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Terror incident' at London Underground station: Police

  

Pns: British police said on Friday that they were treating as a "terrorist incident" reports of a blast at the Parsons Green Underground station in the southwest of the capital. Armed police rushed to reports of a fire on a train at a London station with local media reporting there had been an explosion on a packed rush-hour commuter train."Deputy Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu, the senior national coordinator for CT policing, has declared it a terrorist incident," the...

Satellite images of burning Rohingya villages

  

Pns: Rights group Amnesty International has released satellite images which it says show an "orchestrated campaign" to burn Rohingya villages in western Myanmar, reports BBC. Amnesty said this was evidence security forces were trying to push the minority Muslim group out of the country. The army says it is fighting militants and denies targeting civilians. Some 389,000 Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh since violence began last month. They have long been persecuted in Myanmar as...

UK gives £25 million more to aid Rohingya refugees

  

Pns: Keeping up the pressure on the Myanmar government to act on Rohingya refugees, Britain on Friday released an additional £25 million to deal with what it called the “unprecedented scale of the crisis in Bangladesh and Burma”. International development secretary Priti Patel said a majority of the latest funding will be spent in Bangladesh, where more than 350,000 Rohingyas have taken refuge following what international observers have called “ethnic cleansing” in Myanmar’s Rakhine...

North Korea fires missile over Japan

  

Pns: North Korea fired a ballistic missile over Japan and into the Pacific Friday, responding to new UN sanctions with what appeared to be its furthest-ever missile flight amid high tensions over its weapons programmes. The launch, from near Pyongyang, came after the United Nations Security Council imposed an eighth set of measures on the isolated country following its sixth nuclear test earlier this month. It was by far its largest to date and Pyongyang said it was a hydrogen bomb...

N Korea threatens to sink Japan, US to 'ashes and darkness

  

Pns: North Korea has threatened to sink Japan and said the US should be “beaten to death like a rabid dog” after the two countries spearheaded fresh UN security council sanctions in response to the regime’s recent nuclear test. The Korea Asia-Pacific peace committee, which oversees North Korea’s relations with the outside world, described the UN security council, which passed a new round of sanctions on Monday, as a “tool of evil” in the pay of Washington, and called for it to be...

At least 50 die in twin attacks in Iraq

  

Pns: At least 50 people have died in twin gun and bomb attacks in southern Iraq. A restaurant and a police checkpoint were hit, according to reports. More than 80 people are wounded.One attacker detonated his explosive vest inside the restaurant, south-west of Nassiriya in the Thi Qar province, while three to four other attackers opened fire at the people inside, police sources said.Sources at city hospitals said four Iranian citizens were among those killed.Bomb attacks in...

Al Qaeda warns Myanmar of ‘punishment’ over Rohingya

  

Pns: Al Qaeda militants have called for support for Myanmar’s Rohingya Muslims, who are facing a security crackdown that has sent about 400,000 of them fleeing to Bangladesh, warning that Myanmar would face “punishment” for its “crimes”. The exodus of Muslim refugees from Buddhist-majority Myanmar was sparked by a fierce security force response to a series of Rohingya militant attacks on police and army posts in the country’s west on Aug. 25 according to Freemalaysiatoday.com.The...

Suu Kyi to skip UN trip amid Rohingya crisis

  

Pns:Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi has scrapped plans to attend the United Nations General Assembly later this month, her spokesman said Wednesday, as the Nobel laureate faces intense global scrutiny over the Rohingya refugee crisis. "The state counsellor won't attend the meeting of the United Nations General Assembly," said government spokesman Zaw Htay, using Suu Kyi's formal title.The spokesman did not explain the decision but said the country's Vice President Henry Van Thio...

Keep aside politics from Rohingya refugee issue: UN

  

Pns: The United Nations (UN) has urged the international community to keep aside politics and support the ongoing humanitarian efforts to help Rohingya Muslim refugees in Bangladesh who fled violence seeking safety here. “I think the entire international community should support the ongoing humanitarian efforts, regardless of politics. These are people in need. These are very vulnerable people who have crossed the border, who've, as we said, are hungry and are malnourished and...

Sweden, UK seek UN meeting on Myanmar situation

  

Pns: Sweden and Britain on Monday requested a closed-door United Nations Security Council meeting on the "deteriorating situation" in Myanmar's Rakhine state, home to the majority-Buddhist nation's Rohingya Muslims, diplomats said. The meeting would likely be held on Wednesday, diplomats said."I think it will be a private meeting but with a public outcome of some form," British UN Ambassador Matthew Rycroft told reporters on Monday."It's a sign of the significant worry that...

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