Asia Briefs: Xi makes no mention of Mao's anniversary

A worker (left) walks past a display of souveniers, including an old propaganda poster depicting Mao Zedong on Sept 9, which marks 40 years since Mao's death in 1976.
A worker (left) walks past a display of souveniers, including an old propaganda poster depicting Mao Zedong on Sept 9, which marks 40 years since Mao's death in 1976. PHOTO: AFP

Xi makes no mention of Mao's anniversary

BEIIJING • Yesterday, state media marked the 40th anniversary of the death of Chairman Mao Zedong with articles praising the divisive figure, but President Xi Jinping visited a school and did not mention the day.

During the Cultural Revolution launched by Mao in the 1960s, Mr Xi was sent to the countryside to live with peasants, like millions of other urban youth. His father, a communist revolutionary, was imprisoned.

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Myanmar releases 55 child soldiers

YANGON • Myanmar's military discharged 55 child soldiers from its ranks yesterday, the United Nations said, while warning that new underage recruits continue to enter the armed forces.

The army has long been accused of rights abuses, including forced recruitment of children to work as porters and even human mine detectors. It has released 800 former child soldiers since it signed a pact with the UN in 2012.

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Hospital staff arrested over 'patient's rape'

NEW DELHI • A doctor and a hospital attendant were arrested on Thursday for the alleged rape of a woman being treated for dengue at a top hospital in western India, a police officer said yesterday .

She said the two hospital employees drugged and raped her twice over the weekend.

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