You'd think Aung San Suu Kyi was running for president

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Supporters of Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi's party cheer as they watch a polling station counts on a giant screen outside the party headquarters in Yangon on Nov. 8, 2015. 
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You'd think Aung San Suu Kyi was running for president the way her followers are cheering today in Myanmar. Results from the country first quasi-legit election in more than half a century won't be available for another 36 hours or so, but Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy is expected to win the largest share of votes — and her party knows it.

The Lady herself does as well, and she has said that if her party does take the lion's share, she will be "above the president." Well now. Here is GlobalPost's Patrick Winn on The World, explaining why such arrogance may be justified and how the military is likely to respond.

The ruling military-backed elites had a tall order during the campaign portion of this election. They set out to convince the public to overlook their decades of misdeeds and let them hold power. How does one do that? A top tactic: persuading the public that sudden change could lead to chaos. Winn is in Myanmar for the vote, which appears to have gone off without a hitch Sunday. Read his report on exactly how this election went down. 

And remember that chaos, or at least more overt oppression, is still alive in most voters' recent memory. Myanmar’s emergence in 2013 was one of the most important economic, political and cultural stories in recent years.

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Meet Ernesto Paz, 29, one of around 100 practicing Rastafarians in Peru. Smoking marijuana is a sacred ritual for him, his way of communing with Jah, as the religion of black liberation founded in Jamaica calls God.

He is taking a landmark case to Peru’s Supreme Court, one that could establish the right of Rastas and other cannabis users in Peru to grow their own pot.

That would be a significant step for Peru, an avid fighter in the US-backed global drug war. It would follow this month's stunning pot news in Mexico, whose Supreme Court ruled one group has the right to grow and use marijuana.

But it also touches on a huge problem. Mass incarceration for low-level, nonviolent drug offenses has increased across Latin America, and studies show it's doing zero to stop the drug trade.

Strange but true:

Britain is facing a curry crisis. Sourcing the right ingredients to make spicy dishes like chicken tikka masala or jalfrezi, two of the most popular curries in the country, isn’t the problem.

Rather, it’s finding the skilled chefs to cook them. Immigration restrictions have created a severe shortage of chefs from South Asia, and as the first generation of mostly Bangladeshi chefs who opened curry houses '50s and '60s retire, it's become an acute problem.

Those in the industry fear collapse within four to five years — and that's not just a problem for those with a hankering for something spicy. Curry houses employ roughly 150,000 people and are a significant contributor to the economy. 

What to do? All this talk of curry has some considering a Brexit. Leaving the EU would mean Brits could control their own borders ... and bring in as many skilled curry chefs as they want.