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Thousands of Rohingya flee Myanmar for Bangladesh

Thousands of Rohingya Muslims have crossed into Bangladesh since Myanmar announced a military buildup in violence-hit Rakhine state earlier this month, according to community leaders. Rohingya leaders in Bangladesh told AFP news agency on Wednesday that at least 3,500 had arrived in recent weeks, piling pressure onto already overcrowded refugee camps in the Cox’s Bazaar area near the Naf river that divides the two countries. That is despite stepped-up patrols by Bangladeshi border and coast guards, who said this week they had pushed back a boat carrying 31 Rohingya, including children. Myanmar offensive: Rohingya Muslims caught in the crossfire...

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Civilians in Raqqa under fire ‘from all sides’: Amnesty

Civilians fleeing the battle to oust ISIL from the Syrian city of Raqqa face a “deadly labyrinth”, with fire coming from “all sides”, rights group Amnesty International has warned. Amnesty said on Thursday that the US-led coalition campaign to drive the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) group out of its de-facto capital has killed hundreds of civilians, and those remaining there face greater risk as the fight intensifies in its final stages. “As the battle to wrest Raqqa from Islamic State intensifies, thousands of civilians are trapped in a deadly labyrinth where...

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UN issues rare warning over ‘alarming’ racism in US

UN human rights experts have called on the United States and its leadership to “unequivocally and unconditionally” condemn racist speech and crimes, warning that a failure to do so could fuel further violent incidents.  THE LISTENING POST – Charlottesville, Trump and the media The rare “early warning and urgent action” statement, which is reserved for serious situations, was issued by the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) on Wednesday. It stopped short of criticising US President Donald Trump by name. The US president has been under constant condemnation after he blamed “both sides” for violence that...

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Is the US punishing Egypt by cutting aid?

Egypt had been a long time ally of the United States before their relationship was strained after the 2013 military coup that put president Abdel Fattah el-Sisi in power. But that all changed when US President Donald Trump came to office in January. Sisi was one of the first leaders to visit him at the White House. Human rights groups have accused Sisi’s government of extensive human rights violations. Now, Trump’s administration says it will deny Egypt $290m worth of financial aid, citing the government’s inability to make progress towards improving human rights. So, is there a shift in...

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Deadly clashes grip Ain al-Hilweh refugee camp

At least five people have been killed and 35 wounded in nearly a week of fighting in the largest Palestinian camp in Lebanon. Two members of the Palestinian group Fatah were killed on Wednesday during clashes with other armed groups in the Ain al-Hilweh refugee camp, according to medical sources. The fighting began last Thursday after the leader of an armed faction sympathetic to the Bilal Badr group fired at the headquarters of the joint security force for the camp. Since then, fighters have clashed with the joint security force comprising the main Palestinian factions, including Fatah, which is...

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