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World in brief - March 14, 2021

MYANMAR: At least four people were shot dead during protests today, according to local media, as security forces continued their violent crackdown against dissent following February’s military coup.
Two of the victims were killed in Yangon, the country’s largest city. One of them was shot in the head and another was shot in the abdomen.
A third person died in the northern city of Hpakant when police fired into a crowd of demonstrators and a fourth victim, a woman, died after being shot in the head in Mandalay, the country's second-largest city.

TANZANIA: Police said today they have arrested a man in Dar es Salaam for circulating posts saying that John Magufuli is in ill health.
The Covid-denying president has not been seen in public for two weeks, sparking unconfirmed reports from opposition leaders that he is unwell and incapacitated.
Prime Minister Hassan Majaliwa denied that Mr Magufuli was unwell or battling Covid-19. “The president has a lot to do,” he said.

GREECE: Dimitris Koufodinas has ended a 66-day hunger strike that has left him dangerously ill.
The 63-year-old, jailed in 2002 for murders he committed as a member of the revolutionary N17 group, was seeking to be transferred to a prison of his choice.
In a statement Mr Koufodinas thanked the “progressive people” who showed solidarity in a “fight against an inhumane power system.”

GERMANY: Voters went to the polls today to choose new regional legislatures in Baden-Wuerttemberg, an economic powerhouse region in south-western Germany, and neighbouring Rhineland-Palatinate.
The elections pose a difficult test for Chancellor Angela Merkel’s centre-right CDU party, six months before a national vote that will determine who succeeds the country’s longtime leader.

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