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13 Myanmar passengers killed in Thai van crash: police Saturday, November 25th, 2017

BANGKOK, (AFP): Thirteen Burmese people were killed Friday when their van collided with a truck in central Thailand and burst into flames, police said, the latest gruesome accident on the kingdom's notoriously dangerous roads.  The van was travelling from the border town of Mae Sot, a common..

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Zimbabwe’s next leader prepares to take power Thursday, November 23rd, 2017

HARARE, (AFP): Zimbabwe's incoming president Emmerson Mnangagwa was preparing Thursday for his new role as president after a triumphant return home following the dramatic departure of Robert Mugabe, ending 37 years of authoritarian rule.  Mnangagwa, who has close ties to the army and the security..

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US condemns ‘ethnic cleansing’ of Myanmar’s Rohingya Wednesday, November 22nd, 2017

WASHINGTON, (AFP): The United States on Wednesday toughened its stance on Myanmar, accusing the country's security forces of perpetrating "horrendous atrocities" against the Rohingya that amount to "ethnic cleansing" of the Muslim minority.  The statement from Secretary of State Rex Tillerson,..

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Trump administration announces sanctions against North Korea Tuesday, November 21st, 2017

WASHINGTON, (AP): The Trump administration plans to announce Tuesday new sanctions on North Korea, after declaring it a state sponsor of terrorism in the latest push to isolate the pariah nation.  North Korea has joined Iran, Sudan and Syria on America's terror blacklist, a largely symbolic step..

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Video of Indian politician peeing in public goes viral

MUMBAI, (AFP): An Indian ruling party politician has been left red-faced after a video of him urinating in public went viral on World Toilet Day, despite government efforts to stop people relieving themselves in the open. Ram Shinde, a minister for water conservation in the western state of..

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US calls on Cambodia to ‘undo’ opposition party ban Friday, November 17th, 2017

WASHINGTON, (AFP): The United States Thursday demanded Cambodia reverse its ban on the country's main opposition, warning the dissolution of the party would strip 2018 elections of legitimacy.  Washington hit out after Cambodia's Supreme Court, effectively controlled by strongman premier Hun Sen,..

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Feeding Myanmar’s Refugees Wednesday, November 15th, 2017

By Michael Dunford, COX’S BAZAR: The Rohingya refugee camp in the Bangladeshi port city of Cox’s Bazar is a sea of metal roofs as far as the eye can see, shimmering under an unrelenting sun. Mohammed, a 60-year-old resident, greets me outside his new home and thanks me in breathless rasps for..

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Myanmar Rohingya exodus leaves ghostland behind

ALE THAN KYAW, Myanmar, (AFP): Torched villages and unharvested paddy fields stretch to the horizon in Myanmar's violence-gutted Rakhine state, where a dwindling number of Muslim Rohingya remain trapped in limbo after an army crackdown coursed through the region.  A rare military-organised trip..

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Resigned PM says he is ‘free’, will return to Lebanon Monday, November 13th, 2017

Beirut, (AFP): Saad Hariri pledged today he would return to Lebanon from Saudi Arabia "very soon," in his first television interview since his shock resignation as prime minister eight days ago. In an exclusive interview from Riyadh with his party's Future TV, Hariri brushed aside rumours that he..

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Trump offers to mediate in protracted South China Sea feud Sunday, November 12th, 2017

MANILA, Philippines, (AP): President Donald Trump on Sunday offered to mediate in the South China Sea disputes, while his Chinese counterpart played down concerns over Beijing's military buildup and the prospects of war in the contested waters.  Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping spoke..

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Trump and Putin cross paths again in Vietnam

Danang (Vietnam), (AP): President Donald Trump is crossing paths again with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Trump and Putin chatted today as they strolled to a brief photo op at the Intercontinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort in Danang, Vietnam. Chinese President Xi Jinping flanked Trump's..

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Trump urges China’s Xi to work ‘hard’ and fast on N. Korea Thursday, November 9th, 2017

BEIJING, (AFP): Donald Trump urged Chinese leader Xi Jinping to work hard and act fast to help resolve the North Korean nuclear crisis during talks in Beijing Thursday, warning that "time is quickly running out".  Speaking on the second day of a trip to Beijing marked by pomp and pageantry, Trump..

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Trump warns North Korea’s ‘cruel dictatorship’ Wednesday, November 8th, 2017

SEOUL, (AFP): President Donald Trump warned the "cruel dictatorship" of North Korea against underestimating the United States Wednesday, but offered leader Kim Jong-Un a better alternative if he gives up his nuclear ambitions.  In an address to the South Korean parliament -- the first by a US..

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