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Rohingya crisis: Myanmar detains more than 100 refugees in boat off coast

More than 100 fleeing Rohingya Muslim refugees have been detained on a boat off the coast of Myanmar, officials said. The boat was bound for Malaysia when it was stopped by authorities early on Friday morning around 20 miles south of Yangon, Myanmar’s largest city, an immigration officer said. The group had boarded the vessel …

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Mass protests among Rohingya in Bangladesh halt efforts to send them back to Myanmar

Protests by hundreds of Rohingya Muslim refugees in Bangladesh have halted efforts to send them back to Myanmar, officials admitted.  Preparations to repatriate an initial batch of 2,200 Rohingya in line with a plan agreed with Myanmar in October, had started but ultimately had to be abandoned.   Officials in Myanmar eventually admitted …

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China says ambassadors concerned over Muslim re-education camps should not ‘interfere’

China has said 15 foreign ambassadors who issued a letter expressing their concern about the incarceration of as many as one million Uighurs and other Muslims in reeducation camps should not “interfere in the internal affairs of other countries”. The group of ambassadors, reportedly spearheaded by Canada, sought a meeting with the top …

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Sri Lanka MPs brawl in parliament as new PM contests result of no-confidence vote

A fight has broken out among rival MPs in Sri Lanka‘s parliament, as it reconvened a day after passing a vote of no-confidence in the new prime minister. The speaker, Karu Jayasuriya, said the country had no government after Wednesday’s vote, and no prime minister – neither the newly appointed Mahinda Rajapaksa nor his …

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Asia Bibi: British imams call for Christian woman released from Pakistan death row to get asylum in UK

Three British Imams have joined in calls from former foreign secretary Boris Johnson to help a Pakistani Christian woman facing threats to her life after being acquitted of blasphemy. Asia Bibi was released following eight years on death row after being accused of insulting the Prophet Muhammad, which sparked violent …

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British tourist spared jail in Thailand after spraying ‘Scouser Lee’ on ancient gate

A British tourist who spray-painted an ancient wall in northern Thailand has been spared jail. Lee Furlong admitted daubing the words “Scouser Lee” onto Tha Phae Gate, a historic landmark in Chiang Mai province, police said. The charge of vandalising an ancient site carries a maximum sentence of ten years in prison and a …

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