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Rohingya refugees from Myanmar's Rakhine state wait for aid in the Bangladeshi town of Teknaf on September 12, 2017. (AFP)
Rohingya refugees from Myanmar's Rakhine state wait for aid in the Bangladeshi town of Teknaf on September 12, 2017. (AFP)
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These are the headlines we are tracking for you in this episode of On the News Line:

Rohingya ethnic cleansing

The crisis in Myanmar is deepening. The ongoing violence against Rohingya Muslims has sparked international condemnation. The latest one is UN’s top rights official Zeid Ra‘ad al-Hussein. He has described the latest crackdown against Rohingya Muslims as textbook' example of ethnic cleansing. He said:  “I call on the government to end its current cruel military operation, with accountability for all violations that have occurred, and to reverse the pattern of severe and widespread discrimination against the Rohingya population”. The UN official has also called on Myanmar to stop denying the reality and to stop pretending that Rohingyas were torching their own house.

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Syria: Course of conflict

The Syrian army and its allies have put immense pressure on militant groups fighting the government. Two CIA-backed militant groups in the southeast have been told by the US to immediately halt fighting and retreat into Jordan. Militant sources say both groups have received official requests to leave.  Saudi Arabia and Jordan have also endorsed the decision. The two armed factions are Usoud al-Sharqiya and Martyr Ahmad Abdo, part of the so-called Free Syrian Army.