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Bangladesh PM urges UN to protect Rohingya.

Bangladesh's prime minister has urged the United Nations to protect Rohingya Muslims, a persecuted ethnic minority fleeing neighboring Myanmar. Sheikh Hasina made the call in a speech to the UN General Assembly on Thursday. Her country is sheltering Rohingya who fled Myanmar's western state of Rakhine amid clashes between the country's security forces and Rohingya militants. Hasina accused Myanmar of laying land mines near the border to prevent those who have fled to Bangladesh from returning.

Mexico races to save 12-year-old girl as quake toll hits 237.

Rescuers labored against the odds as dawn broke on Thursday to save a 12-year-old schoolgirl and other possible survivors trapped beneath crumpled buildings in central Mexico following the country's deadliest earthquake in 32 years.

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Donald Trump's speech at the UN General Assembly earns condemnation from Iran and North Korea.

President Hassan Rouhani of Iran in a speech to the UN General Assembly, hit back at Donald Trump over the US president's criticisms of his country and its 2015 nuclear deal. In his debut speech to the UN on Tuesday, President Trump included Iran among a "small group of rogue regimes". He described the nuclear deal as an "embarrassment" to the United States. Mr Rouhani responded by referring to "a rogue newcomer to international politics" and denied his country would be the first to violate the agreement. He also said "Iran would "respond decisively and resolutely to its violation by any party".

Children killed at collapsed primary school in Mexico earthquake

At least 21 children and five adults died at a primary school which collapsed in Mexico City during Tuesday's quake, the government says.The shallow, 7.1 magnitude quake killed at least 223 people in total and caused major damage across states in the center of the country.Desperate searches for survivors under the rubble are continuing.

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Bangladeshi Prime Minister says Myanmar must take back Rohingya Refugees

Bangladesh's Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has issued a new call for Myanmar to take back some 420,000 Rohingya Muslims who have fled violence. The Bangladeshi prime minister said Dhaka was making diplomatic efforts to persuade Myanmar to take back the refugees, but the Myanmar government is not responding to the calls and is even laying landmines along the border to stop the Rohingyas returning to their homeland.

Strong earthquake topples buildings, killing hundreds in Mexico

A strong earthquake has struck central Mexico, killing more than 100 people and toppling dozens of buildings in the capital, Mexico City. Rescue workers are searching for survivors buried under rubble and officials warn the death toll may rise. The 7.1 magnitude quake caused damage in Morelos and Puebla states and in Mexico State. It struck while many people took part in an earthquake drill exactly 32 years after a quake killed thousands. The country is prone to earthquakes and earlier this month an 8.1 magnitude tremor in the south left at least 90 dead.

Hillary Clinton leaves question mark over 2016 election legitimacy

Hillary Clinton says she would not "rule out" questioning the legitimacy of the US presidential election, if Russia is found to have deeply meddled.  US intelligence agencies believe Russia tried to tip the election in favour of President Donald Trump. The day after her 2016 election defeat, Hillary Clinton told a crowd of supporters that "they must accept the results and then look to the future".  Needless to say, there is a big uncertainty as to whether clear evidence of Russian interference can be proven and that is a bridge that will likely never be crossed in the minds of many Americans.

US warns North Korea will be "destroyed" if threats continue

US president Donald Trump and South Korean president Moon Jae-In, over a telephone conversation on Saturday, pledged stronger pressure on North Korea, adding that the North must be made to realize that "further provocation" would put it on "a path of collapse." The UN Security Council imposed a new set of sanctions, but their impact depends largely on whether China, Pyongyang's ally and economic partner will fully implement them and on Russia, which is hosting tens of thousands of North Korean workers. Washington's ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, kept up the rhetorical pressure asserting that if North Korea should pose a serious threat to the US or its allies, it will be "destroyed." She added that Trump's earlier warning that he would rain "fire and fury" was not an empty threat.

North Korea says sanctions will accelerate nuclear programme.

North Korea has warned that more sanctions and pressure will only make it accelerate its nuclear programme. In a strongly worded statement, Pyongyang called a new set of UN sanctions "the most vicious, unethical and inhumane act of hostility". Meanwhile, the presidents of the US and China committed to "maximising pressure" on the North through vigorous enforcement of UN resolutions.

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Caribbean braced for major new hurricane

A strengthening Hurricane Maria swirled toward the eastern Caribbean early today, with forecasters warning it probably would be a major storm by the time it passed through the already battered Leeward Islands later in the day. Maria grew into a hurricane yesterday, and forecasters said it was expected to become much stronger over the next 48 hours following a path that would take it near many of the islands devastated by Hurricane Irma. A hurricane watch is now in effect for Puerto Rico, the US and British Virgin Islands, St Martin, St Barts, Saba, St Eustatius and Anguilla. The US National Hurricane Center said that Maria had sustained winds of 145 kilometres per hour yesterday.(web)

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