Tue Feb 14, 2017 11:1AM
This file photo shows Rohingya Muslims who fled Burma to Bangladesh to escape religious violence. © AP
This file photo shows Rohingya Muslims who fled Burma to Bangladesh to escape religious violence. © AP
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These are some of the headlines we are tracking for you in this episode of On the News Line:

Rohingya massacre

Horrific details of fresh abuses against Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar have shocked the world. Evidence of large-scale atrocities by Myanmar's army is mounting rapidly. 2 senior United Nations officials say more than 1,000 members of the ethnic minority group are feared to have been killed in the bloody crackdown. They warn that the international community has not fully grasped the scale of the catastrophe in Myanmar’s Rakhine State. One of the UN officials said on condition of anonymity that: “The talk until now has been of hundreds of deaths. This is probably an underestimation, we could be looking at thousands.”

Saudi spread of terror

Terror, this time on a broader scale, a country that made its way to the headlines of terror attacks back in 2016 when an  airports and a metro station in Brussels were targeted by Daesh Takfiri terrorists; and it has been on high security alert ever since. However, a similar concern is rising and shaking the security and political systems. Belgium's terror monitoring center has voiced concern about the spread of Wahhabism and Salafist ideology in the country. A 71-page report by Agency for Coordination of Threat (OCAD), leaked by De Standaard newspaper says: “Wahabi tv station and online media operate freely in the country” and “An increasing number of mosques and Islamic centers in Belgium are controlled by Wahhabism and are receiving financial support from Saudi Arabia and the Persian Gulf states”. This very conservative and radical group backed by Saudi Arabia is a branch of Wahhabism that encouraged the rise of ISIL, or Daesh terrorists.

US military edge downgraded

Since 1775, the US Marine Corps has prided itself on being “The Few" and "The Proud". But the US military air power appears to be amongst the first of the services to suffer. Once the pride of the US Navy, and a regular feature in air patrols, the US Marine Corps F-18 Strike Eagles have become a shadow of their past, with a figure released by a defence analysis website, ‘Breaking Defence’ stating that only 40 percent of the jets are in service.