Alahednews Alahednews SCO Highlights Creative Cooperation The 15th Meeting of Cultural Ministers of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization Member States was held in Sanya, Hainan province. Daesh Claims Responsibility for Indonesia’s Surabaya Suicide Attack Daesh [the Arabic acronym for terrorist ‘ISIS/ISIL’ group] claimed responsibility for the suicide bombing of a police headquarters in Indonesia Suicide Attack at Surabaya’s Police HQ Claims Lives of 7 Officers Seven officers had been killed in a suicide attack at Surabaya’s police headquarters. Malaysia’s New PM Says Anwar Ibrahim Will Be Given Royal Pardon Malaysia’s new Prime Minister said that jailed politician Anwar Ibrahim will be given a royal pardon. Mass Pro-Palestine Protest in Indonesia against US Al-Quds Move Mass pro-Palestine demonstration in Jakarta against the US decision of moving the embassy to occupied al-Quds. Rohingya Crisis: Refugees in Bangladesh vulnerable to incoming monsoon Rohingya refugees are facing fresh turmoil as the monsoon season fast approaches in Bangladesh. Philippines Permanently Bans Nationals from Working in Kuwait The Philippine President imposed a ban on Filipinos from working in Kuwait. Rohingya Crisis: Thousands Flee Fresh Clashes in Northern Myanmar Thousands of people fled renewed fighting between Myanmar’s army and ethnic insurgents in the country’s remote north. Armenian Opposition Braces for New Protests amid Political Deadlock Armenia braced for fresh protests on Wednesday amid a deepening political crisis after opposition leader Nikol Pashinyan accused the authorities of un Trump, Abe Seek Consensus on North Korea amid Strains Talks, to be held in Florida for two days, will discuss North Korea, in addition to trade, relations with China and other issues. After Tripartite Syria Strike, Asia Stocks Mostly Down Asia stocks were mostly down after the US strike on Syria. Duterte Warns ICC Lawyer to Steer Clear of Philippines The Philippines’ President threatened to arrest an ICC lawyer if she conducts activities in his country. NAM Summit Concluded with Member States Condemning ’Israeli’ Policies The final statement concluding NAM’s work condemned illegal ’Israeli’ policies against Palestinian people. Duterte Allows Justice Minister Resign, Picks Security Forces Chiefs Philippine President announced that he accepted the resignation of his justice secretary, and picked the chiefs of the country’s security forces. Australia Expels Two Russian Diplomats over Skripal Case Australia joined the US and other European countries in expelling two Russian diplomats Tuesday. Philippines Tells UN it Will Quit ICC The Philippines announced on Friday it had given official notice to exit the treaty that created the International Criminal Court. Myanmar Crackdown: Regime Builds Military Bases on Rohingya Land An international rights organization revealed that Myanmar’s regime forces are building army bases in locations where Rohingya Muslims used to live Sri Lanka: Security Measures Stepped Up To Prevent More Anti-Muslim Violence Police in Sri Lanka stepped up security around mosques ahead of Friday prayers to try to prevent more violence against Muslims, Japan Opposition Turns up Heat on PM Abe over Cronyism Scandal Japanese opposition parties turned up the heat on Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Thursday over a cronyism scandal that threatens to erode his influence Sri Lanka: Buddhist Mobs Target Muslims Despite State of Emergency Buddhist mobs attacked mosques and businesses belonging to Sri Lanka’s minority Muslims overnight Papua New Guinea Earthquake: At Least 18 Killed in New Quake Papua New Guinea struck by second earthquake killing at least 18 as aid workers scramble to rescue others. Sri Lanka Declares 10-Day State of Emergency amid Sectarian Clashes The Sri Lankan government declared a nationwide state of emergency for 10 days amid renewed sectarian clashes. UN Rights Official: Myanmar’s «Ethnic Cleansing» of Rohingya Continues A UN rights official said that Myanmar is continuing the ’ethnic cleansing’ of its Rohingya Muslims. Reports: Philippines’ Duterte Ready to Resign in Advance The Philippines’ President won’t run for another presidential term and is ready to resign in advance. Myanmar Bulldozes What Is Left Of Rohingya Muslim Villages Now, Myanmar’s government is using bulldozers to literally erase the Rohingya Muslims’ villages from the earth.