Several bombs set off around troubled Myanmar state, 1 hurt

In this image made from video, police and officials inspect the site of a bomb explosion early Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018, in Sittwe, capital of Rakhine State, Myanmar. (AP)
Updated 24 February 2018
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Several bombs set off around troubled Myanmar state, 1 hurt

BANGKOK: One of several bombs targeting government offices and other places in Myanmar’s troubled Rakhine state exploded Saturday morning, injuring a police officer, authorities said.
In all, three bombs exploded and three unexploded devices were seized in Sittwe, the state capital. One of the explosions was in front of a high-ranking government official’s residence, state police officer Aung Myat Moe said.
“There were three bomb explosions around 4 a.m. this morning where one policeman was slightly injured and we are still investigating crime scenes,” he said
Last month, local police fired at protesters in the ancient city of Mrauk-U, killing at least seven Rakhine Buddhists and injuring a dozen. A township administrator was later found slain in his car by the side of the road.
Communal violence in Sittwe in 2012 displaced more than 120,000 Rohingya Muslims now confined to camps outside of the city, where most Rakhine Buddhists remain.
About 700,000 Rohingya have fled northern Rakhine towns and villages since last August to escape a military crackdown.


UN chief: ‘Time for concrete action’ on North Korea

Now it is time for concrete action, says the UN chief. (AFP)
Updated 39 min 48 sec ago
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UN chief: ‘Time for concrete action’ on North Korea

  • Guterres welcomed the announcement by North Korean leader Kim Jong Un during a summit with his South Korean counterpart Moon Jae-in in Pyongyang

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has called for concrete action to follow up on North Korea’s commitment to close a missile test site with international monitors present.

Guterres welcomed the announcement by North Korean leader Kim Jong Un during a summit with his South Korean counterpart Moon Jae-in in Pyongyang.

“The commitments reflected in the joint statement include important military confidence-building measures and a commitment by the DPRK to dismantle missile engine testing infrastructure in the presence of experts from related countries,” Guterres said in a statement. 

“Now it is time for concrete action.” 

Guterres offered UN help to advance efforts to fully rid the Korean peninsula of nuclear weapons and called for unity among global powers.