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Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi talks to the press after meeting with General Secretary of Karen National Union (KNU) Naw Si Pho Ra Sein and delegates from the political and armed wings of the Karen National Union (KNU) at her residence in Yangon on Sunday. AFP


Oil prices slide

Oil prices slid in Asian trade yesterday, underpinned by weaker-than-expected unemployment data from the United States, the world’s largest economy, analysts said. New York’s main contract, West Texas Intermediate crude for delivery in May, shed $1.11 to $102.20 per barrel. Brent North Sea crude for May settlement was down $1.00 at $122.43 in the afternoon.

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Syria scuttles truce plan with new demands

Regime needs written guarantee that fighters will lay down their weapons:

A U.N.-brokered plan to stop the bloodshed in Syria effectively collapsed Sunday after President Bashar Assad's government raised new, last-minute demands that the country's largest rebel group swiftly rejected. The truce plan, devised by U.N.-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan, was supposed to go into effect on Tuesday, with a withdrawal of Syrian forces from population centers, followed within 48 hours by a cease-fire by both sides in the uprising against four decades of repressive rule by the Assad family.

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Suu Kyi to take seat in Myanmar parliament on April 23

Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi will take her seat in parliament for the first time on April 23, her party said on Monday, following her milestone election to political office. The veteran dissident's National League for Democracy (NLD), which won 43 seats in April 1 by-elections, will be the main opposition force in a national parliament dominated by the military and its political allies.

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Abbas to send Netanyahu letter on peace talks

Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas will send a letter to Israel's premier on the state of stalled peace talks on April 17, a Palestinian official told AFP on Sunday. The letter is expected to lay out Palestinian conditions for returning to direct negotiations that have been on hold since late September 2010.

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S Korea police chief quits over bungled murder case

South Korea's police chief resigned yesterday following public fury at a bungled case in which a woman was raped and murdered after frantically calling police for help. National Police Agency chief Cho Hyun-Oh said he would step down to "take all responsibility... for unpardonable carelessness" by the police and asked the victim's family for forgiveness.

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