Rohingya Militants

UNSC to hold closed-door session today on Myanmar violence

The United Nations Security Council will hold a closed-door session today on the violence in the Rakhine state of Myanmar. The meeting was requested by Britain and Sweden. The exodus from Rakine state began after Rohingya militants attacked police posts on the 25th of last month, prompting a military backlash that forced nearly 3 lakh 70,000 Rohingya Muslims to flee their homes.

Last week, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres wrote a letter to the Council urging members to send a message to Myanmar authorities to end the security operation. Two leading human rights groups, Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International, have slammed the Council for inaction over the crisis. They deplored the Council's failure to speak out and demand an end to the violence.

Pakistans Habib Bank

US banking regulators shut down Pakistan's Habib Bank amid money laundering concerns

US banking regulators ordered Pakistan's Habib Bank to shutter its New York office after nearly 40 years, for repeatedly failing to heed concerns over possible terrorist financing and money laundering. 

New York banking officials have said that Habib, Pakistan's largest private bank, facilitated billions of dollars of transactions with Saudi private bank, Al Rajhi Bank, which reportedly has links to al Qaeda, and failed to do enough to ensure that the funds were not laundered or used for terrorism.

State Of Emergency Declared In Los Angeles

State of emergency declared in Los Angeles

A state of emergency has been declared in Los Angeles as the city battles the worst wildfires in its history. 

Hundreds of homes have been evacuated around the Glendale and Burbank suburbs. The fires, covering about 5,000 acres, started in La Tuna Canyon on Friday and have sent plumes of smoke over the city. At least three homes have already been destroyed and a major road, the 210 Freeway, closed. 

Mayor Eric Garcetti declared an emergency on Saturday night and a further emergency order was made by California Governor Jerry Brown yesterday. The declarations allow state and federal funds to be provided as soon as possible.

James Bridenstine

US President Trump names James Bridenstine to head NASA

US President Donald Trump has announced that he plans to appoint James Bridenstine, a former navy pilot and Republican congressman, to head the US space agency NASA. Bridenstine, who backed Trump during the US presidential campaign, had long been considered the favorite for the job of NASA administrator. The space agency is involved in all aspects of space exploration, as well as in Earth observation missions from space and in the development of new aerospace concepts. Since the end of NASA's space shuttle program in 2011, the United States has had to rely on Russia to ferry their astronauts to the International Space Station. NASA is currently developing a heavy launcher and capsule capable of taking astronauts to Mars in 2030 and beyond.

North Korea Fires Ballistic Missile Over Japan

North Korea fires ballistic missile over Japan

The Pentagon has confirmed that North Korea has launched a missile over Japan, in a major escalation by Pyongyang amid tensions over its weapons ambitions. Colonel Rob Manning, a Pentagon spokesman confirmed it. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Japan will take full steps to ensure the safety of its people following a North Korean missile test today that passed over the country.

South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a statement that the missile was launched around from Sunan, near Pyongyang, and traveled east and over Japan. He said, it travelled around 2,700 kilometers at a maximum altitude of around 350 miles, adding that South Korea and the US were closely analysing for more details.