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Aung San Suu Kyi addressing the UN General Assembly in on Sept 21, 2016
Aung San Suu Kyi addressing the UN General Assembly in on Sept 21, 2016PHOTO: REUTERS

In first UN address as leader, Aung San Suu Kyi defends efforts on Rohingya minority

In her first address to the UN General Assembly as national leader, Myanmar's former political prisoner and Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi defended her government's efforts to resolve a crisis over treatment of the country's Muslim minority.

Suu Kyi, who has been criticised for doing too little to address the plight of the Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar's Rakhine State, said the government did not fear international scrutiny, but asked "for the understanding and the constructive contribution of the international community."

"We are committed to a sustainable solution that will lead to peace, stability and development for all communities within the State," she said.

"Our government is taking a holistic approach that makes development central to both short- and long-term programmes aimed at promoting understanding and trust."


Zuckerberg fund pledges $4 billion to banish disease

Mark Zuckerberg and his wife pledged US$3 billion (S$4 billion) over the next decade to help banish or manage all disease, pouring some of the Facebook founder's fortune into innovative research.

"This is a big goal," Zuckerberg said at a San Francisco event announcing the effort of the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative established by the couple. "But we spent the last few years speaking with experts who think it is possible, so we dug in."

Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, had their daughter Max late last year. Shortly after, they pledged to donate 99 per cent of their Facebook holdings or some US$45 billion to "advance human potential and promote equality."


Police seek two passersby who handled New York pressure cooker bomb

New York police said they are seeking two pedestrians filmed handling the unexploded pressure cooker bomb found late on Saturday just blocks from where a bomb blast injured 29 people.

Police Commissioner James O'Neill stressed that the two are wanted as witnesses and are not suspected in the bombing that ripped through New York's Chelsea neighbourhood that night.

Surveillance cameras caught the two walking down West 27th Street and coming across a duffel bag that had been left in the street. They "saw the bag, admired the bag, removed what turned out to be a device, a pressure cooker. Placed it on the sidewalk and rolled the bag away," Police Commissioner James O'Neil said.


Football: Relief for Mourinho as Man United beat Northampton

Manchester United prevailed 3-1 at third-tier Northampton Town in the English Football League Cup to ease some of the pressure beginning to build on manager Jose Mourinho.

Mourinho had seen United lose their three previous games, but goals from Michael Carrick, Ander Herrera and substitute Marcus Rashford at Sixfields took his side into the fourth round.

Holders Manchester City also progressed after winning 2-1 at Swansea City, joining Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool in the hat for the last 16.


Google takes aim at rivals with 'smart' messaging app

Google took aim at the red-hot mobile messaging market, with a new artificial intelligence-powered Allo app that seeks to compete with popular rivals such as WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger.

But the app's reliance on Google's predictive software drew immediate criticism from privacy advocates who argued it could open up user data to law enforcement - with former US intelligence contractor Edward Snowden warning people not to use it.

Google defended its privacy stand, saying users can opt for a more secure "incognito" mode if they prefer.