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Warning shots fired as aid boat attacked

YANGON: Myanmar police fired warning shots to disperse a mob who threw petrol bombs at them and tried to block an ICRC boat in the conflict-hit Rakhine state, where tens of thousands are believed to be in urgent need of aid, state-backed media said.

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All eyes on Suu Kyi as Myanmar leader breaks silence on Rohingya crisis

Yangon (AFP) - Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi is poised Tuesday to break her near-silence on communal violence scorching through Rakhine state, in a televised speech on a Rohingya refugee crisis that has shocked the world and prompted the UN to accuse the country's army of ethnic cleansing.

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Myanmar army chief calls for unity over ‘issue’

YANGON: 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.

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Suu Kyi scraps UN trip amid Rohingya crisis

YANGON: Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi will not attend the United Nations General Assembly later this month, her spokesman said, as the Nobel laureate faces a barrage of criticism over her failure to speak up for Rohingya Muslims fleeing Rakhine state.

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Violence continues in Myanmar’s Rakhine State

Maungdaw: Gunshots rang out across northern Rakhine State as clashes continued between sus­pected Rohingya militants and Myanmar security forces, officials said, a day after fighting killed 89 people and forced civilians to flee remote villages.


Kuwait says arrests 12 convicted in 2015 Iran spy case

DUBAI (Reuters) - Kuwaiti authorities have arrested 12 people convicted in absentia of spying for Iran and Lebanese Shi'ite Muslim group Hezbollah, the Interior Ministry said on Saturday.


Islamic State threatens new attacks in Iran in video

(Reuters) - Islamic State issued a video on Wednesday threatening new attacks in the Iranian capital Tehran and calling on young Iranians to rise up and launch jihad in their country.


Iran ambassador ordered to leave Kuwait over spy case

DUBAI (Reuters) - Kuwait ordered the expulsion of the Iranian ambassador and 14 other diplomats for alleged links to a "spy and terror" cell, Iranian and Kuwaiti media reported on Thursday, worsening an unusual public dispute between the two countries.


Iraqi forces recapture village south of Mosul from Islamic State - police

TIKRIT, Iraq (Reuters) - Iraqi forces on Thursday regained control over Imam Gharbi, a village south of Mosul, from Islamic State militants who had seized it as their defence of their stronghold in the city crumbled, Iraqi police said.


Exclusive - Indonesia's reputation as a model of moderate Islam intact: president

JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesia's president said on Monday his country remains a model of moderate Islam, countering critics who point to mass rallies by radical Muslims and the jailing of a Christian politician for blasphemy as evidence its reputation is crumbling.