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UN calls on Suu Kyi to visit crisis-hit Rakhine

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YANGON, Dec 9, 2016- The UN has urged Myanmar's de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi to visit northern Rakhine state, where the army is accused of carrying out a brutal crackdown on the Muslim Rohingya minority.

The Nobel peace prize winner has faced growing international criticism for not stopping the military's campaign, which has pushed more than 20,000 Rohingya over the border to neighbouring country, bringing tales of mass rape, murder and arson. 

The crackdown was launched in...

Pakistan opens probe into deadly plane crash that killed 47

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Pakistan, Dec 8 (AP) - Pakistani military helicopters on Thursday ferried remains of plane crash victims to the capital, Islamabad, as aviation authorities said they opened a probe into the crash that killed 47 passengers and crew the day before in the country's northwest.
The small...

Assad supporters see domino effect in Aleppo govt win

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Aleppo shakes with explosions and gunfire day and night in both the government- and rebel-held sides of the divided Syrian city. But for supporters of President Bashar Assad, there is a growing sense of imminent victory.
If the city's rebel-held sector falls, many see a domino effect across the...

Trump chooses hardliners but talks softer on immigration

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Donald Trump embraced new Cabinet officers Wednesday whose backgrounds suggest he's primed to put tough actions behind his campaign rhetoric on immigration and the environment, even as he seemed to soften his yearlong stance on immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally as children.
It's clearer by...

Renzi quits; search on for new leader to guide Italy to vote

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Rome, Dec 8 (AP) - Italian Premier Matteo Renzi resigned Wednesday evening, his self-inflicted penalty for staking his job on constitutional changes voters resoundingly rejected earlier in the week. He will stay in a caretaker's role at the request of Italy's president until a new government can...

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