Malaysia tells Myanmar to 'stop the killing' of Rohingya

The violation of women and girls must stop," Najib, the leader of Muslim-majority Malaysia told a meeting of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) called by Malaysia to discuss the Rohingya. Najib, who joined protesters in Kuala Lumpur last month calling for foreign intervention to stop "genocide", said Myanmar must act. The violence in the north of Rakhine State since October is the most serious since communal clashes in 2012 in which hundreds of people were killed. About 56,000 Rohingya live in Malaysia having fled and unrest and persecution in Myanmar. OIC Secretary General Yousef Al Othaimeen said Myanmar must prevent "ongoing discrimination and the unwarranted systematic abuse against the Rohingya".

January 19, 2017 07:34 UTC

Asia traders wary as dollar pushes higher

The dollar was virtually flat against the yen, euro and pound a day after surging around one percent against each. However, it jumped almost one percent against the South Korean won, 0.4 percent against the Australian dollar and 1.3 percent on Canada's dollar. - Takata, Toshiba plunge -On equity markets Tokyo's Nikkei finished 0.9 percent higher as exporters were lifted by the weakening yen. Sydney edged up 0.2 percent while Seoul put on 0.1 percent, while Singapore, Jakarta, Manila and Mumbai also posted gains. "With so many prominent trade hawks joining the Trump administration, it all points to a massive shift in US trade policy.

January 19, 2017 07:25 UTC

15 school children killed in India bus crash

At least 15 children were killed and dozens more injured when a school bus collided with a truck in northern India on Thursday, police said. “Tragic road accident in Aliganj, Etah. Over 15 school kids feared dead. Rescue of injured ongoing,” tweeted Javeed Ahmed, director general of police in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh where the crash occurred. It is not yet clear what had caused the vehicles to crash, although collisions are a common occurrence on winter mornings, when northern India is frequently blanketed with thick fog.

January 19, 2017 07:11 UTC

15 of human trafficking gang held

Members of Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) arrested 15 members of an international human trafficking gang from different parts of Dhaka on Wednesday night. RAB through a mobile message said the elite force also seized huge number of passports, photocopies of visas and cash from their possession. Details of the arrests will be disclosed at a press briefing at the media centre of the elite force, the message further said.

January 19, 2017 07:11 UTC

15 schoolchildren killed in Uttar Pradesh bus crash

The school bus was hit by a speeding truck on the Patiali road. The accident was a result of fog, an official told IANS. While schools in the state have been closed until Jan 20 due to poor weather conditions, the JS Public school, to which the bus belonged, was open. The bus was carrying more than 60 students at the time of the accident.

January 19, 2017 07:02 UTC

Obama suggests US embassy shift to Jerusalem could be 'explosive'

US President-elect Donald Trump has promised to re-locate the embassy to Jerusalem, breaking with longstanding US policy. He said his administration had warned the incoming Trump administration that big shifts in policy had consequences. "The goal of the resolution was to simply say that the ... growth of the settlements are creating a reality on the ground that increasingly will make a two-state solution impossible," Obama said. Israel described the decision by the United States to abstain in the vote rather than wield its veto as "shameful." The US move, along with a sharp speech by US Secretary of State John Kerry about the issue, reinforced tensions between the outgoing Obama administration and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

January 19, 2017 06:23 UTC

Flagstaff could see up to 2 feet of snow through Saturday

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January 19, 2017 06:15 UTC

Asian shares mixed, Japan's Nikkei gains on weaker yen

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January 19, 2017 06:15 UTC

Guatemala president's son, brother arrested over corruption

A son and a brother of Guatemalan president Jimmy Morales were arrested Wednesday on corruption charges over suspected fraud in a state food contract, officials said. Prosecutors suspect wrongdoing in the food contract, which was meant to provide breakfasts for 564 people with public money from a general property registry. The former head of the registry was arrested in September, and a person linked to the food-supply company was apprehended on Wednesday. Aldana told a news conference there were allegations that the president's son and brother helped fake invoices in the scheme, though there was no indication they received money for it. President Morales tweeted that "the rule of law will prevail in these matters" before telling reporters that he gave his relatives his "total support."

January 19, 2017 06:12 UTC

Real Cup hopes hit by second successive defeat

Real Madrid lost 2-1 at home to Celta Vigo in their Spanish King’s Cup quarter-final first leg on Wednesday to slump to their second defeat in a row following a record winning streak. Brazilian Marcelo made amends with a volley into the Celta net five minutes later but La Liga leaders Real were caught out again almost instantly on the counter-attack. We have a second leg to turn it around but today was a bad game,” Zidane told reporters after his team lost two games in a row for the first time under his management. Real have never overturned a 2-1 home defeat in any competition in a two-legged tie. “You can never relax against Real Madrid no matter what result you get and the tie is by no means over,” Celta coach Eduardo Berizzo said.

January 19, 2017 06:08 UTC

Bullish DSE trend not normal now

The upward trend basically began in November last year and has continued into this year. Towards the middle of last year a bullish trend was predicted or 2017. The present market trend seems quite normal so far, according to DSE director Shakil Rizvi. However, one shouldn’t be lured by the bullish market to borrow and invest in hope of big gains. All concerned have been asked to adhere to the rules and regulations so as not to be over enthusiastic in pushing for a bullish trend.”

January 19, 2017 06:05 UTC

RAB arrests 15 persons in Dhaka suspected of human trafficking

The elite police unit said 15 of these traffickers have been arrested from different parts of Dhaka. Large number of passports, copies of visas and cash has been seized from them, said RAB spokesperson Mizanur Rahman. The RAB media wing assistant director, however, did not reveal their identities. Dhaka-based RAB 3 chief Golam Sarwar said 14 of those arrested were sending people to Libya while the other one was sending them to Malaysia. Details will be provided in a media briefing later on Thursday, said the senior RAB officer.

January 19, 2017 06:02 UTC

Trump plans for Scottish resort spark new conflicts concern

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January 19, 2017 05:59 UTC

Already reeling, Mexico fears it has much to lose with Trump

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January 19, 2017 05:59 UTC

Heed the president’s words

In holding talks with the various political parties of the country, the president has reminded us of a vital factor in a democratic political system. He said, for the sake of a free and fair election, I was important that the political parties take initiative for discussions with each other. All the political parties welcomed these discussions. Like the various political parties, we too hope that the president’s move will lead to the reconstitution of an acceptable election commission. Along with the president’s initiative, it is also important that the political parties reach an understanding through talks.

January 19, 2017 05:53 UTC

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