International

Top UN official to leave Myanmar amid Rohingya criticism

  

Pns: he United Nations’ most senior official in Myanmar is to leave the country at the end of the month, her office has said, amid allegations the world body failed to promote the rights of persecuted Rohingya people. Renata Lok-Dessallien, the UN resident coordinator since January 2014, would take on “another assignment at headquarters”, the statement said without elaborating.Having spent close to three decades at the UN, the Canadian has faced charges that she prioritised good...

Suu Kyi calls for unity in Myanmar

  

Pns: Myanmar's embattled leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, called for national unity Thursday and said she has created a committee that will co-ordinate all international and local assistance in violence-struck Rakhine state. More than 500,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled from the state to neighbouring Bangladesh since Aug. 25, when security forces responded to attacks by a militant Rohingya group with a broad crackdown on the long-persecuted Muslim minority. Many houses were burned down. The...

US pulls out of UNESCO over ‘anti-Israel’ bias

  

Pns: The United States yesterday announced that it will withdraw from the United Nations Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), accusing the body of "anti-Israel bias," reports AFP. Israel has said it will join the US in pulling out of the UN's cultural organisation Unesco, after US officials cited "anti-Israel bias". Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu praised the US decision as "brave and moral", a statement said. US State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said Washington...

Non-bailable arrest warrant issued against Imran Khan

  

Pns: The Election Commission of Pakistan ordered that the PTI chief Imran Khan be arrested and brought for the next hearing of the case on October 26Non-bailable arrest warrant issued against Imran KhanThe Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Thursday issued a non-bailable arrest warrant against Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan in a contempt of court case for “repeatedly failing to appear for the hearing and for failing to send a written apology for absence in...

Spain warns Catalan leader ahead of independence showdown

  

Pns: BARCELONA: The Spanish government warned Catalonia's separatist leader on Tuesday not to do anything "irreversible", just hours before a possible declaration of independence that could send shockwaves through Europe, reports AFP. Whether or not Catalan president Carles Puigdemont will follow through on his threat to announce a full breakaway -- defying the central government and Spanish courts -- is still a mystery.But the Spanish government issued a sharp warning to...

Mass cholera vaccinations begin in Rohingya camps

  

Pns: The United Nations launched one of its biggest ever cholera vaccination drives in the vast refugee camps of southeast Bangladesh Tuesday amid fears of an outbreak among nearly a million Rohingya now living there. Thousands of Rohingya men and women lined up in intense heat at makeshift health centres on Tuesday, many with young children in their arms, to receive the oral vaccine against the disease.The UN is working with the Bangladesh government to vaccinate 650,000 people...

Richard H. Thaler wins 2017 Nobel Economics Prize

  

Pns:University of Chicago’s Richard H. Thaler, one of the founders of behavioral finance, was awarded the 2017 Nobel Prize in Economics for shedding light on how human weaknesses such as a lack of rationality and self-control can ultimately affect markets. The 72-year-old “has incorporated psychologically realistic assumptions into analyses of economic decision-making,” the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences said in a statement on Monday.“By exploring the consequences of limited...

Miss Wheelchair World in Warsaw seeks to change attitudes

  

Pns: A Polish organization had held the first international edition of a beauty pageant for women in wheelchairs in an effort to change people's perceptions about people with disabilities. A woman from Belarus was the winner of the Miss Wheelchair World in Warsaw on Saturday evening. The first runner-up was from South Africa and the second runner-up from Poland.The event was organized by the Only One Foundation, which was founded by two disabled women seeking to break down...

Rohingya militants say ceasefire to end on October 9

  

Pns: Rohingya militants whose attacks triggered an army crackdown in Myanmar's Rakhine state unleashing a huge wave of refugees said Saturday their one-month ceasefire would end in two days, but added they were open to peace if the government reciprocated. In a statement released through its Twitter account, the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) said its unilateral truce would end at midnight on October 9."The humanitarian pause was conducted in order to enable humanitarian...

Amnesty accuses ASEAN regional body of 'failing' Rohingya

  

Pns: Southeast Asian leaders must take urgent steps to address grave human rights violations against the Rohingya in Myanmar, Amnesty International said in a letter sent to the chair of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) today. The letter, signed by directors of 13 Amnesty offices across the Asia-Pacific region, called for an emergency ASEAN summit to deal with the human rights and humanitarian crisis in Myanmar’s northern Rakhine State.ASEAN’s only response to...

Developed by Diligent InfoTech