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HRW accuses Myanmar military of widespread rape

  

Pns: Human Rights Watch (HRW) accused Myanmar security forces on Thursday of committing widespread rape against women and girls as part of a campaign of ethnic cleansing during the past three months against Rohingya Muslims in the country’s Rakhine state, reports Reuters.The allegation in a report by the New York-based rights group echoes an accusation by Pramila Patten, the U.N. special envoy on sexual violence in conflict, earlier this week. Patten said sexual violence was “being...

15 dead in Greece flash floods

  

Pns: Flash floods caused by heavy overnight rain have killed at least 15 people and caused destruction in central Greece.The industrial towns of Mandra, Nea Peramos and Megara, west of the capital Athens, were the most affected.Yianna Krikouki, mayor of Mandra, one of the most affected areas north-west of Athens, said residents "were trapped in their homes, the water is one meter (3 feet) high inside some houses, and (they) have no electricity and water." More than 20 people have...

Argentina's Macri on course for mid-term poll boost

  

Pns: Argentina's President Mauricio Macri's center-right coalition was on course to win crucial mid-term elections Sunday and emerge with a strengthened hand to carry through pro-market economic reforms, according to partial results. "It's an unforgettable day. Today we confirmed our commitment to change," a triumphant Macri told supporters in Buenos Aires.Ex-president Cristina Kirchner took a seat in the Senate, despite trailing Macri candidate Esteban Bullrich in the key...

WHO chief reverses Mugabe ambassador appointment

  

Pns: The head of the World Health Organization on Sunday reversed his decision to name Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe as a goodwill ambassador, following widespread uproar. "Over the last few days, I have reflected on my appointment of H.E. President Robert Mugabe as WHO Goodwill Ambassador for (Non-communicable diseases) in Africa. As a result I have decided to rescind the appointment" the head of the UN agency, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, said in a statement.Tedros, who...

Rohingya crisis: Foreign interference doesn't work, says China official

  

Pns: Experience shows that foreign interference in crises does not work and China supports the Myanmar government's efforts to protect stability, a senior Chinese official said on Saturday, amid ongoing violence in Myanmar's Rakhine state. More than 500,000 Muslim Rohingya have fled across the border to Bangladesh following a counter-insurgency offensive by Myanmar's army in the wake of militant attacks on security forces, reports New York Times.U.N. officials have described...

Afghan mosque attacks kill 72

  

Pns: Suicide bombers struck two mosques in Afghanistan during Friday prayers, a Shiite mosque in Kabul and a Sunni mosque in western Ghor province, killing at least 72 people at the end of a particularly deadly week for the troubled nation. The Afghan president issued a statement condemning both attacks and saying that country’s security forces would step up the fight to “eliminate the terrorists who target Afghans of all religions and tribes.”In the attack in Kabul, a suicide...

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...

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