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Bangladesh braces for possible surge in Rohingya arrivals

TEKNAF: Authorities in Bangladesh were bracing Sunday for another possible surge in Rohingya refugee arrivals, with thousands from the Muslim minority believed stranded along the border with Myanmar waiting to cross. Border guards are also concerned that the relaxing later Sunday of a temporary ban on fishing in the Bay of Bengal could see a surge in people-smuggling along the coast as unscrupulous captains return to the seas. Rohingya refugees already in Bangladesh have received videos from families across the border…

US arrivals plunge from six countries hit by Trump travel ban

WASHINGTON: Arrivals in the United States from the six mostly Muslim countries in President Donald Trump's travel ban have plunged despite a legal freeze on the ban's implementation. Government data received Thursday showed that arrivals from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen were down by nearly half in March and April from a year ago -- 6,372 for the two months compared to 12,100 in 2016. Arrivals were little changed in the first month after the rollout of the original January 27 travel ban, which also…

Muslims barred from flights to US, as others detained

TEHRAN: Iranians and Iraqis planning to fly to the United States were prevented from boarding on Saturday after US President Donald Trump's order to restrict arrivals from seven Muslim countries. Iran slammed the "insulting" ban and said it would reciprocate. On Friday Trump signed a sweeping executive order to suspend the arrival of refugees and impose tough new controls on travellers from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Syria and Yemen. His move sparked widespread international criticism. Travellers from the Middle…