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More than one lakh visas revoked since travel ban
Over 1,00,000 visas have been revoked as a result of President U.S.
Donald Trump’s ban on travel from seven Muslim-majority countries, an
attorney for the government said.
The number came out during a hearing in a lawsuit filed by attorneys for
two Yemeni brothers who arrived at Dulles International Airport and were
quickly put on a return flight to Ethiopia in response to President’s
The government attorney could not say how many people with visas were
sent back to their home countries from Dulles in response to the travel ban,
The Washington Post reported.
An executive order signed by Mr. Trump over the weekend had halted the
U.S. refugee programme for 120 days and indefinitely banned all Syrian
A separate order also suspended all entry from Iraq, Iran, Yemen, Sudan,
Somalia, Libya and Syria on national security grounds.
Sanctions over notorious Afghan warlord Gulbuddin Hekmatyar lifted by UN
The UN Security Council has lifted sanctions on the notorious Afghan
warlord Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, previously branded “a global terrorist” and
accused of war crimes.
The move follows a peace deal between Hekmatyar’s insurgent group
Hezb-i-Islami and the Afghan government in September that granted him legal
immunity from past offences, sparking outrage from rights groups.
Although Hekmatyar is accused of killing thousands in Kabul during the
1992-1996 civil war, many foreign governments, including the U.S., praised
the landmark accord as a step towards peace in Afghanistan.
A statement on the UNSC’s website said an assets freeze, travel ban and
arms embargo targeting Hekmatyar no longer applied.
It theoretically opens the way for Hekmatyar’s return to Kabul after two
decades of exile in Iran and then in Pakistan.
Iran remain defaint of USA sanctions
Iran was to deploy missiles for a Revolutionary Guards exercise on
Saturday in a show of defiance, a day after the United States imposed
sanctions over a ballistic missile test launch.
Relations between Washington and Tehran have deteriorated sharply since
Donald Trump took office last month promising a tough line on what he sees
as Iranian belligerency towards U.S. interests and allies.
Hours after the new U.S. sanctions were announced, Pentagon chief James
Mattis charged that Iran was “the single biggest state sponsor of terrorism
in the world”.
The new sanctions are a response to Iran’s test launch of a medium-range
ballistic missile as well as its support for Yemeni rebels who attacked a
Iran’s Vice-President urged calm heads to prevail. “These are worn-out
accusations against Iran and even the [accuser] himself is ashamed of saying
it,” state news agency IRNA quoted Eshagh Jahangiri as saying.
Bangladesh decided to relocate refugees from Myanmar to remote island
Bangladeshi authorities have decided to relocate thousands of refugees
from Myanmar to a thinly populated island in the Bay of Bengal to avoid
adverse socioeconomic impacts in the mainland.
Rohingya refugees, including those who have moved in from Myanmar in the
recent months, would be relocated from the Cox’s Bazar district to Thengar
Char, an island in the Bay of Bengal about 30,000 hectares in area.
Rohingyas are currently living in different camps in Cox’s Bazar
including Nayapara, Leda and Kutupalang — apart from other parts of the
Bangladeshi Foreign Minister told the diplomatic community based in
Dhaka, that the country needs international support to provide “assistance
in developing the island and in transporting the refugees to the new place”.
According to the government, over 4,00,000 Myanmar nationals, including
the 69,000 people who recently arrived, are now living in Cox’s Bazar after
fleeing military persecution in Myanmar’s Rakhine State.
The relocation would be a “temporary arrangement”, government have
stressed. Bangladesh has requested the international community to take
“meaningful measures” for repatriation of the refugee population to Myanmar.