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Hundreds dead after Tsunami strikes Indonesia

By: RFE/RL Source: RFE/RL A tsunami believed to have been triggered by the eruption of an island volcano killed at least 222 people and injured some 800 around Indonesia’s Sunda Strait, disaster officials say. “222 people are dead, 843 people are injured, and 28 people are missing,” Indonesia’s national disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said. “This number is predicted to increase because not all victims have been successfully evacuated, not all health centers have reported victims and not all locations have got complete data.” The tsunami struck the region late on December 22 as a wall of water rushed inland and swept away hundreds of homes and...

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Bangladesh: Paramilitary deployed as election turns violent

By: AFP Source: VOA News DHAKA – More than 20,000 Bangladesh paramilitary guards were deployed across the country Tuesday amid mounting deadly violence ahead of a December 30 general election.At least six people have been killed in clashes over the past week during the bitter campaigning between Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s ruling Awami League and the opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP). Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) spokesman Mohsin Reza said 1,016 platoons had been deployed in a bid to reinforce campaign security. Officials said there were about 20 guards in each platoon. Election Commission secretary Helal Uddin Ahmed said thousands more troops would be deployed...

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Twitter CEO acknowledges plight of Rohingya Muslims

By: VOA News Source: VOA News Twitter chief executive officer Jack Dorsey is under fire for failing to address the humanitarian crisis involving the Rohingya Muslims during his recent meditation retreat in Myanmar. Dorsey published a thread on his Twitter page last Sunday praising Myanmar’s people as “full of joy,” and heaping equal praise on the nation’s cuisine. Critics angrily accused Dorsey of ignoring the plight of more than 700,000 Rohingyas who fled from northern Rakhine state into neighboring Bangladesh to avoid a scorched earth campaign launched by the military in response to a series of attacks by Rohingya militants on security outposts. A special United...

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