PUBLISHED : Monday, 10 September, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 10 September, 2012, 4:55am

92-year-old communist invited back from exile

YANGON - Kyaw Zaw, 92, one of Myanmar's legendary "Thirty Comrades" who spearheaded the struggle against British colonialism has been invited back from exile by President Thein Sein. Zaw joined the underground Communist Party of Burma in 1976 and fled to China in 1989. Meanwhile, opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi will travel to the United States next Sunday, a party aide said. AFP, AP

Thousands evacuated due to heavy rains

MANILA - Almost 2,000 people were forced to flee their homes in the southern Philippines after heavy rains caused rivers to burst their banks. Residents in Sarangani province in the southern island of Mindanao fled to safety in makeshift shelters before dawn on Saturday. Civil defence chief Benito Ramos said early evacuation had saved lives. AFP

Anti-Osprey rally draws thousands in Okinawa

TOKYO - Tens of thousands of people rallied on Japan's southern island of Okinawa against the deployment of US Osprey military aircraft after a series of accidents elsewhere involving the planes. The turnout at the main rally was estimated by organisers at more than 100,000. The media put the number at "tens of thousands". Similar rallies were held on two smaller islands in the Okinawa island chain and in Tokyo several thousand people circled the parliament building. AFP