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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...

Gang rape horrors haunt Rohingya refugees

  

Pns: Shamila clutches her daughter's hand so tightly it turns white as she recounts how soldiers broke into her home in Myanmar and gang-raped her in front of her children -- a story heard over and over in Bangladesh refugee camps. UN observers say they have seen scores of rape and gang rape survivors among the Rohingya who have fled ethnic violence in Myanmar in recent weeks. Almost all said the perpetrators were men in uniform who they identified as Myanmar military.Those...

Iran tests ballistic missile, defying US warnings

  

Pns: TEHRAN: Iran said on Saturday that it had successfully tested a new medium-range missile in defiance of warnings from Washington that such activities were grounds for abandoning their landmark nuclear deal, reports AFP. State television carried footage of the launch of the Khoramshahr missile, which was first displayed at a high-profile military parade in Tehran on Friday. It also carried in-flight video from the nose cone of the missile, which has a range of 2,000 kilometres...

Half of UN Security Council ask UN chief to publicly brief on Myanmar

  

Pns: Seven members of the United Nations Security Council, including the United States and Britain, on Friday (Sep 22) asked UN chief Antonio Guterres to publicly brief the 15-member body next week on the violence in Myanmar that he has described as ethnic cleansing. Sweden, the United States, Britain, France, Egypt, Senegal, and Kazakhstan want Ethiopia, president of the council for September, to arrange the briefing for next week, according to the request seen by Reuters, according...

Fires still torching Rohingya villages: Amnesty

  

Pns: Amnesty International has assessed three new videos taken inside Rakhine State as recently as Friday afternoon showing large plumes of smoke rising from Rohingya villages, one of which was already deserted, as well as satellite imagery with smoke visible over burnt-out structures. Local sources in northern Rakhine State claim the fires were started by members of the Myanmar security forces and local vigilante mobs, reports Amnesty International."This damning evidence from...

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