- - Tuesday, October 23, 2012

YANGON, Myanmar — Renewed clashes between Muslims and Buddhists have broken out in volatile western Myanmar, leaving at least two people dead and more than 1,000 homes burned to the ground, authorities said Tuesday.

The unrest, which began Sunday night, is some of the worst reported between Rohingya Muslims and ethnic Rakhine Buddhists since skirmishes swept the region in June, displacing about 70,000 people.

Rakhine state Attorney General Hla Thein said the latest violence began in Minbyar township, about 15 miles north of the state capital, Sittwe. It later spread farther north to Mrauk-U township. Both areas are remote, reachable only by foot, Hla Thein said.

The unrest erupted four months after members of the two religious groups turned on each other across Rakhine state in June after the alleged rape and killing of a Buddhist woman by three Muslim men in late May.

That violence left at least 90 people dead and destroyed more than 3,000 homes and dozens of mosques and monasteries.


Little progress found against cyberwarfare

OTTAWA — Canada “has been slow” to set up fire walls to protect against cyberthreats to critical infrastructure, leaving the nation vulnerable to crippling attacks, a top government investigator warned Tuesday.

In a report, Auditor General Michael Ferguson said the government has made only “limited progress” over the past decade to safeguard electrical grids, telecommunications infrastructure, banking systems, manufacturing and transportation, as well as its own computers.

A key agency set up seven years ago to monitor cyberthreats around the clock, called the Canadian Cyber Incident Response Center, is still not functioning fully, leaving evening and weekend gaps in its security coverage, he said.

Also, incidents were not reported in a timely manner nor shared with the appropriate agencies, he said.

Opposition parties pounced on the report to accuse the government of being “recklessly ill-prepared” to protect Canadians against cyberattacks.


Three soldiers killed despite peace talks

BOGOTA — Three Colombian soldiers have been killed in clashes with leftist rebels, the army said Tuesday, as Latin America’s longest-running conflict grinds on despite peace talks.

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