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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...

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...

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