Myanmar on Wednesday announced an inquiry into “whether security forces acted properly in dispersing the protesters” who gathered downtown on March 5 in the nation’s commercial hub, AFP reported. Student-led rallies calling for education reform have twice been brutally suppressed in recent days, sparking international concern and drawing fierce criticism from Aung San Suu Kyi’s opposition party. It said the tactics echoed those used under the former military government.
Italy’s high court upholds Berlusconi’s acquittal in ‘bunga bunga’ case
Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi’s acquittal in a prostitution case was upheld by the country’s highest court on Tuesday. The Court of Cassation denied the prosecutors’ appeal of Berlusconi’s acquittal of charges that he paid for sex with an underage prostitute and then tried to cover it up. The court is due to release a written ruling within 90 days. “It’s a great success,” AP quoted Berlusconi’s defense attorney, Michaela Andresano, as saying. “The court accepted our arguments and rejected the prosecutors’ appeal.”Berlusconi was previously convicted by a lower court. He was sentenced to seven years in jail and issued a lifetime ban from holding public office. In 2014, an appeals court reversed the lower court’s decision. However, Berlusconi is not completely off the hook; he still faces an investigation for allegedly bribing witnesses in the case – referred to as ‘bunga-bunga’ – and is on trial in Naples for alleged political corruption.
US Army helicopter crashes in Florida, 11 troops missing
Seven Marines and four soldiers were missing early Wednesday after an Army helicopter crashed during a night training exercise at Eglin Air Force Base in the Florida Panhandle, AP said. The Marines are part of a Camp Lejeune-based special operations group and the soldiers are from a Hammond, Louisiana-based National Guard unit, according to base officials. The helicopter was reported missing around 8:30pm Tuesday and search and rescue crews found debris from the crash around 2am Wednesday. The helicopter was on a routine training mission on a remote swath of beach between Pensacola and Destin.