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.


Muslim woman who refused handshake denied French citizenship

Updated 9 min 25 sec ago
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Muslim woman who refused handshake denied French citizenship

  • An Algerian Muslim who refused to shake hands with officials during her citizenship ceremony has been denied a French passport.
  • The government said her behavior showed she was “not assimiliated into the French community”.

Paris: France’s highest administrative court has upheld a decision to deny a French passport to an Algerian Muslim who refused to shake hands with officials during her citizenship ceremony, according to a ruling seen by AFP Thursday.
The woman argued that her “religious beliefs” prevented her from shaking hands with a senior official presiding over the citizenship ceremony in the southeastern Isere region in June 2016, as well as with a local politician.
The government said her behavior showed she was “not assimiliated into the French community” — one of the reasons it can invoke under the civil code to oppose citizenship for the spouse of a French national.
The woman, who has been married to a Frenchman since 2010, appealed the April 2017 decision, calling it an “abuse of power.”
But the Council of State, the court of last appeal in such matters, ruled the government “had not improperly applied” the law.