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U.N. seeks rapid increase in Rohingya aid; Myanmar finds more bodies


DHAKA Muslim refugees seeking shelter in Bangladesh from "unimaginable horrors" in Myanmar face enormous hardship and risk a dramatic deterioration in circumstances unless aid is stepped up, the head of the U.N. refugee agency said on Monday.

UNHCR chief meets with Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh camp

KUTAPALONG, Bangladesh The head of the U.N. refugee agency said on Saturday he was shocked by the "terrible violence" inflicted on Rohingya refugees fleeing Myanmar, and said their suffering would last far longer than the time it took to satisfy their basic needs.

Top News, World 24 Sep 2017

Car bomber hits NATO convoy in Afghanistan, civilians wounded

KABUL A car bomber attacked a Danish convoy belonging to the NATO-led military mission in the Afghan capital, Kabul, on Sunday, wounding a number of civilians but leaving international forces unharmed, security officials said.

World, 24 Sep 2017

Taliban shut down clinics in southern Afghan province, official says

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan The Taliban has shut down dozens of clinics in the southern Afghan province of Uruzgan in the past few days, officials said, amid demands for special treatment for its fighters who control most of the embattled region.

World 24 Sep 2017

India, at U.N., calls Pakistan 'pre-eminent export factory for terror'

UNITED NATIONS India responded with irritation on Saturday to Pakistani allegations of brutality in Kashmir, saying that while India had made substantial progress since independence, all Pakistan had achieved was a reputation as the "pre-eminent export factory for terror."

Top News, World, 23 Sep 2017

Bangladesh grants bail to two detained Myanmar journalists

DHAKA Two journalists from Myanmar, who had been detained in Bangladesh while reporting on the influx of thousands of Rohingya Muslims, have been released on bail, a police official said on Saturday.

World 23 Sep 2017

Nepal says will measure Mount Everest next year to see if lost height

KATHMANDU Nepal will measure Mount Everest afresh to settle a controversy over height of the world's tallest peak, especially after some estimates suggested it became a little shorter in the wake of an earthquake two years ago, officials said on Friday.

Top News, World 22 Sep 2017

Bum rap? Sri Lankan arrested for trying to smuggle gold in rectum

COLOMBO A Sri Lankan man who raised suspicion by the way he kept looking around in an airport departure lounge was found to be carrying nearly a kilogram (2.2 lb) of gold stashed in his rectum, a customs official said on Monday.

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Sri Lanka in talks with two Chinese firms for $3 billion refinery

COLOMBO Sri Lanka is in talks with two Chinese companies about investing up to $3 billion to build in a new refinery at its Chinese-controlled port, a top government official said on Friday.

World, 22 Sep 2017

U.N. estimates $200 million needed for Rohingya in Bangladesh for six months

DHAKA The United Nations estimates that $200 million will be needed over the next six months to help Rohingya Muslims refugees who have fled to Bangladesh from Myanmar in "massive numbers" to escape a bloody military campaign.

Top News, World 22 Sep 2017

'Newton' is India's entry to the Oscars

MUMBAI Amit Masurkar’s “Newton”, a political satire about an election in the remote jungles of India, is the country’s official entry in the best foreign film category at the Academy Awards next year.

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