UN chief says violence against Myanmar’s Rohingyas must end

Young Rohingya Muslim refugees look on through a temporary bamboo barricade at the Thankhali refugee camp in Bangladesh's Ukhia district on November 10, 2017. More than 600,000 Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh since late August carrying accounts of murder, rape and arson at the hands of Myanmar's powerful army during a military crackdown dubbed as "ethnic cleansing" by the UN. (AFP / Dibyangshu Sarkar)
Updated 10 November 2017
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UN chief says violence against Myanmar’s Rohingyas must end

UNITED NATIONS: Secretary-General Antonio Guterres says it is “an absolutely essential priority” to stop all violence against Myanmar’s Rohingya Muslims, allow them to return to their homes, and determine their legal status.
The UN chief told reporters Friday that the UN is also insisting on “unhindered humanitarian access” to all areas of northern Rakhine State, where more than 600,000 Rohingyas lived before fleeing to Bangladesh.
The latest violence began with a series of attacks Aug. 25 by Rohingya insurgents. Myanmar security forces responded with a scorched-earth campaign against Rohingya villages that the UN and human rights groups have called disproportionate and a campaign of ethnic cleansing.
Guterres called the situation “an immense tragedy,” saying that the “levels of violence and the atrocities committed are something that we cannot be silent about.”


Attacks on police in Chechnya injure several soldiers, Daesh propaganda channel claims responsibility

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Attacks on police in Chechnya injure several soldiers, Daesh propaganda channel claims responsibility

  • One assailant attempted a suicide bombing but failed
  • Two policemen were wounded in the town of Shali, and several traffic police officers sustained injuries in capital Grozny

MOSCOW: Armed assailants attacked policemen in various locations in the Russian republic of Chechnya on Monday, the region’s leader said, adding that several officers sustained injuries.
One assailant attempted a suicide bombing but failed, Chechen strongman Ramzan Kadyrov said.
Two policemen were wounded in the town of Shali, and several traffic police officers sustained injuries in capital Grozny, Kadyrov wrote on his official Telegram social networking account.
“The bandits have been neutralized,” he added.
Kadyrov, who was visiting Saudi Arabia on Monday, said extremist propaganda that “confuses the young men” was to blame for the assaults.
“The situation in Grozny and Chechnya is absolutely calm,” he said.
Police in the North Caucasus region said two men armed with knives attempted to enter the Shali district police department and “inflicted wounds on two police employees on duty” before being shot dead.
Daesh claimed responsibility for the attacks, the SITE monitoring group reported, citing the extremists’ main propaganda agency Amaq.
“Fighters from Daesh attacked Chechen police officers and elements in Grozny and Shali in Mesker-Yurt,” Amaq said, according to SITE. Officials in Russia confirmed that several policemen were injured. No official confirmation of Daesh’s responsibility has been given.
Chechnya’s interior minister Ruslan Alkhanov said the assailants “attempted to destabilize the situation in Chechnya” but have been stopped. He said no officers were killed.