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Tillerson tells Myanmar army chief U.S. concerned about reported atrocities

WASHINGTON (Web Desk) U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson spoke on Thursday with Myanmar’s army chief and expressed concern over reported atrocities against Rohingya Muslims in Rakhine state, the U.S. State Department said in a statement.Tillerson urged the army chief, Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, to support the Myanmar government …

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UN rapporteur urges Iran to stop harassing BBC Persian staff

UN (Web Desk) UNITED NATIONS A UN special rapporteur on Wednesday urged Iran to stop harassing BBC employees from the Persian service after Tehran launched a criminal investigation of 152 staff for conspiracy against national security.David Kaye, the special rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom …

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US-bound passengers face new security interviews at check-in

WASINGTON (Web Desk) US-bound travellers will face security interviews before checking in for flights at a number of global airlines beginning on Thursday as anti-terrorist measures are stepped up around the world.Lufthansa, Emirates, Air France and Norwegian Air confirmed to AFP on Wednesday that the US authorities had asked for …

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Under Trump plan, refugees from 11 countries face additional US barriers

WASHINGTON (Web Desk) The Trump administration will temporarily delay processing of most refugees from 11 countries identified as high-risk,while resuming refugee admissions for other countries, government officials said on Tuesday.Most of the affected countries are in the Middle East and Africa, according to documents seen by Reuters.The administration also will …

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Russia vetoes UN extension of gas attack probe in Syria

WASINGTON (Web Desk) Russia on Tuesday vetoed a UN Security Council draft resolution allowing the extension of the mission that investigates the use of chemical weapons in Syria.It marked the ninth time Moscow has voted against a draft resolution on Syria presented before the Security Council.Eleven countries voted in favor …

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US sending F-35 jets to Japan amid North Korea standoff

WASUNGTON (Web Desk) The US Air Force is planning to deploy as many as 12 F-35 Lightning II fighter jets to Japan over the coming days, a move that is expected to kick up tensions with North Korea.The aircraft are expected to arrive at the US military’s Kadena Air Base …

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CIA conducting ‘hunt-and-kill’ operations in Afghanistan: report

WASHINGTON (Web Desk) The CIA has launched a new “hunt and kill” mission in Afghanistan, targeting Taliban militants across the country, the US media reported on Monday.CIA Director Mike Pompeo said last week that the United States wants to beat the Taliban in the battlefield first to force them to …

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