Syrian president reshuffles cabinet as anti-terror fight nears end

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has reshuffled his cabinet as the government’s counter-terrorism operation is nearing an end. In a decree carried by Syria’s official SANA news agency on Monday, Assad changed the ministers of interior affairs, industry, water resources, internal trade and consumer protection, communications and technology, public works and housing, education, higher education and tourism. The Syrian president also ordered the formation of the National Reconciliation Commission to replace the current Ministry of National Reconciliation. Ali Haidar, ex-Syrian minister of reconciliation, was further renamed as the head of the…

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Myanmar seizes more Rohingya Muslims fleeing Rakhine

Myanmar’s authorities have intercepted a boat with 93 Rohingya Muslims who were fleeing apartheid conditions at internal displacement camps in Rakhine State and heading to Malaysia. Moe Zaw Latt, director of the government office in the southern coastal town of Dawei, said on Tuesday that Myanmar’s navy had seized the vessel and detained the 93 people on board on Sunday after they received a tip from fishermen about a “suspicious” vessel. According to the official, the 93 people said they had come from the Thae Chaung camp in Sittwe, the…

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