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Canada`s Trudeau raises rights issues as Asia summit winds down

Canada`s Trudeau raises rights issues as Asia summit winds down

Published 14/11/2017

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau raised the plight of Rohingya refugees and extra-judicial killings in the Philippines at a summit of Asian and Western leaders on Tuesday, sensitive human rights issues skirted by almost all the others. [more…]

Trump taps ex-pharma executive Azar as U.S. health secretary

Trump taps ex-pharma executive Azar as U.S. health secretary

Published 13/11/2017

President Donald Trump on Monday said he is nominating former pharmaceutical executive and industry lobbyist Alex Azar to serve as U.S. Health and Human Services secretary, saying Azar would push to lower the price of medicines. [more…]

Bob Geldof calls Aung San Suu Kyi `handmaiden to genocide`

Bob Geldof calls Aung San Suu Kyi `handmaiden to genocide`

Published 13/11/2017

Irish musician and activist Bob Geldof called Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi "a hand maiden to genocide" on Monday as he returned his Freedom of the City of Dublin award in protest over his fellow recipient's response to the repression of Rohingya Muslims. [more…]

Indonesia warns of tough response after Papuan rebels threaten Freeport

Indonesia warns of tough response after Papuan rebels threaten Freeport

Published 10/11/2017

Indonesia's military said on Friday it was prepared to take tough measures against rebels who have threatened to "destroy" the mining operations of Freeport-McMoRan Inc in the eastern province of Papua in their independence struggle. [more…]

Millions either malnourished or obese in global nutrition crisis

Millions either malnourished or obese in global nutrition crisis

Published 03/11/2017

Almost every country in the world now has serious nutrition problems, either due to over-eating leading to obesity or a lack of food leading to undernutrition, according to a major study published on Saturday. [more…]

Bangladesh says Rohingya outflow `untenable`, seeks solution

Bangladesh says Rohingya outflow `untenable`, seeks solution

Published 23/10/2017

Nearly one million Rohingya refugees who have fled violence in Myanmar are now in Bangladesh, which is an "untenable situation", Bangladesh told a U.N. meeting on Monday. [more…]

Mugabe removed as WHO goodwill envoy after outrage

Mugabe removed as WHO goodwill envoy after outrage

Published 22/10/2017

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has been removed as a goodwill ambassador, the World Health Organization said on Sunday, following outrage among Western donors and rights groups at his appointment. [more…]

U.N. urges Bangladesh to move Rohingya refugees stranded at border

U.N. urges Bangladesh to move Rohingya refugees stranded at border

Published 17/10/2017

The U.N. refugee agency urged Bangladesh on Tuesday to speed up vetting of up to 15,000 Rohingya refugees "stranded" near the border after crossing into the country from Myanmar and move them further inland to safety and better conditions. [more…]

Islamic State in Raqqa mounts last stand

Islamic State in Raqqa mounts last stand

Published 17/10/2017

U.S.-backed militias will capture Islamic State's last foothold in the jihadists' former Syrian capital of Raqqa within hours, a militia spokesman said on Tuesday. [more…]

Myanmar`s Aung San Suu Kyi `appalled` at Rohingya crisis: adviser

Myanmar`s Aung San Suu Kyi `appalled` at Rohingya crisis: adviser

Published 13/10/2017

Myanmar's leader Aung San Suu Kyi is "appalled" at the Rohingya refugee crisis in her country and is determined to fix it, but needs to be careful not to inflame the situation further, an adviser to Suu Kyi told reporters on Friday. [more…]