Head of Myanmar military declares himself prime minister

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Senior General Min Aung Hlaing is shown wearing glasses and a green military uniform with gold epaulettes.

Commander-in-Chief of Myanmar's armed forces, Senior General Min Aung Hlaing delivers a speech at the IX Moscow conference, June 23, 2021.

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A top general of Myanmar’s military declared himself the country’s prime minister on Sunday. Senior Gen. Min Aung Hlaing, head of the military — which seized power in Myanmar six months ago in a coup — announced he’ll lead the Southeast Asian country under an extended state of emergency and plans to hold elections in two years. Myanmar’s military, which has named itself “the caretaker government,” has faced global condemnation abroad and widespread pro-democracy protests that have led to hundreds of deaths in the country.

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Wildfires have ravaged Turkey, Greece and elsewhere on the continent as a heat wave continues baking southeast Europe. The death toll in Turkey rose to eight, with rescue workers scrambling to contain the blaze that’s burning forests near Turkey’s beach destinations, forcing residents and tourists to flee vacation resorts. In Greece, the national grid is under threat with temperatures reaching 113 degrees as fires burned dozens of homes. Elsewhere in Europe, officials reported more than 800 flare-ups over the weekend.

Dozens of lawmakers in Malaysia were blocked by police on Monday from protesting a two-week lockdown of the country’s Parliament. Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin shut parliamentary sessions in a move he claims is to halt the spread of COVID-19. But critics are calling it a ploy to prevent the lawmakers from casting a no-confidence vote, which was expected to take place on Monday. Over the weekend, hundreds of people took to the streets, demanding that the prime minister resign.

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