform process.

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