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September 14, 2017

From Washington, this is VOA news. I'm Jonathan Smith reporting.



Myanmar's de-facto national leader Aung San Suu Kyi, who is facing outrage over ethnic violence in her country, will not attend the upcoming U.N. General Assembly because of the Rohingya crisis.

Hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims from villages near the border with Bangladesh are fleeing a military crackdown to the safety of the buffer zone along the border.

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Trapped by landmines on one side and armed guards on the other, thousands of Rohingya refugees are struggling to survive in the precarious no-man's land between Myanmar and Bangladesh.

An estimated 370,000 minority Muslims have crossed the border fleeing a violent military crackdown. But these Rohingya are in a unique and uncomfortable position. They've made it out of Myanmar but they are being blocked from entering Bangladesh by border guards, who say the number of refugees is growing by the day.

A barbed wire fence hems the Rohingya in on the Myanmar side, some say they can see their villages from no-man's land, but they are too afraid to go back because the way home is littered with landmines.

U.N. aid agencies are trying to help the Rohingya but they are not entering the buffer zone for security reasons.

Bangladesh officials say they've seen around a hundred insurgents in the area and those of the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army, the same fighters who attacked police and army posts in Myanmar a month ago, sparking the violence that hundreds of thousands are now risking their lives to escape.



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A young girl detonated a suicide bomb in a mosque in northern Cameroon early Wednesday, killing at least five worshippers and wounding others.

The 12 or 13-year-old girl entered the mosque[s] after the first call for prayer, according to the governor of the Midjiyawa Bakary region near the Nigerian border.

No one has claimed responsibility for the attack, but Boko Haram militants have been waging a war to establish an Islamist state in the area where Nigeria, Chad, Niger and Cameroon share a border.



A survey finds the United States is the world's top small arms trader in a multi-billion-dollar industry, followed by Italy, Brazil, Germany and South Korea. From Geneva, correspondent Lisa Schlein reports for VOA.

Regarding regional trends, the survey finds between 2001 and 2014, the Americas accounted for 40 percent of documented global small arms imports, followed by Europe, Asia and the Pacific and Africa.

While the Africa region only imported 4 percent of small arms, the survey notes the value of trade there nearly tripled from $82 million to $237 million during that 13-year period.

Lisa Schlein, for VOA news, Geneva.



Two teenagers were electrocuted by their own family in Pakistan after eloping, according to police.

The so-called "honor killings" have led to the arrest of both victims' fathers and at least two other relatives who carried out the judgment of a jirga, a local court that's convened to settle local disputes, particularly those related to women.

The 15-year-old girl and 17-year-old boy ran away August 14 because their families did not approve of their relationship.

Hundreds of women are killed every year in Pakistan, often by their own relatives, for going against their families' wishes in matters of love and marriage.



U.S. security officials are ordering government agencies to get rid of products and services from Kaspersky Lab, a cybersecurity firm based in Moscow.

The DHS, the Department of Homeland Security, in a statement said the directive was effective within 90 days.

It said, "This action is based on the information security risks presented by the use of Kaspersky products on federal information systems."

The department said the key concerns are ties "between certain Kaspersky officials and Russian intelligence and other government agencies."



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