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Myanmar ready to take back Rohingya refugees

Myanmar’s Home Minister Kyaw Swe says that his country is ready to take back Rohingya Muslims who fled during violence. He told Bangladesh President Abdul Hamid in Dhaka on Friday that Myanmar is ready under a deal signed by the two countries last year. He said that Myanmar will implement the recommendations by a commission…

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Myanmar still not allowing Rohingya to return: UN refugee chief

United Nations, United States: Myanmar has failed to put in place conditions for the safe return of 688,000 Rohingya refugees who fled an army crackdown six months ago, the UN refugee chief said Monday. The refugees are sheltering in makeshift camps in Bangladesh despite an agreement reached between Myanmar and Bangladesh allowing for their return…

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Bulldozed Rohingya villages deepen fears Myanmar is erasing history

Yangon: Aerial photos of Rakhine state have emerged that appear to show several bulldozed Rohingya settlements, renewing accusations Myanmar is wiping out the homes and history of the Muslim minority. Nearly 700,000 Rohingya have fled Myanmar’s Rakhine state to Bangladesh since insurgent attacks on police posts triggered a brutal military crackdown. The UN has led…

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Trump calls up Modi to discuss regional issues

WASHINGTON/NEW DELHI: U.S. President Donald Trump and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke by phone, discussing topics including the political crisis in the Maldives, the war in Afghanistan and the plight of Rohingya refugees from Myanmar, the White House said. The Trump administration has launched an effort to deepen military and economic ties with India…

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Evidence of mass graves found in Myanmar

BALUKHALI REFUGEE CAMP, Bangladesh: The faces of the men half-buried in the mass graves had been burned away by acid or blasted by bullets. Noor Kadir finally recognized his friends only by the colors of their shorts, reported AP. Kadir and 14 others, all Rohingya Muslims in the Myanmar village of Gu Dar Pyin, had…

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Myanmar court denies bail to Reuters journalists held under secrecy law

Yangon :A Myanmar court on Thursday denied bail to two Reuters journalists charged under a secrecy act that could see them face up to 14 years in jail, in a case that has sparked outcry over shrinking media freedom. Myanmar nationals Wa Lone, 31, and Kyaw Soe Oo, 27, are accused of possessing classified documents…

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Aung San Suu Kyi’s house attacked in Yangon

YANGON: A man threw a petrol bomb at the lakeside Yangon compound of Myanmar’s leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Thursday, officials said, a rare attack on a national figurehead who enjoys strong domestic support but has drawn global outcry over her reticence to speak up for the Rohingya. There was little damage caused by the…

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Myanmar finalizes Rohingya repatriation preparations as doubts mount

YANGON: Myanmar was making final preparations to take back the first batch of Rohingya Muslims who had fled conflict in troubled Rakhine state, state media said on Saturday, despite growing doubts about the plan among refugees and in the United Nations. Rakhine state Chief Minister Nyi Pu “insisted on completion of the finishing touches on…

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Myanmar police shoot dead seven protesters in troubled Rakhine

YANGON: Myanmar police shot dead seven demonstrators and 12 were injured in troubled Rakhine State, after a local gathering celebrating an ancient Buddhist Arakan kingdom turned violent, reported Reuters. The demonstrators gathered late on Tuesday in Mrauk U township in the northern part of Rakhine to mark the end of the Arakan kingdom, the secretary…

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Shallow 6.0-magnitude earthquake hits Myanmar: USGS

Yangon :A strong 6.0-magnitude earthquake hit central Myanmar early Friday, the US Geological Survey said. The shallow quake struck some 40 kilometres (24 miles) west of the town of Pyu, the USGS said. Pyu is located between the capital Naypyidaw and commercial hub Yangon. It was followed by two weaker tremors, both of magnitudes 5.3,…

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Myanmar military says soldiers murdered 10 captured Rohingya

YANGON: Myanmar’s military said its soldiers had murdered 10 captured Muslim “terrorists” during insurgent attacks at the beginning of September, after Buddhist villagers had forced the captured men into a grave they had dug, reported Reuters. “Villagers and members of the security forces have confessed that they committed murder,” the military said in a statement…

