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Thursday, February 8th, 2018


 

Rohingya abuses could spark regional conflict

The UN human rights chief warned on February 5 that possible acts of “genocide and ethnic cleansing” against Myanmar’s Rohingya Muslim minority could fuel a religion-based conflict that spreads beyond the country’s borders. His remarks follow the publication of a report last week about mass graves of Rohingya in Myanmar’s crisis-hit Rakhine state, where government troops have been accused of waging an ethnic cleansing campaign against the minority. “Myanmar faces a very serious crisis — with a potentially severe impact on the security of the region,” UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein said during a speech in Jakarta.

 

US starts withdrawal of troops from Iraq

American troops have started to draw down from Iraq following Baghdad’s declaration of victory over the Islamic State group last year, according to Western contractors at a US-led coalition base in Iraq. In Baghdad, an Iraqi government spokesman on February 5 confirmed to The Associated Press that the drawdown has begun, though he stressed it was still in its early stages and doesn’t mark the beginning of a complete pullout of US forces. Dozens of American soldiers have been transported from Iraq to Afghanistan on daily flights over the past week, along with weapons and equipment, the contractors said.

 

Lawmakers warn Trump against firing top officials

Democrats on Sunday cautioned President Donald Trump that firing top law enforcement officials over the investigation into his campaign’s links to Russia could spark a dangerous “confrontation,” as Republican lawmakers broke ranks to say the probe should go on unhindered. The warnings came two days after the Republican-led House intelligence committee released a declassified memo that claims Democrat-funded research prompted the FBI to spy on a former Trump campaign aide, Carter Page. Democrats stoutly resisted the memo’s release, saying it was “deliberately misleading” and possibly intended to lay the groundwork for Trump to fire senior officials and subvert the Russia election meddling investigation led by Robert Mueller.

 

Thurman breaks silence on Weinstein ‘attack’

Actress Uma Thurman, who is indelibly linked to Harvey Weinstein’s Miramax studio thanks to her iconic roles in “Pulp Fiction” and “Kill Bill,” has broken her silence about the disgraced Hollywood mogul, accusing him of attacking her and threatening her career. Dozens of Hollywood women — including Ashley Judd, Gwyneth Paltrow, Kate Beckinsale and Salma Hayek — have accused Weinstein of acts ranging from sexual harassment to rape. The scandal touched off a deluge of allegations against powerful men in entertainment, politics and the media, forcing many industries to re-examine workplace policies. Thurman, 47, told The New York Times in an interview published on February 4 of two incidents in London that took place after the release of 1994’s Oscar-winning “Pulp Fiction.”

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