Top hon­our for for­mer po­lit­i­cal pris­oner

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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

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