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A boat carrying nearly 60 Rohingya refugees heading to Malaysia has made a stop in Thailand because of bad weather. Few Rohingyas have tried to use southern sea routes since a crackdown on trafficking networks three years ago. In 2015 there was an exodus of Muslim-majority Rohingya from Rakhine State in western Myanmar, with an estimated 25,000 people fleeing violence and squalid camps they were forced into. Al Jazeera’s Wayne Hay reports from Bangkok. - Subscribe to our channel: http://aje.io/AJSubscribe - Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/AJEnglish - Find us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/aljazeera - Check our website: https://www.aljazeera.com/
Hours before he was ousted, former Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin discussed his progress in his position with President Donald Trump — who gave him no indication that he would later fire him.Shulkin said during an interview with MSNBC that he spoke on the phone to Trump on Wednesday about needing to focus on polices to help the VA.“We spoke about the progress that I was making, what I needed to do from a policy perspective to make sure that we‘re fixing the issues in VA,” Shulkin said. “He was very focused, he was very inquisitive about the things we were working on, making sure we were focused on the job at hand.“MSNBC host Chris Hayes asked if Trump “made no mention of the fact that he was about to terminate you,” to which Shulkin said, “That’s correct.”Trump on Wednesday evening announced on Twitter that White House physician Ronny Jackson would be nominated to replace Shulkin. Shulkin said that he was informed that he would be ousted, not by Trump, but by his chief of staff John Kelly.“Right before that, the Chief of Staff Kelly gave me a call, which I appreciated, gave me a heads up,” Shulkin said. “And so that was much after the phone call,” he said of the tweet.
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Since late last year, the world's attention has been brought to the plight of 700,000 Muslim Rohingya, who have fled violence in Myanmar. But elsewhere in the country, Kachin State, another 100,000 people have also been displaced by years of fighting between the Christian Kachin Independence Army (KIA) and government troops. Now, as civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi prepares for talks with other rebel groups, the KIA is refusing to engage. It leaves little hope for those in camps who want to return home. Al Jazeera's Wayne Hay reports. - Subscribe to our channel: http://aje.io/AJSubscribe - Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/AJEnglish - Find us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/aljazeera - Check our website: https://www.aljazeera.com/
Jaynesh Chudasama hit Harry Rice, George Wilkinson and Josh McGuinness while over limitA man who was more than two and a half times over the drink-driving limit when he ran over three teenage boys as they walked to a party has been jailed for 13 years.Jaynesh Chudasama, 28, of Hayes in west London, had previously pleaded guilty to three counts of causing death by dangerous driving. Continue reading...
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It is Armed Forces Day in Myanmar, which marks the beginning of the military's resistance to Japanese occupation in 1945. But there will be little celebration in many parts of the country, including Kachin State in the north of Myanmar. There, people say the abuses against them committed by the military have been getting worse, while the world has been focused on the plight of the Rohingya in western Myanmar. Al Jazeera's Wayne Hay reports. - Subscribe to our channel: http://aje.io/AJSubscribe - Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/AJEnglish - Find us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/aljazeera - Check our website: https://www.aljazeera.com/
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Featuring Coen brothers masterpieces and an astonishing run by Michael Haneke, this was the decade in which film rediscovered its history – and explored its future – thanks to digital technologyFor the next fortnight, Guardian film writers will present personal guides to their favourite decade in the movies – subjective and of course arbitrarily conceived eras which, like much criticism, tell you as much about the author as the topic. I have chosen the noughties, the era in which I first started writing about cinema for a living.Breaking down film history into decades is seductive, if reductive. The 1920s, the silents; the 30s, the talkies and growth of studio pictures, the Hollywood golden age and the Hays code morality; the 40s, the postwar age and the growth of noir; the 50s, the response to TV and the new epics and spectaculars; the 60s, the European new waves, the new independent and underground cinema; the 70s, the decline of the studio system, America’s own auteurist new wave and the arrival of George Lucas; the 80s, the blockbusters, the explosion of VHS and the coming of the franchise movie – III, IV etc; the 90s, the glossy new indie-mainstream films, the rise of Harvey Weinstein’s Miramax and Tarantino, and then the digital and web explosions of the new century … Continue reading...
Update (9:45 am ET): The gunman who has taken hostages in a small commune in southwestern France is demanding the release of Salah Abdeslam, one of the men behind the deadly 2015 Paris terror attack, Fox News reports. Local media reports at least 12 others are injured in the incident that French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said "seems to be a terrorist act." However, local media are reporting that police have finally raided the supermarket after the hostages had been freed and they shot and killed the attacker. The situation began to unfold around 11 am local time on Friday when the gunman opened fired at a group of CRS police officers who were jogging near the city of Carcassonne. One of the officers was shot in the shoulder but the injury is non-life-threatening. The gunman then took shelter inside the supermarket in Trebes and reportedly yelled "Allahu Akbar!" Mayor Eric Ménassi told a local TV station that the gunman was alone inside the Super U supermarket in the city of Trebes and that all other hostages have been released. A White House official said President Trump has been briefed on the incident. * * * An unidentified person has taken hostages at a supermarket in southwestern France after earlier firing at police officers. The situation is unfolding in the commune of Trebes, part of Aude Prefecture. A police operation is underway. 🔴[OPERATION POLICE]🔴 ⚠️ Opération en cours secteur Super U Trèbes. Secteur interdit ⚠️ Merci de faciliter l'accès aux forces de l'ordre. — Préfecture de l'Aude (@Prefet11) March 23, 2018 ⚠️ Intervention de police en cours à #Trèbes dans l'#Aude. La priorité est à l'intervention des forces de police et de secours. Plus d'informations à venir sur ce compte, ne diffusez pas de rumeurs ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/M2t4mLccG0 — Ministère de l'Intérieur (@Place_Beauvau) March 23, 2018 A gunman is believed to be holding several people hostage at a Super U in the commune of Trebes. The gunman reportedly entered the shop just before 11 am, according to the Daily Mail. At least two people have been killed, according to the AFP. Meanwhile, Metro reports that 8 people have been taken hostage. #BREAKING At least two dead in French supermarket hostage-taking: security source — AFP news agency (@AFP) March 23, 2018 The man fired at a butcher working at the Super U supermarket in the town of Trèbes, after earlier shooting at police officers who were jogging, wounding one of them, in the town of Trèbes. The suspect reportedly shouted "Vengeance for Syria!" as he fired at police... Eric Menassi, the mayor of Trebes, confirmed that a supermarket worker was shot dead and a CRS officer "wounded in the shoulder". Shortly before the hostage situation began, an armed man shot and injured a police officer in the city of Carcassonne, about 15 minutes by car from Trebes. It isn't yet clear whether the two incidents are related. Police have surrounded the supermarket... A source told local media: "A butcher in the U-Supermarket has been shot dead. The gunman was heard shouting slogans about the war in Syria. He says he is representing Islamic State." Police say the man, who appears to be in his 30s, was armed with grenades. ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attack - but police haven't confirmed any details. The attacker's MO is reminiscent of the Hypercacher kosher supermarket attack in Paris, which unfolded two days after the Charlie Hebdo shooting. The attacker in that incident also pledged allegiance to ISIS. As AFP reminds us, France lifted a state of emergency put in place just after the Paris attacks in October last year, but soldiers continue to patrol major tourist sites and transport hubs under an anti-terror mission. Police have surrounded the supermarket and are preparing an operation to deal with the situation... Watch it live below: