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Basic human rights are not a threat to Vietnam's future, Barack Obama told the country's communist leadership Tuesday during an impassioned appeal for the one-party state to abandon its authoritarian past.
At least 11 people died in a landslide in a remote jade mining region of northern Myanmar with many more feared missing, authorities said Tuesday, in the latest deadly incident to hit the shadowy industry. Locals and officials are searching for bodies after a wall of unstable earth collapsed during a downpour on Monday night in Hpakant, Kachin State, the war-torn area that feeds a huge demand for the precious stone in neighbouring China. When the landslide happened, about 50 people were searching for jade," Nilar Myint, a local official from Hpakant told AFP.