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"Out at sea with nowhere to go," reads the Friday front-page headline in Malaysian daily The Star, alongside a photo of Rohingya migrants waiting on a boat adrift off the coast of Thailand.

According to the UN, about 6,000 refugees fleeing Myanmar (also known as Burma) and Bangladesh are stranded at sea, a budding humanitarian disaster because Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia are all turning away the migrant boats, many without food and water and dealing with spreading illness. International media and human rights organizations have described Rohingyas as one of the most persecuted minorities in the world.

“The Thai, Malaysian and Indonesian navies should stop playing a three-way game of human ping pong, and instead should work together to rescue all those on these ill-fated boats,” The Guardianquoted Human Rights Watch Asia's Phil Robertson as saying.

"Taking them in is not an option, say Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand," the newspaper writes, because it would send "the wrong message" to people in Myanmar and Bangladesh.

ABOUT THE SOURCE: The Star is an English-language, tabloid-format newspaper headquartered in Petaling Jaya, Malaysia. It was founded in 1971 and has a daily circulation of between 290,000 to 300,000.

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Jehovah's Witnesses Translate The Bible In Indigenous Language — Is This Colonialism?

The Jehovah's Witnesses in Chile have launched a Bible version translated into the native Mapudungun language, evidently indifferent to the concerns of a nation striving to save its identity from the Western cultural juggernaut.

A Mapuche family awaits for Chilean President Gabriel Boric to arrive at the traditional Te Deum in the Cathedral of Santiago, on Chile's Independence Day.

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NEUQUÉN — The Bible can now be read in Mapuzugun, the language of the Mapuche, an ancestral nation living across Chile and Argentina. It took the Chilean branch of the Jehovah's Witnesses, a latter-day Protestant church often associated with door-to-door proselytizing and cold calling, three years to translate it into "21st-century Mapuzugun".

The church's Mapuche members in Chile welcomed the book when it was launched in Santiago last June, but some of their brethren see it rather as a cultural imposition. The Mapuche were historically a fighting nation, and fiercely resisted both the Spanish conquerors and subsequent waves of European settlers. They are still fighting for land rights in Chile.

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