Myanmar authorities extend detention of deputy opposition leader

Myanmar's military government extended the house arrest of the deputy leader of Aung San Suu Kyi's party by another year, shrugging off demands for his release. The extension of Tin Oo's detention, which the National League for Democracy party called "meaningless and unjust," came just four days after the ruling junta announced it would hold a constitutional referendum in May and a general election in 2010. The junta's announcement was the first time it had set dates for applying its so-called roadmap for democracy, a process from which the country's pro-democracy movement has so far been excluded.