Ig­no­ble lau­re­ate mum on Ro­hingya but North Korea talks up a storm

Sunday Times - - WEEK IN REVIEW -

Rights group Amnesty said this week it had ev­i­dence of the mil­i­tary’s “sys­tem­atic” torch­ing of vil­lages, as the num­ber of Ro­hingya who have fled Myan­mar’s Rakhine state for Bangladesh to es­cape eth­nic un­rest hit 389 000, and the UN warned of a loom­ing “worst-case sce­nario” with all of the Mus­lim mi­nor­ity group try­ing to leave. As the vi­o­lence es­ca­lated, No­bel peace prize lau­re­ate Aung San Suu Kyi faced crit­i­cism for her si­lence about what crit­ics have called “eth­nic cleans­ing” of the Ro­hingya mi­nor­ity.

North Korea said it aimed to reach an “equi­lib­rium” of mil­i­tary force with the US. A US mil­i­tary ad­viser said the US was run­ning out of pa­tience with North Korea’s mis­sile and nu­clear pro­grammes.

In St Louis, Mis­souri, pro­test­ers scuf­fled with po­lice af­ter a judge ac­quit­ted a for­mer white po­lice of­fi­cer of mur­der in the 2011 shoot­ing of a black man sus­pected of deal­ing drugs. Harry Dean Stan­ton, star of Repo Man,

Paris, Texas and most re­cently David Lynch’s re­boot of tele­vi­sion’s Twin Peaks, died peace­fully in Los An­ge­les.

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