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ASEAN leaders express growing concern for Myanmar’s peace commitment

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South-east Asian nations have called out Myanmar’s military for a lack of progress and failure to commit to peace

ASEAN leaders are expressing their concerns about the continued military presence in Myanmar.

Foreign leaders have previously met to discuss the worsening situation in Myanmar, which has been rocked by months of turmoil since the military seized power in February.

Malaysia’s Foreign Minister warns the nation could be excluded from this month’s ASEAN Summit if it refuses to cooperate with a special envoy to resolve the crisis.

Saifuddin Abdullah stated that Malaysia was “disappointed” at the lack of cooperation with Erywan Yusof, Brunei’s second foreign minister, who took on the job in August.

“Unless there is progress, it would be difficult to have”

Myanmar’s military leader Senior General Min Aung Hlaing at the ASEAN summit later this month said.

The UN Secretary-General warns the opportunity to prevent the army from entrenching its rule could be narrowing.

The military has reportedly used force to prevent protests and a mass disobedience movement, which emerged in the wake of the coup.

Over 1,000 people have been allegedly killed.

Anthony Lucas is reporter, presenter and social media producer with ticker News. Anthony holds a Bachelor of Professional Communication, with a major in Journalism from RMIT University as well as a Diploma of Arts and Entertainment journalism from Collarts. He’s previously worked for 9 News, ONE FM Radio and Southern Cross Austerio’s Hit Radio Network. 

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Pink-coloured pigeon rescued in New York

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Pigeons come in a whole range of colours, but it seems pink isn’t one of them

That’s exactly what happened in New York though, where a bright-coloured bird was rescued.

Wildlife groups believe the pigeon was dyed as part of a gender reveal ceremony.

The feathery friend was suffering from malnutrition when it was found in Madison Square Park.

In a statement, the Wild Bird Fund says they should never be dyed because of risks like starvation and even death.

It went on to say the “poor bird has it bad enough unable to find food in the wild, fly well or escape predators.”

“But being a bright, unusual colour makes him even more of a target.”

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Iranian couple jailed for online dancing video

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An Iranian couple have been given jail sentences totalling 10 years after posting a video online.

 
The two individuals, both in their 20s, were charged for supposedly promoting corruption, prostitution and propaganda.

Authorities have been cracking down on public disobedience.

It follows the death of a woman who was detained by the country’s infamous morality police.

Mahsa Amini died in police custody in September last year, arrested for violating the rule requiring women to cover their hair with a hijab, or headscarf.

Anti-government protests swept across the country after the incident.

The two individuals in the dancing video were reportedly detained after posting the clip to their social media accounts – which have a combined following of more than two million people.

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Donald Trump claims deposition as “biggest witch hunt”

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Donald Trump has described the investigation into his company as the “biggest witch hunt” in the history of the United States during a formal deposition.

In September 2022, the New York Attorney General Letitia James, announced she would be looking into the Trump organisation’s business practices.

James alleges the former president “falsely inflated his net worth by billions of dollars to unjustly enrich himself and cheat the system”.

The lawsuit also takes aim at some of Trump’s children, and executives of his business.

During the deposition tape, Trump can be seen reading a lengthy statement.

During this, the former president asserts his constitutional right to not answer questions, while accusing James of investigating him out of political spite.

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