Rocky start to Myanmar peace talks

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Peace talks aimed at ending decades of strife in democratizing Myanmar (Burma) have been off to a very rocky start because of assorted personal gaffes and organizational incompetence, including scheduling screwups.

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Mystery in Uzbekistan

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The Guardian writes:  “To most of Uzbekistan’s population, it doesn’t really matter whether the president, Islam Karimov, is alive or dead. What matters more is that the crisis prompted by his poor health is seized upon to demand change for people living under a regime that thrives on corruption.”

Mr. Karimov, 78, who has ruled as a dictator,  has suffered a suspected stroke.

“But parliament has not yet been convened, and in a country where politics takes place behind closed doors, it makes sense that the succession plan follows the same secretive pattern.

“In the short term, it remains to be seen whether Uzbekistan’s presidency will transfer temporarily to the senate speaker and former justice minister, Nigmatilla Yuldashev, ” the news service reported.

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Trump’s surprise trip to Mexico angers many there

 

Donald Trump’s surprise visit to Mexico on Aug, 31 to meet with President Enrique Pena Nieto outraged many Mexicans. After all, this is the man who has characterized the nation as full of drug traffickers and rapists and has proposed  building a wall along the entire U.S.-Mexican border if he becomes president.

The trip came as Mr. Trump has sought to modify a bit his demand for a crackdown on illegal aliens.

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P.M. May emphasizes that Brexit is final

 

British Prime Minister Theresa May made it clear on Aug. 31 that her Conservative government would not hold a referendum or otherwise back off on the plan, approved by the electorate for the United Kingdom, for her country to leave the European Union.

The Guardian paraphrased her as saying  that much as Britain may want access to the single  European market  but with no free movement of labor, that is not, and never will be, on offer from Brussels.

By promising to push ahead so firmly with no second referendum and no early general election, May has given comfort to the hardline cabinet Brexiteers, the news service said.

 

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Brazilian president proclaims innocence

 

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff, at impeachment hearings following corruption charges against her, insisted again on Aug. 29 that she had committed no crime and said she was proud that she’d been “faithful to my commitment to the nation.”

She has been suspended from all official duties and has been replaced, at least for now, by her former deputy, Michel Temer, whom she accuses of stabbing her in the back.
He inherits a tattered economy and ongoing corruption controversies.
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