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Myanmar’s Suu Kyi hopes to strike a deal with Bangladesh this week on Rohingya repatriation

After addressing the 13th Asia Europe Meeting yesterday, Myanmar's de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi today hoped to strike a deal with Bangladesh by the end of this week with regard to the “safe and voluntary return” of Rohingya Muslims who fled to Bangladesh in the past three months. She hopes that the discussions would result in a Memorandum of Understanding which would enable Myanmar to start the Rohingya repatriation process. Her less than two-year old civilian government has faced heavy international criticism for its response to the crisis, although in reality it has no control over the military generals with whom it had to share power since Myanmar's transition to power after decades of military rule.

Zimbabwe's ruling party is set to begin impeachment proceedings against President Robert Mugabe.

Zimbabwe's ruling Zanu-PF party is set to begin impeachment proceedings against President Robert Mugabe on charges that include allowing his wife "to usurp constitutional power". The motion is now due to be presented to parliament on Tuesday.

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Rare Tintin art fetches 500,000 dollars at Paris auction

A rare Indian-ink drawing of the cartoon character Tintin and his faithful dog Snowy has been sold for almost 500,000 US dollars at an auction in Paris. The picture from the 1939 comic album “King Ottokar's Sceptre” was among the many items sketched by Hergé, the Belgian artist who created The Adventures of Tintin.

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Zimbabwe's Mugabe 'resists calls to resign'

Zimbabwe's long-time President Robert Mugabe is reportedly refusing to step down immediately, despite growing calls for his resignation. The 93-year-old was put under house arrest during a military takeover on Wednesday, amid a power struggle over who would succeed him.

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Da Vinci artwork sells for a record price of 450 million dollars

A 500-year-old painting of Jesus Christ believed to have been painted by Leonardo da Vinci has been sold in New York for a record price of 450 million dollars.

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War between Iran & Saudi Arabia could send oil to $300 per barrel & impoverish the world

An armed conflict between Riyadh and Tehran would have a major impact on oil markets and the global economy. RT asked experts what a war between the two Middle East superpowers would mean for crude prices. If a conflict happens, oil prices could increase 500 percent. “Energy prices will seriously depend on the severity of the conflict. Let's remember the unrecognized Iraqi Kurdistan, which in a state of continuous war exported about 550,000 barrels per day through Turkey.

Iran-Iraq earthquake: Rouhani vows action over collapsed buildings

 

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani has vowed to "find the culprits" responsible for buildings collapsing in a 7.3-magnitude earthquake on Sunday. He suggested that government-built buildings had collapsed while privately-built ones remained standing. As he spoke in the worst-affected city, Sarpol-e Zahab, he gestured to two buildings, one of which had collapsed while the other had not. More than 400 people were killed and close to 8,000 injured in the quake.

Japanese architect to win “Mother Teresa award”

Architect Shigeru Ban has become the first Japanese to receive the Mother Teresa Memorial Award for Social Justice. The award is given by the Harmony Foundation in India to honour individuals and groups promoting peace, harmony and social justice.

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Parliament to get binding vote on final Brexit deal

Parliament is to be given a take-it-or leave-it vote on the final Brexit deal before the UK leaves the EU.
Brexit Secretary David Davis said the terms of the UK's exit, such as money, citizen rights and any transition must become law via a new Act of Parliament.Labour welcomed a "climbdown" but some MPs warned of a "sham" if ministers could not be asked to renegotiate.Sources have told the BBC some Tory rebels were unimpressed, with one saying the promise was "meaningless".

Iran hunts for survivors as quake kills 300 near Iraq border

Iranian rescue workers dug through rubble in a hunt for survivors after a major earthquake struck the Iran-Iraq border, killing more than 300 and injuring thousands. The 7.3-magnitude quake hit a border area 30 kilometres southwest of Halabja in Iraqi Kurdistan last night.  The worst affected areas were in Iran's western province of Kermanshah, where at least 328 people were dead and another 2,350 were injured. Across the border in Iraq, where the areas are more sparsely populated, the Iraqi health ministry said that eight people had died and several hundred have been injured. Iran's emergency services say that it is difficult to send rescue teams to the villages because the roads have been cut off due to aftermath landslides.

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