MIDDLE EAST AND ASIA NEWS
Afghanistan mulls plan to arm 20,000 civilians to fight insurgents. "The Afghan government’s expansion of irregular forces could have enormously dangerous consequences for civilians," said Patricia Gossman, a senior researcher at Human Rights Watch.
To shoot down or not? North Korea launch highlights intercept issues. As US lawmakers demand use of anti-missile technology, experts warn it’ll be dangerous to expose limitations of capabilities to Pyongyang.
‘Textbook example of ethnic cleansing’ — 370,000 Rohingyas flood Bangladesh as crisis worsens Sep 12, 2017 - The Washington Post DHAKA, Bangladesh — The number of Rohingya refugees fleeing a military crackdown in Burma has now topped 370,000, a crisis that the United Nations human rights chief called “a textbook example of ethnic cleansing.” Hundreds of thousands of the long-persecuted ethnic minority continued to stream via land and rickety boats into Bangladesh this week, arriving exhausted, dehydrated …
The Greatest Exodus of Our Time. The emptying of Syria is the biggest forced migration of humanity since the Second World War. Millions of individually shattered lives will reshape the Middle East — and the world beyond — for generations to come
I’m Living Under Marshall Law - here’s what it’s like
Netanyahu convenes political allies as corruption allegations pile up. PM said to be planning media blitz after damning comptroller report and as submarine affair deepens, with other probes ong.oing
Israel, Palestinians reach landmark water deal for West Bank, Gaza. New desalination project is part of wider plan to run water through pipeline from Red Sea down to Dead Sea; US envoy Greenblatt hopes it’s a ‘harbinger of things to come’ - By Raphael Ahren and Melanie Lidman July 13, 2017, 1:42 pm - Source
Abe’s party suffers historic defeat in Tokyo poll, popular governor wins big. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Liberal Democratic Party suffered an historic defeat in an election in the Japanese capital on Sunday, signaling trouble ahead for the premier, who has suffered from slumping support because of a favoritism …
Thailand to impose 20-year national strategy on future governments - By Southeast Asia correspondent - Posted June 23, 2017 17:11:28" - Thailand will begin drafting a 20-year national strategy that critics say will give the military power to control future governments and push through sweeping reforms
About 4,000 more US troops to go to Afghanistan a Trump administration official said Thursday, hoping to break a stalemate in a war that has now passed to a third U.S. commander in chief. The deployment will be the largest of American manpower under Donald Trump’s young presidency.
13 Philippine marines killed in fighting with militants< American spy planes are helping Filipino troops quell a nearly three-week siege by Muslim militants in a southern city where 13 Philippine marines were killed in the biggest single-day loss for government forces, officials said Saturday.
At least six people have died since the cyclone, dubbed Mora, made landfall early Tuesday morning between the cities of Chittagong and Cox’ Bazar and is heading north, authorities in the capital Dhaka said.