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'We did not expect anything like this so soon': South Koreans overwhelmed by news of Trump-North Korea summit

President Donald Trump and North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un shocked Americans and Koreans alike on Friday – Thursday evening in the US – with their agreement to meet at a summit and discuss the denuclearization of North Korea. Nobody, here or in Washington, had expected the revelation from South Korea’s …

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Fears of Friday prayers violence as Buddhist mobs escalate attacks on Muslims in Sri Lanka

Central Sri Lanka was gripped by tension on Thursday as a fresh wave of anti-Muslim attacks swept through the Buddhist holy city of Kandy and the surrounding hillside. The attacks, led by the increasingly bold Sinhala-Buddhist mobs, have drawn comparisons with the start of the country’s decades-long civil war in 1983. As the fourth night of …

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Just nine years since the end of civil war, Sri Lanka stands at a crossroads – and could go either way

In the city of Kandy, located in the Central Province of Sri Lanka, recent attacks against Muslims by Sinhala Buddhist militants have raised fears of increased communal violence. Social media images have shown the scale of damage to Muslim neighbourhoods, with arson attacks and vandalism of Muslim-owned stores and mosques. …

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Rohingya refugee crisis: Midwives reveal harrowing stories from pregnant women fleeing violence in Myanmar

Midwives working in refugee camps in Bangladesh have recounted the harrowing experiences of pregnant Rohingya women who fled from neighbouring Myanmar. The mothers said they had seen family members raped and killed by Buddhist extremists and Myanmar’s security forces.  In posts on Facebook the midwives also described how mothers with newborn …

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Japanese volcano featured in James Bond film has erupted, grounding planes

A Japanese volcano that appeared in a James Bond film has erupted, shooting smoke and ash thousands of feet into the sky and grounding dozens of flights. Residents living near Shinmoedake were warned about flying rocks and pyroclastic flows – hot gas and volcanic debris that race down the slopes at high speeds, incinerating or vaporising everything …

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