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Myanmar's Suu Kyi gets extra security after death threat

A man called Ye Lwin Myint threatens to shoot anyone who tries to change a controversial clause in the constitution which bars pro-democracy champion Suu Kyi from the top office SUU KYI. Chairperson of the National League for Democracy (NLD) Aung San Suu Kyi attends a farewell ceremony at parliament in Naypyidaw on January 29, 2016. Phoot by Ye Aung THU / AFP YANGON, Myanmar Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi has been given extra security following a death threat on Facebook alluding to her presidential ambitions, officials said Friday, February 12.

In a post last week, a man called Ye Lwin Myint threatened to shoot anyone who tries to change a controversial clause in the constitution which bars pro-democracy champion Suu Kyi from the top office. While he did not specifically name the 70-year-old Nobel laureate, Suu Kyi has made little secret of her desire to be president. Her National League for Democracy has taken its seats in parliament after storming last year’s election the freest in decades in the once junta-ruled nation.

But Suu Kyi is blocked from the presidency by a charter clause because her children and spouse were foreign born. An NLD member, who did not want to be named, but who is close to Suu Kyi, confirmed that extra security measures were in place “since that man’s threat.” A senior police official in the capital Naypyidaw confirmed the security boost, also requesting anonymity. “Police security has been increased for her (Suu Kyi)… but it is unofficial.” The threat comes at a key time in Myanmar’s drawn out power transition.

After her party’s November election win, Suu Kyi vowed to appoint a proxy and rule “above” a president who is set to be chosen in March. But in recent days rumours have swirled of backroom talks towards suspending the controversial 59 (f) clause so she can take the top job. It is a highly contentious issue, with some senior members of the still powerful army vigorously opposed to charter change.

Speculation that big political plays are underway in Myanmar was deepened Friday as it emerged that President Thein Sein will not travel to America next week to join Southeast Asian leaders in talks with President Barack Obama. As well as blocking Suu Kyi’s rise, the charter also gifts the military 25 percent of parliamentary seats and an effective veto on constitutional amendments. Suu Kyi, for years the army’s nemesis as the figurehead of the country’s democracy struggle, is already protected by a personal security detail.

Her father, independence hero general Aung San, was assassinated in 1947.

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LOOK: Christmas photo of the royal family released

This is the royal family’s first Christmas as a family of 4 Rappler.com 1 Published 6:47 PM, December 18, 2015 Updated 6:47 PM, December 18, 2015 MERRY CHRISTMAS. The royal family releases a family photo, greeting everyone a merry Christmas. Screengrab from Facebook/TheBritishMonarchy MANILA, Philippines The royal family greeted the world a merry Christmas through a family photo released on the British Monarchy’s Facebook page on Friday, December 18.

In the photo, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge kneel on the grass with their kids, Prince George and Princess Charlotte. “The Duke and Duchess are hugely appreciative of all the warm messages they have received about their family this year and are very much looking forward to their first Christmas as a family of 4,” says the caption. A new family photo – Merry Christmas from The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince George and Princess Charlotte.The… Posted by The British Monarchy on Friday, 18 December 2015 2 3 While Kate Middleton and Prince William are visible to the public, the couple warned 4 that paparazzi attempts to take photos of 2-year-old Prince George have become “alarming.” Kensington Palace does share photos of the children though, the last being two photos of a 6-month-old Princess Charlotte, taken by Kate herself.

They’ve also published official photos of the prince, including pictures with his newborn sister. (LOOK: Kiss from big brother George in pics of Britain’s Princess Charlotte ) 5 6 What do you think of the royal family’s Christmas photo?

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Britain's royal family prepares for new arrival – Rappler

‘It means a great deal to them that so many will be celebrating this important moment for their family,’ a royal source tells British media THE ROYAL COUPLE. Preparations are underway for the birth of Prince William and Kate Middleton’s second baby. Photo by Dan Himbrechts/EPA LONDON, United Kingdom Prince William and his wife Kate thanked well-wishers on Thursday, April 9 ahead of the birth of their second child 1 expected this month, with royal sources saying it will be in the same hospital as their first.

Kate will return to the Lindo Wing, the private maternity department of St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington in central London where third in line to the throne Prince George was born in 2013. The hospital charges more than 5,000 pounds (6,900 euros, $7,400) for the first 24 hours of a delivery with an extra 1,000 for each additional night. “The Duke and Duchess are hugely grateful for the warm wishes they have received from people throughout the UK and indeed around the world and over the last few months,” a royal source told British media, using the couple’s official title, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. “They know that people are excited that Prince George will soon have a little brother or sister, it means a great deal to them that so many will be celebrating this important moment for their family.” Sources said that the couple still do not know if the baby will be a boy or a girl and that the delivery team will be led by Guy Thorpe-Beeston, surgeon gynecologist to the Royal Household. William will take two weeks of paternity leave from the training he is receiving for his new job as an air ambulance helicopter pilot.

He and Kate are planning to spend the first few days after the birth at their London residence, Kensington Palace, before traveling to Anmer Hall in Norfolk, a mansion on Queen Elizabeth II’s Sandringham estate where they have set up home.

The birth will be announced both on the official Kensington Palace Twitter account and in the traditional way with a royal bulletin displayed on an ornate easel in Buckingham Palace’s forecourt.

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