Myanmar President Calls Meeting of Top Army, Political Officials
Myanmar President Thein Sein has called for a landmark meeting with representatives of the country's military, top political parties and ethnic minority groups.
The summit to be held Friday in the capital, Naypyidaw, will bring together six political parties, including that of longtime democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi.
The meeting, the first of its kind, comes amid tensions as Myanmar, also known as Burma, emerges from decades of direct military rule.
Aung San Suu Kyi's party, the National League for Democracy, has been pushing for constitutional changes that would limit the power of the military.
The NLD is expected to perform well during parliamentary elections, which will occur in late October or early November of next year.
It will be the country's second general election since a nominally civilian government took power in 2011 and enacted a series of political and economic reforms.
The reforms have been lauded by the country's opposition leaders, foreign governments and rights groups. But many still complain that the constitution bars Aung San Suu Kyi from the presidency, since her late husband and two sons are British.
The constitution also ensures that the military retains at least 25 percent of seats in parliament.
Israeli Police Kill Palestinian Suspected of Shooting Jewish Activist
Israeli police have shot dead a Palestinian man they suspect of attempting to kill an Israeli activist known for pushing for greater access for Jews at a flashpoint religious site in Jerusalem.
The two incidents have heightened an already tense situation surrounding the Old City complex that Jews call the Temple Mount and Muslims refer to as the Noble Sanctuary. Both groups regard the site as one of their holiest.
Israeli security officials closed the area Thursday until further notice, a move that Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas called a "declaration of war."
Police said they stormed the home of Moatez Higazi hours after they suspect he shot Yehuda Glick outside a conference promoting Jewish access to the holy site.
Officials said Higazi shot at security forces, who then returned fire and killed him.