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Catholic priest freed in Yemen

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by Mindy Belz
Posted 9/13/17, 12:41 pm

YEMEN: The Rev. Tom Uzhunnalil, the Catholic priest kidnapped in March 2016 during a deadly attack on a Missions of Charity home in Aden, was released by militants with ties to ISIS following coordinated efforts by the Vatican, Saudi officials, and the Sultan of Oman.

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Burmese leader skips UN meeting to focus on crisis

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 9/13/17, 10:36 am

Burmese leader Aung San Suu Kyi canceled plans to attend this week’s meeting of the UN General Assembly amid criticism for her response to ethnic violence in the country. Presidential office spokesman Zaw Htay said Kyi, who officially serves as state counselor and foreign minister, would skip the assembly to address the domestic security issues. Clashes between Rohingya Muslim militants and security forces in Rakhine state last month triggered “clearance” attacks that have now driven at least 370,000 Rohingya out of the country.

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The Bangladesh government on Monday offered a plot of land for a new camp to shelter the nearly 300,000 Rohingya Muslims who have fled Burma, also known as Myanmar. Refugees already have filled up two existing camps in Bangladesh, with many others setting up makeshift settlements along the border. Since the Aug. 25 clashes between Rohingya militants and Myanmar security forces in Rakhine state, approximately 270,000 Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh. Myanmar has long denied the Rohingya Muslims citizenship rights and legal status.

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