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Rohingya insurgents say they have no option but to fight Myanmar

FILE – In this Nov. 1, 2017, file photo, groups of Rohingya Muslims cross the Naf river at the border between Myanmar and Bangladesh, near Palong Khali, Bangladesh. Myanmar, a predominantly Buddhist nation of 60 million, was basking in international praise just a few years ago as it transitioned to democracy after a half-century of…

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Reuters reporters held in Myanmar were handed papers, then arrested: families

Pan Ei Mon (C), wife of Reuters reporter Wa Lone and Nyo Nyo Aye (R), sister of Reuters reporter Kyaw Soe Oo attend a news conference in Yangon, Myanmar, December 28, 2017. REUTERS/Stringer YANGON: Family members of two Reuters reporters detained in Myanmar said on Thursday the pair had told them they were arrested almost…

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Myanmar frees journalists working for Turkish broadcaster

FILE PHOTO: Cameraman Lau Hon Meng from Singapore (L) and reporter Mok Choy Lin from Malaysia arrive for their first appearance in the court after they were detained for attempting to fly a drone near parliament in the capital, Naypyitaw, Myanmar November 10, 2017. REUTERS/Stringer NEWS DESK: Myanmar on Friday freed two journalists for Turkey’s…

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Reuters journalists in Myanmar appear in court, remanded for another 14 days

Reuters reporter Kyaw Soe Oo and his sister Nyo Nyo Aye hug each other as he arrives at court in Yangon, Myanmar, December 27, 2017. REUTERS/Stringer YANGON: Two Reuters journalists who have been detained in Myanmar for the past two weeks were remanded in custody for a further two weeks on Wednesday as a probe…

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Reuters journalists in Myanmar remanded for another 14 days: lawyer

FILE PHOTO: Reuters journalists Wa Lone (L) and Kyaw Soe Oo, who are based in Myanmar, pose for a picture at the Reuters office in Yangon, Myanmar December 11, 2017. REUTERS/Antoni Slodkowski/File Photo YANGON: A court in Myanmar agreed on Wednesday to remand two Reuters journalists in custody for a second 14-day period as authorities…

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Myanmar to grant families access to two Reuters journalists after remand period expires: media

Reuters journalist Wa Lone, who is based in Myanmar, is seen in this undated picture in Myanmar. REUTERS/Staff YANGON: Two Reuters journalists detained in Myanmar will be allowed to meet their families once their first 14-day period of remand expires, according to local media reports. According to Reuters, reporters Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo…

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Myanmar says two Reuters journalists remanded in custody

FILE PHOTO: Reuters journalist Kyaw Soe Oo, who is based in Myanmar, poses for a picture at the Reuters office in Yangon, Myanmar December 11, 2017. REUTERS/Antoni Slodkowski/File Photo YANGON: The two Reuters journalists who were detained in Myanmar on Dec. 12 have appeared in court and been remanded in custody, a police spokesman said…

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Persecuted Rohingya Muslims flee violence in Myanmar

NEWS DESK: Attacks by Rohingya Muslim insurgents on the Myanmar security forces in Rakhine State triggered a response by the army and Buddhist vigilantes so brutal a senior U.N. official denounced it as a textbook example of ethnic cleansing, reported Reuters. Days, weeks and months after the Aug. 25 violence, more than 600,000 Rohingya fled…

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After almost a week, Myanmar authorities silent on whereabouts of detained Reuters journalists

Reuters journalists Wa Lone (L) and Kyaw Soe Oo, who are based in Myanmar, pose for a picture at the Reuters office in Yangon, Myanmar December 11, 2017. REUTERS/Antoni Slodkowski YANGON: As two Reuters journalists neared the end of a week in detention in Myanmar on Tuesday, there was no word on where they were…

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6,700 Rohingya killed in first month of Myanmar violence: MSF

YANGON, MYANMAR: At least 6,700 Rohingya Muslims were killed in the first month of a Myanmar army crackdown on rebels in Rakhine state that began in late August, Doctors Without Borders (MSF) said on Thursday. The figure is the highest estimated death toll yet of violence that erupted on August 25 and triggered a massive…

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