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Nikki Haley addresses a UN Security Council meeting about the ongoing violence in Myanmar against Rohingya Muslims.
Nikki Haley addresses a UN Security Council meeting about the ongoing violence in Myanmar against Rohingya Muslims.PHOTO: AFP

Suspend weapons supplies to Myanmar army, prosecute commanders, says US envoy Nikki Haley

US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley called on countries to suspend providing weapons to Myanmar over violence against Rohingya Muslims until the military puts sufficient accountability measures in place.

It was the first time the United States called for punishment of military leaders behind the repression, but stopped short of threatening to reimpose US sanctions which were suspended under the Obama administration.

"We cannot be afraid to call the actions of the Burmese authorities what they appear to be - a brutal, sustained campaign to cleanse the country of an ethnic minority," Haley told the UN Security Council, the first time Washington has echoed the UN's accusation that the displacement of hundreds of thousands of people in Rakhine State was ethnic cleansing. Myanmar rejects accusations of ethnic cleansing.

"The Burmese military must respect human rights and fundamental freedoms. Those who have been accused of committing abuses should be removed from command responsibilities immediately and prosecuted for wrongdoing," Haley said.


Toddler shoots playmates at Michigan daycare

Two toddlers were hospitalised in serious condition after a playmate accidentally shot them with a loaded gun at a daycare in the US state of Michigan.

The accidental shooting took place  at a private home that functioned as a daycare in the Detroit suburb of Dearborn, when a child managed to get a hold of a loaded handgun.

One toddler was shot in the shoulder and was expected to make a full recovery, police said, while another was in serious but stable condition. Police did not detail the second child’s injuries.


Julia Louis-Dreyfus battling breast cancer

Emmy-winning comedic actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus said she was battling breast cancer and highlighted the case for universal health care.

Louis-Dreyfus, 56, who plays foul-mouthed fictitious US president Selina Meyer on HBO's Veep, said: "1 in 8 women get breast cancer. Today, I'm the one," in a short post on her social media platforms.

"The good news is that I have the most glorious group of supportive and caring family and friends, and fantastic insurance through my union. The bad news is that not all women are so lucky, so let's fight all cancers and make universal health care a reality," the actress wrote.


Golf: Presidents Cup starts without controversy in front of three former US presidents

The 12th Presidents Cup between the US and an International team began in raucous but light-hearted fashion in front of the past three American presidents at Liberty National, with the national anthem immaculately observed.

A packed crowded in the grandstands surrounding the first tee warmly greeted Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton, keen golfers all, who entered via a tunnel and took their seats to the right of the first tee.

Singer-songwriter Darius Rucker then sang the US national anthem as the American team members stood down the fairway, standing to attention with their hands across their hearts, not even a whiff of protest in the air.


Football: Giroud reaches century, Everton held at home

Olivier Giroud scored his 100th Arsenal goal as a youthful Gunners side beat BATE Borisov 4-2 in Belarus in the Europa League, as Everton were held to a shock 2-2 draw by 10-man Apollon Limassol at Goodison Park.

Theo Walcott netted twice for the Gunners and Rob Holding was also on target as they eased to a second victory in as many matches in Group H.

Arsene Wenger’s side beat Cologne 3-1 at home in their first outing a fortnight ago, and the Germans lost again on Thursday, going down 1-0 at home to Red Star Belgrade.