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Myanmar holds peace talks with ethnic groups

Hundreds of representatives of Myanmar’s ethnic tribes gathered Wednesday in the country’s capital for historic peace talks with the government aimed at ending decades of separatist insurgencies.


Islamic State: Abu Muhammad al-Adnani 'killed in Aleppo'

One of the longest-serving and most prominent leaders of so-called Islamic State has been killed in Syria, IS-affiliated media say. The IS-affiliated Amaq News Agency reported that Abu Muhammad al-Adnani had died in the province of Aleppo.


The UN Secretary General will visit the island tomorrow.

UN Secretary General Ban Kyi Moon will visit the island tomorrow evening. He will hold discussions with President Maithripala Sirisena, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe and several other government representatives.


India, US sign military logistics pact

India and the U.S have signed the bilateral Logistics Exchange Memorandum of Agreement (LEMOA) that will give the militaries of both countries access to each other’s facilities for supplies and repairs. Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar and U.S. Defence Secretary Ash Carter said in a joint statement that LEMOA “will facilitate additional opportunities for practical engagement and exchange.”


Thousands of migrants rescued off Libya

The Italian coastguard says, about 6,500 migrants have been rescued off Libya, in one of the biggest operations of its kind to date. Some 40 co-ordinated rescue missions took place about 20 kilometers off the Libyan town of Sabratha.
Video footage shows migrants, said to be from Eritrea and Somalia, cheering and some swimming to rescue vessels, while others carried babies aboard. On Sunday more than 1,100 migrants were rescued in the same area. 
The instability in Libya has made the country a hub for people-trafficking.

Brazil's Dilma Rousseff testifies at impeachment trial

The impeachment trial of Brazil's Dilma Rousseff has reached a dramatic point with the suspended president defending herself in the Senate. Ms Rousseff is accused of illegally manipulating the budget to hide a growing deficit.

She denies the allegations and says the impeachment proceedings amount to a coup d'etat. Senators are due to vote this week on whether to remove her from office for good or whether to reinstate her.

A suicide attack in Yemen kills 40

At least 40 people have been killed in a suicide car bombing at a military facility in the southern Yemen city of Aden.
A training camp, or compound used by the pro-government Popular Resistance militia, was hit, reports say.
So-called Islamic State said it carried out the attack.
It comes amid a fresh push to end Yemen's 17-month-old war between Saudi-backed government and rebels that the UN says has left 6,600 people dead.
Some 2.5 million Yemenis have also been displaced.

John Kerry arrives in Bangladesh

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Bangladesh on Monday to discuss security cooperation as well as economic development and human rights.

He will meet Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Opposition and civic leaders during the one-day visit.

While security cooperation between the United States and Bangladesh is not new, the Bangladeshi government has insisted the latest attacks, including the recent killings at a cafe that targeted non-Muslims and foreigners, are the work of home-grown groups.

A ceasefire takes effect in Colombia

A ceasefire has come into effect in Colombia between the main leftist rebel group and the government, ending one of the world's longest insurgencies.
The ceasefire came after four years of peace talks in Cuba between the Farc and the government.
The final agreement on ending the 52-year-old war will be signed next month.
Farc leader Rodrigo Londono, known as Timoleon Jimenez or Timochenko, gave the order to stop firing.
"Never again will parents be burying their sons and daughters killed in the war,'' Timochenko told journalists. "All rivalries and grudges will remain in the past," he said.

US and Russia are closer to Syriia ceasefire

US Secretary of State John Kerry says he and his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov "have achieved clarity on the path forward" in Syria, but have "narrow issues" to resolve. The two held talks in Geneva to try to find a way of reviving a cessation of hostilities that faltered months ago.


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