Malaysia’s leader says Rohingya not just a Myanmar issue

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak (L) and Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi (R) listen to an address as they attend the New Colombo Plan Reception at the ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations)-Australia special summit being held in Sydney on March 17, 2018. (Dan Himbrechts/POOL/AFP)
Updated 17 March 2018
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Malaysia’s leader says Rohingya not just a Myanmar issue

SYDNEY: Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak says the displacement of Rohingya Muslims is no longer solely a domestic issue for Myanmar, as Southeast Asian nations signed a counterterrorism cooperation agreement at a regional leaders’ conference.
Najib made his comments on Saturday at a meeting of the 10 members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations that is being hosted by Australia. The meeting has been marked by protests against Myanmar.
In a rare departure from the grouping’s policy of non-interference in the affairs of fellow member nations, Najib said Rohingya fleeing from alleged persecution are a prime target for radicalization from the Daesh group.
Leaders signed the memorandum of understanding on counterterrorism, at a time of increased risk due to militants fleeing Islamic State losses in the Middle East.


13 young miners feared dead in India’s remote northeast

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13 young miners feared dead in India’s remote northeast

  • Digging in the mine was banned four years ago, but illegal and unsafe activity by private landowners and the local community is rife
  • Rescuers would be able to reach those missing only after the water has been pumped out of the mine

GAUHATI, India: Police say 13 young miners are missing and feared dead following the collapse of a shaft and flooding of a coal mine they were illegally digging in India’s remote northeast.
The police control room says that efforts are being made to pump out water from the mine in Meghalaya state where the flooding took place two days ago.
Police said the digging in the mine was banned four years ago, but illegal and unsafe activity by private landowners and the local community is rife.
The police said rescuers would be able to reach those missing only after the water has been pumped out of the mine.
Demand for coal has increased in energy-hungry India. Coal mafia operations in mining areas have led to accidents.
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