Myanmar sends troops to Rohingya camp
YANGON • Myanmar yesterday defended deploying fresh troops to a border zone with Bangladesh where thousands of Rohingya refugees are camped.
The increased security this week has centred around a strip of "no man's land" between the two countries where some 6,000 Rohingya sought shelter after fleeing an army crackdown in August.
Emergency declared after PNG quake
SYDNEY • A state of emergency has been declared in Papua New Guinea's remote highlands after a major earthquake shook the region in what Prime Minister Peter O'Neill said was an "unprecedented disaster" for local communities.
He said his government was working to restore services and provide aid to the affected provinces.
Tokyo pupils in Armani school uniform harassed
TOKYO • A Tokyo school that hit international headlines for introducing an Armani-branded uniform has been forced to hire security guards after students were harassed.
Taimei Elementary School in Tokyo's wealthy Ginza district brought in professional guards this week after at least three of its pupils encountered abusive strangers who pulled their uniforms.