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Suu Kyi meets Obama in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington on Sept 14, 2016.
Suu Kyi meets Obama in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington on Sept 14, 2016.PHOTO: REUTERS

Obama says US ready to lift Myanmar sanctions after Suu Kyi’s visit

Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi called for the lifting of economic sanctions against her country and President Barack Obama, in their first White House meeting since she became her country’s leader, said the United States was ready to do so.

“It is the right thing to do in order to ensure that the people of Burma see rewards from a new way of doing business and a new government,” Obama said with Suu Kyi sitting next to him in the Oval Office.

The trip by Suu Kyi, who like Obama is a Nobel Peace Prize laureate, capped a decades-long journey from political prisoner to national leader after her party won a sweeping electoral victory last year.

With Suu Kyi no longer an opposition figure, the United States has been weighing a further easing of sanctions against Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, as Obama looks to normalise relations with a country Washington shunned when it was ruled by a military junta.


Muslim woman set on fire in New York was not targeted due to faith - police

New York police investigating an attack in which a Muslim woman's clothing was set alight are no longer probing the case as a hate crime after linking the suspects to similar assaults on non-Muslims, authorities said.

A man who was part of a group set fire to the 35-year-old woman's traditional Islamic attire as she window shopped outside a luxury clothing store in Midtown Manhattan on Saturday, police said in a statement.

The victim quickly patted out the flames and was unharmed.


Sofia Vergara tops Forbes list of best paid TV actresses

Colombian-American actress Sofia Vergara topped Forbes magazine's annual list of best paid television actresses for the fifth year in a row, earning a whopping US$43 million (S$58 million) dollars.

The 44-year-old Modern Family actress - who made more money than any male star - was followed on the list by Kaley Cuoco, 30, who plays Penny on The Big Bang Theory and earned US$24.5 million in the 12 months to June.

Forbes said while Vergara's role on the hit mockumentary helped propel her to the top of the best-paid list, endorsement and licensing deals have ensured she still commands the number one spot.


Paralympics: Alex Zanardi wins gold, 15 years on from horror crash

Former Formula One driver Alex Zanardi won his third Paralympic gold medal, a day before the 15th anniversary of the Champ Car crash that cost the Italian both legs and nearly his life.

The 49-year-old won the 20km H5 hand-cycling road time trial in Rio de Janeiro to add to the two golds he won on his Paralympics debut in London four years ago.

"Normally, I don't thank God for these type of things as I believe God has more important stuff to worry about," he told NBC television. "But today is too much. I had to raise my eyes and thank him. I feel very lucky, I feel my life is a never-ending privilege."


Football: Mahrez leads Leicester to a win on Champions League debut

Riyad Mahrez scored in each half as Leicester City enjoyed a dream debut in the Champions League, cruising to a 3-0 win over Club Brugge in Belgium.

Voted England's player of the year for his role in Leicester's remarkable Premier League title triumph last season, it was appropriate that the Algerian winger should be so central to their victory in this Group G clash.

However, it was Marc Albrighton who opened the scoring inside five minutes at the Jan Breydelstadion before Mahrez whipped in a wonderful free-kick just before the half-hour. He then converted a 61st-minute penalty to seal a perfect night for Claudio Ranieri's side.