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New school offers education 'salvation' for Syrian girls in Lebanon

BAR ELIAS, Lebanon (Reuters) - A new girls' school for Syrian refugees in Lebanon's poor Bekaa region is aiming to give girls from conservative backgrounds the chance at a formal education.

Rohingyas must go home but to safety, Bangladesh says

GENEVA (Reuters) - Bangladesh called on Myanmar on Monday to allow nearly 1 million Rohingya Muslim refugees to return home under safe conditions, saying that the burden had become "untenable" on its territory.

End 'containment' of asylum-seekers on islands, aid groups tell Greek PM

ATHENS (Reuters) - Over a dozen human rights groups and aid organisations wrote to Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Monday urging him to end the "containment" of asylum seekers in island camps.

Australia to spend up to $195 million housing refugees after PNG detention centre closes

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia will spend up to A$250 million (£148 million) housing nearly 800 refugees and asylum seekers in Papua New Guinea for the next 12 months after its controversial detention centre closes this month.

Let’s chip in to help the Rohingya

SEPANG: Conditions at the Rohingya refugee camp at the Bangladesh-Myanmar border continue to be grim, says the Malaysian team helping out there.

Ready to go: Najib checking on the humanitarian mission for Rohingya before its flight from Sepang.
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DPM: Malaysia and Turkey enjoying extraordinarily strong ties

ISTANBUL: Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi has described the relationship between Malaysia and Turkey as “extraordinary”.

Zahid Hamidi with President Erdogan in Turkey. - fotoBERNAMA

Meth seizures shoot up in Myanmar's crisis-hit Rakhine

Yangon (AFP) - Myanmar police have seized more than $5 million worth of methamphetamine pills in the north of violence-racked Rakhine state this month, an officer said Sunday.

Seizures of "Ya Ba" methamphetamine pills are on the rise in Myanmar's Rakhine state.

Exclusive - Returning Rohingya may lose land, crops under Myanmar plans

SITTWE, Myanmar (Reuters) - Rohingya Muslims who return to Myanmar after fleeing to Bangladesh are unlikely to be able to reclaim their land, and may find their crops have been harvested and sold by the government, according to officials and plans seen by Reuters.

The reality of a refugee camp

Even a mere four-hour visit to the Kutupalong camp for the Rohingya is a daunting task, what more for those who have to survive there daily.

Tough times: A Rohingya child crossing a bridge at Ghundum refugee camp in Ukhiya. The Ghundum camp, which is near Kutupalong, is the latest to come about since the mass exodus from Rakhine. — Bernama

Billionaire Babis scores big Czech election win, seeks partners to rule

PRAGUE (Reuters) - Czech billionaire Andrej Babis won a thumping victory in Saturday's election as voters shunned traditional parties and gave a mandate to the anti-establishment businessman pledging to fight political corruption while facing fraud charges himself.