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Myanmar police raid protest district as World Bank halts some payments

Myanmar police raid protest district as World Bank halts some payments

Myanmar police launched a crackdown overnight in a Yangon district after breaking up a protest to oppose a military appointed local official, as the World Bank halted payments to projects in the country that were made after the Feb 1 coup.

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Brazil's Covid-19 death toll passes 250,000: health ministry

Brazil's Covid-19 death toll passes 250,000: health ministry

RIO DE JANEIRO - Brazil's death toll from Covid-19 surpassed a quarter-million Thursday, a year after the first case was confirmed in the country, which is struggling with vaccine shortages and a devastating second wave.

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Asean ministers plan Myanmar talks Tuesday

Asean foreign ministers are preparing to hold a special meeting on Tuesday to discuss the political crisis in Myanmar, Asean diplomatic sources said on Friday.

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Asean ministers plan Myanmar talks Tuesday
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'Blanket of sadness' covers conflict-hit Tigray capital

MEKELE (ETHIOPIA) - For nearly two decades, the hilltop museum flanked by weeping willow trees showcased the military might of the Tigray region's ruling party, which dominated Ethiopian politics for decades.

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'Blanket of sadness' covers conflict-hit Tigray capital
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Israel charges Arab citizen with spying for Hamas

JERUSALEM - Israel's Shin Bet security agency said Friday it has arrested an Israeli Arab with family ties to Gaza for allegedly passing missile defence information to the Palestinian territory's Hamas rulers.

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Israel charges Arab citizen with spying for Hamas
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Turkmen leader recognises dog breed with state holiday

ASHGABAT (TURKMENISTAN) - Turkmenistan's authoritarian ruler has recognised a national dog breed with a state holiday, government media reported Friday, elevating the canine to the same status as the gas-rich country's beloved horses.

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Turkmen leader recognises dog breed with state holiday
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Eritrean troops killed 'hundreds' in Ethiopia massacre: Amnesty

NAIROBI - Eritrean soldiers fighting across the border in Ethiopia's northern Tigray region killed hundreds of people in a massacre last year in a likely crime against humanity, Amnesty International said Friday.

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Eritrean troops killed 'hundreds' in Ethiopia massacre: Amnesty
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US to release report fingering Saudi prince in Khashoggi murder

WASHINGTON - The US director of national intelligence is expected to release a damning report Friday that fingers Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for the brutal murder and dismemberment of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi in October 2018.

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US to release report fingering Saudi prince in Khashoggi murder
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Japan's android pets ease virus isolation

TOKYO: Nami Hamaura says she feels less lonely working from home thanks to her singing companion Charlie, one of a new generation of cute and clever Japanese robots whose sales are booming in the pandemic.

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Japan's android pets ease virus isolation
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Myanmar police raid protest district as World Bank halts some payments

Myanmar police launched a crackdown overnight in a Yangon district after breaking up a protest to oppose a military appointed local official, as the World Bank halted payments to projects in the country that were made after the Feb 1 coup.

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Myanmar police raid protest district as World Bank halts some payments
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US strikes 'Iranian-backed militant' site in Syria: Pentagon

WASHINGTON - The US military struck facilities in eastern Syria used by Iran-backed armed groups Thursday, saying President Joe Biden's new administration was sending Tehran a message after recent rocket attacks on US troop locations in Iraq.

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US strikes 'Iranian-backed militant' site in Syria: Pentagon
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Myanmar's civil servant strikes start to bite

YANGON - Public hospitals are deserted. Government offices left dark. And the trains don't leave the stations.

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Myanmar's civil servant strikes start to bite