Hindu refugees eagerly await return to Myanmar

Hindu farmer Surodhon Pal has packed his bags, eager to return to Myanmar after fleeing for Bangladesh during a wave of violence last year, but he is in a tiny minority - most of the refugees are terrified of going home. Bangladesh wants the more than 655,000 refugees who have flooded into the country since late August to start returning to Myanmar by the end of this month under a controversial agreement between the two nations.

Insurgents: Rohingya Have No Option But to Fight ‘Burmese Terrorism’

Rohingya Muslim insurgents said Sunday they have no choice but to fight what they called Myanmar state-sponsored terrorism to defend the Rohingya community, and they demanded that the Rohingya be consulted on all decisions affecting their future. The Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army launched raids on the Myanmar security forces Aug. 25, which sparked sweeping counter-insurgency operations in the Muslim-majority north of Rakhine State that led to widespread violence and arson and an exodus of some 650,000 Rohingya villagers to Bangladesh.

Nearly 50,000 Rohingya babies expected in 2018, with no repatriation plan in sight

A malnourished Rohingya Muslim refugee boy cries as mothers feed high calorie peanut paste to their malnourished children at a field clinic. Myanmar is officially on the State Department's list of countries that violate religious freedoms , as hundreds of thousands of Rohingya continue to struggle for survival in over-crowded refugee camps, with their numbers about to swell by nearly 50,000.

Indian state tense ahead of citizens list targeting ‘illegal Bangladeshis’

GUWAHATI, India/NEW DELHI: India has mobilised around 60,000 police and paramilitary troops in a sensitive border state ahead of the publication of a list of citizens it says will be used to detect and deport illegal immigrants: mainly Muslims: from neighbouring Bangladesh. Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party took power in the eastern state of Assam for the first time last year, vowing to act against illegal Muslim residents who take away jobs from local Hindus.

Pope arrives in Bangladesh in shadow of Rohingya crisis

Pope Francis landed in Bangladesh on Thursday after a diplomatically sensitive trip to mainly Buddhist Myanmar, where he made no direct reference to the plight of Rohingya Muslims who have fled to Bangladesh in their hundreds of thousands. Pope Francis walks with Bangladesh's President Abdul Hamid after arriving at the airport in Dhaka, Bangladesh November 30, 2017.

Vatican defends Pope’s avoidance of word Rohingya on historic Myanmar visit

The Vatican is pushing back against criticism aimed at Pope Francis for not speaking out against Myanmar's treatment of the Rohingya Muslims during his historic visit to the southeast Asian country. Foreign diplomats, including US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, have called what Myanmar's military is doing to the Rohingya ethnic cleansing, a charge that its leadership and the country's defacto ruler Aung San Suu Kyi deny.

Ap Photos: Associated Press editors pick best of 2017

2017 AP YEAR END PHOTOS - President-elect Donald Trump waits to step out onto the portico for his Presidential Inauguration at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, on Jan. 20, 2017. 2017 AP YEAR END PHOTOS - Donald Trump is sworn in as the 45th president of the United States by Chief Justice John Roberts, as Melania Trump and his family looks on during the 58th Presidential Inauguration at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, on Jan. 20, 2017.

Bangladesh carving out forest land to shelter desperate Rohingya


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Hard-pressed to find space for a massive influx of Rohingya Muslim refugees, Bangladesh plans to chop down a swathe of forest to extend a tent city sheltering destitute families fleeing ethnic violence in neighboring Myanmar. More than half a million Rohingya have arrived from Myanmar's western state of Rakhine since the end of August in what the United Nations has called the world's fastest-developing refugee emergency.

Bangladeshi prime minister condemns Myanmar over Rohingya treatment

The Bangladeshi Prime Minister has delivered a sharp judgment on neighboring Myanmar's treatment of Rohingya Muslims, hundreds of thousands of whom have fled across the border to Bangladesh in recent weeks to escape violence in Myanmar's Rakhine State. Addressing the UN General Assembly late Thursday, Bangladesh's leader, Sheikh Hasina, said she did so with a "heavy heart."

.com | Myanmar’s Suu Kyi to speak on deadly Rohingya crisis

Myanmar's leader Aung San Suu Kyi will address the crisis engulfing Rakhine state next week, in her first speech since scores were killed in violence that has sent nearly 380 000 Rohingya Muslims fleeing to Bangladesh and battered her reputation as a defender of the downtrodden. In a press conference, government spokesperson Zaw Htay said Suu Kyi will "speak for national reconciliation and peace" in a televised address on September 19. He said the Nobel laureate, who has been pilloried by rights groups for failing to speak up in the defence of the Rohinyga minority, would skip the United Nations General Assembly next week to tackle the crisis unfurling at home.

