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US has 'many' military options in Korea crisis: Mattis

US has 'many' military options in Korea crisis: MattisThe United States has “many” military options against North Korea, including some that don’t put Seoul at risk, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Monday. “There are many military options, in concert with our allies, that we will take to defend our allies and our own interests,” Mattis told Pentagon reporters.



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Trump Still Hasn't Officially Declared The Opioid Crisis A National Emergency

Trump Still Hasn't Officially Declared The Opioid Crisis A National EmergencyWASHINGTON ― More than a month after President Donald Trump unexpectedly announced that he would declare a national emergency on the opioid crisis, he has yet to make it official.



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Photo Of Rohingya Woman Mourning Her Dead Infant Underscores Worsening Crisis

Photo Of Rohingya Woman Mourning Her Dead Infant Underscores Worsening CrisisThe bloodshed overtaking Myanmar’s Rakhine state forced Hamida, a Rohingya Muslim, to run from her homeland last week.



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Qatar's emir says ready to talk to end Gulf crisis

Qatar's emir says ready to talk to end Gulf crisisQatar is ready to sit at the negotiating table to try to end a dispute with its Gulf Arab neighbors, Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani said on Friday in Berlin. Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain cut diplomatic and trade links with Qatar on June 5, accusing the world’s biggest exporter of liquefied natural gas of financing terrorism and cozying up to their arch-rival Iran. Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman spoke by phone with Sheikh Tamim a week ago in what looked like a breakthrough.



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Rohingya refugees overtake 2016 Mediterranean migrant numbers in ‘unprecedented’ humanitarian crisis

Rohingya refugees overtake 2016 Mediterranean migrant numbers in ‘unprecedented’ humanitarian crisisThe mass exodus of Rohingya Muslims fleeing Burma in just under three weeks is now triple the number of refugees who have tried to enter Europe across the Mediterranean so far this year, leaving aid agencies overwhelmed by the crisis. An estimated 370,000 have escaped from Burma’s northern Rakhine state to overcrowded Bangladeshi refugee camps since August 25, compared to 128,012 people seeking to cross the Mediterranean since January. International organizations have reported claims of human rights violations and summary executions allegedly carried out by the Myanmar army Credit: EPA Burma’s government has admitted that 176 out of 471 ethnic Rohingya villages are now empty.  Antonio Guterres, UN secretary-general,on Wednesday called on authorities in Burma to end the violence against the Rohingya and acknowledged the situation there is best described as ethnic cleansing. Many of the Rohingya fleeing the violence in Myanmar had travelled by boat to find refuge in neighbouring Bangladesh Credit: EPA The humanitarian situation in Burma was "catastrophic," Mr Guterres said, and called on all countries to do what they could to supply aid. The Burmese government said on Wednesday its leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, will skip next week's UN General Assembly meetings, and give a domestic speech to address the crisis, amid growing international outrage at her refusal to condemn the killings.  Rohingyas have said their homes were set on fire and family members shot, slashed or burned to death. “This is the fastest growing refugee crisis in the past five years, with serious human rights concerns,” a UNHCR spokesperson told the Telegraph. Chris Lom, a UN aid worker in Cox’s Bazar, on the frontline of the humanitarian disaster, said people were “very vulnerable, traumatised,” while relief agencies struggled. “UN agencies and the government were expecting the possibility that as many as 100,000 more people could come across when there were already 600,000 Rohingyas in Bangladesh,” he told UN News. Rohingya refugees carry an old man towards the shore of Naf river as people arrive by boats, in Teknaf, Bangladesh Credit: EPA "But I don’t think anyone expected a mass exodus like this, unprecedented in terms of value and speed,” he said. On Wednesday one Red Cross mobile medical team at the makeshift Balukhali camp managed to treat 100 people suffering from diarrhoea, old bullet wounds and burns before its supplies ran out. “No-one expected this explosion of people, and there is unfathomable need. It is beyond the capacity of international actors to scale up this fast,” said Misada Saif of the International Committee of the Red Cross. Isolated rural locations with narrow, muddy roads, made worse by heavy rains and throngs of displaced people present major obstacles to supplying aid. Increasingly desperate refugees, weak from hunger, are clambering onto the few trucks that do get through, trying to claim whatever supplies they can, causing fights to break out. Roland Oliphant: The scale of the Rohingya crisis 'is mindblowing' 00:56 Aid that arrived by air earlier this week would not cover a tenth of refugee needs, said officials, estimating the relief effort would cost at least $ 77m [£58m]. Children being brought to an Action Against Hunger centre are being increasingly diagnosed as malnourished. One mother, Rozia Begum, arrived with her four infant children, after travelling for four days. “I had nothing to give my children, who were so hungry and thirsty they were crying. All I could do was give them river water to drink, even though I knew it was dirty and might make them sick,” she said. Children 'burned alive' say Rohingya refugees 01:48 Another woman, Sara Khatun, grieving the murder of her husband and daughter, said she had been so desperate for food that she had eaten tree bark. The scale of the humanitarian crisis has led to comparisons with the Rwandan exodus of 1994 when over two million people fled to neighbouring countries after a brutal genocide. Nigeria’s government on Tuesday expressed “deep regret” at the “horrendous human suffering” of the Rohingya, adding that it was “very reminiscent of what happened in Rwanda in 1994 and in Bosnia Herzegovina in 1995.” Meanwhile, terrorist group Al Qaeda issued a statement warning Burma it would face “punishment” for its “crimes”, calling for Muslims across the region to help secure Rohingya rights “by force.”



