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Fire destroys landmark hotel in Myanmar’s largest city, kills one

YANGON: One person was killed on Thursday in a massive fire that destroyed one of Yangon’s best-known hotels, sending dark smoke billowing over the center of Myanmar’s largest city and triggering an hours-long battle to put out the flames, reported Reuters. It was not immediately clear what caused the fire, which broke out around 3:20…

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Thousands of new Rohingya refugees flee violence, hunger in Myanmar to Bangladesh

COX‘S BAZAR: Hungry, destitute and scared, thousands of new Rohingya refugees crossed the border into Bangladesh from Myanmar early on Monday, Reuters witnesses said, fleeing attacks by Buddhist mobs and hunger that the United Nations has called ethnic cleansing, reported Reuters. Wading through waste-deep water with children strapped to their sides, the Rohingya told Reuters…

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Former UN chief says Rohingya must return to Myanmar

UNITED NATIONS: Former UN chief Kofi Annan urged the Security Council on Friday to push for the return to Myanmar of hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims who have been driven out in an army campaign. Annan, who led an advisory commission to the Myanmar government, said world powers must work with the country’s military…

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Rohingya mother says Burmese soldiers threw her baby into fire, gang-raped her later

NEWS DESK: ​Hundreds of women stood in the river, held at gunpoint, ordered not to move. A pack of soldiers stepped toward a petite young woman with light brown eyes and delicate cheekbones. Her name was Rajuma, and she was standing chest-high in the water, clutching her baby son, while her village in Burma burned…

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Myanmar army in ‘systematic’ bid to drive out Rohingya Muslims: UN Report

Geneva: Myanmar’s “systematic” crackdown on the Rohingya has been designed to permanently eliminate the minority Muslim community from their home in Rakhine state, the United Nations said Wednesday. “Brutal attacks against Rohingya in northern Rakhine State have been well-organised, coordinated and systematic, with the intent of not only driving the population out of Myanmar but…

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Rohingya insurgent ceasefire ends in Myanmar with no report of attacks

YANGON: Myanmar authorities said there was no sign of attacks by Rohingya Muslim militants on Tuesday as a one-month insurgent ceasefire came to end, reported Reuters. The Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) announced the ceasefire from Sept. 10 in order, they said, to facilitate aid deliveries to Rakhine State, where their attacks on the security…

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At least 12 dead as Rohingya refugee boat sinks off Bangladesh

SHAH PORIR DWIP: At least 12 Rohingya refugees, most of them children, drowned and scores more were missing Monday after their overloaded boat capsized in the latest tragedy to strike those fleeing violence in Myanmar. Authorities in Bangladesh said the boat was carrying between 60 and 100 people when it overturned and sank late Sunday…

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Rohingya Muslim crisis: UN blasts Myanmar after access refused to Rakhine state

GENEVA: Muslim Rohingyas continue to flee Myanmar to Bangladesh and the United Nations is bracing for possible “further exodus”, the U.N. humanitarian aid chief said on Friday. Mark Lowcock, U.N. under-secretary-general for humanitarian affairs, reiterated the world body’s appeal for access to the population in northern Rakhine state saying that the current situation was “unacceptable”….

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Myanmar beauty queen dethroned ‘after posting Rohingya video’

YANGON: A Myanmar beauty queen says she was stripped of her pageant title after posting a graphic video accusing Rohingya Muslims of causing communal violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine state. In a video posted on her Facebook last week, Miss Grand Myanmar Shwe Eain Si accused the Rohingya Muslims of leading a “media campaign” to trick…

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Aid groups seek $434 million for Rohingya crisis for next six months

COX‘S BAZAR, Bangladesh: Humanitarian organizations helping Rohingya Muslim refugees in Bangladesh said on Wednesday they need $434 million over the next six months to help up to 1.2 million people, many of them children, who need life-saving help, reported Reuters. There are an estimated 809,000 Rohingya sheltering in Bangladesh after fleeing violence and persecution in…

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Myanmar, Bangladesh plan to repatriate Rohingya Muslim refugees

