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Saudi king approves US military deployment

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MNA International Desk: Saudi Arabia’s king and crown prince have approved the deployment of additional US troops and equipment, after an attack last month on the kingdom’s oil facilities, state news agency SPA reported on Saturday. The United States announced a deployment of about 3,000 troops to the Gulf state, including fighter squadrons, an air expeditionary wing and air defence personnel, amid heightened tensions with Saudi’s arch-rival Iran. President Donald Trump said the Saudis had agreed to pay for the deployment. The SPA report said only that it came in the context of “historic relations and (a) well-established partnership” between ...

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Rights group skeptical that Myanmar’s military seeks justice

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MNA Editorial Desk: Plans announced by Myanmar’s military to prosecute soldiers for actions at a village where security forces reportedly killed as many as 400 members of the Muslim Rohingya minority drew skepticism on Monday from the New York-based rights group Human Rights Watch. The military announced over the weekend that investigations had determined that orders were not properly followed at a village in Rakhine state. It gave no dates or other details of the offence, but said a court martial is being convened to act “in accordance with the military discipline due to the weakness in following the instructions ...

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US imposes sanctions on Myanmar commander in chief over Rohingya abuses

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MNA International Desk: The United States has announced sanctions on the Myanmar military’s Commander-in-Chief Min Aung Hlaing and other military leaders it said were responsible for extrajudicial killings of Rohingya Muslims, barring them from entry to the United States. The steps, which also covered Min Aung Hlaing’s deputy, Soe Win, and two other senior commanders and their families, are the strongest the United States has taken in response to massacres of minority Rohingyas in Myanmar, also known as Burma. It named the two others as Brigadier Generals Than Oo and Aung Aung. “We remain concerned that the Burmese government has ...

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BD’s assistance for military training, agriculture sought by CAR

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MNA International Desk: Central African Republic (CAR) has sought Bangladesh’s cooperation, especially in the fields of military training and agriculture, according to a report on UNB. Central African Republic Defence Minister Marie-Noëlle Koyara sought the cooperation when a goodwill delegation from Bangladesh Army, led by Major General Mohammad Mashud Razzaq, paid a courtesy call on her at her office at Bangui on Friday. During the meeting, Koyara expressed her gratitude and satisfaction over the activities of Bangladesh contingents that have been performing responsibilities under the MINUSCA (Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Central African Republic) since October 2014. “Members of Bangladesh ...

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‘Myanmar builds military bases in Rohingya homes, mosques’

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MNA Exclusive Desk: After driving nearly 700,000 Rohingya Muslims out of the country, Myanmar’s military is building bases where some of their homes and mosques once stood, Amnesty International said on Monday, citing new evidence from satellite imagery. A harsh security response to attacks by Rohingya insurgents on 25 Aug sent members of the mostly stateless minority fleeing to Bangladesh and saw more than 350 villages destroyed by fire in western Myanmar’s Rakhine state. An Amnesty report published on Monday echoed previous ones by saying the remains of some of those villages – and some buildings not previously damaged – ...

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Myanmar’s military officially ended operation in Rakhine state

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MNA Editorial Desk: Myanmar’s military has ended a clearance operation in the country’s troubled Rakhine State, government officials said, reported news agency. The security operation had been under way since nine policemen were killed in attacks on security posts near the Bangladesh border on Oct 9. Almost 69,000 Rohingyas have since fled from Myanmar to Bangladesh, according to UN estimates. The government led by Nobel laureate Suu Kyi has denied almost all allegations of human rights abuses in Rakhine, including mass killings and gang rapes of Rohingya Muslims, and said the operation was a lawful counterinsurgency campaign. Two senior officials ...

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Indonesian military plane crash killed 13

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MNA Internationale Desk: An Indonesian military Hercules C-130 transport plane crashed on Sunday in bad weather in the easternmost province of Papua, killing all 13 people on board. The plane was carrying 12 tons of food supplies and cement from Timika to Wamena, a distance of about 200 kilometers (125 miles), when it crashed just minutes before its scheduled landing, said air force chief of staff Agus Supriatna. The plane was also carrying three pilots and 10 other personnel. The plane was expected to land at 06:13 am local time. Aboard the aircraft were three pilots, eight technicians, a navigator ...

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Additional 250 U.S. military in Syria

U.S. will send an additional 250 military troops in Syria to help the Syrian forces against Islamic State; the new expansion will bring to 300 the number of US forces in non-combat roles in Syria. Obama discussed the Syria crisis with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Hannover on Sunday, the German leader had just returned from a trip to Turkey to see refugee camps along the border. They highlighted on the IS issue in their meeting with world leaders in Saudi Arabia, Great Britain and Germany. In a BBC interview, Obama said only military efforts cannot remove Syria’s “heart-breaking situation ...

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