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Rohingya refugees gather near a fence during a government organized media tour, to a no-man's land between Myanmar and Bangladesh, near Taungpyolatyar village, Maung Daw, northern Rakhine State, Myanmar

Myanmar seeks to have Rohingya case thrown out of UN court

Myanmar's military junta is attempting to throw out a case at the International Court of Justice that alleges it committed genocide against the country’s Rohingya minority. But a rights group is questioning the court's decision to allow the military regime to represent the country in the first place.

Myanmar seeks to have Rohingya case thrown out of UN court
Pastoralists and their livestock at one of the few functioning boreholes in Marsabit County, Kenya. Community leaders organize when people and their animals can drink from the borehole, Nov. 3, 2021.`

Who will pay for ‘losses and damages’ caused by climate change? Developing countries make their case at COP26.

Who will pay for ‘losses and damages’ caused by climate change? Developing countries make their case at COP26.
"A Queen's Dream," illustration by Mayyu Khan, a Rohingya artist living in Kutupalong Refugee Camp, from "Rohingya Folk Tales," by Mohammed Rezuwan.

This young folklorist is on a mission to preserve Rohingya stories before it's too late

This young folklorist is on a mission to preserve Rohingya stories before it's too late
A 1988 polychrome resin sculpture is displayed of the comic character Tintin and his dog snowy

A radio personality drew popular cartoon Tintin into Bangladesh scenes while quarantining — to the delight of fans

A radio personality drew popular cartoon Tintin into Bangladesh scenes while quarantining — to the delight of fans
A man and woman are shown sitting in chairs while medical workers administer vaccinations.

Virus surge, vaccine shortages spread beyond India's borders

Virus surge, vaccine shortages spread beyond India's borders
Several people are shown standing in the burned down ruins of the Balukhali refugee camp.

Massive fire kills 15 at a Rohingya refugee camp, leaves thousands displaced

Top of The World: A devastating fire at the sprawling Rohingya refugee camp in Bangladesh has left at least 15 people dead and thousands of refugees homeless. And, a mass shooting resulting in the death of 10 people at a Colorado grocery store on Monday has captured the global spotlight less than a week after a shooting in Atlanta left eight dead. Also, the European Union Tuesday joined the UK, Canada and the US in imposing sanctions on four Chinese officials

Massive fire kills 15 at a Rohingya refugee camp, leaves thousands displaced
Four people walk with their belongings outside. A woman wears a blue scarf on her hair. A barefoot man carries a bag on his shoulder.

Climate and human security: Part I

Critical State, our weekly foreign policy newsletter, takes a deep dive into new research on how climate change endangers urban refugees in Chattogram, Bangladesh.

Climate and human security: Part I
A woman is show sitting and wearing a medical safety mask and surrounded by health care workers wearing all blue protective gear.

Coronavirus cases surpass 5 million; New laws expected to crack down on Hong Kong; Cyclone Amphan kills dozens

After the worst day for infections on record, the number of confirmed coronavirus cases worldwide passed the 5 million. And as China prepares for its annual National People’s Congress on Friday, new laws cracking down on Hong Kong’s independence are expected to be proposed today. Also, the coronavirus has wreaked havoc on the performing arts, and some people in London are wondering if it’s curtains for the city’s West End theater district.

Coronavirus cases surpass 5 million; New laws expected to crack down on Hong Kong; Cyclone Amphan kills dozens
A man is shown wrapped in a blue tarp followed by several other people as heavy rains from Cylone Amphan fall.

One of the strongest cyclones in a decade makes landfall in India and Bangladesh; Germany announces rules to block hostile takeovers of health care companies

The deadly Cyclone Amphan made landfall today in India and Bangladesh as millions evacuated amid the coronavirus crisis. And, Germany announced new rules that give the government the power to veto hostile takeovers of health care companies. Also, Canadian activists say they’re being targeted by China.

One of the strongest cyclones in a decade makes landfall in India and Bangladesh; Germany announces rules to block hostile takeovers of health care companies
Clouds cover the skies over the river Ganges ahead of Cyclone Amphan, in Kolkata, India, May 19, 2020.

How to deal with a cyclone in the middle of a pandemic?

Like nations everywhere, India and Bangladesh are trying to contain outbreaks of the coronavirus. On top of that, they're also preparing for a cyclone of historic proportions.

How to deal with a cyclone in the middle of a pandemic?
A man is shown wearing a protective face mask and pointing to an image of a cyclone projected on a screen.

Powerful cyclone prompts millions to evacuate; Trump threatens WHO funding, US membership; Tracking the growing list of COVID-19 symptoms

A powerful cyclone is headed toward India and Bangladesh, prompting millions to evacuate and compounding fears over the novel coronavirus. US President Donald Trump has threatened to withdraw the US from the World Health Organization as the body urges global cooperation. And, one study is crowdsourcing the growing list of COVID-19 symptoms. Also, major global events often inspire iconic art and cultural shifts. One byproduct of the 1918 flu pandemic? Zombies.

Powerful cyclone prompts millions to evacuate; Trump threatens WHO funding, US membership; Tracking the growing list of COVID-19 symptoms
A man wearing a face mask is seen under a bridge of Yangtze river

China raises coronavirus death toll; political shakeups in Brazil; restoring Notre Dame's soundscape

Chinese officials have revised their novel coronavirus fatality count, but insist there has been no coverup. And in the US, President Donald Trump tells governors they are responsible for opening up states' economies. Political shakeups in Brazil and Turkey point to questionable responses to the pandemic. In Bangladesh, coronavirus could put Rohingya refugee women in leadership roles. And rebuilding the Notre Dame de Paris is about more than the structure. Learn how acoustic research could help reconstruct the cathedral's unique soundscape.

China raises coronavirus death toll; political shakeups in Brazil; restoring Notre Dame's soundscape
Rohingya refugees walk along the road in the evening at Balukhali camp in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, Nov. 16, 2018. 

Rohingya women are traditionally kept out of leadership roles. Will the coronavirus change that? 

If there is a COVID-19 outbreak in overcrowded Rohingya refugee camps, the success of the response may depend in part on the status of women in the camps.

Rohingya women are traditionally kept out of leadership roles. Will the coronavirus change that? 
A close up of a man on a green background

This Bangladeshi man's story shows why linking climate change with conflict is no simple matter

Directly linking climate change with aggression and mass migration risks dehumanizing those vulnerable to environmental stresses, and casts their attempts to escape a problem caused by mainly rich nations as a security threat. It promotes fear and isolation, rather than compassion and assistance.

This Bangladeshi man's story shows why linking climate change with conflict is no simple matter
Three young men sit closely together and look at a cell phone

Fast friends, Rohingya refugees in exile rebuild their lives in Malaysia

Mohamudul Hasson and Tobarik Huson, both Rohingya from Myanmar, met in Malaysia after taking arduous journeys to escape persecution and stagnation as stateless Muslim minorities. Neither Myanmar nor neighboring Bangladesh recognizes them as citizens.

Fast friends, Rohingya refugees in exile rebuild their lives in Malaysia