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UN calls for talks after clash in strife-torn Myanmar region

<!– google_ad_section_start –> The United Nations has called for dialogue after another violent clash in a camp for dispossessed Rohingya Muslims in western Myanmar, as its human rights envoy toured the strife-torn area on Tuesday. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Syria rebels meet UN Security Council to end Assad support

<!– google_ad_section_start –> Syrian rebel leaders met with the UN Security Council for the first time on Friday to discuss the country’s two-year war and appealed to Russia to stop its powerful political and military support for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s government. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Myanmar frees around 70 political prisoners

<!– google_ad_section_start –> Myanmar agreed to release some 70 political prisoners on Tuesday, an official said, after President Thein Sein vowed to free all dissidents by the end of the year. The move, the latest gesture of reform by the former general who has ushered in a period of sweeping change in the country, was greeted with caution by activists concerned that authorities are continuing to prosecute dissidents.  “The president has signed an amnesty for about 70 political prisoners around the country,” presidential adviser Hla Maung Shwe, a senior official at the Myanmar Peace Center, said. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Refugees and migrants face rising dangers

<!– google_ad_section_start –> Amnesty International said on Thursday millions of people who have fled conflict or persecution, and migrants who have left home in search of work, have suffered abuses at the hands of state authorities or employers. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Cyclone Mahasen a ‘dress rehearsal’ for Myanmar’s Rohingya Muslims

<!– google_ad_section_start –> Myanmar’s victims of sectarian strife were spared the full force of Cyclone Mahasen, but many are now returning to flimsy tents in flood-prone camps with the monsoon season weeks away. Myanmar’s Rakhine state is pockmarked with makeshift settlements for up to 140,000 people – mainly Rohingya Muslims – displaced by sectarian unrest last year that claimed about 200 lives and saw whole villages razed. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Distrustful Rohingya ignore Myanmar authorities’ call to evacuate

<!– google_ad_section_start –> A massive evacuation to clear low-lying camps ahead of a cyclone has run into a potentially deadly snag: Many members of the displaced Rohingya minority living in the camps have refused to leave, distrustful of Myanmar authorities. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Cyclone ‘could delay’ Myanmar president’s landmark state visit to US

<!– google_ad_section_start –> Myanmar President Thein Sein’s landmark state visit to the United States could be delayed because of a cyclone threatening to strike his country’s northwest coast. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Cyclone Mahasen triggers mass evacuations in Bangladesh, Myanmar

<!– google_ad_section_start –> Hundreds of thousands of people in Bangladesh and Myanmar were ordered on Wednesday to move to safety as a cyclone barrelled towards low-lying coastal areas. The United Nations has warned that more than eight million people could be at risk from Cyclone Mahasen, which is expected to make landfall on Thursday or Friday somewhere near the border between the two countries. Bangladesh told hundreds of thousands of people living in low-lying areas to move to cyclone shelters, while Myanmar announced plans to move roughly 166,000 people at risk on its northwest coast. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Many Rohingya feared dead after boats capsize off western Myanmar

<!– google_ad_section_start –> Several overcrowded boats carrying more than 100 Rohingya Muslims capsized off the coast of western Myanmar while trying to escape an approaching cyclone, and only 42 were known to have survived, the United Nations said yesterday. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Thousands of Rohingya refugees in Myanmar in path of cyclone

<!– google_ad_section_start –> Myanmar started moving people into emergency shelters as a cyclone threatened to batter a violence-wracked region home to tens of thousands of internal refugees. About 140,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) living in flimsy tents or makeshift housing are seen as particularly vulnerable to Cyclone Mahasen, which was gathering strength in the Bay of Bengal. The cyclone is expected to make landfall near the Myanmese-Bangladeshi border on Thursday morning, according to Myanmar’s Department of Meteorology and Hydrology. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Myanmar Muslims fear for the future

<!– google_ad_section_start –> In Myanmar’s central heartlands, justice and security is elusive for thousands of Muslims who lost their homes in a deadly rampage by Buddhist mobs in March. Many are detained in prison-like camps, unable to return to neighbourhoods and businesses razed in four days of violence in Meiktila that killed at least 43 people, most of them Muslims, displaced nearly 13,000, and touched off a wave of anti- Muslim unrest fuelled by radical Buddhist monks. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Blast kills 12 at Pakistani camp for people fleeing violence

<!– google_ad_section_start –> At least twelve people were killed on Thursday by a car bomb at a camp in northwest Pakistan for people displaced by fighting between government forces and Islamist militants, police said. The bomb exploded in the Jalozai camp in Nowshera in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, an area bordering Afghanistan and a stronghold for insurgents bent on toppling Pakistan’s US-backed government. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Malaysia rescues 136 Myanmar refugees

<!– google_ad_section_start –> Malaysian authorities have rescued at least 136 people believed to be ethnic Rohingya Muslims fleeing strife in Myanmar aboard a leaking boat with no food or water, an official said on Monday. The rescue brings the number of boats intercepted this year to 11, marking a “big increase” in refugee arrivals, said Tan Kok Kwee of the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency, following deadly sectarian violence in Myanmar. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Number of Syrian refugees reaches one million

<!– google_ad_section_start –> The number of Syrians who have fled their country since a deadly civil conflict erupted two years ago has hit one million, the UN’s refugee agency said Wednesday. “With a million people in flight, millions more displaced internally, and thousands of people continuing to cross the border every day, Syria is spiralling towards full-scale disaster,” UN High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres said in a statement. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Police ‘failed to check on killer’

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Police officers failed to carry out checks on a psychiatric patient who murdered a woman which would have revealed that she had killed before, a report finds.

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Cardinal to face Vatican inquiry

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Cardinal Keith O’Brien, formerly Britain’s most senior Roman Catholic cleric, is expected to face a Vatican inquiry after admitting sexual misconduct.

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Kenyan elections on Monday stir fears of ethnic violence

<!– google_ad_section_start –> Down in the valley there’s a clue why. Sunshine gleams off the metal roofs of housing built for families displaced by ethnic violence that followed Kenya’s general election five years ago. More than 1,100 people were killed and 600,000 fled their homes. On Monday, the nation goes to the polls again in possibly the most important vote in its 50-year history. Many fear a repeat. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Dozens found dead with hands bound in Syria

<!– google_ad_section_start –> At least 65 people, apparently shot in the head, were found dead with their hands bound in a district of the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on Tuesday. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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First Russians evacuated from Syria land in Moscow

<!– google_ad_section_start –> Dozens of Russians arrived home on Wednesday after fleeing Syria, relieved to be escaping the deprivation and horror of civil war but worried about an uncertain future back home. “The Free Syrian Army is getting closer. We’ve been left without money, without light, without water,” Natasha Yunis, who ran a beauty salon in her adopted home of Damascus after meeting her Syrian husband, said of rebel advances on the capital. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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