16 Rohingya, including children, drown fleeing Myanmar

Officials in Bangladesh say growing numbers of Rohingya are trying to cross the Naf river that divides the two countries in rickety boats, which often do not survive the rough waters as they become increasingly desperate to escape. The International Organization for Migration said Wednesday that at least 18,500 Rohingya had crossed into Bangladesh since fighting erupted in Myanmar's neighbouring Rakhine state six days earlier.

Myanmar army conducts clearance operations; thousands flee clashes

COX'S BAZAR, Bangladesh: Myanmar security forces intensified operations against Rohingya insurgents on Monday, police and other sources said, following three days of clashes with militants in the worst violence involving Myanmar's Muslim minority in five years. The fighting - triggered by coordinated attacks on Friday by insurgents wielding sticks, knives and crude bombs on 30 police posts and an army base - has killed 104 people and led to the flight of large numbers of Muslim Rohingya and Buddhist civilians from the northern part of Rakhine state.

Ongoing Myanmar Clashes Leave 96 Dead, Including 6 Civilians

Myanmar's government and advocates for the country's Muslim Rohingya ethnic minority traded charges Sunday of killing civilians, burning down buildings and planting land mines, as clashes that began last week when insurgents launched attacks against police posts continued. An announcement posted online by the office of the country's leader, State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi, said the death toll from the violence that started Thursday night had reached 96, mostly alleged Rohingya attackers but also 12 security personnel.

Gunfire heard near Bangladesh border as Myanmar residents flee

YANGON/COX'S BAZAR, Bangladesh: Myanmar's government said it has evacuated at least 4,000 non-Muslim villagers amid ongoing clashes in northwestern Rakhine state, as thousands more Rohingya Muslims sought to flee across the border to Bangladesh on Sunday. The death toll from the violence that erupted on Friday with coordinated attacks by Rohingya insurgents has climbed to 98, including some 80 insurgents and 12 members of the security forces, the government said.

Ethnic Rohingya attempt to flee violence in Burma

In this image made from video, a man lying on a bed with a bandaged hand is cared for in a hospital in Buthidaung township, Myanmar, Friday, Aug. 25, 2017. COX'S BAZAR, Bangladesh -- Thousands of ethnic Rohingya Muslims were trying to cross from Burma into Bangladesh on Saturday, after an attack by Rohingya militants in western Burma that left 89 people dead in an escalation of communal violence that has plagued the region.

#FakeNews: A look at what didn’t happen this week

NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn't happen this week None of these stories are legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. Check out this story on publicopiniononline.com: FILE - In this March 24, 2017, file photo, White House press secretary Sean Spicer gestures while speaking to the media during the daily briefing in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington.

not Real News: a look at what didn’t happen this week

In this March 24, 2017, file photo, White House press secretary Sean Spicer gestures while speaking to the media during the daily briefing in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington. The AP reported on June 9, 2017, that a story claiming Spicer told reporters President Donald Trump has the power to change the way English words are spelled is a hoax.

Government not doing enough to bring to justice Canadian wanted on genocide promotion charge: Tories


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The federal government hasn't done enough to secure the arrest of a Canadian who is living in Bangladesh despite being wanted in Ontario for advocating genocide of Jews, according to the Conservatives. "I certainly think they should be much more active in pressing the Bangladeshi government for a solution to this.

Putin says Russian economy enters new phase of growth

The Russian president previously denied these claims, and he did so again as Kelly moderated the key session at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum. "That is not proof", Putin told NBC's Megyn Kelly in a roundtable discussion Friday alongside the leaders of India, Austria and Moldova, according to the network.

Bangladesh calls for efforts to curb Rohingya influx

Bangladesh's foreign minister called on the international community on Monday to address Myanmar's treatment of its Rohingya Muslim minority, tens of thousands of whom have fled in recent months to Bangladesh from its mainly Buddhist neighbor. Speaking at a meeting with Yanghee Lee, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on human rights in Myanmar, who is in Dhaka on a three-day visit, A. H. Mahmood Ali said a peaceful resolution must be found, a Foreign Ministry statement said.

Horror the world isn’t watching


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The Burmese military has conducted a campaign of arson, killing and rape against ethnic Rohingya that has threatened the lives of thousands more. Courtesy: Human Rights Watch Thengar Char island is the proposed place for relocating Rohingya refugees from Bangladesh's Cox's Bazar camps.

Balancing strategic friendship

The two-day official visit of India's Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar to Bangladesh has drawn understandable attention in the media and of political analysts alike for more reasons than one. First, this was the first ever visit by an Indian Defence Minister to Bangladesh.

Bangladesh to welcome only need-based help

Bangladesh will welcome only need-based supports from foreign nations as a number of countries, including India and the USA, have come forward to help Bangladesh in its fight against terrorism after the recent attacks on a Dhaka cafe and police at Sholakia, State Minister for Foreign Affairs M Shahriar Alam told the news agency yesterday. "We will take support based on needs only depending on the nature of crimes and will focus on information sharing," he said, adding that the blood samples of the Gulshan cafe attackers were sent to the US Federal Bureau of Investigation for further analysis.

