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September 24, 2017 9:19 AM Bangladesh imposes mobile phone ban on Rohingya refugees

DHAKA: Bangladesh has banned telecommunication companies from selling mobile phone connections to Rohingya refugees, citing security concerns for the latest restrictions, officials said Sunday. Bangladesh's four mobile phone providers were threatened with fines if they provide any of the nearly 430,000 newly arrived refugees from Myanmar with phone plans 3

September 24, 2017 1:46 AM 'We must be very careful that we don't fall into trap of extremists': Vivian Balakrishnan in UN speech

SINGAPORE: Leaders should be "careful and measured" in their response to extremists, Singapore's Foreign Affairs Minister Vivian Balakrishnan said in his speech at the 72nd session of the United Nations (UN) General Assembly on Saturday (Sep 23). "Extremists everywhere actually have a common playbook," he said. "First, commit an egregious act of violence 3

September 23, 2017 5:18 AM Myanmar govt to set up working group for 'urgent repatriation' of refugees

YANGON: Myanmar's government will set up a working group to conduct a systematic verification process for "urgent repatriation" of refugees - hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims who have fled Rakhine State to Bangladesh over the past few weeks, according to the office of the country's de facto leader and State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi. The repatriation 3

September 22, 2017 9:00 PM Dhaka to press Myanmar on refugee issue

Move comes after Suu Kyi says her govt ready to verify Rohingya refugees for repatriation Bangladesh plans to increase the pressure on Myanmar to take back the 700,000 Rohingya refugees that it has been sheltering for more than a decade. "On the one hand we are concentrating on humanitarian aid, and on the other, we are beefing up the international pressure 3

September 22, 2017 4:26 AM Asean Para Games: Sarawakian swimmers set records en route to golds

KUALA LUMPUR: Sarawakians Anderson Jamba (pic) and Fraidden Dawan made big splashes for Malaysia on the final day of the Asean Para Games swimming competition. Barely an hour after winning the men's 150m individual medley (S4) race and setting a new Games record, Anderson returned to the pool at the National Aquatic Centre in Bukit Jalil to claim his second 3

September 21, 2017 1:05 PM Visualizing the influx of Rohingya refugees

United Nations aid agencies said this week they are ramping up operations in southeast Bangladesh where more than 420,000 Rohingya Muslims have sought refuge from violence in neighboring Myanmar. The refugees have come by land, river and sea, trekking for days in monsoon weather to find sanctuary in Bangladesh, where nearly 200,000 Rohingya were already 3

September 21, 2017 11:10 AM Myanmar army chief urges internally displaced to return to Rakhine

SITTWE, Myanmar (Reuters) - Myanmar’s army chief called on Thursday for people internally displaced by violence in Rakhine State to go home and rebuild communities, but he made no mention of 422,000 Rohingya Muslims who fled to Bangladesh to escape his force’s operations. Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, in a major speech on his plans for Rakhine state 3

September 21, 2017 10:11 AM Despite global criticism, Myanmar’s Rakhine strategy retains strong domestic support

YANGON: While there has been widespread global condemnation of the violence taking place in Myanmar’s Rakhine state, many ordinary people in the country are standing solidly behind the government and State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi. From world leaders to Nobel peace laureates and rights activists to analysts, a chorus of powerful voices has criticised 4

September 21, 2017 3:51 AM Myanmar protesters try to block aid shipment to Muslim Rohingya

SITTWE, Myanmar: Buddhist protesters in Myanmar threw petrol bombs to try to block a shipment of aid to Muslims in Rakhine state, where the United Nations has accused the military of ethnic cleansing, before police fired in the air to disperse them. Hundreds of protesters were involved in the attempt to stop Red Cross workers loading a boat with relief 3

September 20, 2017 5:30 PM Iran defends nuclear deal, warns Trump to respect it

UNITED NATIONS: Iran's President Hassan Rouhani insisted on Wednesday (Sep 20) his country has complied with the nuclear accord it signed with six world powers, and warned "rogue newcomer" Donald Trump that the United States faces isolation if he tears it up. Addressing the UN General Assembly one day after the US president appeared on the same podium 4