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Wild elephants trample Rohingya refugees to death

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COX’S BAZAR — At least four Rohingya refugees were trampled to death by an elephant in a makeshift camp in the Cox’s Bazar area of Bangladesh on Saturday morning.

A woman and three young children, who had fled violence in their home country of Burma, were killed when the animal stormed their temporary shelter in the Balukhali camp, where tens of thousands of refugees are living.

The deaths of the woman, two 9-year-old and 6-year-old girls, and one 1-year-old boy were confirmed by Abdul Khayer, the officer in charge of the Ukhiya police station in the area.

Two other people were also injured in what is now the second fatal attacked by wild elephants in the area. A two-year-old boy and an elderly man were trampled to death while sleeping in their shelter last month.

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More than 530,000 refugees from Myanmar have fled to Bangladesh over the last two months since attacks by Rohingya militants on security posts triggered a Myanmar army operation that the United Nations has described as ethnic cleansing.

Many trees on the forested hills of Balukhali in southern Bangladesh, where the incident took place, have been chopped down to house the massive influx of Rohingya.

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Chinese Premier Li Keqiang re-appointed to 5-year term

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BEIJING — The China’s legislature has re-appointed Premier Li Keqiang on Sunday to a second five-year term in the ongoing session of the 13th National People’s Congress.

National People’s Congress delegates voted 2,964 to 2 to approve Li’s appointment. This comes a day after party leader Xi Jinping was reappointed China’s president with no limits on how many terms he can serve.

According to media sources, the legislature also approved the appointment of a director for a new anti-corruption agency.

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Likewise, Further Wang Qishan was appointed as the Vice President of China. Yang Xiaodu was appointed the Director of National Supervisory commission which acts as an anti-graft committee.

Political analysts see the creation of the anti-graft agency as part of efforts to enforce party control over an increasingly complex society and government.

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