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Human Rights Watch Urges Aid to Civilians in Myanmar’s North

BANGKOK —  Myanmar’s military should ensure humanitarian aid reaches all civilians who have been affected by clashes in the country’s north between the army and an ethnic armed group, an international rights group urged Friday. Hostilities between Myanmar’s military and guerrillas of the Kachin Independence Army escalated in mid-January to …

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Britain Targets Global Corruption With Law to Seize Unexplained Wealth

LONDON —  Politicians, public figures and criminals suspected of buying property with corrupt money will be forced to explain their wealth or see their assets seized under new legislation that has come into force in Britain this month. The so-called Unexplained Wealth Orders (UWOs) have been welcomed by campaigners, who …

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US Airstrikes on Syrian Government-backed Forces New Twist to Syrian War

U.S. officials say U.S. airstrikes against government-backed troops in eastern Syria late Wednesday and early Thursday were purely defensive. A Pentagon official said Thursday the airstrikes were launched after the Syrian government and its local supporters posed a threat to the Syrian Democratic Forces and their U.S. advisers in eastern …

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Kenya’s Political Stand-Off Deepens Amid Government Crackdown

The political stand-off in Kenya between President Uhuru Kenyatta and self-declared peoples’ president Raila Odinga has split the country. While Odinga’s swearing-in ceremony January 30 was symbolic, activists and analysts fear the government’s heavy-handed response is moving the country toward authoritarian rule. VOA’s Daniel Schearf reports from Nairobi.

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