Rohingya refugees relocated to controversial Bangladesh island after weeks at sea May 04, 2020 0 102 12345 AFPDhakaDozens of Rohingya refugees stranded at sea for weeks have been relocated to a controversial flood-prone island in the Bay of Bengal, Bangladesh officials said on Sunday.Bangladesh last year constructed facilities for 100,000 people on Bhashan Char, a muddy silt islet in the cyclone-prone coastal belt, saying they needed to take pressure off crowded border camps that are home to almost one million Rohingya. The 28 Rohingya were taken to the island late Saturday instead of the camps as authorities were afraid they might be infected with the coronavirus, Foreign Minister A.K. Abdul Momen told AFP.“Most likely they will stay there until they return to Myanmar.” They are the first group of Rohingya to be sent to the island, local government administrator Tanmoy Das told AFP, adding they were being looked after by navy personnel who had built the facilities.Officials said the group -- including 15 women and five children -- were detained after coming ashore on Saturday from one of two boats suck at sea while trying to reach Malaysia. Some 250 other refugees who also left the boat in six or seven dinghies have not been found, he added. The UN refugee agency UNHCR said on Sunday that comprehensive assessments were needed before anyone is moved to the island, spokeswoman Louise Donovan told AFP. Pages 12 RELATED ARTICLES North and South Korea exchange gunfire at border: Seoul May 04, 2020 0 626 Russia sees record rise as virus cases surge past 130,000 May 04, 2020 0 385 Nine killed in Indian Kashmir gun battles May 04, 2020 0 89 Philippines temporarily bars incoming international passenger flights DPA Manila The Philippines on Sunday temporarily barred all incoming international passenger flights to contain the spread of coronavirus in the country and to free up quarantine facilities amid a surge in returning .. Journalist faces Malaysian police grilling for migrant coverage DPA Kuala Lumpur Malaysia’s communications and multimedia minister said on Sunday that he will ask officials not to “act against” a journalist facing police action for an article reporting on the arrests of hundreds .. Some Thai businesses reopen as public warned not to ‘let guard down’ DPA Bangkok Thailand partially reopened for business on Sunday, with people allowed to return to restaurants, markets, parks and sports clubs, as the government eased measures against the novel coronavirus, but also .. Nearly 100,000 evacuated after Uzbekistan dam bursts Tashkent Nearly 100,000 people have been displaced in Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan after an Uzbek dam burst, flooding thousands of homes and destroying agricultural fields. The wall of the Sardoba reservoir dam in .. South Korea to ease social distancing rules AFP Seoul South Korea said Sunday it will loosen social distancing rules this week to allow gatherings and events to take place after the number of new coronavirus cases dropped significantly in recent days. The country .. India’s military salutes virus workers with rose petals, flypasts New Delhi Helicopters showered masked health workers with rose petals and jets roared across the skies Sunday as India’s military paid tribute to frontline workers battling the coronavirus pandemic. In one of the first .. Hong Kong to give all 7.4 million citizens reusable masks DPA Hong Kong Hong Kong’s government will distribute reusable face masks to all 7.4 million citizens next week as the territory prepares to lift a first round of coronavirus-related restrictions. The planned handouts ..