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UN teams given first access to Myanmar’s Rakhine

(AFP) – The United Nations (UN) began work on Wednesday inside Myanmar’s violence-torn northern Rakhine state, the first time its agencies have been granted permission to operate there since more than 700,000 Rohingya Muslims fled the area last year. The UN has been waiting for access to the epicentre of ...

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Russia, China ‘to counter protectionism’

Muslim Times(Web Desk) –  Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping have slammed economic protectionism, pledging to work together to counter the trend, widely practiced by the current United States administration, including against Moscow and Beijing. “The world and global economy are coming up against new forms of ...

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Much in return for nothing: Putin slams US over North Korea

Muslim Times(Web Desk) – Russian President Vladimir Putin has criticized the United States for not taking a single step in response to North Korea’s several moves toward denuclearization, saying Washington instead continues to make “endless demands” from Pyongyang. Speaking at the Eastern Economic Forum in Russia’s Far Eastern port city ...

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In Russia, a whopping 300,000 troops drilling for readiness

Muslim Times(Web Desk) – A drill mobilizing at least 300,000 troops, thousands of vehicles, fighter jets, and warships has gotten underway in Russia. The military drill, dubbed “Vostok-2018” (East-2018), started on Tuesday in Russia’s Eastern Military District — a sparsely-populated area — close to its borders with China and Mongolia. ...

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Thai police shut down journalists’ discussion about Rohingya

 (AP) – Police in Thailand shut down a forum organised by foreign journalists on Monday to discuss whether senior military officers in Myanmar should face justice for alleged human rights abuses committed by their forces against Rohingya Muslims and other ethnic minorities. About a dozen policemen showed up ahead of ...

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China to regulate online religious activity amid crackdown

(AP) – China is rolling out new rules on religious activity on the internet amid an ongoing crackdown on churches, mosques and other institutions by the officially atheist Communist Party. Anyone wishing to provide religious instruction or similar services online, must apply by name and be judged morally fit and ...

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UN calls for new body to prosecute Myanmar crimes

Muslim Times(Web Desk) – The United Nations (UN)’s new human rights chief has called for the establishment of “an independent international mechanism” to prepare criminal indictments against Myanmar’s military for atrocities committed against the Rohingya Muslim community. Michelle Bachelet, who took office as the UN’s High Commissioner for Human Rights ...

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