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American R&B singer Chris Brown has cancelled a planned tour to Australia and New Zealand, his promoter said Wednesday, after officials indicated he would be denied a visa over his conviction for assaulting pop star Rihanna. Australia suggested in September it would block Brown's entry due to his criminal record, disrupting plans to bring his "One Hell of a Nite" tour Down Under. Brown's 2009 conviction for assaulting his then-partner pop star Rihanna also meant he could be refused entry to New Zealand, where he was to perform in Auckland.
Myanmar's democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi began talks with the nation's army-backed president on the handover of power Wednesday nearly a month after her opposition party cleaned up at the polls. Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy party won nearly 80 percent of contested seats in a November 8 election which appears poised to end the military's decades-long domination of the country. The new NLD lawmakers are not due to take their parliamentary seats until at least the end of January, making for a nervous few months of transition.
REYHANLI, Turkey (AP) — Before a crowd of men on a street in the Syrian city of Palmyra, the masked Islamic State group judge read out the sentence against the two men convicted of homosexuality: They would be thrown to their deaths from the roof of the nearby Wael Hotel.