The exodus of Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar has been described by the U.N. as the world’s fastest-developing refugee emergency. Myanmar and Bangladesh have agreed to establish a “working group” that aims to repatriate over half a million Rohingya Muslims who’ve fled to Bangladesh during army attacks against their villages and civilians. The announcement was confirmed…

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UN finds ‘unimaginable’ suffering in Myanmar’s Rakhine on visit

The scale of the suffering inside Myanmar’s Rakhine state is “unimaginable”, the United Nations said Monday, after three of its members joined a belated government-steered visit for aid agencies and diplomats to the conflict-battered region. Myanmar has tightly controlled access to the state since last month when attacks by Rohingya militants prompted an army kickback…

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Oxford college removes portrait of Suu Kyi

LONDON: A portrait of Aung San Suu Kyi has been removed from the Oxford college where she studied, it is reported. The state counsellor of Burma studied at St Hugh’s College between 1964 and 1967, earning a BA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics. The Swan student newspaper reported the painting was taken down on Thursday…

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Myanmar’s conflict-hit Rakhine a magnet for Chinese cash

Battered by global outrage over an army crackdown on Rohingya Muslims, Myanmar has found comfort in an old friend –- China, an Asian superpower whose unflinching support is tied to the billions it has lavished on ports, gas and oil in violence-hit Rakhine state. Close to half a million Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh in…

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Aid chiefs to access Myanmar’s Rakhine on Thursday: UN

Representatives of UN agencies will be permitted to visit Rakhine state in Myanmar on Thursday for the first time since the start of a massive exodus of minority Rohingya Muslims. “There will be a trip organized by the government, probably tomorrow, to Rakhine,” United Nations spokesman Stephane Dujarric said. “We hope above all that it…

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Eating leaves to survive in Myanmar’s ‘ethnic cleansing’ zone

MAUNGDAW: Along the main road that stretches nearly 40 kilometers north from Maungdaw town in Myanmar’s violence-riven Rakhine State, all but one of the villages that were once home to tens of thousands of people have been turned into smouldering ash. Hundreds of cows roam through deserted settlements and charred paddy fields. Hungry dogs eat…

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UN plans food aid for up to 700,000 Rohingya

Cox’s Bazar: The UN has drawn up a contingency plan to feed up to 700,000 Muslim Rohingya refugees from Myanmar after some 480,000 fled to Bangladesh over the past month and arrivals continue. A senior official from the UN’s World Food Program (WFP) told AFP they were now prepared to provide massive food and other…

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17 more Hindu bodies found as Myanmar unearths mass graves: govt

NEWS DESK: Searchers on Monday found 17 more Hindu bodies in mass graves in Myanmar’s Rakhine state, the government said, a day after 28 corpses were exhumed in what the army says is evidence of a massacre by Muslim Rohingya militants, reported AFP. Northern Rakhine has been ravaged by communal violence since Rohingya insurgents staged…

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UN says Rohingya must not be forced to move to remote island

Bangladesh must not force Rohingya Muslims who have fled Myanmar to move to camps on a desolate island, the UN refugee chief said Monday. Authorities have stepped up moves to house the Rohingya on the island in the Bay of Bengal since a new surge which now totals 436,000 refugees started arriving on August 25….

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Fires continue at Rohingya Muslim villages

Amnesty International said new satellite images and videos taken as recently as Friday afternoon in Myanmar’s Rakhine state show smoke rising from Rohingya Muslim villages, contradicting Aung San Suu Kyi’s claims that military operations there have ended. The London-based group said its sources in Rakhine claim the fires were started by members of the Myanmar…

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U.N. medics see evidence of rape in Myanmar army ‘cleansing’ campaign

COX‘S BAZAR, Bangladesh: Doctors treating some of the 429,000 Rohingya Muslims who have fled to Bangladesh from Myanmar in recent weeks have seen dozens of women with injuries consistent with violent sexual attacks, U.N. clinicians and other health workers said, reported Reuters. The medics’ accounts, backed in some cases by medical notes reviewed by Reuters,…

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