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Six injured in east London 'acid attack'

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Six injured in east London 'acid attack'

Six people have been injured in Stratford, east London, in a reported acid attack, reports the BBC.

 

Police were called to Stratford Centre, opposite Westfield, just before 20:00 BST, following an "altercation" between two groups of males where a noxious substance was thrown.

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Merkel wins German election for fourth term

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Chancellor Angela Merkel won a fourth term in office on Sunday but will have to build an uneasy coalition to form a German government after her conservatives haemorrhaged support in the face of a surge by the far-right.

 

The anti-immigration Alternative for Germany (AfD) stunned the establishment by winning 13.1 percent of the vote, projected results showed, a result that will bring a far-right party into parliament for the first time in more than half a century.

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N Korea may consider H-bomb test in Pacific, Kim calls Trump 'deranged'

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North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un makes a statement regarding US President Donald Trump's speech at the UN general assembly

North Korea said on Friday it might test a hydrogen bomb over the Pacific Ocean after President Donald Trump vowed to destroy the reclusive country, with leader Kim Jong Un promising to make Trump pay dearly for his threats.

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Suu Kyi defends policies, points to broader investigations

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Myanmar's de facto leader and State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi has signaled determination to address the criticisms of her government's handling of the refugee crisis engulfing the country's western Rakhine State while stepping up economic reform.

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$200m needed for refugees: UN

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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.

 

Bangladesh and humanitarian organisations are struggling to help 422,000 Rohingya who have arrived since Aug 25, when attacks by Rohingya militants triggered a Myanmar counter-insurgency offensive that the United Nations has branded ethnic cleansing.

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Rohingya crisis dents Myanmar hopes of Western investment boom

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When officials from Myanmar’s commercial capital Yangon toured six European countries in June, they were hoping to drum up investment in transport, energy and education.

 

Instead, they were bombarded with questions about the country’s treatment of the Rohingya Muslim minority, who have long complained of persecution by the Buddhist majority in the oil-rich, ethnically divided, western state of Rakhine.

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US urges Myanmar to address rights abuse allegations

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US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Tuesday urged Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi to facilitate humanitarian aid for people affected by the violence in Rakhine State and to address "deeply troubling" human rights abuse allegations, the State Department said.

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Magnitude 5.1 earthquake shakes Alaska, British Columbia

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Magnitude 5.1 earthquake shakes Alaska, British Columbia 

A Magnitude 5.1 earthquake shook Alaska about 135 miles (217 kilometers) northwest of the state's capital city Juneau.

 

Coincidentally, the City and Borough of Juneau's Disaster Preparedness Expo was winding down as the earthquake hit Saturday afternoon. No damage was immediately reported.

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Indian government says Rohingya Muslims are security threat

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The Indian government has told the Supreme Court it has evidence there are extremists who pose a security threat among up to 40,000 Rohingya Muslims who have fled Myanmar and settled in many Indian cities.

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Indian SC to take a call on Rohingyas: Rajnath

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New Delhi: The Supreme Court will take a call on the central government's plans to deport Rohingya Muslims, who entered the country "illegally", Union home minister Rajnath Singh said on Monday.

 

"An affidavit has been filed. Whatever decision is to be taken, it will be taken by the court," he told reporters on the sidelines of a function here.

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Myanmar army chief urges unity over Rohingya 'issue'

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General Min Aung Hlaing

Myanmar's army chief has urged the country to unite over the "issue" of the Rohingya, a Muslim group he says has no roots in the country, and which his troops are accused of systematically purging.

 

The military says its "clearance operations" in northern Rakhine state are aimed at taking out Rohingya militants who attacked police posts on August 25.

 

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36 Burundi refugees killed in clashes with Congo forces: UN

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At least 36 Burundian refugees have been killed in clashes with Congolese security forces who allegedly fired indiscriminately at protesters, the U.N. envoy to Congo said Saturday.

 

Maman Sidikou said he was "deeply shocked" at the violence. Another 117 people were wounded and one Congolese officer was killed, he said in a statement. Thirty-nine gravely wounded Burundian refugees were evacuated by helicopter to the city of Bukavu, the U.N. peacekeeping mission in Congo said.

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Suu Kyi has ‘a last chance’ to stop army offensive in Rohingya crisis: UN

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UN chief Antonio Guterres says Myanmar’s de-facto head of state Aung San Suu Kyi has ‘a last chance’ to stop the military crackdown on Rakhine state and ease the Rohingya crisis, the BBC reports.

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N Korea again fires missile over Japan

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North Korea yesterday fired a missile over Japan and far out into the Pacific Ocean for the second time in under a month, again challenging the United States and other world powers to rein in Pyongyang's missile and nuclear programmes.

 

The latest missile test by North Korea, one of its furthest-reaching yet, has split world powers who united behind new UN sanctions just days ago.

 

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18 hurt as improvised bomb explodes on London subway train

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18 hurt as improvised bomb explodes on London subway train   

A homemade bomb exploded on a packed London subway train during rush hour on Friday, leaving 18 people injured but no one seriously hurt. Police said the explosion was a terrorist attack, the fifth in Britain this year.

 

Commuters reported a noise and a flash aboard the District Line train at Parsons Green station in the southwest of the city, followed by chaos as hundreds of people rushed to get away from danger.

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London Underground blast treated as terror incident

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An "improvised explosive device" was detonated on a Tube train in south-west London during Friday's rush hour, Scotland Yard has confirmed.

 

Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley said hundreds of detectives, working with MI5, are investigating the blast at 08:20 BST at Parsons Green station.

 

Eighteen people have been taken to hospital mostly with burn injuries.

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Mamata expresses concern over plight of Rohingya Muslims

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“We do support the UN appeal to help the Rohingya people. We believe that all commoners are not terrorists. We are really concerned,” Ms. Banerjee said in a tweet.

 

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday expressed concern over the plight of Rohingya Muslims and supported the UN appeal to help them.

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