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ASEAN unite in fight vs violence of all forms

TO address violent extremism and other forms of violence in the region, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) adopted the “ASEAN Declaration on Culture of Prevention for a Peaceful, Inclusive, Resilient, Healthy and Harmonious Society.” The Declaration adopted during…

Lift opposition party ban, US tells Cambodia

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WASHINGTON -- The United States Thursday demanded Cambodia reverse its ban on the country’s main opposition as it warned the dissolution of the party would strip 2018 elections of legitimacy. Washington hit out after Cambodia’s Supreme Court — effectively controlled…

Global concern

BONN -- World leaders shared the spotlight with a 12-year-old Pacific islander on Wednesday to drive home a plea for urgent climate action despite the Trump administration’s rejection of a planet rescue plan. UN chief Antonio Guterres, French President Emmanuel…

Senegal’s Saint Louis under siege

SAINT LOUIS, Senegal -- The echo of Koranic verse from a religious school in Senegal’s Saint-Louis is familiar, but just meters down the beach classes have fallen silent in another building abandoned to the ravages of climate change. Listed in…

Rohingya gang-rapes bared

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UNITED NATIONS, United States -- Myanmar troops gang-raped countless Rohingya women and girls during a military campaign that sent hundreds of thousands fleeing across the border to Bangladesh, Human Rights Watch said Thursday. The US-based rights group said in a…

Rampage again

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RANCHO TEHAMA RESERVE, United States -- Four people were killed and nearly a dozen wounded, including two children, when a gunman went on a rampage Tuesday, randomly picking his targets at a school and other locations in rural northern California.…

US to press Suu Kyi and army on Rohingya

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NAYPYIDAW, Myanmar -- Washington’s top diplomat arrived in Myanmar Wednesday to press civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi and the country’s powerful army chief over violence-torn Rakhine state, where troops are accused of atrocities against Rohingya Muslims. Secretary of State…

Rare quake hits South Korea

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SEOUL — A rare 5.4-magnitude earthquake hit South Korea’s southeast Wednesday afternoon, the second most powerful quake on record, in a country that seldom experiences significant tremors. The quake, which was felt across much of the country including in the…

Iran scrambles to aid victims of killer quake

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SAR-E POL-E ZAHAB, Iran -- Thousands of Iranians on Tuesday spent a third night in the cold as authorities scrambled to help those made homeless by a major earthquake that killed more than 400 people. As the country marked a…

After Iran quake

TEHRAN -- Tens of thousands of Iranians spent a second night in the open air after a 7.3-magnitude quake struck near the border with Iraq, killing more than 400. People who had fled their homes when the quake rocked the…

Gov’ts manipulate media with ‘bots,’ trolls — watchdog

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WASHINGTON -- More governments are following the lead of Russia and China by manipulating social media and suppressing dissent online in a grave threat to democracy, a human rights watchdog said Tuesday. A study of internet freedom in 65 countries…

IS corpses in Libya await fate in containers

MISRATA, Libya -- Hundreds of corpses of Islamic State fighters have lain stored for the past year in a row of refrigerated containers in the Libyan city of Misrata awaiting a final decision on their fate. “The temperature must be…
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