NEWS OF THE DAY

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_1 Pak­istan protests: Na­tion­wide protests spurred by a Chris­tian woman’s ac­quit­tal on blas­phemy charges have ended af­ter an overnight deal be­tween Is­lamists and the gov­ern­ment, au­thor­i­ties said Sun­day. Un­der the agree­ment, Asia Bibi may not leave the coun­try un­til the Pak­istan Supreme Court re­views its rul­ing. Re­li­gious Af­fairs Min­is­ter Noorul Haq Qadri an­nounced that au­thor­i­ties will now not al­low Bibi to leave the coun­try un­til the fi­nal re­view of the ver­dict. Bibi spent eight years on Death Row. Her fam­ily has al­ways main­tained her in­no­cence and says she never in­sulted Is­lam’s prophet. In­ter­na­tional rights groups have called for her re­lease.

_2 Syria aid: A con­voy of 78 trucks car­ry­ing life-sav­ing as­sis­tance reached a re­mote camp for the dis­placed on Syria’s border with Jor­dan on Satur­day, where tens of thou­sands of peo­ple are stranded in the desert amid dwin­dling sup­plies. The United Na­tions and the Syr­ian Arab Red Cres­cent said their joint con­voy reached Ruk­ban camp and would de­liver as­sis­tance to 50,000 peo­ple. At least four peo­ple have died in the past month be­cause of mal­nu­tri­tion and lack of med­i­cal care as re­gional pow­ers trade blame over who is re­spon­si­ble. Peo­ple started gath­er­ing in Ruk­ban three years ago, flee­ing Is­lamic State mil­i­tants and air strikes by the U.S.-led coali­tion, Rus­sia and Syria.

3_ Myan­mar elec­tions: Vot­ers in sev­eral parts of Myan­mar went to the polls Satur­day in 13 re­gional elec­tions seen as a test of sup­port for leader Aung San Suu Kyi and her rul­ing party. Suu Kyi’s Na­tional League for Democ­racy won a land­slide vic­tory in the 2015 gen­eral elec­tion, putting an end to decades of rule by the mil­i­tary and its prox­ies, though the army re­tains con­sid­er­able power un­der a con­sti­tu­tion it im­ple­mented. The 13 par­lia­men­tary seats at stake rep­re­sent a frac­tion of the 1,171 na­tional, re­gional and state as­sem­bly seats na­tion­wide. The next gen­eral elec­tion is in 2020.

_4 Tiger killed: A man-eat­ing tiger that stalked the hills of cen­tral In­dia for more than two years, eluded cap­ture many times and was sus­pected of killing at least 13 vil­lagers was felled by a bul­let Fri­day night, of­fi­cials said. The plan had been to tran­quil­ize the fe­male tiger, called T-1. But ac­cord­ing to the hunters who tried to cap­ture her in Ma­ha­rash­tra state, she roared and charged af­ter be­ing hit by a tran­quil­izer dart at short range, and there was no choice but to shoot her dead. Vil­lagers in the area ter­ror­ized by T-1 erupted in joy when they heard about her death, shoot­ing off fire­crack­ers, pass­ing out sweets and pump­ing their fists in the air. But wildlife ac­tivists were fu­ri­ous. “This is a cold­blooded mur­der,” said Jer­ryl Banait, an an­i­mal rights ad­vo­cate.

_5 China diplo­macy: The Do­mini­can Repub­lic opened an em­bassy in Bei­jing on Satur­day, months af­ter cut­ting ties with Tai­wan amid a Chi­nese diplo­matic of­fen­sive that aims to po­lit­i­cally iso­late the is­land it claims as its own ter­ri­tory. Chi­nese For­eign Min­is­ter Wang Yi said the Caribbean is­land na­tion’s de­ci­sion to switch diplo­matic re­la­tions to Bei­jing “serves the fun­da­men­tal in­ter­ests of the Do­mini­can peo­ple and com­pletely con­forms to the trend of the times.” Also present was Do­mini­can Pres­i­dent Danilo Me­d­ina, who met with Chi­nese Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping on Fri­day. Both the Do­mini­can Repub­lic and El Sal­vador broke diplo­matic ties with Tai­wan this year as Bei­jing steps up up diplo­matic and eco­nomic pres­sure on Tai­wanese Pres­i­dent Tsai Ing-wen, who has re­fused to en­dorse its stand that Tai­wan is a part of China.

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