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Thursday, November 09, 2017

Transgender candidate makes history in Virginia seat win
A transgender candidate defeated an incumbent Virginia lawmaker who sponsored a bill that would have restricted which bathrooTransgender woman makes history in Virginia House seat winms she could use. Democrat Danica Roem, a former journalist, is set to make history as the first openly transgender person elected and seated in a state legislature in the United States. She unseated Republican Del. Bob Marshall, one of the state's longest serving and most socially conservative lawmakers.
‘Tough conditions for Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh’
The scale of Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh is "immense" and while the host nation has been "generous" in its efforts, the situation requires a lot more work, a top US official who recently visited Bangladesh has said. "What we saw in the camps was shocking. The scale of the refugee crisis is immense," Simon Henshaw, the Acting Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees, and Migration told reporters at a news conference yesterday. Henshaw led a US delegation to Bangladesh, from October 29 to November 4, during which the team also visited the refugee camps near Cox's Bazar.

US lauds Saudi exposure of Iran’s support for Yemen rebels
The United States says it welcomes Saudi Arabia's statement exposing Iranian support for Yemen's Houthi rebels. Saudi Arabia's crown prince said yesterday that a ballistic missile fired at the kingdom by Yemeni rebels was a "direct military aggression by the Iranian regime." The White House's statement today says the US condemns the Iranian government's activities and stands with Saudi Arabia and other Persian Gulf partners against Iran's aggression and "blatant" violations of international law.

Philippines backs down in S China Sea after Beijing protest
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte stopped construction work on a newly formed sandbar in the disputed South China Sea after China protested, the defense chief said today. disclosing details of the territorial spat for the first time. The dispute over a string of sandbars called Sandy Cay emerged in August and prompted China and the Philippines to consider negotiating some sort of arrangement to prevent such incidents from spiraling out of control, Lorenzana said. The rift over the tiny sandbar, where Filipinos planned to erect fishermen's shelters, in the group near Philippine- occupied Thitu island in the Spratlys archipelago remains unresolved but both sides pledged not to occupy any new territory, he said.

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