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Pope says his defense of Rohingya got through in Myanmar

ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE: Pope Francis on Saturday defended his strategy of avoiding the term “Rohingya” in Myanmar, saying he believed he got his message across to both the civilian and military leadership without shutting down dialogue, reported Reuters. Speaking to reporters aboard the plane returning to Rome from Bangladesh, the pontiff also indicated that…

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Pope says he ‘wept’ while meeting Rohingya refugees

VATICAN CITY: Pope Francis on Saturday said he wept hearing the plight first-hand of Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh, adding that this meeting was a condition set for his trip to Myanmar and Bangladesh. The Rohingya meeting was a highly symbolic gesture of solidarity with the Muslim minority fleeing violence in Myanmar, and the pontiff told…

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Pope urges respect for rights, justice and ethnic diversity in Myanmar speech

Yangon: Pope Francis on Tuesday urged Myanmar to respect human rights, justice and different ethnicities in a keenly-watched public speech in a country waiting to see if he will address the Rohingya crisis head-on. Peace can only be achieved through “justice and a respect for human rights”, he said in an speech that also called…

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U.S. calls Myanmar operation against Rohingya ‘ethnic cleansing’

The United States called the Myanmar military operation against the Rohingya population “ethnic cleansing” on Wednesday and said it would consider targeted sanctions against those responsible, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said in a statement.  Referring to “horrendous atrocities” that have occurred, Tillerson said, “After a careful and thorough analysis of available facts, it is…

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China to help resolve Rohingya crisis: Bangladesh

Dhaka: China has offered to help defuse the Rohingya crisis, Bangladesh said Saturday, following meetings with Beijing’s top diplomat that Dhaka hopes will apply pressure on Myanmar take back hundreds of thousands of refugees. More than 600,000 Rohingya are languishing in Bangladeshi refugee camps after fleeing a brutal Myanmar army campaign launched in late August….

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Rohingya can return only if Myanmar’s ‘real citizens’ accept: Army

Yangon: Rohingya refugees cannot return to Rakhine state until “real Myanmar citizens” are ready to accept them, the country’s army chief said Thursday, casting doubt over government pledges to begin repatriating the persecuted Muslim minority. More than 600,000 Rohingya are languishing in Bangladeshi refugee camps after fleeing a brutal Myanmar army campaign launched in late…

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Tillerson to deliver warning in Myanmar over Rohingya crisis

In the face of widespread “atrocities” against ethnic Rohingya people in Myanmar, the United States has been cautiously stepping up pressure on that country’s army, while taking care to avoid endangering the civilian government of Aung San Suu Kyi.  As the US takes a more active role in the region — several American delegations have…

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Myanmar must resettle Rohingya in their villages: US official

Dhaka: The United States wants Myanmar to repatriate hundreds of thousands of Rohingya in their own villages following their exodus from the country’s violence-wracked Rakhine state for Bangladesh, a senior State Department official said Saturday in Dhaka. Simon Henshaw, acting US assistant secretary of state who visited refugee camps in southeast Bangladesh, said Myanmar should…

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Suu Kyi makes first visit to crisis-hit Rakhine

SITTWE: Myanmar’s leader Aung San Suu Kyi visited conflict-wracked northern Rakhine for the first time Thursday, under mounting pressure to halt an army crackdown that has forced hundreds of thousands of Rohingya to flee their homes.

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Muslim countries push UN to speak out on Myanmar abuses

UNITED NATIONS: Muslim countries led by Saudi Arabia want the United Nations to denounce serious rights abuses in Myanmar and demand an end to the military campaign against the Rohingya, according to a draft resolution seen by AFP on Wednesday.

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Seven Rohingya refugees drown as crossing to Bangladesh ends in grief

COX‘S BAZAR: Four Rohingya Muslims, a man, woman and two children, drowned when a small wooden fishing boat carrying dozens of refugees fleeing ethnic violence in Myanmar capsized off the Bangladesh coast on Tuesday, police said. Residents of the coastal strip south of the Bangladesh port of Cox’s Bazar fished 37 survivors out of the…

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Myanmar: Foreign journalists charged over parliament drone flight

NEWS DESK: Myanmar police have charged two foreign journalists and two Burmese with breaking import laws after they flew a drone near the country’s parliament, reported BBC. They are being held in custody until their first hearing and could face up to three years in jail. The Malaysian and Singaporean were working for Turkish broadcaster…

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Bangladesh says Rohingya outflow ‘untenable’, seeks solution

GENEVA: Nearly one million Rohingya refugees who have fled violence in Myanmar are now in Bangladesh, which is an “untenable situation”, Bangladesh told a U.N. meeting on Monday, reported Reuters. Shameem Ahsan, Bangladesh’s ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva, told a donors meeting that his country was pursuing efforts with Myanmar to find a…

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Over 600,000 Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh, UN says

TEKNAF: More than 600,000 Rohingya refugees have fled Myanmar for Bangladesh since violence erupted in northern Rakhine in August, a UN report said Sunday.

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Imran pleads the case of Rohingya Muslim languishing in Guantanamo Bay

NEWS DESK: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan has pleaded the case of a Pakistani citizen of Burmese Rohingya origin who is languishing as a detainee at Guantanamo Bay. In an article published by the Washington Post, Imran pleads the detainee’s case before the international community. According to his article, the man “has now waited…

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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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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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Army in ‘systematic’ campaign to drive Rohingya from Myanmar: UN

Myanmar’s “systematic” crackdown on the Rohingya is aimed at permanently expelling the minority Muslim community from their home in Rakhine state, the United Nations said Wednesday.  The UN report, which is based on interviews with refugees who have fled to Bangladesh, details a campaign by Myanmar’s military to terrorise the Rohingya through atrocities that range…

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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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Bangladesh destroys boats ferrying Rohingya from Myanmar

SHAH PORIR DWIP, Bangladesh: Bangladeshi authorities have destroyed about 20 boats that ferried Rohingya Muslims fleeing violence in Myanmar, accusing smugglers of using the huge exodus to bring methamphetamine into the country, reported Reuters. Refugees told Reuters that border guards also beat and arrested passengers and crew as they landed at Shah Porir Dwip, on…

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Fashion designer Nabila sets aside 50% of her profit for Rohingya Muslims

NEWS DESK: Fashion designer Nabila has set aside 50% of her profit for Rohingya Muslims’ donations. Through social media, she has been encouraging others to donate for the oppressed Muslim minority suffering in Myanmar. Watch here:

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