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Despite UN warnings, Myanmar vows early Rohingya return

Dhaka (Bangladesh) (AFP) – Rohingya refugees will be allowed to return to Myanmar “as soon as possible”, a minister said, despite a stillborn repatriation process and UN warnings that the safety of returnees could not be guaranteed. Win Myat Aye, Myanmar’s social welfare minister, made the comments in Dhaka late ...

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China-Australia relations not in deep chill: PM Turnbull

(News Desk) – Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has admitted that relations with China are tense over Australian allegations of Chinese interference in Canberra’s internal affairs, but rejected the existence of a “deep chill” in bilateral ties. “There certainly has been a degree of tension in the relationship that has ...

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Heavy storm in Agra collapses Taj Mahal’s minarets

AGRA (Web Desk) – Two minarets of Taj Mahal located at different entry gates were damaged on Wednesday after strong winds blew in the Indian city of Agra. Winds that blew at 130kmh (80mph) resulted in the collapse of the 12ft long minarets. However; the other four minarets that surround ...

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Indonesia’s Aceh to stop whipping criminals in public: officials

(AFP) – Indonesia’s Aceh province will stop whipping criminals in public after a wave of international condemnation of the practice, local officials said Thursday. The conservative region on Sumatra Island – the only place in Muslim-majority Indonesia that follows Islamic law – passed a regulation Thursday that will see criminals ...

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Vietnam to allow coast guard to open fire at sea

Muslim Times (Web Desk) – Vietnam wants to give its coast guard more flexibility to open fire at sea, amid tension in the busy South China Sea waterway, a draft law released on Wednesday showed. The law, expected to be voted by lawmakers at the end of this year, would ...

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Iran says oil at $60 good, bullish on India gas deal

(Reuters) – Iranian Minister of Petroleum Bijan Zangeneh has said $60 a barrel is a good price for both oil producers and consumers and what is important is to avoid volatility in the market. “I believe in this situation around 60 dollars per barrel is a good price,” Reuters quoted ...

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China to replace Saudi with Iran, Russia oil: Platts

Muslim Times (Web Desk) – China state-run refiner Sinopec will cut back on its nominations of Saudi Arabian crude in May after the major OPEC producer’s latest official selling prices came out above market consensus, potentially providing other producers in the Middle East and Asia Pacific with a chance to ...

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Presidential poll opens in Azerbaijan amid opposition boycott

Muslim Times(Web Desk) – Polls have opened in an early presidential election in the Central Asian country of Azerbaijan, where incumbent Ilham Aliyev is likely to secure a fourth consecutive term. Polls stations opened on Wednesday morning, with seven other candidates competing and 5.2 million people eligible to vote in ...

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Chinese president predicts ‘backwardness’ in US under Trump

Chinese President Xi Jinping has hinted that the series of so-called protectionist economic policies adopted by the US President Donald Trump administration will hold back American development. Speaking at the Chinese Boao Forum for Asia in Hainan Province on Tuesday, Xi hailed China’s economic reforms and open economy, saying the ...

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