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'Targeting Journalists is a War Crime': Reactions to Israeli Forces Destroying Building with Media Offices.    [Ashraf N...
05/16/2021

'Targeting Journalists is a War Crime': Reactions to Israeli Forces Destroying Building with Media Offices.
[Ashraf Nayan (Abul Ashraf) --- Editor, AXJ news, Bangladesh ]

.An Israeli airstrike targeted and destroyed a high-rise building in Gaza City on Saturday that housed offices of The Associated Press, Al Jazeera and other media outlets — only hours after another Israeli air raid on a densely populated refugee camp killed at least 10 Palestinians from an extended family, mostly children. There was no immediate explanation for why it was attacked.
AP President and CEO Gary Pruitt's statement called it an "incredibly disturbing development". "We narrowly avoided a terrible loss of life. A dozen AP journalists and freelancers were inside the building and thankfully we were able to evacuate them in time," read the statement. "The world will know less about what is happening in Gaza because of what happened today." ( AP,AJ & DA,P)

'Targeting Journalists is a War Crime': Reactions to Israeli Forces Destroying Building with Media Offices.
[Ashraf Nayan (Abul Ashraf) --- Editor, AXJ news, Bangladesh ]

.An Israeli airstrike targeted and destroyed a high-rise building in Gaza City on Saturday that housed offices of The Associated Press, Al Jazeera and other media outlets — only hours after another Israeli air raid on a densely populated refugee camp killed at least 10 Palestinians from an extended family, mostly children. There was no immediate explanation for why it was attacked.
AP President and CEO Gary Pruitt's statement called it an "incredibly disturbing development". "We narrowly avoided a terrible loss of life. A dozen AP journalists and freelancers were inside the building and thankfully we were able to evacuate them in time," read the statement. "The world will know less about what is happening in Gaza because of what happened today." ( AP,AJ & DA,P)

Myanmar Junta Sends Reinforcements to Mindat by Helicopter, Seizing Town.      [Ashraf Nayan (Abul Ashraf) --- Editor, A...
05/16/2021

Myanmar Junta Sends Reinforcements to Mindat by Helicopter, Seizing Town.
[Ashraf Nayan (Abul Ashraf) --- Editor, AXJ news, Bangladesh ]

As regime troops occupy Mindat, local resistance fighters are forced to retreat, because, as one said, ‘we won’t fight back against their offensives and let the town be destroyed’ After three days of clashes between regime forces and local resistance fighters in Mindat, the military sent reinforcements to the area by helicopter on Saturday, and later took control of the mountainous southern Chin State town, locals said. Since the local resistance movement—known as the Mindat People’s Defence Force (PDF)—controls the roads outside of the town, their fighters have managed to repeatedly ambush junta trucks loaded with soldiers. The regime then resorted to sending in new troops by air, according to a spokesperson for the Mindat People’s Administration Team. “Starting from around 7:30 or 8am, they have been sending more troops and weapons with six helicopters to LIB 274,” the spokesperson—who asked not to be identified—told Myanmar Now. He added that the helicopters made three trips to the area on Friday as well. Reinforcement troops coming by road from Kyauk Htu in the neighbouring region of Magwe have been ambushed by the local Mindat PDF, a member of the PDF said. ( My,No)

Myanmar Junta Sends Reinforcements to Mindat by Helicopter, Seizing Town.
[Ashraf Nayan (Abul Ashraf) --- Editor, AXJ news, Bangladesh ]

As regime troops occupy Mindat, local resistance fighters are forced to retreat, because, as one said, ‘we won’t fight back against their offensives and let the town be destroyed’ After three days of clashes between regime forces and local resistance fighters in Mindat, the military sent reinforcements to the area by helicopter on Saturday, and later took control of the mountainous southern Chin State town, locals said. Since the local resistance movement—known as the Mindat People’s Defence Force (PDF)—controls the roads outside of the town, their fighters have managed to repeatedly ambush junta trucks loaded with soldiers. The regime then resorted to sending in new troops by air, according to a spokesperson for the Mindat People’s Administration Team. “Starting from around 7:30 or 8am, they have been sending more troops and weapons with six helicopters to LIB 274,” the spokesperson—who asked not to be identified—told Myanmar Now. He added that the helicopters made three trips to the area on Friday as well. Reinforcement troops coming by road from Kyauk Htu in the neighbouring region of Magwe have been ambushed by the local Mindat PDF, a member of the PDF said. ( My,No)

Afghan Govt., Taliban Negotiators Discuss Peace.     [Ashraf Nayan (Abul Ashraf) --- Editor, AXJ news, Bangladesh ]Negot...
05/16/2021

Afghan Govt., Taliban Negotiators Discuss Peace.
[Ashraf Nayan (Abul Ashraf) --- Editor, AXJ news, Bangladesh ]

