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US govt bans agencies from using Russian cybersecurity software

The US government has banned federal agencies from using Kaspersky Lab security software, a Russian company, over concerns it may be tied to state-sponsored espionage, reported The Independent. Acting Homeland Security Secretary Elaine Duke has issued a directive given at least six federal agencies a …

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China endorses Myanmar’s crackdown

YANGON: China has endorsed Myanmar’s offensive against Rohingya Muslim insurgents, though the U.N. secretary-general said the operation, which has forced nearly 400,000 people to flee to Bangladesh, was best described as “ethnic cleansing”, reported Reuters. The Myanmar military offensive in the western state of Rakhine …

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Three killed in suicide attack near Kabul cricket stadium: police

KABUL: A suicide bomber killed three people including a policeman and wounded five others after blowing himself up near a cricket stadium in the Afghan capital Kabul on Wednesday, police said. The attacker detonated the bomb after he was stopped at a security checkpoint as …

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UN unanimously backs new sanctions on North Korea

The UN Security Council on Monday unanimously imposed new sanctions on North Korea, slapping a ban on textile exports and restricting shipments of oil products to punish Pyongyang for its sixth and largest nuclear test. With backing from China and Russia, the council adopted a …

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Economic cost of Harvey, Irma could be $290 bn: forecaster

WASHINGTON-UNS : The combined economic cost of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma could reach $290 billion, equivalent to 1.5 percent of the US gross domestic product, US forecaster AccuWeather said in a report on Sunday. “We believe the damage estimate from Irma to be about $100 …

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OIC urges Myanmar to allow probe into Rohingya Muslims’ killings

ASTANA -UNS : The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has demanded the Myanmar government to allow the United Nations Human Rights Council’s fact finding mission to probe into alleged violations of global human rights laws and bring the perpetrators to justice. The OIC members took …

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Bangladesh braces for new surge as Rohingya exodus nears 300,000

DHAKA: Nearly 300,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled Myanmar’s Rakhine state into Bangladesh in the 15 days since new violence erupted and the United Nations is braced for a further surge, officials said Saturday. The exodus figure has jumped about 20,000 in a day and from …

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Indonesians protest violence against Rohingya Muslims

Jakarta -uns: Indonesian Muslims protested outside the Myanmar embassy in Jakarta on Wednesday demanding an end to violence against the country’s Rohingya Muslim minority. Thousands of demonstrators, many in white Islamic robes and skullcaps, walked through the capital’s streets to converge outside the embassy in …

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Pakistan deeply concerned over forced displacement of Rohingya Muslims

ISLAMABAD -UNS/APP: Pakistan is deeply concerned over reports of growing number of deaths and forced displacement of Rohingya Muslims. Foreign Office spokesperson said, such reports, if confirmed, are a source of serious concern and anguish on the eve of Eid-Ul-Azha. Pakistan urges authorities in Myanmar …

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North Korea seems to have conducted sixth nuclear test

SEOUL-UNS: North Korea has appeared to have conducted a sixth nuclear test, reported CNN. Seismological data from the United States Geological Survey (USGS) showed that an explosion caused a 6.3-magnitude tremor in the country’s northeast, not far from the country’s Punggey-ri nuclear test site. South …

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