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ASEAN must not turn a blind eye to plight of Rohingya, groups say

ASEAN must not turn a blind eye to plight of Rohingya, groups sayHuman rights groups on Wednesday called on Southeast Asian leaders to rethink their approach to the Rohingya refugee crisis ahead of a regional summit in Bangkok this week. Myanmar regards Rohingya Muslims as illegal migrants from the Indian subcontinent and has confined tens of thousands to camps in its western Rakhine State since violence swept the area in 2012. More than 700,000 Rohingya crossed into Bangladesh in 2017, according to U.N. agencies, after a crackdown by Myanmar's military sparked by Rohingya insurgent attacks on the security forces.



ASEAN must not turn a blind eye to plight of Rohingya, groups say

ASEAN must not turn a blind eye to plight of Rohingya, groups sayHuman rights groups on Wednesday called on Southeast Asian leaders to rethink their approach to the Rohingya refugee crisis ahead of a regional summit in Bangkok this week. Myanmar regards Rohingya Muslims as illegal migrants from the Indian subcontinent and has confined tens of thousands to camps in its western Rakhine State since violence swept the area in 2012. More than 700,000 Rohingya crossed into Bangladesh in 2017, according to U.N. agencies, after a crackdown by Myanmar's military sparked by Rohingya insurgent attacks on the security forces.



FOREX-Dollar near 2-week high as investors wait for Fed after dovish ECB

FOREX-Dollar near 2-week high as investors wait for Fed after dovish ECBThe euro hovered near two-week lows against the dollar on Wednesday as investors waited to see if the U.S. Federal Reserve would follow the lead of the European Central Bank and sound as dovish on future interest rate cuts and stimulus. ECB President Mario Draghi's about-face on easing on Tuesday fuelled talk of a worldwide wave of central bank stimulus, firing up stocks, bonds and commodities, although currency moves were smaller. The Fed is scheduled to release its monetary policy statement at 1800 GMT, followed by a press conference by Chairman Jerome Powell shortly after.



Housebuilders support FTSE 100 after Berkeley earnings

Housebuilders support FTSE 100 after Berkeley earningsLondon's main bourse inched higher on Wednesday, helped by better than expected numbers from housebuilder Berkeley and a surge in Clydesdale and Yorkshire Banking Group after it promised more savings from its buyout of Virgin Money. The FTSE 100 index, sharply higher on Tuesday along with other European markets on the back of a strong policy speech from European Central Bank chief Mario Draghi, edged 0.05% higher by 0707 GMT.



Australian detective wins praise for textbook tackle of suspected stalker

Australian detective wins praise for textbook tackle of suspected stalkerAn Australian detective interrupted his own news conference to complete a textbook tackle of a man now charged with public nuisance and stalking offences, prompting widespread praise for his sporting skills. Detective Senior Sergeant Daren Edwards quickly ended a media briefing outside the Maroochydore Magistrates' Court in the state of Queensland after shouts drew his attention to a 39-year old man racing behind him. Edwards, who media said was a former rugby league player in the coastal residential area of Redcliffe, peeled away from the news conference to bring the man to the ground in what is sometimes described as a "boots and all" tackle.





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