Indonesia’s rescue of Rohingya refugees at sea is a reminder of an ordeal that began in Myanmar

Indonesia’s rescue of Rohingya refugees at sea is a reminder of an ordeal that began in Myanmar

Saturday, 23 March 2024 | AP | bangkok

A dramatic story of survival and rescue off the western coast of Indonesia’s Aceh province has put the spotlight again on the plight of ethnic Rohingya Muslim refugees from Myanmar who make extremely dangerous voyages across the Indian Ocean to seek better lives. Desperate survivors were pulled to safety from their...

Indonesia’s defence minister, accused of abuses under dictatorship, declared election winner

Friday, 22 March 2024 | AP | jakarta

Indonesian Defence Minister Prabowo Subianto was announced the winner of the presidential election in the world’s third-largest democracy on Wednesday over two former governors who vow to contest the result in court over alleged irregularities. Subianto, who was accused of abuses under the past dictatorship and chose the son of the...

SL Speaker survives no-trust vote

Friday, 22 March 2024 | PTI | Colombo

(): Sri Lanka’s Parliament Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena on Thursday survived an opposition-sponsored no-trust motion, the first of its kind in the island nation’s history. Abeywardena won with 117 against (the motion) and 75 for in the vote held in the 225-member Assembly. The main opposition Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB) moved...

Vietnam’s vice president becomes interim prez

Friday, 22 March 2024 | AP | Hanoi

(): Vietnam’s Vice President Vo Thi Anh Xuan will serve as acting president after the previous president’s resignation a year into the position, a Communist Party newspaper reported on Thursday. Analysts said a permanent candidate was unlikely to be selected soon, underscoring the growing concerns among foreign investors about political...

Dozens of Rohingya rescued after night on hull of capsized boat

Friday, 22 March 2024 | AP | Meulaboh

An Indonesian search and rescue ship on Thursday located a capsized wooden boat that had been carrying dozens of Rohingya Muslim refugees, and began pulling survivors who had been standing on its hull to safety. An AP photographer aboard the rescue ship said 10 people had been taken aboard local...

Pakistan does not want ‘armed conflict’ with Af, Khawaja Asif

Friday, 22 March 2024 | PTI | islamabad

Pakistan’s Defence Minister Khawaja Asif has said that Islamabad does not want an “armed conflict” with Afghanistan, days after Pakistani air force jets carried out air strikes against terrorists in the border regions of Khost and Paktika inside the neighbouring country. “Force is the last resort. We do not want to...

‘Pak facing terrible threat of terrorism’

Friday, 22 March 2024 | PTI | Washington

Pakistan is facing a terrible threat of terrorism as areas along its border with Afghanistan have witnessed a multi-fold increase in terrorist activities, a top Biden Administration official has said. During a Congressional hearing on Pakistani elections on Wednesday, Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia Donald Lu told...

Cash-strapped Pak seeking 24th bailout, IMF confirms

Friday, 22 March 2024 | PTI | islamabad

Announ­c­ing the staff-level agreement on the successful completion of the existing short-term facility, the IMF has confirmed that cash-strapped Pakistan is seeking a 24th medium-term bailout package for a permanent push towards longstanding structural reforms. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) in its end-of-mission statement on Wednesday said the cash-strapped country “expressed...

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