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Friday, October 13, 2017

Pope to visit Myanmar as anti-Rohingya hatred seethes
Pope Francis will talk peace on his to visit Myanmar, a Catholic church representative said today, a potentially highly charged trip during a refugee crisis that has seen 520,000 Rohingya Muslims pushed out of the country. The late November visit comes as western Rakhine state is devoured by communal violence that has sent unprecedented numbers of Rohingya fleeing into neighbouring Bangladesh. Myanmar's army is accused of using a crackdown on militants to expel its Muslim Rohingya population -- a persecuted minority the Pope has previously called "brothers and sisters".

Australia tightens English requirements for foreign students
Australia is tightening English language requirements for foreign students in what it said today is a bid to improve standards across the country's Aus28 billion dollars (USD 22 billion) international education market. There are more than 550,000 international students in Australia, according to government data, which lists the lucrative sector as the country's third-largest export earner. Currently, prospective overseas students can take an intensive English course to prepare for further studies if they do not already have other qualifications.

Floods and landslides kill 43, leave 34 missing in Vietnam
Floods and landslides caused by a tropical depression have killed at least 43 people, left 34 others missing and damaged homes and crops in northern and central Vietnam, officials said today. The storm injured 21 people and destroyed or damaged more than 1,000 houses, submerged 16,740 other homes and damaged infrastructure and crops in six central and northern provinces, the Vietnam Disaster Management Authority said. In the hardest-hit northern province of Hoa Binh, 17 people died and 15 others were missing.

Lanka suspects 2 Indian's involvement in Taiwan bank hacking
Sri Lankan authorities are suspecting the involvement of two Indian nationals in a case related to the hacking of a Taiwanese commercial bank and transfer of USD 1.1 million to a personal account in this country, police said. At least two Sri Lankans, one of them a high ranking official of the government-owned liquid gas firm, were arrested for hacking at Far Eastern International Bank. Two Taiwanese investigators and an official from the Far Eastern International Bank of Taiwan have arrived in Sri Lanka to investigate the case.

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