Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Myanmar military beating, sexually assaulting Rohingya Muslims, including children

The Myanmar military has been accused of summarily executing several dozen Rohingya Muslims following the outbreak of violence in Rakhine state. Human Rights Watch says hundreds of Rohingya Muslims had gathered at a residential compound in Maung Nu village to seek safety. The rights organization also...

Kazuo Ishiguro wins 2017 Nobel Prize for Literature

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Japanese-born Kazuo Ishiguro has won the Nobel Prize for Literature for uncovering "the abyss beneath our illusory sense of connection with the world," the Swedish Academy said on Thursday on awarding the 9 million crown ($1.1 million) prize. https://twitter.com/NobelPrize/status/915894552380215296 https://twitter.com/NobelPrize/status/915901806043123713 Kazuo Ishiguro born 8 November 1954, is...

Chemical weapons watchdog found sarin used in March Syria attack

An inquiry by the global chemical weapons watchdog found sarin was used in a March attack in Syria on an opposition-held town, just days before the banned nerve agent killed dozens in a separate attack nearby, told Reuters on Wednesday referring sources.

Saudi-led coalition on UN blacklist for killing Yemen kids

The Saudi Arabia-led coalition fighting rebels in Yemen has been placed on a U.N. blacklist for killing and maiming nearly 700 children and attacking schools and hospitals in 2016. The issue of whether the U.S.-backed coalition would be on the list has been eagerly awaited...

Russia threatens to destroy US-controlled area in Syria

The Russian military on Wednesday accused the United States of providing help to Syrian terrorists in attacking the government troops and threatened to destroy attackers in the U.S.-controlled Syrian area. "The main obstacle to the completion of the destruction of Islamic State (IS) in Syria...

More than one-half million Rohingya refugees at risk as diarrheal diseases spread

Aid agencies are scaling up efforts to contain an outbreak of diarrheal diseases that could have serious health consequences for many of the more than one-half million Rohingya refugees from Myanmar who are living in squalid, overcrowded conditions in Coxs Bazar, Bangladesh. The U.N. refugee...

60,000 refugees – 27,400 from DR Congo – causing humanitarian crisis in Zambia, UNHCR

Over 60,000 refugees, 27,400 of which are from DRC have become a burden to Zambia causing a humanitarian crisis, reported Anadolu Agency quoting UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) as saying in a statement on Tuesday. It said that as result, Zambia was facing a growing humanitarian...

Catalonia to declare independence from Spain on Oct. 9

Catalonia will move on Monday to declare independence from Spain following its banned referendum as the European Union nation nears a rupture that threatens the foundations of its young democracy.

President Trump visits Las Vegas after mass shooting

U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump traveled to Las Vegas on Wednesday to show their support for the victims of Sunday's shooting massacre. "I will be landing in Las Vegas shortly to pay my respects with @FLOTUS Melania. Everyone remains in our...

2017 Nobel Prize in Chemistry awarded to Jacques Dubochet, Joachim Frank and Richard Henderson

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The 2017 Nobel Prize in Chemistry was awarded on Wednesday to Jacques Dubochet, Joachim Frank and Richard Henderson for “developing cryo-electron microscopy for the high-resolution structure determination of biomolecules in solution.” https://twitter.com/NobelPrize/status/915513825591533568 The work, the academy adds, "has moved biochemistry into a new era" and provided...

Yemen cholera outbreak is spiraling out of control, infecting over 770,000 people

Yemen’s cholera outbreak is spiraling out of control with estimates putting the number of people infected with the disease at around 770,000. Yemen’s Health Ministry said that it expects the number of cholera cases to reach one-million by the year’s end, saying more help is...

There is an increasing trend of diarrhea cases in Rohingya camps in Bangladesh, UN

The United Nations is warning about an outbreak of water-borne diseases including diarrhea in Bangladeshi camps where hundreds of thousands of Rohingya are settled in. A UN spokesman says there is an increasing trend of diarrhea cases including patients with severe dehydration. The world body...

Thousands Catalans staged a general strike in protest against Spanish police violence

Large numbers of Catalans have staged a general strike in protest against police violence at a banned weekend referendum. Flights and train services could be disrupted together with port operations as a result of the stoppage. The move comes to condemn the police response to...

Exodus seen over 500,000 Rohingya enter Bangladesh since last month — report

More than 10,000 Rohingya have massed near a crossing point with Bangladesh, Myanmar media said Tuesday. The exodus has already seen over 500,000 Rohingya enter Bangladesh since last month. Over “10,000 Muslims are arriving at the western grove between Letphwekya and Kwunthpin village to emigrate...

Iran sends 200 tons of aid to Eastern Aleppo, Syria

A convoy of aid sent from Iran to the people of the eastern countryside of Aleppo province arrived on Tuesday as said the Syrian Arab News Agency. The convoy consists of 10 trucks, said Member of the Executive Office of the Aleppo Governorate’s Council Dr....

Rohingya refugees can return from Bangladesh — Myanmar telling UN

Myanmar told the UN refugee agency on Monday that its top priority was to bring back Rohingyas who have fled to Bangladesh. Win Myat Aye, Myanmar’s union and social welfare minister, told UNHCR’s Executive Committee meeting in Geneva: “Our next immediate priority is to bring...

Ancient Palmyra Lion of Allat statue from the 1st century AD goes on display in Damascus

The Lion of Allat statue from the 1st century AD went on display in Damascus National Museum Sunday after the 15-ton monument, heavily damaged by the Islamic State (IS, ISIS/ISIL) militants, underwent restoration. "It was an internationally known symbol of Palmyra, it was standing in...

$75 million needed to aid Rohingya refugees — UN food program

The World Food Program (WFP) says it needs some $75 million over the next six months to meet the needs of more than half a million Rohingya Muslim refugees who have fled the persecution and violence in Myanmar to neighboring Bangladesh since August 25. "The...

At least 3,000 people — 955 civilians — killed in Syria during September, observatory

Syria's war killed at least 3,000 people including 955 civilians in September, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor said Sunday, in the deadliest month of the conflict this year. "More than 70 percent of the civilians were killed in regime and Russian air strikes,...

WFP appeals for $75 million in emergency aid helping Rohingya Muslims fleeing violence in Myanmar

The World Food Program (WFP) appealed on Sunday for 75 million dollars in emergency aid over the next six months to help alleviate the suffering of Rohingya Muslims fleeing violence in Myanmar, told Reuters. “The bottom line? This is a deplorable situation. This is as...

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