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Australia facing climate disaster on its doorstep, government’s white paper warns

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Malcolm Turnbull and Julie Bishop at the launch of the foreign policy white paper. The foreign affairs minister said Australia would resist the ‘false hope of protectionism and isolationism’. Photograph: Lukas Coch/AAP

Foreign policy paper says climate-related conflict and migration could put Australia’s economic interests under pressure

November 23, 2017 — Climate change is creating a disaster on Australia’s doorstep, with environmental degradation and the demand for sustainable sources of food undermining stability in Continue reading Australia facing climate disaster on its doorstep, government’s white paper warns

At least 36 killed as strong quake rocks Iran-Iraq border

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INJURED. An earthquake victim is aided at Sulaimaniyah Hospital on November 12, 2017, in Sulaimaniyah, Iraq. Shwan Mohammed/AFP

The quake took place along a 1,500 kilometer fault line between the Arabia and Eurasia tectonic plates, the USGS says

SULAYMANIYAH, Iraq (Nov. 13, 2017) — A 7.3 magnitude earthquake shook the mountainous Iran-Iraq border late Sunday, November 12, killing at least 36 people and injuring hundreds more, triggering landslides that were hindering the rescue effort, officials said. Continue reading At least 36 killed as strong quake rocks Iran-Iraq border

Trump warns federal help for Puerto Rico not open-ended

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A man cuts a tree uprooted by Hurricane Maria in a street in Yabucoa, in the eastern part of storm-battered Puerto Rico, on September 28, 2017. Photo by Hector Retamal/AFP

Puerto Rico is struggling to recover after Hurricane Maria ripped through the island, leaving 44 people dead and cutting power and running water to much of its population. Its governor this week appealed to Trump for additional federal aid

WASHINGTON, DC, USA (Oct. 13, 2017) — President Donald Trump warned on Thursday, October 12, that his willingness to expend federal aid on hurricane-battered Puerto Rico was not unlimited. Continue reading Trump warns federal help for Puerto Rico not open-ended

Bangladesh to build one of world’s largest refugee camps for 800,000 Rohingya

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Rohingya carry belongings through muddy water in the refugee camp at Cox’s Bazar. Over 500,000 Rohingya have fled into Bangladesh since August. Photograph: Paula Bronstein/Getty Images

Authorities say they will move Rohingya from 23 camps into new refugee zone near Cox’s Bazar close to Myanmar border

October 5, 2017 — Bangladesh on Thursday announced it would build one of the world’s biggest refugee camps to house all the 800,000-plus Rohingya Muslims who have sought asylum from violence in Myanmar. Continue reading Bangladesh to build one of world’s largest refugee camps for 800,000 Rohingya

Trump requests $29 billion for storm-hit Puerto Rico

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TRUMP IN PUERTO RICO. US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump visit residents affected by Hurricane Maria in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico on October 3, 2017. File photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

US President Donald Trump asks for a package that includes $12.77 billion in disaster relief and a $16-billion bailout for a critical flood insurance program

WASHINGTON, DC, USA (Oct. 5, 2017) — US President Donald Trump on Wednesday, October 4, asked Congress for a bumper $29-billion package of emergency relief after Hurricane Maria slammed into Puerto Rico. Continue reading Trump requests $29 billion for storm-hit Puerto Rico

Trump defends Puerto Rico effort, but his tweets draw new criticism

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GONE GOLFING. US President Donald Trump arrives at Morristown Municipal Airport on October 1, 2017 in Morristown, New Jersey, upon his return from Jersey City where he participated in the trophy presentation of the Presidents Cup golf championship. Nicholas Kamm/AFP

The Trump administration sends several top officials onto Sunday talk shows with the message that the relief effort is going well, despite complaints that the federal effort in Puerto Rico has fallen short

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, USA (Oct. 2, 2017) — US President Donald Trump on Sunday, October 1, strenuously defended US efforts to bring relief to storm-battered Puerto Rico, even as one island official said Trump was trying to gloss over “things that are not going well.” Continue reading Trump defends Puerto Rico effort, but his tweets draw new criticism

15 dead in Rohingya boat sinking, UN chief tells Myanmar to end ‘nightmare’

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DEAD. People come to see the boat where Rohingya Muslim refugees were found dead on the shore of Inani beach, near Cox’s Bazar on September 28, 2017. Photo by Fred Dufour/AFP

‘The situation has spiraled into the world’s fastest developing refugee emergency, a humanitarian and human rights nightmare,’ says UN chief Antonio Guterres

COX’S BAZAR, Bangladesh (Sept. 29, 2017) — At least 15 people drowned and scores are feared missing after a boat carrying Rohingya families capsized off Bangladesh Thursday, September 28, as UN chief Antonio Guterres exhorted Myanmar’s leaders to end the refugees’ “nightmare.” Continue reading 15 dead in Rohingya boat sinking, UN chief tells Myanmar to end ‘nightmare’

At least 14 dead as Rohingya boat capsizes off Bangladesh

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The latest disaster comes as a UN visit to Myanmar’s conflict-battered Rakhine state is postponed

COX’S BAZAR, Bangladesh (Sept. 28, 2017) — At least 10 children and 4 women were killed when a boat carrying Rohingya fleeing violence in Myanmar capsized off Bangladesh on Thursday, September 28 as the number of new arrivals topped 500,000. Continue reading At least 14 dead as Rohingya boat capsizes off Bangladesh

UN aid chiefs to access Myanmar’s Rakhine

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RAZED. A burned village is seen from the air near Maungdaw, north of Myanmar’s Rakhine state on September 27, 2017. Stringer/AFP

The United Nations had been demanding access since its humanitarian organizations were forced to pull out of Rakhine when Myanmar’s military launched operations against Rohingya rebels in late August

UNITED NATIONS (Sept. 27, 2017) — Representatives of UN agencies will be permitted to visit Rakhine state in Myanmar on Thursday, September 28, for the first time since the start of a massive exodus of minority Rohingya Muslims. Continue reading UN aid chiefs to access Myanmar’s Rakhine

Trump defends response to Puerto Rico hurricane disaster

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TRYING TO LEAVE. People wait in a line to check flights at Luis Munoz Marin International Airport, in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on September 26, 2017 as some flights are still being rescheduled for one or two weeks. Hector Retamal/AFP

Rejecting accusations Puerto Rico has not received the same level of assistance as storm-hit US states Florida and Texas, Trump says a ‘massive relief effort is underway’

WASHINGTON DC, USA (Sept. 27, 2017) — US President Donald Trump defended the government relief response to hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico on Tuesday, September 26, and promised to visit the island next week. Continue reading Trump defends response to Puerto Rico hurricane disaster