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Oxford University college removes Suu Kyi's portrait

  

Pns: An Oxford University college has removed a portrait of Aung San Suu Kyi amid allegations Myanmar has been carrying out ethnic cleansing. Ms Suu Kyi, Myanmar's de facto leader, is an alumna of St Hugh's College and has previously been awarded an honorary degree.But the leader has come under mounting criticism over her handling of the Rohingya crisis which has seen more than 400,000 Muslims flee the country.Earlier this month the United Nations accused the state of ethnic...

Senators urge US sanctions over Myanmar ‘atrocities’

  

Pns: Members of Congress are sharpening their criticism of Myanmar’s crackdown that has forced a half-million Rohingya Muslims to flee to Bangladesh. Republicans and Democrats said yesterday they want the Trump administration to consider sanctions against the perpetrators and to re-evaluate US policy toward the Southeast Asian nation, reports AP from Washington. Twenty-one senators said in a letter to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson that there’s a risk of genocide against the...

Myanmar cancels UN visit to Rakhine: Report

  

Pns: The United Nations said a visit to Myanmar's Rakhine state which was due to take place today (September 28) had been cancelled by the authorities, the BBC reported. The visit was to have been the first time representatives of UN agencies would have been allowed to visit the area.The UN has been demanding access since its humanitarian organisations were forced to pull out of Rakhine when Myanmar's military launched operations against Rohingya rebels in late August, causing...

Thai ex-PM Yingluck sentenced to 5 years jail

  

Pns: Former Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has been found guilty of criminal negligence and sentenced in absentia to five years in prison. The supreme court convicted her of mishandling a rice subsidy scheme which allegedly cost Thailand at least $8bn. Ousted in 2014, weeks before a military coup, and later impeached, Ms Yingluck denies all charges and fled before the verdict, reportedly to Dubai. Public opinion is divided. She remains popular with rural and poor...

Rohingya crisis: WB ready to support Bangladesh

  

Pns: The World Bank has said it stands ready to support Bangladesh in addressing the growing Rohingya crisis if the government seeks assistance from it to this end. "We're monitoring the situation very closely with UN agencies and other development partners. The World Bank stands ready, I want to repeat, the World Bank stands ready to support the government of Bangladesh in addressing the growing refugee (Rohingya) crisis if the government seeks World Bank assistance," said World...

Chinese relief for Rohingyas arrives

  

Pns: The first consignment of China's relief for the Rohingya refugees, who have fled to Bangladesh amid persecution in Myanmar's Rakhine State since August 25, arrived here on Wednesday. A cargo flight of China with 57.03 tonnes relief materials arrived at Shah Amanat International Airport in the morning.Habibur Rahman, additional deputy commissioner, received the relief items from Chinese Embassy official Jong Giagu.The relief includes 2,200 tents, said Habibur. China will...

Palestinian gunman kills 3 Israelis at settlement

  

Pns: HAR ADAR: A Palestinian opened fire at Israeli security personnel at the entrance to a West Bank settlement on Tuesday, killing three and wounding another before being shot dead, police said, reports AFP. The attack, which came as US envoy Jason Greenblatt was due in Jerusalem for talks on relaunching the moribund Middle East peace process, drew condemnation from Israeli officials who called for action from the Palestinian leadership.It also occurred in the middle of the...

No ‘ethnic cleansing,’ genocide against Muslims

  

Pns: Myanmar’s U.N. ambassador insisted Monday that there is no “ethnic cleansing” or genocide taking place against Muslims and objected “in the strongest terms” to countries that used those words to describe the situation in Rakhine State. Hau Do Suan used his “right of reply” at the end of the six-day gathering of world leaders at the General Assembly to respond to what he called “irresponsible remarks” and “unsubstantiated allegations” repeated by countries in their speeches to...

Suu Kyi asked to meet Rohingya personally in Rakhine

  

Pns: Seven UN experts have joined together to call on the government of Myanmar to stop all violence against the minority Muslim Rohingya community and asked State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi to talk to Rohingyas personally. "We call on Aung San Suu Kyi to meet the Rohingya personally in Rakhine State as well as in Cox's Bazar to talk to those who have fled, as well as those who have stayed, as she says the Myanmar Government is interested in doing," the experts were quoted in a...

UN Security Council to meet on Myanmar Thursday

  

Pns: The UN Security Council will meet Thursday to discuss the violence in Myanmar and hear a briefing from UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on the crisis, diplomats said. Britain, France, the United States and four other countries requested the meeting after more than 430,000 people, mostly Rohingya Muslims, fled an army campaign in Myanmar in recent weeks and crossed into Bangladesh. The United Nations has described the military operation as "ethnic cleansing" and...

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