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Myanmar's Suu Kyi To Skip UN General Assembly Amid Outrage Over Rohingya Crisis

Myanmar's Suu Kyi To Skip UN General Assembly Amid Outrage Over Rohingya CrisisMyanmar’s civil leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, has announced she will skip the upcoming United Nations General Assembly amid escalating tensions in crisis-torn Rakhine state.



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Rohingya insurgents declare temporary ceasefire amid humanitarian crisis

Rohingya insurgents declare temporary ceasefire amid humanitarian crisisBy Andrew R.C. Marshall and Krishna N. Das BANGKOK/COX’S BAZAR, Bangladesh (Reuters) – Rohingya insurgents declared a month-long unilateral ceasefire, starting on Sunday, to enable aid groups to help ease a humanitarian crisis in northwest Myanmar. Nearly 300,000 Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh and 30,000 non-Muslim civilians have been displaced inside Myanmar after the military launched a counter-offensive following attacks by the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) insurgents on 30 police posts and an army base on Aug. 25.



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Suu Kyi and Myanmar face chorus of anger over Rohingya crisis

Suu Kyi and Myanmar face chorus of anger over Rohingya crisisNobel peace laureate Malala Yousafzai and mainly Muslim countries in Asia led a growing chorus of criticism on Monday aimed at Myanmar and its civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi over the plight of the Rohingya Muslim minority. Nearly 90,000 Rohingya have flooded into Bangladesh in the past 10 days following an uptick in fighting between militants and Myanmar’s military in strife-torn western Rakhine state. The recent violence, which began last October when a small Rohingya militant group ambushed border posts, is the worst Rakhine has witnessed in years, with the UN saying Myanmar’s army may have committed ethnic cleansing in its response.



