Top honour for former political prisoner
An investigation is under way after an explosion rocked a crowded Manhattan neighbourhood, injuring 29 people. A suspicious device was also discovered blocks away and was safely removed early yesterday. Mayor Bill de Blasio ruled out any terror connections but called the blast an “intentional act”. He also said the explosion wasn’t related to a pipe bomb explosion earlier on Saturday in New Jersey that forced the cancellation of a charity run. “Whatever the cause, whatever the intention here, New Yorkers will not be intimidated,” the mayor said. “We are not going to let anyone change who we are or how we go about our lives.” It was unclear who was behind the blast and what motivated it. Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi has been honoured as the 2016 humanitarian of the year by students and faculty at the Harvard Foundation. The Nobel Peace Prize laureate gained international prominence as the General Secretary of the newlyformed National League for Democracy in Myanmar in 1990. She became one of the world’s most well-known political prisoners during her 15 years of house arrest for participating in anti-government protests. Her country later supported her, and she was appointed to the newly-created position of state counsellor, which is similar to prime minister. The 1991 Nobel Peace Prize Committee praised her for her “non-violent struggle for democracy and human rights”. She received the foundation’s Peter J Gomes Humanitarian Award during a ceremony in the US on Saturday.
PEACEFUL: Aung San Suu Kyi