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_97749699_burninggawdutharya-1040587 Suu Kyi does not fear global ‘scrutiny’ over Rohingya crisis
Myanmar's de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi has said her government does not fear "international scrutiny" of its handling of the growing Rohingya crisis, BBC report. It was her first address to the country about the violence in northern Rakhine state that has seen more than 400,000 Rohingya Muslims cross into Bangladesh. Ms Suu Kyi has faced heavy criticism for her response to the..
a North Korea will be ‘destroyed’, US ambassador threatens
The US ambassador to the UN warned North Korea will be destroyed if it continues its "reckless behavior" and forces the United States and its allies to defend themselves against any attack, Al Jazeera report. Nikki Haley, the US ambassador to the UN, said on Sunday the UN Security Council has run out of options on containing North Korea's nuclear programme - and the US may now turn to the..
a Qatar presses UN to take action against Saudi bloc
Qatar's foreign minister says the blockade by neighbouring Gulf countries violates international law and human rights and the United Nations needs to take action against the Saudi-led bloc, BBC report. Speaking at a UN Human Rights Council session in Geneva on Monday, Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani said Qatar faced numerous challenges because of the "illegal imposition" by..
a Nato chief says global response needed to North Korea
Nato's general secretary, Jens Stoltenberg, has said North Korea's nuclear programme "is a global threat and requires a global response", according to BBC. "That of course also includes Nato," he told the BBC's Andrew Marr Show. But he refused to say whether an attack on the US overseas territory of Guam would trigger the military alliance's collective defence pact. Article 5 of the Nato..
a Saudi Arabia angered after emir’s phone call
Saudi Arabia says it has suspended dialogue with Qatar, shortly after a phone call between the Qatari leader and the Saudi crown prince, BBC report. The two sides had discussed holding talks to resolve the Qatar crisis, which has seen Doha cut off from Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt and the UAE. However, Saudi Arabia then accused Qatar of distorting facts about the call, and said it was ending..
a NK missile test caused landslides
North Korea's recent nuclear test appears to have triggered several landslides, according to what are believed to be the first satellite images of the aftermath, BBC report. Sunday's test took place underground at the mountainous Punggye-ri site. Analysis group 38 North published pictures which show "more numerous and widespread" disturbances than before. The test unleashed a powerful..
a Donald Trump warns ‘all options’ on table over North Korea missile test
US President Donald Trump has said North Korea's latest missile launch signals "contempt" for its neighbours and the UN, BBC report. He said the North would only increase its isolation and that "all options" were on the table. The missile flew over northern Japan's Hokkaido island before crashing into the northern Pacific Ocean. Pyongyang says it is being provoked by US-South Korea..
IMG_6027 Military response to North Korea would be “horrific” says Trump advisor
A military response to North Korea would be "horrific" but remains an option, the top military adviser to US President Donald Trump says. Gen Joseph Dunford, chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, made the comments while visiting China. He was responding to remarks by a top Trump aide ruling out military action over North Korea's nuclear programme. Tensions have flared between the US and..
a Racist messages cause anger in Australia
Racist graffiti targeting Chinese students has prompted anger after it was found at two locations in an Australian university, BBC report. The words "kill Chinese" were inscribed above a swastika in restrooms at the University of Sydney. The university condemned the graffiti and said "any and all remnants" would be removed. Last week, racist flyers directed at Chinese students were posted..
_97116955_mediaitem97116954 North Korea launches new missile
North Korea has conducted a new missile test, Japan and South Korea say, according to BBC. The missile reached an altitude of about 3,000km (1,865 miles) and landed in the sea off Japan, the Japanese national broadcaster NHK said. On 4 July, Pyongyang said it had tested an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) for the first time. The latest missile appears to have flown further and for..
_97087978_mediaitem97087977 Trump bans Transgenders in US military
US President Donald Trump says transgender people cannot serve in "any capacity" in the military, BBC report. He tweeted that he had consulted with military experts and cited "tremendous medical costs and disruption". The Obama administration decided last year to allow transgender people to serve openly in the military. But in June, Defence Secretary James Mattis agreed to a six-month..
No compromise in dispute with Qata, says Egypt
Egypt has said that the four Arab states will accept no compromise in their dispute with Qatar over allegations that Doha supports "terrorism", Al Jazeera report. Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry, speaking after talks with the European Union diplomatic chief Federica Mogherini in Brussels on Tuesday, said Qatar must accept in full the demands by Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the United..
a Trump son-in-law denies collusion with Russian officials
President Donald Trump's son-in-law has said neither he nor anyone in the Trump campaign team colluded with Russian officials over the US election, BBC report. Jared Kushner said he had no improper contacts and did not rely on Russian funds to finance business activities. Mr Kushner released his opening statement ahead of giving testimony before a Senate panel on Monday. The Senate, the..
a Miniskirt video of woman creates debate in Muslim country
Saudi police have released a young woman who appeared in a video wearing a miniskirt and crop-top in public without charge, BBC report. She was summoned for questioning after a video of her dressed in "indecent" clothing sparked a heated debate in the Muslim country. Some demanded she be punished for breaking the strict Saudi dress code. But the public prosecutor has now closed the case,..
_95977843_0a72456d-21d4-4953-85bb-256e701df0ec Australian Senator Waters resigns over dual citizenship row
Australian Senator Larissa Waters has announced she will resign after learning she holds dual citizenship, BBC report. Ms Waters, from the left-wing Greens party, was born in Canada. Under Australia's constitution, a person cannot run for federal office if they hold dual or plural citizenship. Ms Waters is the second senator since Friday to resign for having dual citizenship, following..
_96855774_mediaitem96855773 Clashes as protesters mark militant’s death in Kashmir
Clashes have broken out in Indian-administered Kashmir on the anniversary of the killing of a militant leader, BBC report. The security forces are reported to have used tear gas against stone-throwing protesters. They also surrounded the hometown of Burhan Wani, 22, who was killed fighting Indian troops last year. Separately seven people are reported to have been killed in shelling across..
a China warns US over South China Sea
Beijing has called the presence of a US warship near a disputed island in the South China Sea "a serious political and military provocation", according to BBC. The USS Stethem sailed close to Triton Island, part of the Paracel Islands archipelago, claimed by China and others. China responded by sending military vessels and fighter jets to the area. It happened hours before US President..
a Donald Trump casts doubt on Russia investigator Mueller
President Donald Trump has questioned the neutrality of Robert Mueller, who is investigating Russian interference in last year's US election, BBC report. Mr Trump said Mr Mueller's friendship with James Comey, who had been heading the inquiry until sacked from his role as FBI chief, was "bothersome". Asked on Fox News whether Mr Mueller should step down, Mr Trump said: "We're going to have to..
a Russian defence minister’s plane ‘buzzed’ by US led Nato jet
A Nato fighter jet has approached a Russian plane carrying the defence minister but was chased away by a Russian escort jet, Russian media say, according to BBC. They say the incident happened in international airspace over the Baltic when Sergei Shoigu was flying to the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad. Nato later said it had tracked Russian planes but they did not identify themselves. The..
a North Korea fires missile into Japanese waters
North Korea has test-fired a missile into Japanese waters, the latest in a series of launches that have ratcheted up tensions over its nuclear weapons programme, according to Al Jazeera. It was North Korea's third ballistic missile test in as many weeks and the 12th this year - carried out in defiance of UN sanctions warnings and US threats of possible military action. US military monitors..