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“The president has consistently called for the lifting of U.S. sanctions and [democracy icon] Aung San Suu Kyi has also called for lifting sanctions in her speeches,” Maj. Zaw Htay, director of the president’s office, told the Associated Press. “This is a very positive move and also a valuable outcome of the president’s U.S. trip.”


Religious radicals sought in killings of 12 in park

MOSCOW — Police in Kazakhstan say they are seeking two members of a radical religious group for last month’s slayings of 12 people at a national park near the commercial capital, Almaty.

The burned bodies of the victims, including a park ranger known for his fight against poaching, were found in the Ile-Alatau national park in late August.

The Interior Ministry said in a statement Thursday the two suspects also may be involved with an explosion in which seven people died at a house on the outskirts of Almaty in July.

Kazakhstan, a sprawling mainly Muslim former Soviet nation west of China, saw a surge last year in terrorist activity apparently linked to Islamist extremism. Several attacks have been reported over the summer after a largely quiet first half of the year.


Red Bull family reaches hit-and-run settlement

BANGKOK — The billionaire family of a Red Bull energy drink heir accused of killing a police officer in a hit-and-run accident paid the officer’s siblings about $100,000 in a deal aimed at avoiding a civil lawsuit, police said Wednesday.

Vorayuth Yoovidhya, 27, is charged with driving a Ferrari that struck the officer and dragged his body down a Bangkok street earlier this month.

The Yoovidhya family paid the officer’s siblings $97,000 last week, police Lt. Col. Viradon Thubthimdee said. He said the settlement will protect Mr. Vorayuth from a civil lawsuit.

The payment, however, does not protect Mr. Vorayuth from criminal charges of causing death by reckless driving and fleeing to avoid arrest. If convicted, he faces up to 10 years in prison and a fine of $666.

• From wire dispatches and staff reports