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It wasn't until the horror of the weekend hostage crisis in Bangladesh's capital unfolded that they learned their sons had become radicalized as religious extremists and launched one of the country's deadliest attacks in recent years. The young men, armed with knives, bombs and automatic firearms, engaged in a gun battle with police, killing two and wounding more, then seized a popular restaurant in a Dhaka neighborhood on Friday night and held some 35 people hostage.

After Slaughter, Bangladesh Reels at Revelations About Attackers

After Slaughter, Bangladesh Reels at Revelations About Attackers - DHAKA, Bangladesh - Bangladesh's capital city reeled in shock on Sunday as clues began to flood social media about the privileged backgrounds of the half-dozen attackers believed to have butchered 20 patrons of a restaurant during a bloody siege here late last week. The day's must-read political news and opinion pieces are scattered across hundreds of news outlets and blogs, too many for any one person to read.

ISIS Slaughters 20 Hostages In Bangladesh

Shi'ite fighters hold an image of the Islamic State flag after clashes with IS militants in Saqlawiya, north of Falluja, Iraq, June 4, 2016. REUTERS/Stringer Islamic State gunmen stormed a cafe in central Dhaka, Bangladesh late Friday, killing 20 hostages before the siege ended nearly 12 hours later.

20 hostages killed, 13 saved in Bangladesh restaurant attack

Bangladeshi forces stormed an upscale Dhaka restaurant to end a hostage-taking by heavily armed militants early Saturday, killing six of the attackers and rescuing 13 captives including foreigners. The military said 20 of the hostages had been killed during the 10-hour standoff, and officials from Japan said seven of its citizens were unaccounted for.

The Latest: Bangladesh official says 20 hostages were killed

DHAKA, Bangladesh - The Latest on the attack on a restaurant popular with foreigners in a diplomatic zone in the Bangladeshi capital, Dhaka : A top Bangladesh military official says 20 hostages were killed in the attack on a Dhaka restaurant where heavily armed militants held dozens of people hostage in a 10-hour standoff. Nayeem Ashfaq Chowdhury said six of the attackers were killed in the rescue operations early Saturday.

Police kill 6 militants, rescue 13 hostages in Dhaka attack

Bangladeshi forces stormed an upscale Dhaka restaurant where heavily armed militants held dozens of people hostage Saturday morning, killing at least six of the attackers and rescuing 13 captives including foreigners at the end of the 10-hour standoff. Seven Japanese are unaccounted for.

Bangladeshi forces plan to launch rescue of hostages

The Latest on the attack on a restaurant popular with foreigners in a diplomatic zone in the Bangladeshi capital, Dhaka : A member of Bangladeshi security forces say authorities are planning to launch a coordinated response at dawn Saturday to end the hostage-taking by militants inside a Dhaka restaurant popular with foreigners.

Gunmen take hostages at Bangladesh restaurant; 2 dead

As many as nine gunmen attacked a restaurant popular with foreigners in a diplomatic zone of the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka on Friday night, taking hostages, killing two officers and wounding at least 26 people in a gunbattle with security forces, authorities and a witness said. Police said the two officers died at a hospital after being wounded in the exchange of gunfire with the attackers, who also hurled bombs.

British Journalist, 81, Denied Bail in Bangladesh

Reprieve's London office can be contacted on: communications [at] reprieve.org.uk / +44 207 553 8140. Reprieve US , based in New York City, can be contacted on Katherine [dot] oshea [at] reprieve.org WASHINGTON - An elderly British-Bangladeshi journalist who faces a potential death sentence in Bangladesh has been denied bail, sparking fears for his wellbeing in detention.

Bangladesh Govt. Arrests 1,600 Following Series of Machete Attacks Carried Out by Islamist Radicals


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Authorities have rounded up about 1,600 criminal suspects, including a few dozen believed to be Islamist radicals, in a nationwide crackdown aimed at halting a wave of brutal attacks on minorities and activists in Bangladesh, police said Saturday. The attacks - including two Hindus in the last week - have alarmed the international community and raised questions about whether Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's secular government can maintain security for minorities in the Sunni Muslim-majority country.

Hong Kong launches fresh plan to fortify cyber security after SWIFT heist


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Hong Kong's central bank has a launched a new program to strengthen lenders' ability to protect their critical technology systems after recent attacks by unidentified groups on a global messaging system used by the financial community. The Hong Kong Monetary Authority's latest measure, known as the "Cybersecurity Fortification Initiative ," plans to raise the level of cybersecurity at banks in Hong Kong through a three-pronged approach and follows similar steps taken by its counterparts from London to Vietnam.