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Nightmare over but Iraqi Christians still dream of leaving

Baghdad - The bells of St. Joseph's Chaldean Cathedral echo across Baghdad, signalling the start of Mass for the dwindling congregation that has stayed in the scarred Iraqi capital against all odds.

Roma mansions in Moldova abandoned in economic exodus

Soroca - Extravagant mansions once owned by wealthy Roma stand in stark contrast to the modest traditional homes of Soroca in northern Moldova.

'Beacon of light' of Iraq's Yazidis dies at 87

- Iraq's Yazidi minority paid its last respects to its spiritual leader on Friday as tributes poured in for the cleric, who guided his flock through the horrors of Islamic State group occupation and its aftermath.

New connection between air pollution and coronavirus severity

Certain groups within the general population appears to be at a greater risk due to the novel coronavirus. This includes those who have been affected by air pollution. Three vulnerable groups are assessed.

Romania, Hungary trade barbs after scuffles at war cemetery

Bucharest - Romania and Hungary traded barbs Friday after scuffles broke out at a cemetery in Transylvania, amid tensions between Romanian nationalists and the region's minority ethnic-Hungarians.

Japan to recognise indigenous Ainu people for first time

Apo - Japan's government introduced a bill Friday to recognise the country's ethnic Ainu minority as an "indigenous" people for the first time, after decades of discrimination against the group.

Miss Ethnic Myanmar pageant belies minorities' woes

A "Miss Ethnic Myanmar" beauty pageant and a campfire dance with a buffalo skull on Tuesday brought an end to a festival celebrating the country's ethnic minorities, even as the military remains locked in conflict with many groups.

Forgotten in Myanmar, 129,000 Rohingya languish in camps

Akyab - Abdurahim worries the lack of food, medicine and free movement is doing lasting damage to his four young children, who are among more than 129,000 Rohingya Muslims trapped in squalid camps inside Myanmar's Rakhine state.

Swedish TV hit 'Midnight Sun' shines light on Sami people

Stockholm - "Midnight Sun", Sweden's new blockbuster crime series, has drawn praise for its bloody tale of Arctic Circle murder but also concern over the portrayal of the indigenous Sami people who are its stars.

Anxiety stalks Myanmar Muslims as poll looms

As the faithful filed towards a Yangon mosque for Friday prayers, conversations readily turned to Myanmar's election, with hopes for greater freedom tainted by fear among Muslims at the sharp end of bilious hardline Buddhist rhetoric.

Thai embassy closed in Turkey after protest against deported Uighurs

Bangkok - Thailand on Friday closed its embassy and consulate in Turkey after a protest against the kingdom's deportation of Uighur Muslims to China, as the US warned the minority could face "harsh treatment" on their return.

Thailand deports scores of Uighur Muslims to China

Bangkok - Thailand on Thursday said it had deported around 100 Uighur Muslims detained in the kingdom since last year to China, in a move sparking fears for the safety of the asylum-seekers.

Thousands sign petition asking Apple to include ginger emoji

Over 12,000 people have signed a petition that calls on Apple to add emoji representing gingers to iOS after its recent update that aimed to increase the racial diversion of emoji failed to include any, arguing that they should be recognised.

Suu Kyi sidesteps Rohingya migrant crisis for political pragmatism

Yangon - Aung San Suu Kyi was once an unassailable champion of Myanmar's powerless.

Myanmar population law raises fears for Rohingya minority

Yangon - Myanmar has enacted a population law that rights groups said Sunday targets persecuted Rohingya Muslims, a minority group at the centre of a migration crisis that has seen thousands flee the country.

Karachi at standstill after Shiite massacre claimed by IS

Karachi - Pakistan's biggest city of Karachi was brought to a standstill Thursday following the massacre of 44 minority Shiite Ismaili Muslims in the first attack officially claimed by the Islamic State group in the country.

IS claims deadly attack on Karachi Shiites, first in Pakistan

Karachi - Pistol-wielding gunmen in Pakistan's biggest city Karachi stormed a bus carrying members of the Shiite Ismaili minority Wednesday, killing at least 43 in the first attack in the country officially claimed by the Islamic State group.

Dozens of Shiites killed as gunmen attack bus in Karachi

Karachi - Pistol-wielding gunmen in Pakistan's biggest city Karachi on Wednesday stormed a bus carrying members of the Shiite Ismaili minority, killing at least 43 in the second deadliest militant attack in the country this year.

Thai police find graves at second migrant jungle camp

Bangkok - Investigators in southern Thailand have discovered five graves at a second remote jungle camp believed to contain the remains of migrants from Myanmar and Bangladesh, police said Tuesday.

Thai people smuggling crackdown creates fresh dangers

The two boys in the back of the Thai police pickup truck were terrified.

Three Thai officials, Myanmar man held over migrant deaths

Bangkok - Three local Thai officials and a Myanmar national have been arrested on suspicion of human trafficking after the remains of 26 migrants were found in a mass grave in southern Thailand, police said Monday.

Thai forensics exhume remains of 26 migrants at mass grave

Amphoe Hankha - The remains of 26 migrants thought to be from Myanmar or Bangladesh have been exhumed from a mass grave after Thai police ended their search Saturday, as details emerged of the maltreatment endured at the remote people smugglers' camp.

Mass 'migrant prison camp' grave found in Thailand

Bangkok - Authorities in Thailand uncovered a mass grave in an abandoned jungle camp Friday believed to contain the remains of migrants from Myanmar and Bangladesh, a grisly find in a region notorious for people-smuggling routes.

Angry Arabs march in north Israel after shooting

- Angry Arab-Israeli protesters took to the streets across the country on Sunday and police raised alert levels nationwide amid shock waves over the fatal shooting of a young Arab-Israeli.

Thailand holds 53 Rohingya migrants heading for Malaysia

Phangnga - Thai authorities on Saturday arrested 53 Rohingya migrants and two suspected Thai traffickers en route to neighbouring Malaysia, an official said.

Turkey's Alevis caught up in phone-tapping storm

Istanbul - Already beset by a raft of corruption allegations, Turkey's prime minister now faces charges of insulting the minority Alevi community in the latest revelations to emerge from a widening phone-tapping scandal.Among the taped conversations leaked to the...

Review: The Freedom Writers Diary by The Freedom Writers

Los Angeles - Diving into a heartfelt book is something that's a novelty today but diving into a book that teaches us something is a rare treat. The Freedom Writers leave something unique between the pages.

Rumania: 20,000 Hungarian minority members call for rule of law

Sepsiszentgyorgy - An estimated 30,000 ethnic Hungarians are demonstrating for basic civil rights in the Rumanian town of Sfântu Gheorghe/Sepsiszentgyörgy following the confiscation of the Székely-Mikó Secondary School and the arrest of two ethnic Hungarian officials.

Report: Few minorities among Toronto are legal leaders

Toronto - Toronto may be one of the most culturally diverse cities in the world but when it comes to those leading the Greater Toronto Area's legal sector that diversity is not very visible.

Rep. Conyers Wants AID Official Demoted for Lack of Black Staff

After the Congressional Black Caucus met with Rajiv Shah, the AID coordinator overseeing State's relief efforts in Haiti, Rep. John Conyers sent a letter to Hillary Clinton demanding Shah's demotion for showing up with no black members on his aid team.
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