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UNHCR warns against returning of Rohingya refugees to Myanmar
SINGAPORE: The United Nations refugee agency on Monday cautioned against returning ethnic Rohingya Muslims to Myanmar from Bangladesh at this time, urging that officials be allowed to assess whether it is safe for them to return. The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) issued the warning after the Myanmar government said on Sunday that this week it would begin repatriating the more than 700,000 Rohingya who have fled from
Rivals challenge Sirisena’s move in SC
Colombo: Supporters of Sri Lanka’s fired prime minister and a top election official on Monday challenged in court the president’s sacking of parliament, upping the ante in a political crisis that has sparked international alarm. President Maithripala Sirisena late on Friday called snap elections and dissolved the legislature, two weeks after sacking the prime minister and installing the divisive Mahinda Rajapakse in his place.
Imelda pardon over corruption ‘speculative’
MANILA: A senior Malacanang Palace official described as “speculative” and “premature” reports that President Rodrigo “Rody” Duterte might grant pardon to former first lady Imelda Romualdez Marcos who was convicted by a special court called the Sandiganbayan for seven counts of graft. Salvador Panelo, the chief presidential legal counsel and also the presidential spokesman, explained that Duterte could grant pardon to Imelda only
China postpones lifting rhino and tiger parts ban
Beijing: China appeared to backtrack on a controversial decision to lift a ban on trading tiger bones and rhinoceros horns, saying it has been postponed, state media reported on Monday. The State Council, China’s cabinet, unexpectedly announced last month that it would allow the sale of rhino and tiger products under “special circumstances”, a move conservationists likened to signing a death warrant for the endangered species.
Daesh bomber kills six Afghan civilians in Kabul
Kabul: Six people were killed when a suicide bomber blew himself up in Kabul on Monday, close to where scores of Afghans had been protesting against Taliban attacks on the minority Hazara ethnic group. Daesh claimed responsibility for the attack, its propaganda agency Amaq said. The attack is the latest in a wave of violence across war-torn Afghanistan as the Taliban intensify pressure on beleaguered government security forces,
North Korea hiding missile bases, say US researchers
Washington: North Korea is operating at least 13 undeclared bases to hide mobile, nuclear-capable missiles, a new study released on Monday has found, raising fresh doubts over US President Donald Trump’s signature foreign policy initiative. Trump has hailed his July summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un as having opened the way to denuclearisation of the divided peninsula, defusing tensions that less than a year ago brought
Bangladesh delays general elections by a week
DHAKA: Authorities in Bangladesh agreed on Monday to delay national elections by a week because of opposition demands for more time to prepare. Chief Election Commissioner K.M. Nurul Huda said officials decided to shift the date to Dec.30 in response to the proposals by the opposition parties. The new deadline for filing nominations is Nov.28. The ruling Awami League party, its allies and some opposition parties welcomed the
VP orders third humanitarian airlift for Jordan
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President of Iraq visits Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque
ABU DHABI: President of Iraq Barham Salih on Monday, visited the Sheik..
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Lebanon passes landmark law to find civil war missing
BEIRUT: Lebanon for the first time Monday passed a law to investigate ..
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Sri Lanka Supreme Court overturns dissolution of parliament
COLOMBO: Sri Lanka's Supreme Court on Tuesday overturned President Mai..
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Norway frigate sinks after tanker collision
OSLO: A Norwegian frigate that collided with a Maltese tanker in a fjo..
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Suu Kyi stance on Rohingya ‘indefensible’: Malaysia PM
SINGAPORE: Aung San Suu Kyi's response to the persecution of Myanmar's..
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Tunisia parliament approves new government
TUNIS: Tunisian Prime Minister Youssef Chahed's new government has won..
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Thousands of Afghans flee fighting in Hazara districts
GHAZNI (Afghanistan): Thousands of Afghans have fled to Ghazni city to..
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Libyan Prime Minister Fayez meets eastern commander in Palermo
PALERMO: Libyan Prime Minister Fayez al-Serraj, whose government is ba..
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AD CP honours members of Armed Forces
ABU DHABI: His Highness Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prin..
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