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  • Revealed: new evidence of China’s mission to raze the mosques of Xinjiang0

    Guardian and Bellingcat investigation finds more than two dozen Islamic religious sites partly or completely demolished since 2016 Lily Kuo in Beijing Mon 6 May 2019 Around this time of the year, the edge of the Taklamakan desert in far western China should be overflowing with people. For decades, every spring thousands of Uighur Muslims

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  • Bangladesh: Dhaka fire in apartments used as chemical store kills 800

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    • February 21, 2019

    Police warn death toll may rise in ‘highly combustable’ blaze in old part of Bangladesh capital Michael Safi, South Asia correspondent, and agencies @safimichael Thu 21 Feb 2019 06.30 EST First published on Wed 20 Feb 2019 21.26 EST The Guardian At least 80 people have died after a massive fire engulfed apartment buildings that also housed

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  • Bangladesh election: Sheikh Hasina heads for tainted victory0

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    • December 28, 2018

    Prime minister presides over burgeoning economy but is accused of holding onto power partly by jailing, disappearing or silencing opposition Michael Safi, south Asia correspondent Thu 27 Dec 2018 The Guardian Bangladesh’s prime minister Sheikh Hasina speaks ahead of Sunday’s election, which has been described as the ‘most-stifled’ in half a century. Photograph: STR/AFP/Getty Images

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  • National identity is fake. We should focus on the wider common good0

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    • December 9, 2018

    Carlo Rovelli Across Europe solidarity at state level can become toxic – and give rise to isolation and intolerance when we need co-operation Tue 24 Jul 2018 Supporters of the Italian nationalist far right party Lega Nord in Milan, 2018. Photograph: Tristan Fewings/Getty Great Britain is old. My country, Italy, is young. Both pride themselves

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  • Myanmar army fakes photos and history in sinister rewrite of Rohingya crisis0

    Propaganda unit’s 117-page book contains pictures purportedly taken in Rakhine state that are really from Tanzania and Bangladesh Reuters in Yangon Fri 31 Aug 2018   Violence has forced more than 720,000 Rohingya to flee Myanmar to areas like Kutupalong camp in Bangladesh. Photograph: Paula Bronstein/Getty Images A new book on the Rohingya crisis written by

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  • Bangladesh: As protests subside, authorities are using onerous digital laws to target demonstrators0

    ‘None will be spared’: students fear reprisals over Bangladesh unrest Michael Safi and Shaikh Azizur Rahman Fri 10 Aug 2018 Demonstrations in Dhaka, Bangladesh, started as a demand for better road safety and spiralled into a larger expression of frustration against corruption and the government. Photograph: Monirul Alam/EPA The list began spreading from phone to phone on

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  • ‘We’re a people destroyed’: why Uighur Muslims across China are living in fear0

      ‘We’re a people destroyed’: why Uighur Muslims across China are living in fear Uighur men at a teahouse in Kashgar in July 2017. Photograph: Kevin Frayer/Getty Gene A Bunin has spent the past 18 months talking to Uighur restaurant workers all over China. These conversations reveal how this Muslim minority feel the daily threat

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  • Shutdown of Pakistani TV network hints at army’s bid for control0

    Geo concedes to military pressure after going off air for two weeks and agrees to self-censor Mehreen Zahra-Malik in Islamabad Mon 23 Apr 2018  Geo channels went back on air after agreeing to cease favourable coverage of ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif and censor any criticism of the military. Photograph: Akhtar Soomro/Reuters When Pakistan’s largest

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  • UN chief and rights groups raise concerns over Rohingya deal0

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    • January 17, 2018

    First group of refugees to be sent back to Myanmar next week but critics say details are unclear Michael Safi Wed 17 Jan 2018  Concerns are growing among United Nations agencies and humanitarian groups over an agreement between the Bangladesh and Myanmar governments to repatriate several hundred thousand Rohingya refugees within two years. Bangladesh state

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  • Bangladesh PM claims ‘forced disappearances take place in UK and US’0

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    • November 26, 2017

    Sheikh Hasina appears to conflate media reports on missing persons data with forced disappearances  Sheikh Hasina: ‘As per statistics of 2009, 275,000 British citizens disappeared. Of them, the whereabouts of 20,000 is not known. If you consider America, the situation is even worse.’ Photograph: AM Ahad/AP Michael Safi Saturday 25 November 2017 00.00 ESTLast modified on Saturday

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  • Pakistani court orders release of alleged mastermind of Mumbai attacks0

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    • November 23, 2017

    Ruling on Hafiz Saeed, who has a $10m US bounty on his head, is likely to worsen Pakistani relations with Washington  Hafiz Saeed waves to supporters as he leaves court in Lahore. Photograph: Arif Ali/AFP/Getty Images Sune Engel Rasmussen Wednesday 22 November 2017 10.59 ESTLast modified on Wednesday 22 November 2017 11.24 EST A Pakistani court has ordered the

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  • Aung San Suu Kyi complicit in Rohingya ‘ethnic cleansing’ in Myanmar, MPs told0

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    • November 16, 2017

    Rights groups urge UK government and international community to consider Nobel laureate ‘part of the problem’ over atrocities in Rakhine state Aung San Suu Kyi: rights groups say the ‘myth’ of a political coup is being used as an excuse to do nothing. Photograph: Dondi Tawatao/Reuters Karen McVeigh Wednesday 15 November 2017  Aung San Suu

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  • Xi Jinping heralds ‘new era’ of Chinese power at Communist party congress0

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    • October 27, 2017

    At start of week-long meeting, president tells delegates in 3hr 23min speech to ‘strive with endless energy toward national rejuvenation’  Chinese president Xi Jinping arrives for the opening of the 19th national congress of the Communist party of China at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. Photograph: Jason Lee/Reuters Wednesday 18 October 2017 00.54 EDTLast

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  • ‘Everything’s changed’: despair of Briton held without charge in Bangladesh0

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    • September 25, 2017

    Hasnat Karim remains in prison although no evidence has been produced to implicate him in 2016 Holey Bakery attack in which more than 20 were killed Bangladeshi police officers escort Hasnat Karim, centre, to a court appearance in Dhaka in August 2016. Photograph: ddp USA/REX/Shutterstock ‘Everything’s changed’: despair of Briton held without charge in Bangladesh

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