Eight Countries Urge UN to Discuss Rohingyas Crisis

Britain, France, America along with five other countries on Wednesday (7/2), called on the UN Security Council to discuss the fate of hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees expelled from Myanmar, [AFP]

The Security Council will convene Tuesday (13/2) ) to hear the report of the High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Filippo Grandi about the crisis caused by the military crackdown in Rakhine, Myanmar in August last year.

The other five countries are Sweden, Poland, the Netherlands, Kazakhstan and Equatorial Guinea .

The hearing was held nearly three months after the Security Council issued a statement requesting Myanmar to control its security forces and allow refugees to return to their hometowns. More than 750,000 Rohingyas fled to Bangladesh from Myanmar whose Buddhist majority is predominant. Refugees accuse the army of killing, raping and burning their villages.

Last month Myanmar and Bangladesh agreed to repatriate Rohingya refugees within two years. But the United Nations expressed concern that UNHCR was not involved in the deal.

Kuwaiti Ambassador Mansour al-Otaibi said the Myanmar government refused the arrival of Security Council envoys to Rakhine on the grounds that 'the timing was not right'. [as/al]

Big US Companies Urge Congress to Protect Young Immigrants

More than 100 large American companies have joined forces to urge Congress to protect immigrants brought to America illegally while still a child. They signed an open letter of full-page advertising on a major newspaper on Thursday.

The companies called for immediate action to help workers who would lose protection from government programs, called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, abbreviated DACA , March.

Google's chief executive, Amazon, Facebook and Apple – known as GAFA – alongside IBM, Microsoft, Coca-Cola, General Motors, AT & T, Marriott, Hilton and dozens of other companies, signed a letter calling for protection for those covered by the program, called Dreamers.

Last September, President Donald Trump canceled the program, but gave it six months. That is, the people covered by the DACA or Dreamers program will be deported starting in March.

The letter voiced concerns by analysts and businessmen who said the economy would lose $ 215 billion in GDP if 800 thousand Dreamers quit their jobs, filling vacant position.

An American judge this week ordered the federal government to restore the DACA while awaiting justification for plans to cancel the program. It will allow Dreamers to apply to update their status in the program imposed by President Barack Obama since 2012, unless canceled by a higher court.

The immigration advocacy group noted that Dreamers is eligible and has undergone rigorous background checks , and do not receive government financial aid, but pay taxes because their status allows them to work legally. [ka/ii]

Trump Urge Saudi Arabia Allow Humanitarian Assistance to Yemen

President Donald Trump has ordered officials to urge Saudi Arabia to allow fuel, food and medicine to be delivered to Yemen.

In a brief statement Wednesday (6/12), Trump said, "This must be immediately "

The Saudi-led coalition launched a ground and air attack to remove the Houthi rebels from Yemen.

Saudi Arabia imposed a blockade on all Yemeni ports last month after the Houthi rebels fired a missiles near Ryadh.

The blockade has been loosened to allow some humanitarian aid into Yemen, but Saudi Arabia tightened restrictions on commercial shipments resulting in a severe fuel shortage.

Fuel shortages mean generators used to pump drinking water, operate the hospital, and cook food not working. [ds]

US Defense Secretary Will Not Urge Pakistan During Visit

US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis says he does not plan to "push" Pakistan, but expects the country to fulfill its promise to fight terrorists, when he embarked on his first visit to Islamabad as head of the Pentagon.

Speaking on military planes, Mattis said he did not expect will confront a meeting on Monday with Pakistani Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and Army Commander Qamar Javed Bajwa.

"It's not like I'm handling a problem," Mattis said. "I believe we can work hard to find common ground and work together."

Last October, Mattis warned that the United States was willing to "once again" cooperate with Pakistan before taking "whatever steps it took" (19659003) But on Sunday, Mattis said he focused on finding "commonality … by listening to each other without being aggressive."

The United States for a decade has accused Pakistan of protecting or possessing links with terrorists, such as the Haqqani Network and the Afghan Taliban, which attack NATO coalition forces in neighboring Afghanistan.

Islamabad rejects the allegations and says Washington blames Pakistan for its own failure in Afghanistan, where the United States is stalled after 16 years of war. [as/ii]