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Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi waves to the crowd after addressing journalists and supporters in Yangon yesterday.Suu Kyi hailed a “new era” for Myanmar and called for a show of political unity. AFP


Oil higher in Asia on Chinese demand hopes

Oil prices were higher in Asia yesterday as dealers were boosted by figures showing a rise in manufacturing activity in China, the world’s largest energy user, analysts said. New York’s main contract, West Texas Intermediate crude for delivery in May, gained 17 cents to $103.19 per barrel while Brent North Sea crude for May settlement was up 37 cents at $123.25 in the afternoon.

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Suu Kyi says Myanmar on cusp of ‘new era’

Pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Monday hailed a “new era” for Myanmar and called for a show of political unity after her party claimed victory in elections seen as a test of budding reforms. Suu Kyi supporters celebrated into the night after her National League for Democracy (NLD) party declared that the Nobel laureate had secured a seat in parliament for the first time in Sunday’s by-elections.

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Rights groups attack Britain's snooping plans

Rights groups on Sunday slammed British government plans to expand its powers to monitor email exchanges and website visits. Under the new legislation, internet companies would be instructed to install hardware to allow the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) -- Britain's electronic "listening" agency" -- to go through "on demand" every text message and email sent, websites accessed and phone calls made "in real time, the Sunday Times reported. The plans are expected to be unveiled next month.

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Iran vows to stick to nuclear 'path'

'We do not underestimate any enemy, no matter how tiny and lowly they are':

Iran declared on Monday it will not be swayed from its nuclear "path" by sanctions, a week before talks with world powers that are increasingly seen as a last chance for diplomacy in its showdown with the West. "The sanctions may have caused us small problems but we will continue our path," Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi vowed in an interview with the official Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA).

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