Bangladesh PM says Myanmar must take back Rohingya


Bangladesh’s Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has issued a new call for Myanmar to take back some 420,000 Rohingya Muslims who have fled violence in the Buddhist-dominated country. Hasina, speaking to Bangladeshi activists in New York where she is attending the United Nations General Assembly, also called for greater international pressure on Myanmar over the new crisis which has unfolded in the past three weeks, ...

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Death toll in 7.1 magnitude Mexico quake surges to 224


The death toll from a powerful earthquake that rocked Mexico on Tuesday has surged to 224 people, including 117 in the capital, said Interior Minister Miguel Osorio Chong. The dead included at least 21 children crushed beneath a primary school that collapsed on Mexico City’s south side during the 7.1-magnitude quake, authorities said. Dozens of buildings tumbled into mounds of ...

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22 injured in London Underground bomb attack


LONDON: At least 22 people were injured after a bomb detonated on a packed London Underground train on Friday, setting off a “wall of fire” that burned commuters in Britain’s fifth terror attack in six months. Witnesses saw passengers with facial burns and hair coming off at the Parsons Green station in west London after the explosion on the train ...

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As Germans prepare to vote, a mystery grows: where are the Russians?


BY GRIFF WITTE: In 2015, suspected Russian hackers broke into the computer networks of the German Parliament and made off with a mother lode of data — 16 gigabytes, enough to account for a million or more emails. Ever since, German politicians have been watching nervously for the fruits of that hack to be revealed, and for possible embarrassment and ...

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‘If we can feed 160m, we can also feed 700,000 Rohingya refugees’

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The premier also directed the local government to make sure the sick and wounded Rohingya were well taken care of in the hospitals and they receive immediate medical attention. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Monday said Bangladesh can feed 700,000 Rohingya refugees. “We have the ability to feed 160 million people of Bangladesh and we have enough food security to ...

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Dalai Lama says Buddha would have helped Myanmar’s Muslims


The Dalai Lama has spoken out for the first time about the Rohingya refugee crisis, saying Buddha would have helped Muslims fleeing violence in Buddhist-majority Myanmar. Hundreds of thousands of Rohingya have arrived in Bangladesh in recent weeks after violence flared in neighbouring Myanmar, where the stateless Muslim minority has endured decades of persecution. The top Buddhist leader is the latest Nobel peace ...

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Myanmar’s Suu Kyi slams ‘misinformation’ over Rohingya crisis


WORLD: Myanmar’s de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Wednesday alleged a “huge iceberg of misinformation” was distorting the picture of the Rohingya crisis, which has forced 125,000 of the Muslim minority to flee to Bangladesh. In her first comments since Rohingya militant attacks sparked unrest on August 25, Suu Kyi said fake news was “calculated to create a lot ...

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Merkel uses last parliamentary speech before elections to call for tough EU line on Turkey

German Chancellor Angela Merkel addresses the audience during an election campaign rally in Heidelberg.

HEIDELBERG: Angela Merkel, the German chancellor, called for a new hardline approach in Europe’s relations with Turkey on Tuesday, describing developments in the country as “worrying”. “The EU must not be divided on this issue. That would greatly weaken Europe,” she told German MPs. Mrs Merkel used her final speech to parliament before elections in three weeks to demand the release of several ...

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BRICS name militant groups as regional security concern

From left, Brazil's President Michel Temer, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Chinese President Xi Jinping, South Africa's President Jacob Zuma and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi pose for a group photo during the BRICS Summit at the Xiamen International Conference and Exhibition Center in Xiamen, southeastern China's Fujian Province, Monday, Sept. 4, 2017.  (Wu Hong/Pool Photo via AP)

XIAMEN: The leaders of the five emerging market BRICS powers have for the first time named militant groups allegedly based in Pakistan as a regional security concern and called for their patrons to be held to account. India welcomed the move — which participated at a summit in the Chinese city of Xiamen — as an important step forward in ...

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Trump says ‘appeasement’ will not work after North Korea nuke test


US President Donald Trump declared on Sunday that “appeasement with North Korea” will not work, after Pyongyang claimed it had successfully tested a missile-ready hydrogen bomb. “North Korea has conducted a major Nuclear Test,” Trump said. “Their words and actions continue to be very hostile and dangerous to the United States.” His comments came hours after the US Geological Survey ...

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