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Myanmar: More Than 60,000 Affected By Dam Collapse

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Flooding from a ruptured dam in Myanmar has forced the relocation of more than 63 000 people and disrupted traffic on a major road that connects the country’s three biggest cities, officials said on Thursday.

The Information Ministry said the water that rushed from the Swar Chaung Dam in Bago Region beginning on Wednesday caused flooding in 85 villages, affecting 63 421 people.

Makeshift repairs began on Thursday on a damaged bridge on the Yangon-Mandalay Highway whose supports appeared to be intact but whose spans had buckled.

The bridge over the Swar River, south of the capital, Naypyidaw, consists of two separate structures to accommodate traffic in each direction. All traffic was being routed onto the undamaged structure.

Some sections of the highway were under water.

Rainy season downpours that began in June have wreaked havoc in much of mainland Southeast Asia, filling dams to their limits and beyond, and flooding many areas. A breach in a dam in southern Laos in July caused a flash flood that took at least three dozen lives.

A series of floods in eight regions and states in Myanmar since July have killed at least 17 people and displaced more than 200 000.

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Sudan’s President Visits Damascus For The First Time

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Sudan's President Visits Damascus For The First Time

For the first time, an Arab leader, Sudan’s president, Omar al-Bashir, has visited Damascus since the Syrian war began eight years ago.

He was received in the capital by Syrian president, Bashar al-Assad. The two leaders are said to have discussed relations and issues of common interest to Arab countries.

Al-Bashir is reported to have expressed the hope at their meeting that Syria will soon regain its leading role in the region.  He is also said to have promised his country’s support to protect Syria’s territorial integrity.

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China Allows Canadian Diplomats Meet With Detained Citizen

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China Allows Canadian Diplomats Meet With Detained Citizen

China has reconsidered and given Canadian diplomats a chance to meet the second of two of its citizens being held by Beijing for more than a week now.

Two Canadians, businessman Michael Spavor, and a former diplomat, Michael Kovrig, have both been detained in China since the arrest in Canada of Huawei’s CFO, Meng Wanzhou at the request of the United States. She is on bail in Canada awaiting an extradition hearing.

Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau says Canada is against the detentions in Beijing.  He also says his government takes the matter very seriously.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Friday, the two men should be freed.

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Theresa May And Tony Blair In Heated Argument Over Brexit Deal

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Theresa May And Tony Blair In Heated Argument Over Brexit Deal

There was a public outcry between British prime minister Theresa May and former prime minister and Labour Party leader Tony Blair over the Brexit deal.

May was just short of calling Blair’s pronouncements irresponsible, but she said Blair was insulting voters and that his actions could undermine her government. Blair says the way to break the current impasse between the parliament and the prime minister is to hold another Brexit referendum.

Blair was prime minister from 1997 till 2007. He has accused the conservative leader, Theresa May, of being “irresponsible.”

Blair, who is against exiting the EU, is seizing on May’s unpopular deal in the house of commons to galvanize the public to demand a new vote.

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