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A top-secret meeting in North Korea

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by Mindy Belz
Posted 4/18/18, 11:32 am

NORTH KOREA: CIA Director and Secretary of State–designate Mike Pompeo made a top-secret trip to North Korea over Easter weekend to meet with leader Kim Jong Un, the highest-level meeting between the two countries since 2000.

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Photos show Myanmar razed Rohingya villages to the ground

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 2/23/18, 10:51 am

The Myanmar government used bulldozers to clear out at least 55 Rohingya Muslim villages in an operation that could destroy evidence of abuse against the minority group, Human Rights Watch reported Friday. The satellite images, provided by Colorado-based DigitalGlobe, showed the villages void of structures and vegetation. Security forces in Myanmar, also known as Burma, launched a clearance operation in August that sent about 700,000 Rohingya fleeing into neighboring Bangladesh. Satellite imagery at the time showed authorities initially torched the majority of the Rohingya villages.

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Myanmar to resettle 6,000 stranded Rohingya

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 2/21/18, 10:27 am

Myanmar on Tuesday agreed with Bangladesh to resettle more than 6,000 Rohingya Muslims stranded between the two countries since the Myanmar military began clearance operations in August. The unrest has sent about 700,000 Rohingya fleeing Myanmar, also known as Burma, into Bangladesh, but thousands of others remain at the Tombru border crossing. Bangladesh Relief and Refugee Commissioner Abul Kalam confirmed Myanmar would settle the refugees and noted the process must be voluntary. “The refugees told us they want to go back and get settled in their homes,” Kalam said.

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