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Myanmar Announces Plan to Repatriate 3,450 of the 700,000 Rohingya Who Fled to Bangladesh

(BANGKOK) — Myanmar and Bangladesh will soon make a second attempt to start repatriating Rohingya Muslims, 700,000 of whom fled a security crackdown in Myanmar almost two years ago, officials from the two countries and the United Nations said Friday. Myanmar government spokesman Zaw Htay, speaking in his country’s capital, Naypyitaw, said the parties concerned had agreed that the process ...

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EPA Reverses Decision To Approve Use Of ‘Cyanide Bombs’ To Kill Wild Animals

The Environmental Protection Agency’s head said it was reconsidering the decision to allow cyanide bombs to kill pests such as coyotes and foxes across the country, according to EcoWatch. Administrator Andrew Wheeler said Thursday that the “issue warrants further analysis and additional discussions by EPA” with government agencies which use the devices. Last week media reports raised concern from environmentalists ...

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Hariri says Saudi, UAE looking to invest in Lebanon

BEIRUT – Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates are looking to invest in infrastructure projects in Lebanon after ties have recovered, Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri said in comments from his office on Friday. Hariri, on a visit to Washington, also said there were negotiations “over financial and economic aid” with the United States, the Lebanese military’s biggest…

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Passport application process being reviewed after report

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade said it is currently reviewing documentary requirements for first time passport applicants following a report from the Data Protection Commission on the public services card. All first-time passport applicants aged 18 and over who are resident in Ireland have to obtain a public services card and present a photocopy of it when applying ...

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Beto: No, really, I won’t run for the Senate “in any scenario”

Count Lawrence O’Donnell among the unconvinced by Robert “Beto” O’Rourke’s self-professed determination to eschew the Senate race in Texas. On his MSNBC show last night, he asked O’Rourke, “Do you have December 9th marked in your calendar?” That is the deadline for filing to run against John Cornyn in next year’s election. O’Rourke laughed and insisted that he will not ...

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