• Thailand Honors Myanmar’s Military Chief with Medal0

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    • February 16, 2018

      BenarNews staff    Washington     2018-02-16 Myanmar’s military chief, Senior Gen. Min Aung Hlaing, speaks during a ceasefire agreement with two ethnic rebel groups at the Myanmar International Convention Center in Naypyidaw, Feb. 13, 2018.  AP Thailand on Friday defended its decision to award the chief of Myanmar’s armed forces a royal decoration, despite allegations

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  • China’s Rising Profile in South Asia 20180

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    • February 16, 2018

    A commentary by Dan Southerland    2018-02-15 A map showing the location of the Maldives islands in the Indian ocean. RFA China has expanded its presence in the Indian Ocean, causing India to respond with a military build-up and far-reaching diplomatic contacts with potential allies. During and after the time that Indian troops ended a more

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  • Uyghur Muslim Scholar Dies in Chinese Police Custody0

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    • February 16, 2018

    2018-01-29 Uyghur scholar Muhammad Salih Hajim, 82, in an undated photo. Photo courtesy of an RFA listener A prominent Uyghur Islamic scholar has died in Chinese police custody, some 40 days after he was detained in the Xinjiang regional capital Urumqi, overseas Uyghur organizations said on Monday. Muhammad Salih Hajim, 82, died “in custody,” about

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  • Rohingya repatriation – A trick Dhaka fell for0

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    • February 16, 2018

    Rohingya repatriation delayed as the govt agrees to Naypyidaw’s demand for Family-wise list; Myanmar still blames it on Bangladesh Porimol Palma   16/2/2018 The repatriation of Rohingyas was supposed to begin last month as per an agreement signed by Bangladesh and Myanmar, but a pre-condition set at the eleventh hour held up the process. A bilateral

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  • WHAT MOST INDIANS EXPECT FROM MR. MODI BEFORE 2019 ELECTIONS?0

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    • February 15, 2018

    by N.S. Venkataraman Ever since Mr. Narendra Modi became the Prime Minister of India, the opposition political parties, section of non governmental organizations who receive substantial aid from abroad in various forms and section of so-called intellectuals have been criticizing all activities of Modi government and they have been getting considerable support and publicity from

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  • China-friendly communist K.P. Sharma Oli appointed Nepal’s new prime minister after landmark polls0

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    • February 15, 2018

    Oli’s left-wing alliance is considered to be closer to China while outgoing leader Sher Bahadur Deuba is widely seen as being closer to India Thursday, 15 February A presidential spokesman said Oli, who spent 14 years in jail for opposing the now-abolished monarchy in the 1970s and 1980s, was named prime minister hours after Sher

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  • More Afghan Civilians Being Deliberately Targeted, U.N. Says0

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    • February 15, 2018

    By ANDREW E. KRAMERFEB. 15, 2018 A bombing last month in Kabul, Afghanistan, using explosives hidden in an ambulance, killed more than 100. Deaths from suicide attacks in Afghanistan rose sharply last year, the United Nations said on Thursday. Credit Andrew Quilty for The New York Times KABUL, Afghanistan — An annual United Nations report

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