UN Dispatch: A Pogrom in Myanmar

A massive earthquake struck off the coast of Fukushima, Japan. At time of publication, Tsunamis were bearing down on the coast and residents were being evacuated. Live updates here: http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/

 

Rohingyas flee Myanmar...“Hundreds of Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar crossed the border to Bangladesh over the weekend and on Monday, aid workers said, seeking shelter from escalating violence in the northwest that has killed at least 86 people and displaced some 30,000…Aid workers from other United Nations agencies and Reuters reporters in the IOM camps also reported seeing Rohingyas who said they had recently fled the fighting in Myanmar. The UN workers did not give specific numbers, but expressed concern about a sudden influx of people. The bloodshed is the most serious since hundreds were killed in communal clashes in the western Myanmar state of Rakhine in 2012, and is posing the biggest test yet for the eight-month-old administration of Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi. Soldiers have poured into the area along Myanmar’s frontier with Bangladesh, responding to coordinated attacks on three border posts on Oct. 9 that killed nine police officers. (Reuters https://yhoo.it/2eZAOKe)

 

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Worthwhile Canadian Initiative…Canada announced Monday it plans phase out the use of coal-fired electricity by 2030. The move is in stark contrast to President-elect Donald Trump’s vow to revive the American coal industry. (AP https://yhoo.it/2fLnOXP)

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