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India sets up migrant center

CHENNAI, India, Sept 12, (RTRS): A new resource centre for Indian migrants employed in Gulf states will help reduce the risk of workers being trafficked to fake jobs and exploited, officials said Tuesday. With a 24-hour helpline and a team of advisers, the Indian Workers’ Resource Centre in Sharjah in …

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Irma death toll rises, evacuees return – Quarter of houses in Florida Keys destroyed

FLORIDA CITY/MIAMI, Sept 12, (Agencies): Residents returned on Tuesday to parts of the Florida Keys archipelago that was hammered by Hurricane Irma’s high winds and storm surge, while the death toll rose in the second major hurricane to hit the United States this year. Irma, which had rampaged through the …

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Storm death toll 4 – Duterte allocates annual budget of ‘$20’ for Human Rights agency

MANILA, Sept 12, (Agencies): Philippine lawmakers allied with President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday voted to allocate an annual budget of just 1,000 pesos ($19.66) to the Commission on Human Rights, a public body investigating Duterte’s bloody war on drugs. About 119 of the 151 lower house members present supported the …

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Iran in compliance: IAEA

VIENNA, Sept 11, (AFP): The UN atomic watchdog hit back Monday at US criticism of the Iran nuclear deal, insisting its inspections there are the world’s toughest and that Tehran is sticking to the accord. “The nuclear-related commitments undertaken by Iran under (the 2015 accord) are being implemented,” International Atomic …

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Land OK’d to camp Rohingya – Muslim nations slam ‘brutal acts’

COX’S BAZAR, Bangladesh, Sept 11, (Agencies): Bangladesh has agreed to free land for a new camp to shelter some of the hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims who have fled recent violence in Myanmar, an official said Monday. The new camp will help relieve some pressure on existing settlements in …

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Indian traders of ‘kidney’ smuggle donors to Egypt – Debt drives kidney harvesting

MUMBAI, Sept 11, (RTRS): Indian police are investigating a major organ trade racket after they arrested two men, including an alleged kingpin, at Mumbai airport for trafficking poor people for their kidneys to Egypt, officials said on Monday. The men — identified as Nizamuddin and Suresh Prajapati — were arrested …

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Thousands demand Catalan ‘independence’ before vote – Spike in migrant arrivals

BARCELONA, Sept 11, (Agencies): Hundreds of thousands of Catalans were poised to rally on Monday to demand their region break away from Spain, in a show of strength three weeks ahead of an independence referendum banned by Madrid. Nearly 400,000 people have signed up to join the demonstration in Barcelona, …

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Referendum as planned

IRBIL, Sept 11, (Agencies): The leader of Iraq’s Kurdistan region Masoud Barzani underlined on Monday that a referendum for the region’s independence will “go ahead as planned” on Sept 25. His remarks came during talks with the UN chief’s Special Representative for Iraq and UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) …

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Russia backs Kuwait Gulf crisis mediation

JEDDAH, Sept 10, (Agencies): Russia fully supports Kuwait in its efforts to defuse tensions amid an ongoing Gulf diplomatic crisis involving Qatar and a quartet of Arab nations, its foreign minister Sergey Lavrov said on Sunday. In a press conference alongside his Saudi counterpart Adel Al-Jubeir, Lavrov expressed hope that …

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Syrians gain on IS

BEIRUT, Sept 10, (Agencies): Syrian government forces and US-backed militias converged on Islamic State in separate offensives against the militants in the eastern Syrian province of Deir al-Zor on Sunday. The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces alliance of mostly Kurdish and Arab militias (SDF) said it had reached Deir al-Zor’s industrial …

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