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a Global leaders criticise Suu Kyi over Rohingya speech
Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi is facing mounting international pressure for her handling of violence in Rakhine state and the Rohingya refugee crisis, BBC report. In a speech on Tuesday, the de facto leader condemned rights abuses but did not blame the army or address allegations of ethnic cleansing. Leaders and diplomats from several countries have since expressed strong disappointment with..
a Earthquake kills nearly 250 in Mexico
A strong earthquake has struck central Mexico, killing at least 248 people and toppling dozens of buildings in the capital, Mexico City, BBC report. President Enrique Peña Nieto said more than 20 children had died and 30 were missing after a school collapsed. The 7.1 magnitude quake also caused major damage in neighbouring states. The tremor struck shortly after many people had taken part..
A Trump: US would destroy North Korea
US President Donald Trump has told the UN General Assembly that America would destroy North Korea if forced to defend itself or its allies, BBC report. In his debut speech, he mocked North Korea's leader, Kim Jong-un, saying: "Rocket man is on a suicide mission." North Korea has tested nuclear bombs and missiles in defiance of the UN. The American leader also attacked Iran, saying it was a..
_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 Some Auckland petrol stations run out of fuel
Several petrol stations in Auckland have been hit by fuel shortages as problems caused by damage to a pipeline in New Zealand's largest city spread, BBC report. Z Energy confirmed to the BBC that 13 service stations had run out of 95 octane petrol by Tuesday. The firm said fuel was being trucked into the city and it did not expect the problem to worsen. Fuel supplies to cars and planes in..
_97850997_709f63a5-6b79-4b7e-b385-2bd12ca75b0f (1) North Korea says US sanctions will accelerate nuclear programme
North Korea has warned that more sanctions and pressure will only make it accelerate its nuclear programme, BBC report. In a strongly worded statement, Pyongyang called new UN sanctions "the most vicious, unethical and inhumane act of hostility". Meanwhile, the presidents of the US and China committed to "maximising pressure" on the North through vigorous enforcement of UN..
a Ryanair faces 20m euro compensation bill
Ryanair could face up to 20m euros (£18m) in compensation claims after cancelling thousands of flights due to a shortage of pilots, it has warned, BBC report. The budget airline plans to cancel 40-50 flights every day for the next six weeks, after it admitted it had "messed up" the planning of pilot holidays. An internal memo seen by the BBC suggests the pilot shortage could continue until..
a Jet fuel shortage leaves passengers stranded in New Zealand
Thousands of airline passengers were stranded in Auckland on Monday after a burst pipeline cut jet fuel supplies to New Zealand's largest airport, BBC report. The damaged pipeline is Auckland Airport's only source of jet fuel. The disruption is expected to last at least a week as work continues to repair the pipe, the operator said. Fuel supplies have been rationed and airlines are..
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 Rohingya ‘extremists’ trying to build stronghold, says Myanmar army
Myanmar's top general has blamed Rohingya people for the crisis that has led to hundreds of thousands crossing into Bangladesh, BBC report. Gen Min Aung Hlaing said the Rohingya "has never been an ethnic group", and accused "extremists" of trying to form a stronghold in northern Rakhine state. His army is accused of targeting civilians in an offensive there, forcing Rohingya to..
a Russia denies hitting SDF force in Syria
Russia's defence ministry has denied allegations its planes struck US-backed fighters in Syria on Saturday, BBC report. The ministry said its air force only targeted Islamic State militants. It was responding to claims by the SDF, an alliance of Kurdish and Arab groups, that six of its fighters were wounded in Russian strikes in eastern Syria. The SDF is moving towards the city of Deir..
a Parents protest against deaths at children’s camp in Ukraine
Angry parents have protested outside the town hall in Ukraine's resort city of Odessa over the deaths of two girls in a fire at a children's camp, BBC report. Another child remains missing after the blaze broke out overnight inside a dormitory at Victoria holiday camp. Ukrainian PM Volodymyr Groysman called it a "tragedy" saying those responsible would face tough punishment. On the..
a Ryanair to cancel 40-50 flights per day
Ryanair is to cancel 40 to 50 flights every day for the next six weeks, in a bid to improve punctuality of flights, BBC report. The budget Irish-based airline announced the plan on Friday, saying that it was "unacceptable" that its punctuality had fallen below 80% in the first half of this month. It also said it had to clear a backlog of staff leave by the end of the year. The move could..
a Iraq parliament votes to remove Kirkuk governor from office
Iraq's parliament has voted to remove the governor of Kurdish-controlled Kirkuk from office, according to legislators present at the vote, Al Jazeera report. Thursday's decision to remove Najm Eddine Karim followed parliamentarians' rejection of Kurdish plans to hold an independence referendum on Tuesday. Haider al-Abadi, Iraq's prime minister, requested the removal of Karim as leader of..
a At least 50 die in twin attacks in Iraq
At least 50 people have been killed in two attacks in southern Iraq, health officials say, according to BBC. In the first attack, a suicide bomber detonated his vest and gunmen opened fire inside a roadside restaurant near Nasiriya, the capital of Dhiqar province, security sources said. Soon afterwards, a car bomb exploded at a nearby checkpoint. So-called Islamic State said it carried out..
a Kuala Lumpur school fire kills dozens
At least 23 students and teachers have died in a fire at a religious school in Malaysia's capital, Kuala Lumpur, BBC report. The fire at the Tahfiz Darul Quran Ittifaqiyah broke out in the early hours of Thursday morning. The victims are thought to been trapped in their dormitory as the windows were barred with metal grilles. "It is one of the country's worst fire disasters in the past 20..
a Rohingya facing catastrophic situation in Myanmar
Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar are facing a catastrophic humanitarian situation, according to the UN secretary general, BBC report. Antonio Guterres said alleged attacks by security forces on Rohingya villagers were completely unacceptable. The army says it is fighting militants and denies targeting civilians. Later the UN Security Council called for urgent steps to end the violence. Some..
a Paris & LA to host 2024 & 2028 respectively
Paris and Los Angeles have been named as hosts of the 2024 and 2028 summer Games respectively by the International Olympic Committee, according to BBC. Both cities had wanted to host the 2024 event, before LA agreed to wait an extra four years after the IOC made guarantees on funding. The Paris Games, which had fallen short with bids for 2008 and 2012, will mark 100 years since it was last..
a Imra hurricane kills six people in US nursing home
Six people at a Florida nursing home that was left without power for days after Hurricane Irma have died, BBC report. Police evacuated 115 residents on Wednesday from the facility, whose air conditioning was cut by the storm. Broward County Mayor Barbara Sharief said three were found dead at the nursing home in the city of Hollywood. Three others died in hospital. Ten million people are..
a UN sees ‘ethnic cleansing’ in Myanmar
The security operation targeting Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar "seems a textbook example of ethnic cleansing", the UN human rights chief says, according to BBC. Zeid Raad Al Hussein urged Myanmar to end the "cruel military operation" in Rakhine state. More than 300,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled to Bangladesh since violence erupted there late last month. The military says it is responding to..