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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 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..
a Italy flooding kills six people
At least six people have been killed after heavy rainstorms and flooding in the Italian city of Livorno, BBC report. Four members of a family were killed when their basement apartment flooded. Italian newspaper Il Tirreno reports that two parents and their son died. One girl was rescued by her grandfather, but he died when he returned to attempt for his other family members, the newspaper..
a Rescue efforts continue as death toll rises in Mexico
The race to rescue those trapped in the rubble continues, more than 24 hours after a powerful earthquake struck off Mexico's southern coast, according to BBC. The 8.1 magnitude quake left at least 61 people dead, according to officials. Another 200 people were injured, President Enrique Peña Nieto said, as he declared a national day of mourning. Meanwhile, the feared category one..
a Cuba hit with strong hurricane
Hurricane Irma is lashing Cuba with strong winds and heavy rain after devastating several Caribbean islands, BBC report. The hurricane made landfall on the Camaguey Archipelago, in Cuba's north-east, as a category five storm but has now weakened to a category three. The Bahamas have largely been spared. In Florida, 5.6 million people, or 25% of the US state's population, have been told to..
a 270,000 Rohingya Muslims sought shelter in Bangladesh
About 270,000 Rohingya Muslims have sought shelter in Bangladesh since violence erupted in Myanmar two weeks ago, the UN says, according to BBC. A spokeswoman said the jump - up from 164,000 on Thursday - was because new pockets of people had been found. She called the figure "so alarming" and said urgent action was needed to address the situation in Myanmar. Those fleeing say Myanmar's..
a Syria forces behind chemical gas attack
UN war crimes investigators say they have evidence that Syrian government forces were behind a chemical attack that killed scores of people in a rebel-held town in April, Al Jazeera report. The UN Commission of Inquiry (COI) on Syria said on Wednesday it had gathered an "extensive body of information" showing that the Syrian air force was responsible for the sarin gas attack in Khan..
a European Union court rejects quota challenge
The EU's top court has rejected a challenge by Hungary and Slovakia to a migrant relocation deal drawn up at the height of the crisis in 2015, BBC report. The European Court of Justice overruled their objections to the compulsory fixed-quota scheme. Hungary has not accepted a single asylum seeker under the scheme since it was introduced two years ago. It was an attempt to ease the pressure..
a Aung San Suu Kyi says ‘fake news helping terrorists’
Myanmar's de-facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi has claimed that the crisis in Rakhine state is being distorted by a "huge iceberg of misinformation", BBC report. In her first comments on the latest Rohingya crisis, she said tensions were being fanned by fake news promoting the interests of terrorists. Ms Suu Kyi made the comments in a phone call with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, her..
a Rohingya refugee surge hits Bangladesh
The number of Rohingya refugees crossing from Myanmar into Bangladesh has surged, the UN says, with more than 35,000 new arrivals identified in the last 24 hours, BBC report. More than 123,000 Rohingya are now said to have fled violence in Myanmar's Rakhine state since 25 August. The conflict was triggered by an attack by Rohingya militants on police posts. This sparked a military..
_97668684_gettyimages-839309116 Same-sex marriage vote challenged in Australia
Australia's highest court has begun hearing legal challenges against a national vote on same-sex marriage, BBC report. The government plans to hold a non-binding postal survey from next week to gauge support for changing Australia's law to allow same-sex marriage. PM Malcolm Turnbull has said the vote could lead to the tabling of a bill in parliament later this year. Intense campaigning..
_97655297_041398345 Donald Trump ‘to scrap’ amnesty for young immigrants
US President Donald Trump has decided to scrap a programme that protects young undocumented immigrants, according to BBC. He will give Congress six months to draw up legislation to replace the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (Daca), sources quoted by US media say. The decision, first reported in Politico, is considered a compromise amid strong support for the scheme. However, the..
Chepang-Community Chepang Community deprived of electricity in Nepal
As many as 12 households of Chepang Community have been compelled to live in dark under the electricity lights for more than two decades in Barkot of Besishahar-11 in Lamjung district, BBC report. Chepangs have claimed that they were deprived of electricity lines, as they were poor, marganilised, minorities and can’t afford to pay bills, in the village. However, nearby villages were..
47384f4e093a4b6dba4d9a290e109efc_18 Nearly 75,000 Rohingya Muslims fled violence in Myanmar to Bangladesh
Nearly 75,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled violence in Myanmar to neighbouring Bangladesh, with aid officials warning relief camps are reaching full capacity as thousands continue to pour in every day, Al Jazeera report. Vivian Tan, the regional spokeswoman for UNHCR, told Al Jazeera on Sunday that at least 73,000 Rohingya crossed the border since violence erupted on August 25, with..
File - The Facebook logo is displayed on an iPad in Philadelphia on May 16, 2012. Photo: AP Nepali woman held for defrauding Rs 4.3m via Facebook
A team deployed from the Central Investigation Bureau of Nepal Police on Thursday reportedly arrested a woman on charge of swindling Rs 4.3 million from 34 persons by befriending with them in social networking site Facebook, THT report. Issuing a press statement today, CIB said 33-year-old Ang Leme Sherpa of Gudle in Solukhumbu district, currently residing in Tinchule of Bouddha in KMC-6 was..
a Thousands Rohingya Muslims flee to Bangladesh from Myanmar
More than 18,000 Rohingya Muslims fleeing violence in Myanmar's Rakhine state have entered Bangladesh in less than a week, aid workers say, according to BBC. The crisis erupted after Rohingya insurgents attacked 30 police stations last Friday, triggering a military response. Aid workers giving emergency shelter and food say about a dozen of the new arrivals have recent bullet..
a Reporter rescues stranded lorry driver in US
A reporter in Houston has initiated the rescue of a lorry driver from flooding, live on local TV, BBC report. Brandi Smith, of KHOU 11 News, and cameraman Mario Sandoval spotted the lorry stuck in several metres of water while they were covering Storm Harvey. Officials say it is the biggest storm in the history of the state of Texas. A record 30in of rain (75cm) has fallen on the city of..
a German nurse probed over 84 more murders
A nurse serving a life sentence for murdering two patients in northern Germany is now a suspect in at least 84 other murder cases, police say,according to BBC. The 40-year-old, named only as Niels H under German reporting rules, was convicted of attempted murder in 2006 and murder in 2015. His victims received lethal drug doses at units where he worked. Relatives of patients who died in..
a Bangladesh ‘forcibly returned’ Rohingya refugees back to Myanmar
Bangladesh has detained and forcibly returned at least 90 Muslim Rohingya refugees back to Myanmar, as thousands of civilians from the ethnic minority area, on the other side of the border, attempt to escape from continuing violence that has killed scores of people, Al Jazeera report. At least 20 Rohingya were caught on Sunday and sent back after crossing the Naf river, a natural border..
a Five climbers killed in Austria
Five climbers have been killed and one seriously injured in an accident near Krimml in the Austrian Alps, BBC report. Five rescue helicopters were sent to the scene, 2,000m above sea level in the Zillertal Alps mountain range. Authorities say the exact cause of the incident is unclear, but six people who were climbing with ropes appear to have fallen together. Only one survived, and was..