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8 January 2017 17:55

Officials in Beijing are creating a new environmental police squad in the latest effort to fight China's persistent problems with heavy smog. According to state media, Beijing's acting mayor said Saturday that the new police force will focus on open-air barbecues, garbage incineration and the burning of wood and other biomass. Beijing and dozens of cities in China spend many winter days...

8 January 2017 16:59

  Myanmar’s military forces have tortured to death two Rohingya Muslim civilians and arrested scores of others in the country’s state of Rakhine. Local sources reported on Saturday that the killings had taken place during a series of sporadic raids on a number of villages across northern Buthidaung, adding that many other villagers had also been severely tortured during a day-long siege. During...

7 January 2017 13:21

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has written to United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres to demand international action to stop rights violations against the Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar. In a letter addressed to Guterres on Friday, Zarif said the plight of the Rohingya has caused international concern. The ethnic Muslims have not only been deprived of their most basic right —...

7 January 2017 13:15

  China’s foreign exchange reserves dropped by $320 billion in 2016 with Chinese authorities seeking to support the yuan against a soaring dollar. According to the State Administration of Foreign Exchange (SAFE) China’s foreign exchange reserves fell to $3.011 trillion at the end of December, the lowest level in nearly 6 years. World’s largest forex reserves plummeted by $41 billion dollars in December...

5 January 2017 13:46

Human Rights Watch (HRW) and other rights groups have accused Myanmar of trying to cover up abuses perpetrated by the country’s government forces against Rohingya Muslims in the western state of Rakhine. Criticism poured in on Wednesday after a government-led commission in Myanmar released a report that flatly dismissed allegations of genocide and abuses by security forces in the region. The report...

5 January 2017 13:08

  At least five people have lost their lives in an incident involving a cave-in and a gas outburst at a Chinese coal mine, state media say. The deadly accident occurred on Wednesday night when 51 workers were busy working underground at a colliery in the city of Dengfeng in the eastern province of Henan, state broadcaster China Central Television (CCTV) reported...

4 January 2017 21:17

  A man armed with a kitchen knife has stabbed nearly a dozen children at a kindergarten in southern China, wounding at least three of them seriously. Local authorities said on Wednesday that the man "sneaked into" the school in the southern autonomous region of Guangxi Zhuang mid-afternoon and stabbed the children before being detained at the scene by police. State broadcaster CCTV...

4 January 2017 16:17

  About 2,000 demonstrators, holding pictures of Shia Muslims killed in recent terrorist attacks, marched on the governor's office in the city of Herat on Tuesday. Around 2,000 people in the city of Herat marched to the governor's office on Tuesday to protest against the increasing attacks on Shia Muslims by ISIS. The protesters chanted slogans such as "Death to the enemies of...

3 January 2017 16:28

  Thousands of villagers in Malaysia's eastern coastal states have been stranded following four days of heavy rains that caused massive flooding. Flooding in the states of Terengganu and Kelantan forced Malaysian authorities to close down dozens of schools in the region, officials announced on Tuesday, noting that roads to villages have also been cut off by the floods. The chief of Terengganu’s...

2 January 2017 22:19

  A new video has emerged showing Myanmar’s police using excessive force against Rohingya Muslims in the western state of Rakhine.  A front-page story on Monday in the state-owned Global New Light of Myanmar newspaper said that the video clip was recorded by a police constable. The footage shows Myanmar’s police beating and kicking young villagers during an 'area clearance' operation. Three officers attack...

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