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20 January, 2020 00:00 00 AM
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NEWS IN BRIEF

FB BLAMES ‘TECHNICAL ISSUE’ FOR OFFENSIVE XI TRANSLATION

BBC, Online

Facebook has apologised for translating Chinese President Xi Jinping’s name from Burmese to English into an obscenity on its platform. The translation gaffe came to light on the second day of Mr Xi’s state visit to Myanmar. On Saturday, Mr Xi met Myanmar’s leader Aung San Suu Kyi to enhance bilateral relations. In Burmese Facebook posts about their meeting, Mr Xi’s name in English was translated erroneously.

 

EIGHT DIE IN BLAZE AT CZECH DISABILITY HOME

AFP, Prague

At least eight people died and thirty were injured after a fire at a home for people with learning disabilities in a western Czech town early Sunday, rescuers said. “A total of 38 people were affected by the fire, of them eight unfortunately died,” emergency services spokesman Prokop Volenik told AFP. He said 30 people were taken to hospital—one in critical condition, three with serious injuries and 26 with light or no injuries.

 

COMOROS VOTES IN ELECTION BOYCOTTED BY OPPOSITION

AFP, Moroni, Comoros

Comorans voted yesterday in the first round of a parliamentary election with victory for President Azali Assoumani’s supporters all but certain after opposition parties boycotted the contest. Most voting stations in the Indian Ocean archipelago’s capital Moroni opened late because of bad weather, an AFP reporter said.

 

NEW AVALANCHES IN NEPAL INTERRUPT SEARCH FOR 7 TREKKERS

AP, Kathmandu

New avalanches falling on a popular trekking route in Nepal forced rescuers to halt their search for four South Korean trekkers and three Nepali guides who were believed to have been swept by a snowslide, an official said Sunday. Some 200 climbers have been rescued from other parts of the trekking trail and flown to safety by helicopters over the weekend, Department of Tourism official Meera Acharya said.

 

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