Myanmar President Thein Sein has congratulated Aung San Suu Kyi’s opposition party on its success in the weekend’s general election.
Leading up to the election the National League for Democracy (NLD) predicted a landslide victory for Ms Suu Kyi. The NLD has won over 90 per cent of the vote, with 47 per cent of seats having now been declared. Ms Suu Kyi has voiced hopes to the nations leadership regarding talks for national reconciliation. The NLD won the Myanmar election in 1990; however, this result was reversed and Ms Suu Kyi placed under long-term house arrest.
Sweden introduces border checks
Sweden has implemented a temporary border check system to better keep track of the migrant flow into the country. Swedish Interior minister Anders Ygeman said the system was agreed upon after an influx of new arrivals posed a risk to public order. The controls are said to be initially implemented for a ten day period. This decision came about after a group of EU and African leaders met in Malta to discuss methods of slowing the stream of people accessing Europe.
Kabul protest result in seven injured
A recent march in Kabul has resulted in seven injured protesters after the Afghan police fired warning shots into the crowd. The protest took place outside the presidential palace and was held to raise awareness about the recent abduction and killing of seven civilians from the Hazara ethnic minority community. Protesters carried the coffins of the seven dead through the streets. Some bore banners featuring photos of the victims and chanted “Death to the Taliban”. At this stage the person responsible for the killings is yet to be identified. The bodies, some with slit throats, were uncovered in the southern province of Zabul.
Japanese telescope spies ‘most distant’ Solar System object
Japan’s Subaru telescope has spied the most distant object yet in the Solar System. Footage suggests the likely icy body to be about 15.5 billion km from the Sun; this is approximately three times further away than Pluto. Initial studies indicate that the entity is 500-1000km across. The team responsible for the discovery is led by Scott Sheppard, from the Carnegie Institution of Science, and Chad Trujillo, from the Gemini Observatory in Hawaii; they plan to monitor the object’s orbit to uncover further information. – Compiled from web sources by Samantha Barrie
Top photo of Aung San Suu Kyi from BBC’s TV coverage.