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Tillerson’s Myanmar visit shows Trump’s renewed interest in South-East Asia

As part of his six-nation trip to Asia, US secretary of state Rex Tillerson will visit Myanmar on November 15. The main focus of Tillerson’s meeting with senior government leaders will be on issues concerning the Rohingya crisis.

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Is Suu Kyi to blame for Rakhine violence?

After the turbulence in Myanmar's Rakhine State on August 25 when Rohingya militants attacked police posts and killed 12 security officers, Myanmar's army and police intensified "clearance operations" against "terrorists." In the two weeks thereafter, about 270,000 Rohingya have sought refuge in Bangladesh, the UN refugee agency said Friday.

Aung San Suu Kyi must recognise human rights of Rohingyas in Myanmar

All human beings are endowed with reason and conscience. These are the words in the opening lines of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the most widely recognised statement of the rights that every person on our planet has. There are some days however, that can truly test the core belief that we all have the gift of conscience – the ability to see the difference between right and wrong.

Myanmar Stance Unchanged

The current global refugee crisis is one of the worse of its kind. Refugees from different conflict regions are seeking shelter in various countries.

The US has no real alternative to the present Iran nuclear deal

The US-Iran nuclear deal lives to fight another day. The International Atomic Energy Agency last week once again certified Iran was in compliance with the nuclear agreement that Tehran signed with six other countries, an agreement that officially goes under the snappy title Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.

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In northeast India, water-management practices to deal with climate change

In a small village on the north bank of the Brahmaputra in Assam in northeast India, farmer Horen Nath stood gazing at his partially submerged paddy field. The floods had kept their annual date but mercifully, the farmer said, the waters have started receding. "The weather has become very strange of late. We always had ample rain,


IMF cuts India's growth projection, but it still retains world's top spot

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) cut India's growth projections for this fiscal year to 7.3 per cent and for the next to 7.5 per cent on Monday, although the country will still retain i...