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Myanmar: 20 killed during protests in Bago region

KUALA LUMPUR, 10 Apr 2021 [Fik/News Sources]: At least 20 civilians in Myanmar lost their lives during protests in the region of Bago against the recent military coup that saw numerous elected government officials detained, local media reported on Saturday. Soldiers in the Ma Ga Dit district opened fire on demonstrators, leading to the deaths of at least 20 people, according to eyewitnesses. It was reported that the soldiers gathered the bodies of those killed at a Buddhist temple in the county. "Local media confirmed 20 casualties so far, but the civilians we contacted in the region claim that at least 60 people died. We heard that the clashes continued until midnight and that the bodies of the killed civilians were hidden in military vehicles," activist Keren Khin told Anadolu Agency. In their desperation, the

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Coronavirus cases in China see over 20-month high

Beijing, 27 Dec 2021 [Fik/News Sources]: The coronavirus tally in China hit an over 20-month high on Sunday as infections in the country kept rising in recent weeks. This comes as people are preparing to move to their homes during the upcoming New Year holidays and as Beijing prepares to host Winter Olympics. The National Health Commission (NHC) in its latest data showed the Chinese mainland on Sunday reporting 162 new locally transmitted COVID-19 cases, the state-run Xinhua News reported on Monday. This was the highest number of cases over one and a half years. Xi'an city, the capital of northwestern Shaanxi province -- the hotspot of the latest outbreak -- reported 152 of the total cases, the NHC said. The city has been under lockdown imposed since last week in the wake of rising coronavirus cases. Around 901

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Germany's Merkel calls for common EU refugee policy

BERLIN, 13 Jun 2018 [Fik/News Sources]: German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Tuesday called for a common European approach on the refugee crisis. “We Europeans must find a unified response to illegal migration, that is very important for me,” Merkel told a joint news conference with her Austrian counterpart Sebastian Kurz. “I believe that this issue has the potential to do severe harm to Europe,” she stressed, warning EU member states against taking unilateral measures which might violate EU law. Her remarks came ahead of a key summit of European leaders on June 28-29 in Brussels focusing on the refugee crisis and Germany’s proposals for an EU-wide common asylum policy. Merkel has long argued that irregular refugee flows can only be stemmed in cooperation with the host and transit countries, and

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