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By Matt Siegel SYDNEY (Reuters) - Some of the 267 asylum seekers Australia wants to deport to an offshore immigration center following a court ruling are suffering from cancer and other terminal illnesses, a senior government official said on Monday. Australia's High Court last week upheld the government's right to deport detained asylum seekers to the tiny South Pacific island of Nauru, about 3,000 km (1,800 miles) northeast of Australia. The decision provoked criticism from the United Nations and sparked protest, with church leaders offering asylum seekers sanctuary.
By Hnin Yadana Zaw and Aung Hla Tun NAYPYITAW/YANGON (Reuters) - Myanmar's parliament will begin its election of the new president on March 17, cutting very close to an April 1 deadline, suggesting talks between Aung San Suu Kyi's victorious party and the military are likely to take longer than planned. Senior NLD members had told the media they would hold presidential elections in February, but the parliament on Monday decided the process would start two weeks before the new government is scheduled to begin its term, on April 1. The NLD swept the historic Nov. 8 election, securing some 80 percent of elected seats in parliament, or enough to push through its president.