Prisoner dies

BANGKOK: Thet Win Aung, who was sentenced to 59 years’ imprisonment after protesting for educational reform, has died in a Myanmar jail. London-based rights group Amnesty International called on authorities to launch an independent investigation into his death on Monday, while another rights group said the ailing prisoner had been “systematically killed by the military regime.” — AP

Six shot in Thai south

YALA: Six more people have been shot dead as violence surged this week in Thailand’s Muslim-majority south. The latest attacks brought to 13 the number of killings since Sunday, and came despite signs that Thailand’s new military-backed government may seek a peaceful solution to the two-year insurgency. — AFP

Another bird flu death

JAKARTA: Indonesia defended its efforts to fight bird flu on Tuesday as the number of people killed by the virus continued to climb: The death of a 27-year-old woman, the third in as many days, brought the country’s toll to 55. The World Health Organisation announced that a woman from Central Java province died of the disease on Friday. — AFP

Ultras admit to attack

DHAKA: Two Bangladeshi Islamic militants have confessed to carrying out a 2004 grenade attack on Britain’s ambassador to Dhaka to avenge the death of Muslims in Iraq. The pair said they tried to kill British High Commissioner Anwar Choudhury in a statement presented to a court in the northeastern city of Sylhet on Monday, district court official Mohidur Rahman told AFP. — AFP