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Myanmar violence: Aung San Suu Kyi under pressure as Muslim Rohingya crisis continues

Myanmar violence: Aung San Suu Kyi under pressure as Muslim Rohingya crisis continuesThe foreign minister of Indonesia, the world’s most populous Muslim nation, flew to Myanmar for emergency talks on Sunday as the Rohingya crisis continues.  The visit came as pressure mounted on leader Aung San Suu Kyi to resolve the humanitarian crisis engulfing the Muslim Rohingya minority in her country’s restive Rakhine state.   The Nobel peace prize laureate is facing severe international criticism over her government’s treatment of about 1.1 million Rohingya, one of the world’s most persecuted groups. Indonesian Muslim activists in Jakarta stage an execution during a protest against Myanmar's alleged persecution of its Muslim Rohingya minority  Credit: EPA/ADI WEDA Minister Retno Marsudi arrived in Myanmar's capital, Yangon, as protestors in her own capital, Jakarta, launched a Molotov cocktail at the Myanmar embassy. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday that violence against the Muslim Rohingyas amounted to genocide, while British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson warned Aung San Suu Kyi that the oppression of the minority was “besmirching” her country’s reputation. About 73,000 Rohingya refugees have fled across the border from Myanmar to Bangladesh over the past week, with aid workers warning that relief camps can take no more. Myanmar's military says almost 400 people have died in recent violence in the western state of Rakhine Credit: AP Photo/Bernat Armangue Nearly 400 people have officially died since the exodus began on August 25 after Rohingya insurgents attacked Myanmar paramilitary posts, in what they claimed was an attempt to protect their Muslim minority from persecution. The military responded with sweeping “clearance operations”, declaring the majority of casualties were militants. But Rohingya human rights activists countered that at least 1,000, mainly civilians, had been massacred by government soldiers. Pope Francis calls for "full rights" for Rohingya Muslims 01:21 “There are one thousand confirmed Rohingya people who have been killed by the Burmese army… and that [death] toll may be much higher,” claimed Tun Khin, President of the Burmese Rohingya Organisation UK.     “The military is burning down many villages. They are throwing children into the fire,” he told The Telegraph.   Reports of civilian casualties were backed by an aid official in Bangladesh who told AP that over 50 refugees had arrived with bullet injuries. Many are also suffering from respiratory diseases and malnutrition. Refugees reaching the Bangladeshi fishing village of Shah Porir Dwip also described Rohingya being burned alive and bombs exploding near their homes. Profile | Aung San Suu Kyi “The military and extremist Rakhine are burning us, burning us, killing us, setting our village on fire,” said a man who gave only his first name, Karim. The state-run Global New Light of Myanmar admitted on Saturday that “a total of 2,625 houses from Kotankauk, Myinlut and Kyikanpyin villages and two wards in Maungtaw were burned down.” The government has blamed the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (Arsa), the insurgent group that initially launched the coordinated attacks on military checkposts one week ago. However, Human Rights Watch said the government had provided no evidence, and urged an independent investigation. Rohingya refugees stand in heavy rain as they are held by the Border Guard Bangladesh Credit: REUTERS/Mohammad Ponir Hossain “New satellite imagery shows the total destruction of a Muslim village, and prompts serious concerns that the level of devastation in northern Rakhine state may be far worse than originally thought,” said the groups’ deputy Asia director, Phil Robertson. Meanwhile, the head of the Myanmar armed forces, General Min Aung Hlaing, blamed the current crisis on unfinished business from World War 2, when, he claimed “Bengalis attacked, murdered and coerced” the ethnic peoples of Rakhine state from their homes. “We will never let such a terrible occurrence happen again,” he said, vowing to protect Myanmar from “Arsa extremist Bengali terrorists.” Human rights workers such as Benedict Rogers, East Asia team leader for Christian Solidarity Worldwide, have compared the current Rohingya crisis to the notorious massacres of Rwanda, Darfur and Kosovo. “I have worked on Myanmar for the past twenty years… I have seen many tragedies. But the tragedy unfolding right now is one of the worst I have known,” he said.



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Ahead of Trump's visit, Houston mayor says crisis is urgent: 'We need the resources yesterday'

Ahead of Trump's visit, Houston mayor says crisis is urgent: 'We need the resources yesterday'With President Trump set to visit Texas on Saturday, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner underscored the extensive resources his city requires after Tropical Storm Harvey displaced tens of thousands of residents from their homes.



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