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Rohingya Muslims fleeing Myanmar ‘turned away by Bangladesh’

Border guards detain hundreds, says Amnesty, while others left in makeshift camps face shortages of food and water A protest rally in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on Friday against attacks on Rohingyas in Myanmar. Photograph: Abir Abdullah/EPA  Thousands of Rohingya Muslims who have fled to Bangladesh from Myanmar where they have been attacked by security forces are being pushed back by the …

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Pakistan’s Sindh province outlaws forced conversions

Sindh becomes first province to pass law in response to criticism over protection of country’s religious minorities. Shereena Qazi Forced religious conversions have been a contentious issue in Sindh [Reuters] A province in Pakistan has passed a new law, with provision for life sentence, against forced religious conversions following criticism over protection of minorities in the country. The new bill, …

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Pakistani activists plan to build trans-friendly mosque in Islamabad

Local trans rights charity seeks to create a space for non gender-binary people to worship free from threats or intimidation. Transgender people in Pakistan decorate their hands with henna for Eid in Peshawar on July 5, 2016 AFP/Getty Images Transgender activists in Islamabad are drawing up plans to build a new mosque in a suburb of the city which will …

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Will anyone help the Rohingya people?

Rohingya migrants rescued from a fishing boat collect rain water at a temporary shelter   For decades, hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims have lived in Rakhine State, near Myanmar’s border with Bangladesh. Long denied citizenship and freedom of movement by the government of Myanmar (also known as Burma), shocking images have emerged in recent weeks showing hundreds of Rohingya …

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Four million Burmese entitled to get iqama

Four million Burmese residents in the Kingdom are now entitled to obtain an ‘iqama,’ turning many of their dreams of long-term residence and stability in the Kingdom into a reality. Sheikh of the Burmese community in Makkah, Abu Alshamaa Abdulmajeed, said a large number of Burmese citizens have been living in the Kingdom for more than 70 years, arriving here …

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UN silence on Rohingya genocide shameful, says Imran

ISLAMABAD: The United Nations has failed to stop the ‘genocide’ of the Rohingya ethnic minority in Myanmar, Imran Khan, the chairman of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), said in a letter to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.  The shameful UN silence is a testament to its failure to fulfill the basic principles of upholding human rights, says the letter. Myanmar does not recognise …

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Monk dubbed ‘Buddhist Bin Laden’ targets Myanmar’s persecuted Muslims

He’s been described as the “Buddhist Bin Laden,” but Ashin Wirathu thinks he has more in common with the world’s most famous fictional spy. “Most Muslims destroy our country, our people and the Buddhist religion,” says Buddhist monk Wirathu, center, of Myanmar, seen in 2014. (Lakruwan Wanniarachchi / AFP/Getty) “James Bond is a nationalist,” the cherub-faced monk said in a recent …

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Malala arrives in Nigeria to campaign for missing girls

Malala Yousafzai, the 17-year old Pakistani education campaigner, arrived in Abuja the capital of Nigeria to campaign and meet the families of the missing girls. The girls were abducted by rebel group Boko Haram in the northeastern Borno state of Nigeria in April earlier this year.   Pakistani schoolgirl activist Malala Yousafzai arrives for a meeting with the leaders of …

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The Elephant Cried When He Was Rescued After 50 Years In Chains

This is Raju. Raju lived on tourist handouts in India, sometimes eating garbage just to keep his belly full. After 50 years of chains, abuse, and slavery, Raju was freed in a daring nighttime raid. The English charity Wildlife SOS moved in at midnight to free Raju. Raju cried when he was rescued. This is just one of the chains …

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