Negotiators from the Afghan government and Taliban teams met on Friday to discuss speeding up stalled peace talks, officials from both sides said, as a deadly mosque blast shattered the calm of a holiday ceasefire in Afghanistan. In a telephone conversation with his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi on Saturday, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi highlighted Pakistan’s efforts to end the conflict in the neighbouring country and said the warring sides there should seize on the opportunities available to them to forge tranquility and peace in their country. Despite unprecedented talks opening in September in Doha, the two warring sides have struggled to make headway, with violence escalating in Afghanistan as the United States pulls out the last of its troops. ( Da,P)

Afghan Govt., Taliban Negotiators Discuss Peace.
[Ashraf Nayan (Abul Ashraf) --- Editor, AXJ news, Bangladesh ]

Negotiators from the Afghan government and Taliban teams met on Friday to discuss speeding up stalled peace talks, officials from both sides said, as a deadly mosque blast shattered the calm of a holiday ceasefire in Afghanistan. In a telephone conversation with his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi on Saturday, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi highlighted Pakistan’s efforts to end the conflict in the neighbouring country and said the warring sides there should seize on the opportunities available to them to forge tranquility and peace in their country. Despite unprecedented talks opening in September in Doha, the two warring sides have struggled to make headway, with violence escalating in Afghanistan as the United States pulls out the last of its troops. ( Da,P)

‘Silence the Story’: Israeli Bombing of Media Offices Condemned.   [Ashraf Nayan (Abul Ashraf) --- Editor, AXJ news, Ban...
05/15/2021

‘Silence the Story’: Israeli Bombing of Media Offices Condemned.
[Ashraf Nayan (Abul Ashraf) --- Editor, AXJ news, Bangladesh ]

Gaza City building that housed Al Jazeera and other media offices was destroyed in an Israeli strike on Saturday. Press freedom advocates have sharply condemned Israel’s bombing of a Gaza building that housed the offices of Al Jazeera and the Associated Press news agency, calling it a brazen attempt to “silence” journalists covering the Israeli military’s ongoing offensive that has killed scores of people. The 11-storey al-Jalaa building, which also houses a number of residences and other offices, was destroyed in an Israeli strike on Saturday afternoon. Dust and debris kicked up into the air as the building tipped and came crashing to the ground. ( AJ)

‘Silence the Story’: Israeli Bombing of Media Offices Condemned.
[Ashraf Nayan (Abul Ashraf) --- Editor, AXJ news, Bangladesh ]

Gaza City building that housed Al Jazeera and other media offices was destroyed in an Israeli strike on Saturday. Press freedom advocates have sharply condemned Israel’s bombing of a Gaza building that housed the offices of Al Jazeera and the Associated Press news agency, calling it a brazen attempt to “silence” journalists covering the Israeli military’s ongoing offensive that has killed scores of people. The 11-storey al-Jalaa building, which also houses a number of residences and other offices, was destroyed in an Israeli strike on Saturday afternoon. Dust and debris kicked up into the air as the building tipped and came crashing to the ground. ( AJ)

Chinese Spacecraft Successfully Lands on Surface of Mars.    [Ashraf Nayan (Abul Ashraf) --- Editor, AXJ news, Banglades...
05/15/2021

Chinese Spacecraft Successfully Lands on Surface of Mars.
[Ashraf Nayan (Abul Ashraf) --- Editor, AXJ news, Bangladesh ]

China's "Zhurong" rover successfully landed on Mars Saturday, state media reported, a triumph for Beijing's increasingly bold space ambitions. The lander carrying Zhurong completed the treacherous descent through the Martian atmosphere using a parachute to navigate the "seven minutes of terror" as it is known, aiming for a vast northern lava plain known as the Utopia Planitia. The mission "successfully landed in the pre-selected area", state broadcaster CCTV said, while the official Xinhua news agency cited the China National Space Administration (CNSA) in confirming the touchdown. It makes China the first country to carry out an orbiting, landing and roving operation during its first mission to Mars -- a feat unmatched by the only other two nations to reach the Red Planet, the US and Russia. Zhurong, named after a Chinese mythical fire god, arrives a few months behind America's latest probe to Mars -- Perseverance -- as the show of technological might between the two superpowers plays out beyond the bounds of Earth. ( Fra-24 & Reu.&Space)

Chinese Spacecraft Successfully Lands on Surface of Mars.
[Ashraf Nayan (Abul Ashraf) --- Editor, AXJ news, Bangladesh ]

