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Myanmar: Aung San Suu Kyi detention continues and other stories

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Myanmar’s ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi has been charged with breaching the country’s import-export law and will remain in detention until 15 February for further questioning. 

A document issued by the police on Wednesday stated that during a search of her home in Naypyitaw, military officers had uncovered four hand-held radios which had been imported illegally and used without permission. 

Arrested on Monday, Ms Suu Kyi was rounded up by the military with other political figures including ousted President Win Myint. 

The military say that their actions are in response to alleged election fraud from November’s ballot.

Rihanna’s tweet ‘irresponsible’ says India minister

India’s external affairs ministry has reacted to Rihanna’s tweet about the farmers’ protest in Delhi, in which she asked “why aren’t we talking about this?!”.

In a statement on Wednesday, they said that “the temptation of sensationalist social media hashtags and comments, especially when resorted to by celebrities and others, is neither accurate nor responsible”.

Rihanna’s post to her 101 million followers triggered a number other high profile public figures, including environmental activist Greta Thunberg, to tweet their support for Indian farmers.

Controversy has continued to surround the protests, now entering their third month, due to the Indian government suspending mobile internet services of protesting farmers and suspending dozens of Twitter accounts belonging to farming leaders, activists as well as a respected news magazine. 

The government, whose proposed laws would affect farming produce and sales, said these measures were to “maintain public safety”.

Austrian Neo-Nazi rapper arrested

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Austrian authorities in Vienna have reported the capture of a Neo-Nazi rapper going by the pseudonym ‘Mr Bond’.

The rapper’s anti-Semitic and racist songs are popular on the extreme right.

Often glorifying Nazism and xenophobia, one of his songs was used as the soundtrack to a live-streamed anti-Semitic attack in October 2019, in which a heavily armed gunman shot and killed two people in the eastern German city of Halle.

Authorities had been striving for months to discover the identity of the rapper, who had allegedly been posting on Neo-Nazi forums since 2016.

Upon capture, police seized a mixing desk, weaponry, Nazi-era flags, memorabilia and hard disks from the rapper who as yet remains unnamed.

Perth bushfires expected to burn for days

Many homes have already been lost in a wildfire in Australia’s western city of Perth.

The wildfire is likely to continue for days and is expected to worsen with projected wind changes and no rain forecast until Sunday.

Authorities have issued an emergency warning to residents in some areas, warning that it is to evacuate and advising instead that residents take shelter.

Perth and surrounding areas have been in lockdown due to the Coronavirus pandemic since Sunday but are exempt from the stay-at-home rule in order to evacuate.

With six firefighters already sustaining minor injuries and State Premier Mark McGowan announcing that “80 per cent of all properties at Tilden park near Gidgegannup on Perth’s northeast rural fringe have been lost”, residents have been asked to do everything they can do keep themselves, their families and their communities safe.

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