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Private donations outpace government flood relief in India

International | Indian government refuses foreign assistance, including ministry efforts
by Mindy Belz
Posted 8/29/18, 01:44 pm

INDIA: Private donors are stepping up more than the state to provide relief from the worst flooding in a century in Kerala state. Thus far, local and expat Indians—using online and GoFundMe campaigns—have donated $103 million versus the central government’s $85 million (with an estimated $3 billion in damage).

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UN: Myanmar intended genocide for Rohingya

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 8/27/18, 10:47 am

A report by a United Nations fact-finding mission called for prosecution of Myanmar’s top military officials for genocidal attacks against the Rohingya Muslims. The military launched a crackdown against the Rohingya in Rakhine state a year ago that sent about 700,000 people fleeing into neighboring Bangladesh. In the most detailed report yet, the three-member UN mission said it found conclusive evidence that the country’s military carried out abuse that “undoubtedly amounted to the gravest crimes under international law.”

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Brunson remains the focus of U.S.-Turkey feud

International | The NATO ally retaliates with tariffs while a Turkish court refuses to free the American pastor
by Mindy Belz
Posted 8/15/18, 04:18 pm

TURKEY: Ankara raised tariffs on U.S. imports following U.S. sanctions imposed for Turkey’s continued detention of American pastor Andrew Brunson. A Turkish court Wednesday rejected another appeal for Brunson’s release.

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