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UN chief meets Myanmar’s Suu Kyi on Rohingya crisis

UN chief Antonio Guterres urged Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi to allow Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh to return, when they met Tuesday at a summit in the Philippines, his office said. The meeting added to global pressure on Suu Kyi to take action to end the crisis for the Muslim minority, with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson due …

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Report: Climate change imperils one in four natural heritage sites

Climate change imperils one in four natural World Heritage sites, including coral reefs, glaciers, and wetlands – nearly double the number from just three years ago, a report said Monday. The number of sites at risk has grown to 62 from 35 in 2014, when one in seven were listed, according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), …

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Sex abuse cases stalk aid sector with dozens fired

– As sexual harassment scandals hit Hollywood and beyond, reports of abuse have also rocked the charity sector, with two major aid groups revealing they sacked dozens of staff members over sexual misconduct in the last year. International humanitarian group Save the Children said it fired 16 staff members over reports of sexual harassment in the past year. The aid …

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More than two million Iranian pilgrims descend on Iraq

More than two million Iranian pilgrims have crossed the border into Iraq for the annual Arbaeen Shiite pilgrimage to be celebrated on Thursday, an Iranian official said on state television. “Some 2.32 million visas have been issued so far, and 2.2 million pilgrims are already in Iraq,” Shahriar Heydari, spokesman for the Iranian committee organising the pilgrimage to the holy …

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US defence chief meets NATO to discuss IS, Afghanistan

– With the Islamic State group crumbling in Iraq and Syria, North Korea defiant over its nuclear ambitions and Russia looming large, US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis has plenty of pressing issues as he begins talks with NATO allies on Wednesday. NATO defence ministers are meeting over two days at the alliance s Brussels headquarters as US President Donald Trump …

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Putin-Trump bilateral in Vietnam ‘likely’: Kremlin

Russian President Vladimir Putin and his US counterpart Donald Trump will likely meet at the sidelines of the APEC summit but Moscow and Washington have yet to agree details, the Kremlin said Wednesday. Both leaders are headed to the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in the Vietnamese city of Danang this weekend where Trump is set to address global CEOs. “Putin …

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Schools shut as toxic smog hits Delhi

Delhi shut all primary schools on Wednesday as pollution hit 70 times the World Health Organisation’s safe level, prompting doctors in the Indian capital to warn of a public health emergency. Dense grey smog shrouded the roads of the world’s most polluted capital, where many pedestrians and bikers wore masks or covered their mouths with handkerchiefs and scarves. The US …

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Trump lands in China for talks on North Korea’s ‘cruel dictatorship’

US President Donald Trump toured the Forbidden City with Chinese leader Xi Jinping on Wednesday as he began the crucial leg of an Asian tour intended to build a global front against North Korea’s nuclear threats. After warning North Korea’s “cruel dictatorship” against testing the United States during a speech in Seoul, Trump and First Lady Melania Trump were met …

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US defense chief heads to NATO for IS, Afghan talks

With the Islamic State crumbling in Iraq and Syria, Afghanistan mired in crisis and Russia looming large, US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has plenty of pressing issues to tackle with NATO allies this week. The Pentagon chief arrives at the alliance’s Brussels headquarters Wednesday for two days of talks with fellow NATO defence ministers and a separate meeting with partners …

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Saudi ‘purge’: Luxurious Ritz-Carlton turned into royal prison

Situated in the heart of the Saudi Arabia’s capital Riyadh, Ritz-Carlton an upmarket chain is a home away from home for many Presidents, prime ministers and royalty visiting the country. But according to media sources the royal luxury hotel has become a gilded cage for many arrested Saudi Royals. According to BBC, only a few months after hosting US President …

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