International

EU conveys its decisions to Suu Kyi on Rohingya issue

  

Pns: High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini had a phone conversation with Myanmar's State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi and conveyed her the EU decisions to work on Rohingyas repatriation. Mogherini, also Vice-President of the European Commission, informed the State Counsellor that the EU Foreign Affairs Council on October 16 discussed the situation in the Rakhine state.In the conclusions, the ministers stressed the need...

Pakistan's ex-premier Sharif indicted on corruption charges

  

Pns: Pakistan's former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has been indicted on corruption charges stemming from leaked documents known as the Panama Papers. An accountability court on Thursday indicted Sharif, as well as his daughter and son-in-law. A lawyer for Sharif, who is currently in London, where his wife is receiving medical treatment, entered a plea of not guilty. The former prime minister's daughter, Maryam Sharif, and his son, Mohammad Safdar, attended the hearing and also...

Portugal fires: Minister resigns as government faces challenge

  

Pns: Portugal's interior minister has resigned after dozens of people died in a massive outbreak of forest fires. In her resignation letter, Constança Urbano de Sousa said she was leaving to "preserve her personal dignity". The deadly wildfires killed at least 41 people and hundreds more were injured - the second such tragedy this year. Another four died in northern Spain. Portugal's president has also called on parliament to consider if the current government should continue in...

15,000 refugees barred entry into Bangladesh

  

Pns: Border Guard Bangladesh stopped 15,000 Rohingya refugees from crossing into Bangladesh on Tuesday morning. But various voluntary organisations are providing them with food, water and medical treatment in no-mans-land. Meanwhile, the director general of the International Organisation for Migration went Cox's Bazar and held meetings with local authorities.Many voluntary organisations continue to provide relief material to Rohingyas in various camps. The Bangladesh army and...

EU to suspend invitations to Myanmar top Army officers

  

Pns: The European Union (EU) and its member states will suspend invitations to the Commander-in-chief of the Myanmar armed forces and other senior military officers and review all practical defence cooperation. The EU confirmed the relevance of the current EU restrictive measures which consist of an embargo on arms and on equipment that can be used for internal repression. The decision was conveyed on Monday in the wake of the disproportionate use of force carried out by security...

Death toll from blast in Somalia's capital rises to 189

  

Pns: The death toll from the most powerful bomb blast witnessed in Somalia’s capital rose to 189 with more than 200 injured, making it the deadliest single attack ever in the Horn of Africa nation, police and hospital sources said Sunday. Doctors struggled to assist horrifically wounded victims, many burnt beyond recognition. Officials feared the toll would continue to climb from Saturday’s truck bomb that targeted a busy street near key ministries.Ambulance sirens still echoed...

Trump refuses to approve int'l nuclear deal with Iran

  

Pns: President Donald Trump on Friday accused Iran of sponsoring terrorism and proposed new sanctions. He condemned Iran as a "fanatical regime" and refused to continue signing off on a landmark international nuclear deal as Iran had already violated the 2015 deal. But Trump, breaking his campaign pledge to rip up the agreement, did not pull the US out or re-impose nuclear sanctions, reports AP. He still might, he was quick to add. For now, he's tossing the issue to Congress and...

Audrey Azoulay wins vote to be next UNESCO chief

  

Pns: UNESCO's executive board voted Friday to make a former French government minister the U.N. cultural agency's next chief after an unusually heated election that was overshadowed by Middle East tensions. The board's selection of Audrey Azoulay over a Qatari candidate came the day after the United States announced that it intends to pull out of UNESCO because of its alleged anti-Israel bias.The news rocked a weeklong election already marked by geopolitical resentments,...

Rohingya crisis: Pledging conf in Geneva Oct 23

  

Pns:A ministerial-level pledging conference on Rohingya crisis will be held in Geneva on October 23. It will be co-hosted by the European Union (EU) and the government of Kuwait, and co-organised by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) and OCHA, reports the UNB.It aims to raise the necessary resources to enable the humanitarian community to meet the most urgent needs of Rohingyas who sought shelter and...

UNSC must push Myanmar to let refugees return: Kofi Annan

  

Pns: Former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan has asked the deadlocked Security Council to push the Myanmar government to allow the Rohingya refugees sheltered in Bangladesh to return home in safety and with dignity. Speaking to reporters after he had briefed the Security Council on Friday, Annan said that the returning refugees should not be sent to camps in Myanmar, but to their homes.Annan had headed a Commission on Rakhine State, the home to Rohingyas, to help Yangon find a...

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