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International relief agencies fear that thousands of families uprooted from their homes may be stuck at Iraq's borders because of their inability to move out of war zones.
Despite generously shelling out billions of dollars in aid to poor countries, Japan is not as charitable when it comes to accepting asylum seekers, writes HANS GREIMEL.
Following an appeal for international help from Sri Lanka, Mercy Malaysia despatched a team of doctors and volunteers to the flood-stricken republic which suffered its worst floods and landslides in 60 years. ONG JU LYNN reports from Ratnapura in southern Sri Lanka.
B>BANGKOK:/BTen suspected North Korean asylum seekers, including two children under 10, were taking refuge in the Japanese embassy here yesterday, embassy officials said.
Some terrorism activities seem to be inspired by Indonesians with permanent resident status in the country, Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Badawi said.
Sergio Vieira de Mello, who was killed by a suicide car bomb in Baghdad on Tuesday, became first known to Malaysians when he headed the United Nations administration in East Timor three years ago. MERGAWATI ZULFAKAR, who was assigned to report on the birth of the new nation then, recalls this consummate international civil servant.
AMONG Mercy Malaysia's programmes for its volunteers is the three-day Basic Mission Training (BMT). So far, dozens of volunteers have undergone this. Recently, I participated as a non-medical volunteer at a BMT centre in Bentong, Pahang.
All foreign asylum seekers and refugees are advised to call the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) office in Kuala Lumpur first before turning up because of the continuing police presence there that has resulted in several arrests since last Tuesday.