Day: March 27, 2021

Russia says it is seeking to strengthen military ties with Myanmar

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia wants to strengthen military ties with Myanmar, state media reported on Friday, after a meeting between senior defence officials and a junta condemned by Western countries for killing hundreds of civilian protesters.

Russia’s deputy defence minister, Alexander Fomin, met in the capital Naypyitaw on Friday with junta leader Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, who seized power in a Feb. 1 coup that triggered weeks of nationwide protests and a lethal response by security forces.

Footage of the meeting from Myanmar state television MRTV on Friday showed the two men inspecting a table displaying makeshift shields, motorcycle helmets, and unlit petrol bombs – purportedly used by demonstrators.

The items were described by MRTV as “handmade weapons confiscated during riots”.

Fomin said Myanmar was a reliable ally and strategic partner of Russia in Asia, state-run TASS said, during a visit that came a day ahead of a big

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Beverly Cleary, Children’s Author of ‘Ramona’ Books and ‘The Mouse and the Motorcycle,’ Dies at 104

Beverly Cleary, the beloved children’s book author of the “Ramona” series and “The Mouse and the Motorcycle,” has died. She was 104.

Yes, 104. Cleary’s first book, “Henry Huggins,” was published more than 70 years ago, way back in 1950.

Cleary died Thursday in Carmel, California, where she’d lived since the 1960s, according to her publisher HarperCollins. Cleary was born Beverly Bunn on April 12, 1916, in McMinnville, Oregon.

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Cleary spent her early years on the family farm in Yamhill, Oregon. There, her mom set up a library for the town. Young Beverly’s love of books was born in that lodge room above a bank. That didn’t mean she was instantly a great writer. Cleary wasn’t even a good reader.

When her family moved to Portland, Cleary was placed in the local grammar school’s circle for struggling

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Motorcycle crash claims life of longtime Trial Court officer Franklyn Torres

Springfield Police are investigating a motorcycle crash Thursday night that claimed the life of a longtime Massachusetts Trial Court officer.

A spokeswoman for the Massachusetts Trial Court confirmed the victim of the crash was Franklyn Torres, chief officer for the Northampton Court Complex. She referred other inquiries about the crash to the Springfield Police Department and Hampden district attorney’s office.

Torres was riding a motorcycle involved in a collision with a car at the intersection of Parker and Frederic streets shortly after 8 p.m., according to a police department spokesman.

“The adult male motorcycle rider was transferred to Baystate where he succumbed to his injuries,” said police spokesman Ryan Walsh, who did not include an identification of the rider in his statement.

Torres was a husband and father who was active in the youth baseball community, friends say.

More details about the circumstances of the accident are not yet available.

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