Category: International

Norway probes child sex abuse cases at refugee centres

REF: Norwegian police say they are investigating “several” cases of children suffering from sexual abuse at asylum-seekers’ reception centers in the country.

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Axel Wilhelm Due, from the National Criminal Investigation Services, told The Associated Press news agency on Tuesday that the abuse cases were reported to authorities towards the end of last year, without providing specific figures.

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UN Security Council condemns N Korea rocket launch

REF: The UN Security Council strongly condemned North Korea’s rocket launch and said it would speed up work on a sanctions resolution “in response to these dangerous and serious violations.”

 

The statement on Sunday was adopted by China, Pyongyang’s ally, and the 14 other council members during an emergency meeting called after Pyongyang said it had put a satellite into orbit with a rocket launch.

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Zika virus infection ‘through sex’ reported in US

REF: A rare case of the Zika virus being transmitted through sex, not a mosquito bite, has been reported in the US.

 

A patient infected in Dallas, Texas, is likely to have been infected by sexual contact, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) told the BBC.

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Israeli forces and settlers besiege Hebron

REF: Israeli troops raided the offices of an activist group that monitors human rights violations by Israeli military forces and Jewish settlers, and took over homes in neighbouring districts, a rights group and residents told Al Jazeera.

 

“The area is besieged,” Issa Amro, coordinator ofYouth Against Settlements in the Old City of Hebron, told Al Jazeera by telephone on Saturday.

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Booths packed as Myanmar votes in historic election

REF: Yangon, Myanmar – Voting is under way in Myanmar’s parliamentary election, the first openly contested poll in 25 years, which could determine if the military-backed ruling party will hold on to power, or lose to the opposition led by pro-democracy campaigner Aung San Suu Kyi.

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Amid allegations of voting irregularities, around 30 million voters will cast their ballots on Sunday, and pick from among the 6,065 candidates to fill the two houses of the national parliament and regional assemblies.

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Taiwan and China leaders to meet for the first time

REF: Taiwan’s President Ma Ying-jeou will meet his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping in Singapore on Saturday, in what will be the first meeting between leaders from the two rival nations since the end of a civil war in 1949.

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The two presidents will “exchange views on cross-strait issues” Ma’s spokesman Charles Chen said on Tuesday, referring to the stretch of water separating mainland China and Taiwan.

 

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Judging the threat of al-Shabab in Africa

REF: Al-Shabab fighters in Somalia have struck again – managing to evade security measures to stage an attack in downtown Mogadishu.

 

Their target, yet again, a hotel popular with government leaders and members of parliament.Al-Shabab have waged a relentless war against the government since being forced from the capital.

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Rescuers race to reach Pakistan-Afghanistan quake zones

REF: Rescuers have rushed to deliver relief aid to victims of a magnitude 7.5 earthquake that hit northern Afghanistan and Pakistan, killing more than 300 people over a wide swath of mostly mountainous terrain.

 

Thousands spent the night outdoors in near-freezing temperatures reluctant to go back inside for fear of aftershocks, Pakistani media reported on Tuesday.

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Deadly attack hits bus station in southern Israel

REF: One Israeli soldier has died of his wounds and at least 11 people, including four soldiers, have been injured in an attack on a bus station in southern Israel, police said, describing the incident as a shooting and stabbing attack.

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Following the attack on Sunday evening, police opened fire on two people at the station in Beersheba, killing an alleged Palestinian attacker and injuring a man of Eritrean origin.

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Why is Obama changing his mind on Afghanistan?

REF: There have been mixed reactions to the latest decision by US President Barack Obama on Afghanistan. On Thursday, he broke a campaign promise to pull out all US forces from the war-torn country before he leaves office.

 

Now, the remaining troops in Afghanistan will remain there well after he leaves the White House. Afghan President Ashraf Ghani reportedly asked Obama to keep the troops in his country when they met in Washington earlier this year.

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