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Myanmar social media anger after Pope uses ‘Rohingya’ word

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VIVA IL PAPA. Pope Francis waves to the Catholic faithful as he arrives at the stadium where he is scheduled to say mass in Yangon on November 29, 2017. Lilian Suwanrumpha/AFP

Myanmar’s Catholic church earlier advised Francis not to stray into the incendiary issue of the status of the Rohingya in Myanmar, in case he worsened tensions and endangered Christians

YANGON, Myanmar (Dec. 3, 2017) — Pope Francis’s embrace of the Rohingya during a trip to Bangladesh has sparked some angry comment on social media in Myanmar, where just days earlier he chose not to publicly air their plight. Continue reading Myanmar social media anger after Pope uses ‘Rohingya’ word

Pope heads to Myanmar and into Rohingya crisis

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DEPARTURE. Pope Francis boards a plane to Yangon on November 26, 2017 at Rome’s Fiumicino airport. Alberto Pizzoli/AFP

Pope Francis will arrive in Myanmar hoping to encourage efforts to contain a crisis that has seen many of the Rohingya, a Muslim ethnic minority in the mostly Buddhist Myanmar, forced from their homes

ROME, Italy (Nov. 27, 2017) — Pope Francis set off Sunday, November 26, on his 21st and possibly most delicate overseas trip yet, a 6-day visit to Myanmar and Bangladesh against the backdrop of the unfolding Rohingya refugee crisis. Continue reading Pope heads to Myanmar and into Rohingya crisis

Myanmar not yet safe for Rohingya refugee return, says UN

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NOWHERE TO GO. A young Rohingya refugee looks on in Hakimpara refugee camp in the Bangladeshi district of Ukhia on November 24, 2017. Photo by Munir Uz Zaman/AFP

‘At present, conditions in Myanmar’s Rakhine State are not in place to enable safe and sustainable returns,’ says UNHCR

GENEVA, Switzerland (Nov. 25, 2017) — Conditions for Rohingya refugees to safely return to Myanmar from Bangladesh are not in place, the UN said Friday, November 24, a day after the two countries announced repatriation would begin in two months. Continue reading Myanmar not yet safe for Rohingya refugee return, says UN

German Greens reveal coal phase-out red line for joining government

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Open pit mine and power plant (Photo: Deposit Photos)

The Green Party will only join a coalition promising to close at least 7GW of coal power capacity by 2020, its lawmakers say, as Germany likely faces another election

November 23, 2017 — Germany’s Green Party has made the closure of seven gigawatts (GW) of coal power a deal-breaker if it is to enter government, a key negotiator has said. Continue reading German Greens reveal coal phase-out red line for joining government

US environment chief signs draft rollback on Obama climate plan

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In this file photo, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt speaks during a briefing at the White House June 2, 2017 in Washington, DC. Brendan Smialowski/AFP

Repealing the Clean Power Plan (CPP) was a campaign promise by President Donald Trump and follows his decision in June to withdraw from the 2015 Paris agreement

WASHINGTON DC, USA (Oct. 11, 2017) — The head of the United States Environmental Protection Agency signed on Tuesday, October 10, a draft decision to roll back Obama-era measures to counter climate change. Continue reading US environment chief signs draft rollback on Obama climate plan

Trump tells Puerto Rico to be ‘proud’ of low storm toll

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US President Donald Trump takes part in a food and supply distribution at the Cavalry Chapel in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico on October 3, 2017. Mandel Ngan/AFP

Trump rallies disaster management workers telling them they ‘can be very proud’ of their response

GUAYNABO, Puerto Rico, USA (Oct. 4, 2017) — US President Donald Trump shook hands with storm survivors in Puerto Rico Tuesday, October 3, and told them to be “proud” the island did not lose more lives to Hurricane Maria, on a trip designed to quiet criticism of his administration’s response to the disaster. Continue reading Trump tells Puerto Rico to be ‘proud’ of low storm toll

Spain in crisis after police violence in Catalan vote

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IN PROTEST. People shout slogans as they wave Catalan pro-independence ‘Estelada’ flags during a protest in Barcelona on October 2, 2017 a day after hundreds were injured in a police crackdown during Catalonia’s banned independence referendum. Pierre-Philippe Marcou/AFP

Spain comes under international pressure to resolve a spiraling crisis with its Catalan region after a banned independence referendum was marred by shocking scenes of police violence

MADRID, Spain (Oct. 3, 2017) — Spain came under international pressure Monday, October 2, to resolve a spiraling crisis with its Catalan region after a banned independence referendum was marred by shocking scenes of police violence. Continue reading Spain in crisis after police violence in Catalan vote

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

Aid shipment blocked as Rohingya humanitarian crisis deepens

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SEEKING SHELTER. Mujibur Rahman (R), a Rohingya father of 10, carries his belongings, after being evicted with his family, while searching for a place to build a new makeshift shelter at the refugee camp of Kutupalung in the Bangladeshi locality of Ukhia on September 20, 2017. Photo by Dominique Faget/AFP

Communal tensions remain high across Rakhine. Raids by Rohingya militants at the end of last month spark a massive army crackdown, driving more than 420,000 people into Bangladesh in what the UN calls a campaign of ‘ethnic cleansing.’

SITTWE, Myanmar (Sept. 22, 2017) — An attack on an aid shipment in Myanmar’s violence-wracked Rakhine state and a deadly Red Cross truck crash in Bangladesh on Thursday, September 21, hampered desperately needed relief efforts for Rohingya Muslims fleeing persecution. Continue reading Aid shipment blocked as Rohingya humanitarian crisis deepens

Bangladesh PM says Myanmar must take back Rohingya

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CROSSING OVER. Rohingya refugees from Myanmar’s Rakhine state arrive near the Khanchon border crossing near the Bangaldeshi town of Teknaf on September 5, 2017. K M Asad/AFP

Sheikh Hasina also calls for greater international pressure on Myanmar over the new crisis which has unfolded in the past three weeks, media reports says

DHAKA, Bangladesh (Sept. 21, 2017) — Bangladesh’s Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has issued a new call for Myanmar to take back the some 420,000 Rohingya Muslims who have fled violence in the Buddhist-dominated country. Continue reading Bangladesh PM says Myanmar must take back Rohingya