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Canada: Myanmar committed ethnic cleansing in Rakhine

(Muslim Times) – Canada’s foreign minister says what has taken place against the Rohingya Muslim community in western Myanmar constitutes “ethnic cleansing.” Speaking at a meeting of the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva on Thursday, Chrystia Freeland described the atrocities against the Rohingya people in Myanmar’s Rakhine State ...

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Iran-Iraq oil swap deal delayed over safety issues

(Web Desk) – An oil swap plan between Iran and Iraq is facing delays due to safety problems, secretary of the Iran-Iraq Chamber of Commerce says. The deal to initially truck 30,000 barrels per day (bpd) of crude oil from Iraq’s Kirkuk fields to Iran’s Kermanshah refinery was to get ...

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Zarif to start European tour with economic ties on agenda

(Web Desk) – The Foreign Ministry Spokesman said that Iranian foreign minister will leave Tehran for the Balkans region and Eastern Europe on Monday along with a high-ranking economic and political delegation. The Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qasemi said on Sunday evening that Foreign Minister Mohammad-Javad Zarif will start an ...

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Pro-democracy activists rally in Thailand, call for general elections

(Web Desk) -Hundreds of pro-democracy activists have staged peaceful protest rallies in Thailand, calling for general elections in the Southeast Asian country this year after repeated delays imposed by the ruling junta. The protesters, wearing Pinocchio masks that portrayed the country’s military junta leader and Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha with ...

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Philippines wants court to declare communist groups terrorists

(AFP)-  Justice officials have asked a court to formally designate the Communist Party of the Philippines and its armed wing, the New People’s Army, as terrorist groups in a move that could further damage chances of a resumption of stalled peace talks. In a petition before a Manila regional court on ...

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Explosion kills three tribal elders in east Afghanistan

(Web Desk) – A blast at a hotel in Afghanistan’s eastern city of Jalalabad has killed at least three tribal elders and injured two others, although the exact cause of the explosion remains unclear. The blast occurred Tuesday on the second floor of a hotel in Jalalabad, the capital city ...

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