China's "Zhurong" rover successfully landed on Mars Saturday, state media reported, a triumph for Beijing's increasingly bold space ambitions. The lander carrying Zhurong completed the treacherous descent through the Martian atmosphere using a parachute to navigate the "seven minutes of terror" as it is known, aiming for a vast northern lava plain known as the Utopia Planitia. The mission "successfully landed in the pre-selected area", state broadcaster CCTV said, while the official Xinhua news agency cited the China National Space Administration (CNSA) in confirming the touchdown. It makes China the first country to carry out an orbiting, landing and roving operation during its first mission to Mars -- a feat unmatched by the only other two nations to reach the Red Planet, the US and Russia. Zhurong, named after a Chinese mythical fire god, arrives a few months behind America's latest probe to Mars -- Perseverance -- as the show of technological might between the two superpowers plays out beyond the bounds of Earth. ( Fra-24 & Reu.&Space)

Lines, Tokens and Money Brokers: Myanmar’s Crumbling Economy Runs Low on Cash.   [Ashraf Nayan (Abul Ashraf) --- Editor,...
05/15/2021

Lines, Tokens and Money Brokers: Myanmar’s Crumbling Economy Runs Low on Cash.
[Ashraf Nayan (Abul Ashraf) --- Editor, AXJ news, Bangladesh ]

If you need cash in Myanmar, you have to get up early. Queues start forming outside banks at 4 a.m., where the first 15 or 30 customers are given a plastic token that will allow them to enter the bank when it opens at 9:30 a.m. and withdraw cash, according to more than a dozen people who spoke to Reuters. If you do not get a token, you either have to queue for hours for the few functioning cash dispensing machines outside or go to black-market brokers who charge big commissions.The cash crisis is one of the most pressing problems for the people of Myanmar after the Feb 1 military coup. The central bank, now run by a junta appointee, has not returned some of the reserves it holds for private banks, without giving any reason, leaving the banks short of cash.he banks themselves have been closed or open only intermittently as many staff have gone on strike to protest against the coup. Meanwhile, internet outages make online transactions difficult and international transfers have largely stopped working.That presents problems for Burmese people and small businesses as they try to navigate an economy rapidly crumbling under the country’s new leaders and the collapse of tourism, one of Myanmar’s fastest-growing sectors. The Burmese kyat has dropped some 20 per cent in value since the coup. ( Reu.)

Lines, Tokens and Money Brokers: Myanmar’s Crumbling Economy Runs Low on Cash.
[Ashraf Nayan (Abul Ashraf) --- Editor, AXJ news, Bangladesh ]

If you need cash in Myanmar, you have to get up early. Queues start forming outside banks at 4 a.m., where the first 15 or 30 customers are given a plastic token that will allow them to enter the bank when it opens at 9:30 a.m. and withdraw cash, according to more than a dozen people who spoke to Reuters. If you do not get a token, you either have to queue for hours for the few functioning cash dispensing machines outside or go to black-market brokers who charge big commissions.The cash crisis is one of the most pressing problems for the people of Myanmar after the Feb 1 military coup. The central bank, now run by a junta appointee, has not returned some of the reserves it holds for private banks, without giving any reason, leaving the banks short of cash.he banks themselves have been closed or open only intermittently as many staff have gone on strike to protest against the coup. Meanwhile, internet outages make online transactions difficult and international transfers have largely stopped working.That presents problems for Burmese people and small businesses as they try to navigate an economy rapidly crumbling under the country’s new leaders and the collapse of tourism, one of Myanmar’s fastest-growing sectors. The Burmese kyat has dropped some 20 per cent in value since the coup. ( Reu.)

Gaza Death Toll from Israel Strikes Rises to 135+ and 900+ Wounded: Hamas.   [Ashraf Nayan (Abul Ashraf) --- Editor, AXJ...
05/15/2021

Gaza Death Toll from Israel Strikes Rises to 135+ and 900+ Wounded: Hamas.
[Ashraf Nayan (Abul Ashraf) --- Editor, AXJ news, Bangladesh ]

The death toll from more than two days of Israeli strikes on Gaza has risen to 135+, the health ministry controlled by the territory's Islamist rulers Hamas said Thursday. The dead included 17 children, while 900+ people have been wounded, the ministry said. The Israeli military said it had struck Gaza more than 600 times since Monday evening while Hamas has fired more than 1,600 rockets towards Israel. ( AFP & PA,B)

Gaza Death Toll from Israel Strikes Rises to 135+ and 900+ Wounded: Hamas.
[Ashraf Nayan (Abul Ashraf) --- Editor, AXJ news, Bangladesh ]

The death toll from more than two days of Israeli strikes on Gaza has risen to 135+, the health ministry controlled by the territory's Islamist rulers Hamas said Thursday. The dead included 17 children, while 900+ people have been wounded, the ministry said. The Israeli military said it had struck Gaza more than 600 times since Monday evening while Hamas has fired more than 1,600 rockets towards Israel. ( AFP & PA,B)

