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Monsoon rain adding to Rohingya camp misery

Torrential rain brings swamp-like conditions to camp in Bangladesh housing hundreds of thousands of people fleeing violence in Myanmar Heavy monsoon rain is flooding makeshift camps in Bangladesh housing hundreds of thousands of Muslim Rohingya fleeing violence in Myanmar. Amid food and water shortages, torrential rain brought back swamp-like conditions to many parts of the border town of Cox’s Bazar. Continue reading...

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Germany’s rightwing AfD party could lead opposition after election

Scandals have failed to dent popularity of anti-immigration AfD, which latest polls put in third place on 11% of the votes Rightwing populists could make up the biggest opposition force in the next German parliament after a series of scandals appear to have galvanised rather than weakened the chances of the far-right in next Sunday’s election. The Eurosceptic, anti-immigration Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) party has pulled up to third place in four of the last five polls conducted. A survey published on Sunday by the polling institute Emnid in Bild am Sonntag newspaper has the AfD on 11%, behind Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union on 36% and the centre-left SPD on 22%. Continue reading...

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Institution M: the German spy on trial for evading millions in tax

From negotiating with Hezbollah to tracing stolen toxic waste, Werner Mauss was one of Germany’s most prolific secret agents In secret service circles, he was either known as “Institution M” or “The Man with Nine Fingers”, because of a missing digit on his left hand. Locals in his village thought he was called “Richard Nelson” but his bank clerk knew him as “Claus Möllner”. Politicians at the top of government simply referred to their top secret agent as “007”. For at least three decades Werner Mauss was Germany’s real-life answer to James Bond: a rogue operator who moved in the shadowy realm between criminal underworld and intelligence agencies, entrapping drug dealers, retrieving stolen goods, negotiating with terrorists, often changing identity on his private plane mid-air. Continue reading...

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Trump mocks ‘Rocket Man’ Kim Jong-un as advisers issue warnings

President appears to ridicule North Korean leader and shortages after sanctions, as UN ambassador says Pentagon has ‘plenty of military options’ Advisers to Donald Trump have warned North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons programmes, saying that the regime faced destruction if it continued its reckless behaviour and forced the US to defend itself or its allies. The warning came on Sunday after Trump tweeted about a phone call to South Korean president Moon Jae-in, and appeared to mock Kim Jong-un. Continue reading...

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Cyprus ‘selling’ EU citizenship to super rich of Russia and Ukraine

Passports issued under ‘golden visa’ scheme raises €4bn since 2013, according to papers seen by the Guardian Billionaire Russian oligarchs and Ukrainian elites accused of corruption are among hundreds of people who have acquired EU passports under controversial “golden visa” schemes, the Guardian has learnt. The government of Cyprus has raised more than €4bn since 2013 by providing citizenship to the super rich, granting them the right to live and work throughout Europe in exchange for cash investment. More than 400 passports are understood to have been issued through this schemelast year alone. Continue reading...

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Exclusive: ‘We will kill you all’ – Rohingya villagers in Myanmar beg for safe passage

SITTWE, Myanmar (Reuters) - Thousands of Rohingya Muslims in violence-racked northwest Myanmar are pleading with authorities for safe passage from two remote villages that are cut off by hostile Buddhists and running short of food.

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