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Witnesses: Many Rohingya still trying to flee Myanmar
(AP Photo - Dar Yasin)
By MUNEEZA NAQVI
From Associated Press
September 24, 2017 11:57 AM EST

COX'S BAZAR, Bangladesh (AP) — The massive exodus of Rohingya Muslims fleeing Myanmar to escape brutal persecution appears to have slowed down, but several recent refugees say at least tens of thousands more are huddled near beaches or in forests waiting to escape.

BERLIN (AP) — Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative bloc was on course Sunday for a lackluster victory in Germany's national election while the anti-migrant Alternative for Germany party was heading for a triumphant entry into parliament, projections suggested.

BEIRUT (AP) — Airstrikes have targeted rural Aleppo in northern Syria Sunday for the first time in months since a cease-fire took hold in the province, killing one, activists and a war monitoring group said.

GUAJATACA, Puerto Rico (AP) — Large amounts of federal aid have begun moving into Puerto Rico, welcomed by local officials who praised the Trump administration's response but called for the emergency loosening of rules long blamed for condemning the U.S.

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's powerful Revolutionary Guard launched a military exercise Sunday in its northwestern Kurdish region just ahead of Iraqi Kurds voting in an independence referendum, in a sign of Tehran's concerns over the vote.

KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — Rwandan police have arrested Diane Rwigara, a leading critic of Rwandan President Paul Kagame and a women's rights activist, for alleged offenses against state security.

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Saudi Arabia is celebrating its National Day with an array of family-friendly festivities, including allowing women to enter the main stadium in the capital, Riyadh, for the first time, to see a performance recounting the country's founding 87 years ago.

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is expected to announce new restrictions on travel to the United States as his ban on visitors from six Muslim-majority countries expires Sunday, 90 days after it went into effect.

CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian court has sentenced two men to life in prison and a dozen others to two to ten years over deadly soccer violence in 2015 that it blamed on the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood group.

KALAK, Iraq (AP) — "For the sake of the sacrifices and blood of the martyrs, let's all say yes for Kurdistan independence," reads a large billboard in the center of Kalak, a small town in Iraq's northern Kurdish region.

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Sunday's national election in Germany will sound the starting gun for a renewed debate on fixing flaws in Europe's shared currency to prevent future crises.

SHAH PORIR DWIP, Bangladesh (AP) — From a distance you can see elegantly carved wooden boats bob gently in the waters that surround this coastal town at Bangladesh's southern tip.

TOKYO (AP) — Declare China a currency manipulator? Hasn't happened. Make Japan and South Korea pay more to host U.S. troops? Hasn't happened.

MEXICO CITY (AP) — In a hospital room blocks away from where he survived 26 hours buried under the rubble of his nine-story apartment building, Jose Luis Ponce lay sedated and on a respirator, alive but with fractures to multiple bones and damage to his lungs and a kidney.

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A strong new earthquake shook Mexico on Saturday, killing at least two people, toppling already damaged homes and a highway bridge, and causing new alarm in a country reeling from two even more powerful quakes that together have killed more than 400 people.

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — North Korea has held a large anti-U.S. rally in its capital city, backing its leader Kim Jong Un as he exchanges insult-laden threats with President Donald Trump.

TORONTO (AP) — Prince Harry's girlfriend, American actress Meghan Markle, sat in the stands for Saturday's opening ceremony of his Invictus Games for wounded veterans in her first appearance at a public event with him.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on U.S.-North Korean tensions (all times local): 5:30 p.m. The U.S. is putting on display its military might for North Korea.

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea's weather agency said a magnitude 3.2 earthquake was detected in North Korea on Saturday close to where the country recently conducted a nuclear test, but it assessed the quake as natural.

COX'S BAZAR, Bangladesh (AP) — More than 400,000 ethnic Rohingya Muslims have poured into Bangladesh since the latest wave of violence exploded in their nearby home of Myanmar last month.

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The Latest on earthquakes in Mexico (all times local): 6:20 p.m. The Popocatepetl volcano near Mexico City has spewed a cloud of vapor with some ash about a mile (2 kilometers) into the air, but experts said it was not related to the quakes.

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Several dozen tradition-minded Roman Catholic theologians, priests and academics have formally accused Pope Francis of spreading heresy with his 2016 opening to divorced and civilly remarried Catholics.

ISTANBUL (AP) — The Turkish parliament on Saturday renewed a bill allowing the military to intervene in Iraq and Syria if faced with national security threats — a move seen as a final warning to Iraqi Kurds to call off their Monday independence referendum.

MEXICO CITY (AP) — In quake-stricken Mexico City, hundreds of architects and engineers are rushing to do triage, diagnose and classify some very worrisome patients: the thousands of buildings that suffered cracks of varying size and seriousness in the 7.1 magnitude quake that struck on Sept.