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Singapore Concerned About Influence Of ISIS
In a keynote address at the Shangri-La Dialogue, Singapore’s prime minister, Lee Hsien Loong, expressed his concern about the growing influence of ISIS in the largely Muslim country.

“Even in Singapore, where we have a peaceful and well-integrated Muslim population, some individuals have been led astray. A few have gone to join ISIS and others have been intercepted and detained before they could leave,” Mr Lee said last week.

Lee said the notion that terrorists could establish an Islamic caliphate is absurd, but, he added, “it is not so far-fetched that ISIS could establish a base somewhere in the region, a geographical area under its physical control like in Syria and Iraq, somewhere far from the centres of power of state governments, where the governments’ writ does not run. That would pose a serious threat to the whole of Southeast Asia.”

Lee’s fears are not far-fetched, says Bloomberg View columnist Seth Rogin.

“The current U.S.-led fight against the Islamic State is largely limited to the Middle East. But the jihadists’ approach to fighting the West has no geographic boundaries. Unless the anti-Islamic State coalition does more to cooperate with countries in Southeast Asia and elsewhere, the terror group will just expand its recruiting and attacks across the globe,” he warns.

Burundi President Skips Summit On – Burundi
Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza will not attend Sunday’s emergency summit of the East African Community Heads of State on the political situation in Burun, reports Voice of America.

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UN Envoy: 2015 Is The Year Of Fear For Children
2015 is the worst year for children since 1945, says United Nations Special Envoy for global education.

“This is not the year of the child but the year of fear, with 2015 already the worst year since 1945 for children being displaced, the worst year for children becoming refugees, the worst year for children seeing their schools attacked,” said envoy Gordon Brown.

The numbers tell the tragic story:

More than half of the world’s record 38 million internally displaced persons (IDPs) are children;

A similar portion of the world’s 16.7 million refugees are children;

Over 825,000 children are trafficked each year, with 8.6 million in slavery;

An estimated five million girls married off before the age of 15 last year, and about 168 million child labourers, 85 million of whom were engaged in hazardous work.

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