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November 9, 2019

Give Me a Smoke-Free Armenia – Bu...

Armenia remains a regional outlier; all of its neighbors have already banned smoking in most public places. (Some enterprises in Yerevan, however, have taken the initiative to ban smoking themselves.)

‘I’m Pretty Sure They T...

China’s army of petitioners, who flood the ruling Chinese Communist Party’s official complaints departments daily, frequently report being held in unofficial “black jails,” beaten, or otherwise harassed, if they persist in a complaint beyond its initial rejection at the local level

November 8, 2019

Tibetan Man Detained in March, No W...

News of detentions of Tibetans or of Tibetan protests against Chinese rule is frequently delayed in reaching outside contacts owing to strict communications clampdowns imposed by Chinese authorities in Tibetan areas

November 7, 2019

Bangladesh: Plan to Move Rohingya t...

In mid-October, Enamur Rahman, Bangladesh’s state minister in charge of disaster management and relief, said 350 Rohingya families or about 3,000 people had responded positively to the government’s request that they relocate to Bhashan Char this month. The island is 21 nautical miles from Noakhali district in Chittagong

November 6, 2019

Rebel Arakan Army Frees 25 Captives...

Myanmer military spokesman Brigadier General Zaw Min Tun said government troops are still searching for survivors of the military’s Oct. 26 helicopter assault on the vessels used by the AA to carry their captives away

Malaysia: Mahathir Announces Progra...

Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad on Tuesday announced the launching of a public-private partnership where financial institutions can share information with law enforcers to combat money laundering and terrorism financing

November 5, 2019

Trafficked Myanmar Woman Returns Ho...

The 47-year-old woman, whose leg had been broken by her captors, was found by Chinese police and transferred to Myanmar authorities in the border town of Muse in Myanmar’s northern Shan state on Nov. 1, they said. She was then sent back to her home in Bago city in central Myanmar’s Bago region on Sunday

Indonesia Ready for Returning Islam...

Indonesian security officials had earlier said at least 100 Indonesian men, women and children were languishing in several Syrian camps

November 2, 2019

Georgia’s Billionaire Boss to Reb...

Once a Soviet response to Baden-Baden, the Georgian spa town of Tskaltubo, where ailing comrades used to bathe in warm mineral springs, is today a post-apocalyptic sight

Bangladesh Implements Traffic Law P...

The Road Transport Act-2018 calls for a five-year sentence and/or a fine of 500,000 taka (U.S. $5,900) for a driver convicted of being responsible for a traffic death. The fine is 100 times greater than the maximum fine under the previous law

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