US, UK, France among 8 countries urge UN to take up Rohingya crisis Feb 09, 2018 0 49 12345 AFPUnited NationsBritain, France, the United States and five other countries asked the UN Security Council on Wednesday to discuss the fate of hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees driven from Myanmar, diplomats said.The council will hold a meeting on Tuesday to hear UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi report on the crisis sparked by an army crackdown in Myanmar's Rakhine state in August.Sweden, Poland, the Netherlands, Kazakhstan and Equatorial Guinea requested the talks along with the three permanent council members.The meeting comes nearly three months after the council adopted a statement demanding that Myanmar rein in its security forces and allow the Rohingya to return to their homes.More than 750,000 Rohingya have been driven from the mainly Buddhist country to Bangladesh, fleeing soldiers accused of killings, rape and burning down villages.Bangladesh and Myanmar agreed last month to repatriate the Rohingya over a period of two years, but the United Nations has expressed concerns after the UN refugee agency UNHCR was kept out of the agreement.The General Assembly in December adopted a resolution asking Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to name a special envoy to Myanmar, but that appointment has yet to be made. POST A COMMENT RELATED ARTICLES Pakistani top commanders signal cooperation with US Feb 09, 2018 0 57 Council of Islamic Ideology debates public hangings in wake of Zainab Ansari case Feb 09, 2018 0 51 Trump's New Year's tweet 'deeply hurtful' to Pakistanis, says Bilawal Feb 09, 2018 0 49 Bangladesh ex-PM Khaleda gets 5-year jail term for graft REUTERS DHAKA Bangladesh opposition leader and former prime minister Khaleda Zia was jailed on Thursday for corruption, but plans to appeal against her five-year term, her lawyer said, as thousands of supporters took .. Maldives' president sends envoys to Pakistan, China and Saudi for support REUTERS MALE The embattled president of the Maldives has sent envoys to friendly nations such as China, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia to brief them on a political crisis in the Indian Ocean nation that spurred the imposition .. Nepal Communist parties get majority in upper house AFP Kathmandu Nepal's Communist parties have secured a majority of seats in the upper house of parliament, the election commission said Thursday, paving the way for the leftist alliance to form the next government .. Weather forecast saves Pakistani wheat farmers REUTERS ISLAMABAD In early November last year, Muhammad Islam was surprised by news from the Pakistan Meteorological Department. The 40-year-old farmer learned that good rains were forecast for the crucial wheat .. Pakistan bans V-Day events REUTERS ISLAMABAD Pakistan has banned events promoting Valentine's Day, and media coverage of any such events, for the second year in a row after a court ruled the holiday un-Islamic. The Pakistan Electronic Media ..