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Scandal-plagued former Washington, D.C. Mayor Marion Barry, who was jailed for smoking crack cocaine before making a surprising return to office, died early on Sunday aged 78. Barry, who was hospitalized briefly last week, died at the United Medical Center in Washington, spokeswoman Natalie Williams said. She did not disclose the cause of death. Surviving beatings and brutality as an activist and suffering a shotgun blast in 1977, Barry became the pride of his generation as America's first black activist mayor.

The death toll from a 6.3 magnitude earthquake that struck a remote part of China's southwest rose to four on Sunday, as media reported the injured have all been successfully rescued. Reports said two people died when the quake struck in the mountainous west of Sichuan province. The new death toll was reported Sunday by Xinhua state news agency, who also adjusted the number of injured from 60 to 54, with six being in a critical condition. Just fewer than 80,000 people were affected by the quake, the news agency said, adding that 25,000 houses were damaged and 6,200 people relocated.

Authorities are now preparing to come up with a health insurance scheme for Myanmar citizens, aimed to be launched as a pilot project in January or April next year.A working committee with members from stakeholders ranging from insurance companies to policymakers and foreign specialists was formed to work on the target.Deputy Minister, Ministry of Finance, Dr. Maung Maung Thein: Health insurance is one of the most needed insurance in the country.

220 of the 20,000 applicants have been selected for the Shwe Lin Pan Low Cost Housing by draw lots Sunday, under the arrangement of the Yangon Region government.This round is meant for civil servant applicants. The rest of the 1900 units will be sold to qualifying applicants from the general public.Director, Yangon Region general administration Dept., Nay Win Aung: Today's drawing lots system is for government staff who have over 20 years experience and retired. The winners will be announced at the office of Human settlement and housing development department.

Ministry of Labor, Employment and Social Security has officially launched a new website, Saturday to help the job seekers and employers.The purpose is to create an appropriate way between the young people who are seeking the jobs and the employers in creating the jobs.Director General, Department of Labour, Myo Aung: Everyone can watch the job opportunities at this website and they don’t need to go to the Labor Exchange Office to seek the jobs. People can make labor cards by registering at this website.

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