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Rohingya Refugees In Bangladesh Afraid To Go Home

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Rohingya refugees who escaped to Bangladesh are due to start returning to Myanmar next week.

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Trump Blames Democrats For Government Shutdown: Twitter

U.S. President Donald Trump blamed Democrat lawmakers for a shutdown of the federal government that went into effect on Saturday.

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Russia, U.S. Likely To Discuss North Korea In Moscow: Minister To TASS

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MOSCOW - Diplomats from Russia and the United States are likely to hold their next round of consultations on North Korea in Moscow on a date yet to be decided, TASS news agency quoted Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Igor Morgulov as saying on Saturday.

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Turkey Shells Syria's Afrin Region, Minister Says Operation Has Begun

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SUGEDIGI, Turkey - Turkish artillery fired into Syria’s Afrin region on Friday in what Ankara said was the start of a military campaign against the Kurdish-controlled area.

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Maid Arrested For Throwing Items From 2nd-Storey Flat

SINGAPORE: A foreign domestic helper was arrested on Friday (Jan 19) for throwing items from a second-storey flat in Ang Mo Kio.

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Hundreds Of Police In Thailand Block Anti-Junta March

Pic: ReutersBANGKOK: Hundreds of police in Thailand on Saturday blocked protestors planning to march from Bangkok to Khon Kaen in the northeast of the country in a rare display of public discontent in the junta-ruled country.

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Brasilia Closes Latin America's Largest Rubbish Dump

Pic: ReutersBRASILIA: One thing the designers of Brazil’s modernistic capital Brasilia forgot to map out in their intricate plans was where to put the rubbish.

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Canceled North Korean Visit To Prep For Olympics 'Not Permanent': South Korea Ministry

Pic: ReutersSEOUL: South Korea’s Unification Ministry said on Saturday that the sudden cancellation of a North Korean delegation’s planned visit to the South to prepare for the North’s art troupe during the Winter Olympics was “not a permanent cancellation”.

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U.S. Government Shutdown Begins As Spending Bill Fails In Senate

Pic: ReutersWASHINGTON: The U.S. government officially shut down at midnight on Friday after Democrats and Republicans failed to reach a last-minute deal to fund its operations, divided in a bitter dispute over immigration and border security.

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UN Chief Urges To Address Root Causes Of Crisis In Central Asia

Antonio Guterres.

UNITED NATIONS -- UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres Friday urged parties concerned to address the root causes of the crisis in Central Asia and build peaceful societies resilient to terrorism and violent extremism, China's Xinhua news agency reported.

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