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Aung San Suu Kyi's speech this week must be the watershed moment of her post house-arrest legacy. From Nobel Peace Prize Laureate to military defender, one wonders what the next steps for her will be.
 
 
   
Cod Satrusayang
ANN Managing Director
 
 
  North Korea slams Trump threats
 
 
     
 
  North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho slammed US President Donald Trump on Wednesday, saying his threat to destroy the nation amounted to "the sound of a dog barking." Ri arrived in New York earlier in the day to attend the UN General Assembly.

Speaking to reporters in front of his hotel, he issued the regime's first response to Trump's threat a day earlier to "totally destroy" North Korea if it poses a direct threat to the US or its allies. "If he was thinking he could scare us with the sound of a dog barking, that's really a dog dream," Ri said, referencing a North Korean proverb that a procession moves even if dogs bark.

Asked to comment on "Rocket Man," Trump's new nickname for North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, he said, "I feel sorry for his aides."
 
 
 
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Bangladesh calls for unity in ending Rohingya crisis
 
   
 
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has called upon the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) member states to show unity for solving the Rohingya crisis before it is too late. She put forward some proposals, including full implementation of the recommendations made by the Kofi Annan-led Rakhine advisory commission, in this regard.

Mentioning that the crisis has its roots in Myanmar and its solution has to be found there, Hasina said, “We want to see an end to the ethnic cleansing. The plights of our Muslim brothers and sisters need to be stopped as well.”
 
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Chinese GDP to increase 6.8% in 2017
 
   
 
China's economic growth will reach 6.8 percent year-on-year in 2017, although it may moderate next year to 6.6 percent, according to a forecast released on Wednesday by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. Analysts said the growth of the world's second-largest economy remains on track despite weakening indicators for August.

In a report analyzing the growth prospects of the world economy, the OECD adjusted its forecast of China's GDP growth this year from 6.6 percent in its previous forecast in June to 6.8 percent, citing its brisk public infrastructure investment.
 
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The coming gas conundrum in Pakistan
 
   
 
An op-ed in Dawn newspaper exploring gas shortages in Pakistan
 
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Decision on abdication to be made this year
 
   
 
The government will decide the date for the Emperor’s abdication and for changing the era name from Heisei to a new era by the end of this year, according to multiple government sources.
 
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