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Gang rape horrors haunt Rohingya refugees

LEDA REFUGEE CAMP (AFP) – Shamila clutches her daughter’s hand so tightly it turns white as she recounts how soldiers broke into her home in Myanmar and gang-raped her in front of her children — a story heard over and over in Bangladesh refugee camps. UN observers say they have …

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Seven countries seek UN council meeting on Myanmar

France, Britain, the United States and four other countries have asked the UN Security Council to meet next week to discuss the ongoing violence in Myanmar, according to a request seen by AFP on Friday. The seven countries including Egypt, Kazakhstan, Senegal and Sweden want UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to …

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Frida: The Labrador saving lives in Mexico

– Decked in books, protective goggles and a harness, seven-year-old Labrador named Frida tries to track out survivors in the course of natural calamities. The golden Labrador working as a part of the Mexican Navy’s canine unit – along with her younger canine coworkers – has assisted in rescuing 52 …

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Britain’s May asks for transition deal after Brexit

FLORENCE (AFP) – British Prime Minister Theresa May called for a two-year transition after Brexit on Friday in which Britain would largely maintain its current ties with Brussels, in a charm offensive intended to unlock stalled negotiations with the European Union. In a major speech in Florence, May promised to …

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Thirteen-year-old raises concern over flesh-eating ulcer

(Web Desk) – As Ella Crofts, a 13-year-old Australian student slowly recovers from Buruli ulcer doctors have warned that the infectious disease may rapidly spread in developing countries. The ulcer that basically is a skin disease usually found in developing countries, according to health authorities, has so far targeted 159 …

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Syria’s Girl Guides

(Web Desk) – Through six years of war from Aleppo to Damascus, while thousands of innocent lives have been lost, more than 12 million have been forced to leave their homes, the Girl Guides have continued. Starting to hold guide meetings in Syria back in 1950s for the first time, …

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A century on: Royal family’s letters return to Russia

(AFP) – From telegrams about hunting parties to anguished letters over the Bolshevik takeover, a trove of documents detailing the private lives of Russia s Romanov family has returned home 100 years after the 1917 revolution. The archive, containing letters, photographs and drawings, was taken to Europe by members of the …

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