Top News Stories for Today – Sept 15, 2017
Myanmar rejects ethnic cleansing
Aung Lynn, Myanmar’s ambassador to the United States, says his nation’s security forces didn’t overreact in responding to attacks by Rohingya militants on August 25. Since then, nearly 390,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled to Bangladesh, as their villages have been burned and looted.
The United Nations calls the exodus “ethnic cleansing,” and aid workers report destitute people overloading the resources at refugee camps. “How can you say that [the response] is out of proportion? There may be many terrorists who were involved” in the attacks last month, Aung Lynn said. The ambassador repeatedly said that international news media weren’t reporting the full story and said aid agencies needed to work with Myanmar to give an accurate picture. He said there had been scant coverage of the number of Buddhist and Hindu residents of Rakhine who fled. VOA
Trump berated Sessions
After finding out that the deputy attorney general had appointed a special counsel to take over the federal investigation into possible ties between the Trump campaign and Russia, President Trump went off on Attorney General Jeff Sessions, blaming Sessions for recusing himself from the investigation and demanding his resignation, several current and former administration officials told The New York Times.
In the May 17 Oval Office meeting, Trump called Sessions an “idiot” and said tapping him as attorney general was one of his worst decisions. An upset Sessions reportedly said he would quit, and sent a resignation letter to the White House, but other administration officials talked Trump out of accepting it. The New York Times, The Week
N Korea fires missile again
North Korea fired another missile on Friday, its 15th test this year, according to South Korea’s military. Like its last test, on Aug. 28, the projectile flew over Japan. The Japanese government issued an alert via TV and cellphones, warning people to take shelter. Japan said the missile landed in the sea 1,200 miles east of the island of Hokkaido.
The test came after a wave of relief last weekend, when a launch South Korea said Pyongyang was preparing failed to occur. The latest test came days after the United Nations Security Council unanimously imposed the toughest economic sanctions yet aiming to punish North Korea for its refusal to rein in its missile and nuclear weapons programs. The New York Times, The Week
London train explosion
London’s Metropolitan Police are now calling a fire on a train at the Parsons Green Tube station in southwest London a “terrorist incident.” It is “too early to confirm the cause of the fire, which will be subject to the investigation that is now underway by the Met’s Counter Terrorism Command,” police say.
BBC London correspondent Riz Lateef was at the station and reported widespread panic after people heard “what appeared to be an explosion,” and a photo posted on social media showed a white bucket in a bag with fire coming out. Another BBC News anchor said she saw people with bad burns being carried from the station. Police said “a number” of people were injured. BBC News, The Associated Press
The end of NASA’s Cassini
After a 20-year mission, including two extensions, the spacecraft Cassini is preparing to make a final “death dive” Friday into the planet Saturn. Scientists and engineers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory expect the spacecraft to plunge into the planet at 11:55 GMT. NASA said their decision to end the life of the spacecraft in this way is because of what they found during the mission, the ingredients for life on some of Saturn’s moons.
NASA said their decision to end the life of the spacecraft in this way is because of what they found during the mission, the ingredients for life on some of Saturn’s moons. These discoveries helped Cassini’s scientists and engineers decide what to do with as it runs out of fuel. They do not want any earthly organisms that may be on Cassini to contaminate a moon that may have life. VOA
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