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Japan urges US to suspend chopper flights

Japan urged the US military Friday to suspend the flights of its CH-53 helicopters until safety is guaranteed, after one of them burst into flames in Okinawa. The US military had already grounded the helicopters for 96 hours after a CH-53 was destroyed by a major fire on Wednesday after ...

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Myanmar ‘starving out’ Rohingya: UK-based rights group

A UK-based rights group has accused Myanmar’s government of intentionally starving Rohingya Muslims in a bid to force the persecuted minority group out of the country. “Rohingya are now being starved out of Burma (Myanmar) and unless real pressure is put on the government and military to lift aid and ...

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Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines to conduct air patrols

Malaysia, Indonesia, and the Philippines will begin coordinated air patrols off the strife-torn southern Philippines next month to combat the growing threat posed by extremist militants, an official said Friday. The neighbors had already launched joint sea patrols four months ago in the same area, the Sulu Sea. Fears have ...

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Iran backs ‘united’ Spain amid Catalan secession bid

Iran says it supports a “united” Spain and calls for national solidarity and peace in the face of a push for secession in Catalonia which has plunged the country into one of its worst crises in recent years.  “Iran, in line with its principled policies, believes in a united, integrated and ...

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Rohingya Muslims not native to Myanmar: Army chief

Myanmar’s army chief has said during a meeting with the US ambassador to the country that Rohingya Muslims subjected to persecution by government forces in western Rakhine state were not native to Myanmar. During the meeting on Thursday, Min Aung Hlaing, who referred to Rohingya by the term “Bengali,” said that British colonialists were ...

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US blacklisting of Iran IRGC will strengthen terrorists: Defense min.

Iran’s defense chief has slammed US President Donald Trump’s threat to blacklist the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC), saying any such move against the elite counterterrorism force would only promote terror and instability in the region and the entire world. Brigadier General Amir Hatami praised the IRGC as “the most ...

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UN says Afghan civilian casualties rise amid US airstrikes

The United Nations says Afghan civilian casualties from American and Afghan airstrikes have risen more than 50 percent since last year. UN investigators said in a quarterly report on Thursday that as of the end of September, at least 205 civilians had been killed and 261 wounded this year in ...

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Duterte warns Philippines could expel European diplomats

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has bashed European countries for their criticism of Manila’s massive war on drugs, threatening his government could expel their diplomats in 24 hours. “You think we are a bunch of morons here. You are the one. Now the ambassadors of those countries listening now, tell me, ...

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