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Tillerson: Rohingya crisis 'just horrific'

Tillerson: Rohingya crisis 'just horrific'

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The US secretary of state has condemned "just horrific" scenes during a visit to Myanmar for talks with Aung Sang Suu Kyi. Speaking on Wednesday during a joint conference with the country's leader, he called for a impartial investigation into human rights abuses and for those who had committed them to be held accountable."We are deeply concerned by credible reports of widespread atrocities committed by Myanmar's security forces and by vigilantes who were unrestrained by the security forces," he said.But he said the US was evaluating whether to use the term "ethnic cleansing" over the crisis and regarded levying sanctions against the state as "not advisable" at this time."We want to see Myanmar succeed," he said. "I have a hard time seeing how that helps resolve the crisis."Video:Why has th...
Catalan crisis: Regional MPs debate Spain takeover bid

Catalan crisis: Regional MPs debate Spain takeover bid

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Media playback is unsupported on your deviceBackers and opponents of independence in Catalonia have clashed in parliament over the way forward as the Spanish government is set to reassert control.The debate began after Catalan President Carles Puigdemont did not reveal a favoured course of action, and called on MPs to decide on a response.On Friday Spain's Senate is expected to curtail the region's autonomous powers. The move follows Catalonia's independence referendum, which Spain's Constitutional Court declared illegal.Mr Puigdemont declared independence after the 1 October vote. But he immediately suspended implementation, calling for talks.The Catalan government said that of the 43% who took part in the referendum, 90% were in favour of independence.Many people gathered in Barcelona on...
US urges calm as Kirkuk crisis escalates

US urges calm as Kirkuk crisis escalates

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Media playback is unsupported on your deviceThe US has called for "calm" after Iraqi government forces seized the northern city of Kirkuk and key installations from Kurdish control.State department spokeswoman Heather Nauert urged all parties to "avoid further clashes". Iraqi soldiers moved into Kirkuk three weeks after the Kurdistan Region held a controversial independence referendum.They are aiming to retake areas under Kurdish control since Islamic State militants swept through the region.Residents of Kurdish-controlled areas, including Kirkuk, overwhelmingly backed secession from Iraq in a vote on 25 September.While Kirkuk is outside Iraqi Kurdistan, Kurdish voters in the city were allowed to take part.Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi had denounced the vote as unconstitutional. But...
Tackling the canine obesity crisis

Tackling the canine obesity crisis

Science
When it comes to man's best friend, science may finally have solved the mystery of their gluttony - some Labradors, it seems, are genetically predisposed to being hungry. That's according to scientists who were discussing their ongoing mission to improve our favourite pets' health at the British Science Association Festival in Brighton. Several research teams in the UK are on a mission to improve canine health. Researchers at the University of Cambridge have studied the appetite of Britain's favourite dog breed, and suggest Labradors are genetically at risk of becoming overweight.Roughly a quarter of British households own a pet dog, and Labrador retrievers remain our most popular canine companion. However, this stereotypically "greedy" breed often suffers size-related health problems. Bla...
North Korea nuclear crisis: Kim Jong-un 'begging for war'

North Korea nuclear crisis: Kim Jong-un 'begging for war'

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Media playback is unsupported on your deviceNorth Korean leader Kim Jong-un is "begging for war" with his latest and most powerful nuclear bomb test, the US envoy to the United Nations has said.Nikki Haley told an emergency meeting of the Security Council in New York that America did not want a war but its patience was "not unlimited". The US will table a new UN resolution shortly to toughen sanctions.China, the North's main ally, has called for a return to negotiations and Switzerland has offered to mediate.How do you defend against North Korea?How should Trump handle North Korea?South Korea carried out live-fire exercises on Monday, simulating an attack on the North's nuclear test site.Reports suggest the North is preparing new test missile launches. On Sunday, it tested a bomb under...