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248 dead in powerful Mexico quake

  

Pns: At least 248 people were killed when a powerful 7.1-magnitude earthquake struck Mexico on Tuesday, including 21 children crushed beneath an elementary school that was reduced to rubble. The destruction revived horrific memories in Mexico on the anniversary of another massive quake in 1985, the disaster-prone country's deadliest ever.One of the most gut-wrenching scenes was at the Enrique Rebsamen primary school on Mexico City's south side, whose three floors collapsed into...

Suu Kyi’s award suspended by UK union over Myanmar crisis

  

Pns: One of Britain’s largest trade unions has suspended an award given to Aung San Suu Kyi during her time as a political prisoner, as international criticism mounts over her tepid response to Myanmar’s humanitarian crisis, according to a report of The Guardian. The move comes as a number of British institutions say they are reviewing or removing honours bestowed on Aung San Suu Kyi during her campaign for democracy under Myanmar’s oppressive military junta.Unison, the country’s...

5 dubious claims Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi made in her speech

  

Pns: Myanmar's de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi gave a much-anticipated address Tuesday on the ongoing crisis following the exodus of than 400,000 minority Rohingya Muslims from the country. Speaking for over 30 minutes in English, it's the first time Suu Kyi has addressed the situation in northern Rakhine State or the growing international criticism of her and her government.However, many of the claims made in her speech are somewhat dubious, with some even appearing to contradict...

Trump assures PM of all supports on Rohingya issue

  

Pns: US President Donald Trump has assured Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina of his country's all supports on the Rohingya issue as they talked on the sidelines of a high level meeting on UN reforms. "President Trump said the United States will stand beside Bangladesh on Rohingya issue," Foreign Secretary M Shahidul Haque told newsmen referring to the conversation at UN headquarters here late yesterday. PM's press secretary Ihsanul Karim and Bangladesh press minister in...

UN investigators demand 'full, unfettered' access to Myanmar

  

Pns: UN human rights investigators on Tuesday said they needed "full and unfettered" access to Myanmar to investigate a grave and ongoing crisis, but the government renewed its rejection of the probe. "It is important for us to see with our own eyes the sites of these alleged violations", the head of UN-backed fact-finding mission, Marzuki Darusman, told the Human Rights Council, asking for "full and unfettered access to the country.""There is a grave humanitarian crisis underway...

Modi inaugurates controversial Sardar Sarovar Dam

  

Pns: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has inaugurated India's biggest dam, ignoring warnings from environmental groups that hundreds of thousands of people will lose their livelihoods. Modi dedicated the Sardar Sarovar Dam to the people of India on Sunday.The project was an "engineering miracle" and a "symbol of India's new and emerging power", he said. The dam's inauguration coincided with Modi's 67th birthday.The controversial project on the Narmada River, in the country's...

Last chance for Suu Kyi: UN chief

  

Pns: Myanmar's de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi has "a last chance" to halt an army offensive that has forced hundreds of thousands of the mainly Muslim Rohingya to flee abroad, the UN head has said. Antonio Guterres told the BBC that unless she acted now, "the tragedy will be absolutely horrible", reports the BBC.The UN has warned the offensive could amount to ethnic cleansing. Myanmar says it is responding to last month's deadly attacks by militants and denies it is targeting...

Myanmar army chief urges unity over Rohingya 'issue'

  

Pns: Myanmar's army chief has urged the country to unite over the "issue" of the Rohingya, a Muslim group he says has no roots in the country, and which his troops are accused of systematically purging. The military says its "clearance operations" in northern Rakhine state are aimed at taking out Rohingya militants who attacked police posts on August 25.But the violence has engulfed the border region and triggered an exodus of more than 400,000 Rohingya to Bangladesh, where they...

High stakes in Myanmar as Suu Kyi to address Rohingya crisis

  

Pns: As Rakhine state burns and Rohingya flee, Aung San Suu Kyi is preparing to address Myanmar on the crisis for the first time -- a high wire act seeking to soothe global outrage without baiting an army that is again showing its teeth. Suu Kyi took office last year as Myanmar's first civilian leader after 50 years of junta rule. She has since focused her energy on the delicate political dance between her civilian government and the generals who still hold many of the levers of...

Rohingya crisis fastest growing in recent years: UN

  

Pns: The humanitarian situation in parts of Bangladesh sheltering hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees continues to deteriorate, making the crisis one of the fastest growing refugee crises of recent years, according to the United Nations. “[The crisis is] creating enormous humanitarian needs in an area of Bangladesh already affected by earlier refugee influxes, recent floods and not equipped to cope with large numbers of new arrivals,” Andrej Mahecic, a spokesperson for the...

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