Don't Vaccinate Kids, but Give Doses to Covax: WHO Chief.  [Ashraf Nayan (Abul Ashraf) --- Editor, AXJ news, Bangladesh ...
05/15/2021

Don't Vaccinate Kids, but Give Doses to Covax: WHO Chief.
[Ashraf Nayan (Abul Ashraf) --- Editor, AXJ news, Bangladesh ]

The WHO urged wealthy countries Friday to stop vaccinating children against Covid-19 and instead donate doses to poorer nations, while warning that the pandemic's second year looked set to be more deadly. World Health Organization director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus voiced outrage that a number of rich countries were now vaccinating children and teenagers, while poorer states had barely begun vaccinating health workers and the most vulnerable groups. Instead of offering jabs to young and healthy people, he called on countries to give their doses to the Covax global vaccine-sharing scheme and thereby ensure that those most in need in all countries receive protection. "In January, I spoke about the potential unfolding of a moral catastrophe," he told a press conference. ( AFP & PA,B)

Don't Vaccinate Kids, but Give Doses to Covax: WHO Chief.
[Ashraf Nayan (Abul Ashraf) --- Editor, AXJ news, Bangladesh ]

The WHO urged wealthy countries Friday to stop vaccinating children against Covid-19 and instead donate doses to poorer nations, while warning that the pandemic's second year looked set to be more deadly. World Health Organization director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus voiced outrage that a number of rich countries were now vaccinating children and teenagers, while poorer states had barely begun vaccinating health workers and the most vulnerable groups. Instead of offering jabs to young and healthy people, he called on countries to give their doses to the Covax global vaccine-sharing scheme and thereby ensure that those most in need in all countries receive protection. "In January, I spoke about the potential unfolding of a moral catastrophe," he told a press conference. ( AFP & PA,B)

Myanmar: Mindat People’s Administration Defies Regime’s Martial Law.   [Ashraf Nayan (Abul Ashraf) --- Editor, AXJ news,...
05/15/2021

Myanmar: Mindat People’s Administration Defies Regime’s Martial Law.
[Ashraf Nayan (Abul Ashraf) --- Editor, AXJ news, Bangladesh ]

The administration team of Mindat, Myanmar declared itself the only legitimate local administrative mechanism in the area, and are governing the area under a 1948 law which they say remains intact.The Myanmar junta imposed martial law in the southern Chin State township of Mindat this week, after ongoing clashes broke out between local resistance fighters and the regime’s soldiers. After 10 days of unsuccessful negotiations between the Mindat People’s Administration Team and the military, clashes reignited on Wednesday and were still underway as of Friday. The Thursday declaration of martial law in Mindat makes it the seventh township in Myanmar to be put under such restrictions; six of Yangon’s townships were given the same designation in March after considerable anti-coup resistance grew out of those areas. In a statement published on Thursday night, the Mindat People’s Administration Team rejected the military council’s announcement of martial law, describing it as ‘illegitimate’ and declaring themselves the only legitimate local administrative mechanism of the area. The Mindat People’s Administration Team is a local administrative group formed in February by residents after the Committee Representing Pyidaungsu Hluttaw (CRPH) urged people across the country to set up interim people’s administration teams. The CRPH consists of elected lawmakers who were unable to take their seats in parliament after the military seized power in a coup on February 1. ( Mya.No)

Myanmar: Mindat People’s Administration Defies Regime’s Martial Law.
[Ashraf Nayan (Abul Ashraf) --- Editor, AXJ news, Bangladesh ]

The administration team of Mindat, Myanmar declared itself the only legitimate local administrative mechanism in the area, and are governing the area under a 1948 law which they say remains intact.The Myanmar junta imposed martial law in the southern Chin State township of Mindat this week, after ongoing clashes broke out between local resistance fighters and the regime’s soldiers. After 10 days of unsuccessful negotiations between the Mindat People’s Administration Team and the military, clashes reignited on Wednesday and were still underway as of Friday. The Thursday declaration of martial law in Mindat makes it the seventh township in Myanmar to be put under such restrictions; six of Yangon’s townships were given the same designation in March after considerable anti-coup resistance grew out of those areas. In a statement published on Thursday night, the Mindat People’s Administration Team rejected the military council’s announcement of martial law, describing it as ‘illegitimate’ and declaring themselves the only legitimate local administrative mechanism of the area. The Mindat People’s Administration Team is a local administrative group formed in February by residents after the Committee Representing Pyidaungsu Hluttaw (CRPH) urged people across the country to set up interim people’s administration teams. The CRPH consists of elected lawmakers who were unable to take their seats in parliament after the military seized power in a coup on February 1. ( Mya.No)

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