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Lack of access to Myanmar's Rakhine state 'unacceptable': UN

  

Pns: The lack of humanitarian access granted by Myanmar's government to Rakhine state, where more than half a million Rohingya Muslims have fled violence, is "unacceptable", the UN said Friday. "The access we have in northern Rakhine state is unacceptable", the head of the United Nations humanitarian office, Mark Lowcock, told reporters in Geneva.A small UN team visited the crisis-wracked region in majority Buddhist Myanmar in recent days and described witnessing "unimaginable"...

Anti-nuclear campaign ICAN wins Nobel Peace Prize

  

Pns: Nuclear disarmament group ICAN won the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday for its decade-long campaign to rid the world of the atomic bomb as nuclear-fuelled crises swirl over North Korea and Iran. "The organisation is receiving the award for its work to draw attention to the catastrophic humanitarian consequences of any use of nuclear weapons and for its ground-breaking efforts to achieve a treaty-based prohibition of such weapons," said Norway's Nobel committee president Berit...

Rohingya started new Rakhine fires: Myanmar army chief

  

Pns: Rohingya militants have set fire to houses in Rakhine state in recent days to intensify the exodus of the Muslim minority, the office of Myanmar's commander-in-chief said Thursday, in an apparent rebuke to fresh accusations of arson by the army. More than 500,000 Muslim Rohingya have run from communal bloodshed in Myanmar in the last six weeks and numbers are again rising.This week Bangladesh reported 4-5,000 civilians crossing the border each day after a brief lull in...

Kazuo Ishiguro wins the Nobel prize in literature

  

Pns: The English author Kazuo Ishiguro has been named winner of the 2017 Nobel prize in literature, praised by the Swedish Academy for his “novels of great emotional force”, which it said had “uncovered the abyss beneath our illusory sense of connection with the world”. With names including Margaret Atwood, Ngugi Wa Thiong’o and Haruki Murakami leading the odds at the bookmakers, Ishiguro was a surprise choice. But his blue-chip literary credentials return the award to more familiar...

Nobel Prize in Physics goes to 'black hole telescope' trio

  

Pns: The 2017 Nobel Prize in Physics has been awarded to Rainer Weiss, Barry C. Barish and Kip S. Thorne for their detection of gravitational waves, a development scientists believe could give vital clues to the origins of the universe. The three American physicists "made decisive contributions" to LIGO, an observatory instrument that enabled scientists to physically detect the waves, which Albert Einstein predicted a century ago in his theory of relativity.Gravitational waves are...

Negotiating with North Korea a waste of time: Trump

  

Pns: WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump warned Sunday that negotiating with North Korea over its nuclear program would be a waste of time, after it emerged that Washington has channels of contact with Pyongyang, reports AFP. Only hours after Secretary of State Rex Tillerson revealed that US officials are in exploratory contact with their North Korean counterparts, Trump appeared to undercut his top diplomat by declaring on Twitter that any talks would be futile."I told Rex...

Las Vegas shooting: 50 killed in Mandalay Bay attack

  

Pns: At least 50 people have been killed and another 200 have been injured in a mass shooting at a Las Vegas concert. A gunman, named as 64-year-old Stephen Paddock, opened fire from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel toward an open-air music festival.Police said a suspect identified as a local resident was shot and killed by officers.They said they were looking for a companion travelling with the suspect as a "person of interest".Sheriff Joe Lombardo said police...

Catalan referendum: Voting begins amid police crackdown

  

Pns: Catalonia's independence referendum has begun in chaotic fashion, with police attempting to prevent the vote from taking place. The Spanish government has pledged to stop a vote that was declared illegal by the country's constitutional court.The interior ministry says police officers began seizing ballot papers and boxes as the polls opened.Riot police blocked potential voters from entering a polling station in the regional capital Barcelona.How is the day...

Erdogan says Iraqi Kurds risk ‘ethnic war’ ,threatens military response to vote

  

Pns: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has warned that the referendum on support for independence for Iraqi Kurdistan next door risks sparking an "ethnic war" in the region. In a speech at the presidential palace in Ankara on Tuesday, Mr Erdogan reiterated that all options, including the military, are on the table to protect Turkey's security.He also repeated his Monday threat to cut off the pipeline which exports the autonomous Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) of Iraq's...

Fear of epidemic disaster as disease stalks Rohingya camps

  

Pns: Rashida Begum steers clear of the water pump near the reeking latrine shared by more than 100 families in a grim corner of Bangladesh that has grown into one of the world's largest refugee settlements in just weeks. "The pump works, but the water stinks, so we don't drink it," the Rohingya woman said in the squalid camp where her family of 11 has lived since fleeing Myanmar a fortnight ago.The UN has warned of a humanitarian "nightmare" unfolding in Bangladesh's refugee...

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