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Three men arrested over an attempt to bomb the Philippine capital's airport were also planning to attack the Chinese embassy and one of Manila's biggest malls, authorities said on Tuesday, blaming a self-proclaimed Anti-China group for the attempt. Those men were detained at the airport with an explosive-laden van, had planned a series of consecutive attacks, apparently to publicize their anti-China grievances, Justice Secretary Leila de Lima told reporters.

Russian President Vladimir Putin, who called for immediate negotiations on the "statehood" of southern and eastern Ukraine, blamed Kiev's leadership for refusing to enter into direct political talks with the separatists. But he added that the process of direct talks between Moscow and Kiev started after leaders met in Belarus' capital Minsk last week. Until last week, Ukraine had appeared close to crushing the four-month rebellion in the east, which erupted after a pro-Moscow president was forced out of power by popular protests.

An art exhibition displaying the simplicity of rural life is ongoing in Yangon.
The rural view solo art show was held at the Lawkanat Gallery to show the Myanmar's traditional life style, culture and landscapes.
This solo show exhibits works of popular local artist Maung Thiha, with emphasis on water color as his medium.
VISITOR, Ko Thet: I like the light-watercolour paintings. It is different from oil-coulour painting. This style of paintings is rare to see today. Some paintings carry some international style.

The ten hundreds of dollars worth of MPT SIM cards can now be bought for just over a dollar.
MPT has started selling 1500ks WCDMA Sim cards, and they can be bought at mobile retailed shops nationwide
Mobile shops say the demand is so high, they are running out of stock.
MANAGER, LU GYI MIN CELL PHONE VILLA, PHYO THU KYAW: Hundred of customers came and bought MPT SIM cards here yesterday. Now it’s sold out. We sold all in normal price. MPT SIM cards are in higher demand than Ooredoo.

The city government has computerized application process of land and housing claim and management system.
The move is part of the e-government program, and hopes to ease the process.
Previously, Yangon City Development Committee handled land management cases manually, with many staff.
Deputy Head of department, City planning and land administration department, U Nay Myo Oo: The land administration cases will be handled systematically and orderly without taking much time. The complain section has opened for those who are not satisfied with staff’s service.

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Updated on 2-9-2014  11:13 AM

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