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Iraqi Kurds await independence vote results

International | International groups warn the referendum could trigger more instability in Iraq
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 9/26/17, 01:43 pm

Iraqi Kurdish officials said more than 70 percent of Kurds showed up to vote in the region’s independence referendum Monday. As the Kurds await the results, the Iraqi government and several other regional leaders have threatened to respond forcefully if the push for independence continues. 

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Another 100,000 Rohingya waiting to cross into Bangladesh

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 9/22/17, 10:06 am

Satellite photos of the Cox’s Bazar region of Bangladesh show the extent of the Rohingya crisis, as more than 420,000 people flee violence in Burma, also known as Myanmar. Photos reveal thousands of temporary shelters scattered over the landscape. One of the images, taken Sept. 16 by Colorado-based DigitalGlobe, shows the Kutupalong refugee camp has quadrupled in size. Elsewhere, refugees are building bamboo structures covered with plastic sheeting to create shelter from the rain. But the United Nations points out that refugees in makeshift shelters lack basic amenities.

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U.S. to give $32 million in aid for Rohingya Muslims

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 9/20/17, 11:41 am

The United States will donate $32 million in humanitarian assistance to Rohingya Muslim refugees fleeing violent clashes in Burma’s Rakhine state, the State Department announced on Wednesday. Officials said the assistance would help provide emergency shelter, food, and healthcare to refugees who have fled into neighboring Bangladesh and internally displaced persons still in Burma, also known as Myanmar.

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