Rakhine State

Myanmar military says investigating mass grave in Rakhine state

YANGON (Reuters) - Myanmar's army said on Monday that security forces have discovered a mass grave on the edge of a village in Rakhine State, and have launched an investigation.<p>A violent crackdown by the security forces in response to attacks by militants in the state has caused around 650,000 …

Asia

Myanmar leaders could be charged with genocide in court: UN rights chief

The UN human rights chief says he doesn’t rule out the possibility that Myanmar’s leader and military face genocide charges in court in the future.

Asia

Burma: 40 Rohingya Villages Burned Since October

(New York, December 18, 2017) – Analysis of satellite imagery reveals new destruction of Rohingya villages during October and November 2017 in …

Human Rights

Hundreds of Rohingya villages destroyed, report finds

Analysis of new images shows that 354 villages have been partially or completely destroyed in Rakhine since Myanmar's military began attacking …

Asia

ASEAN's Rohingya Response -- Barely A Peep Outside Of Malaysia

More than 600,000 Rohingya Muslims have been displaced from their Myanmar homes in what has been described as the “fastest growing refugee crisis in the world.” An estimated of at least 6,700 members of the minority group have met violent deaths, including 730 children below age 5, according to the …

Asia

Myanmar wields colonial-era law against Reuters journalists

(Reuters) - Myanmar has accused Reuters reporters Wa Lone, 31, and Kyaw Soe Oo, 27, of breaching the country’s Official Secrets Act, a little-used hangover from colonial rule. Sam Zarifi, secretary general of the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ), said the law can ensnare working …

Asia

Rohingya crisis: “I couldn’t save my children.”

Sitting on the dirt floor in a flimsy bamboo shelter, Almas Khatun pulls a pink shawl from her face to reveal scars across her cheek and throat.<p>“I …

Refugees

Rohingya crisis: Bangladesh information minister warns influx of refugees could fuel terror and drug trade

Watch Full Video<p><b>Cox’s Bazar:</b> The influx of Rohingya refugees to Bangladesh could fuel terrorism and drugs, Bangladesh information minister Hasanul …

Asia

The VICE News Guide to the World — Week of December 11 – VICE News

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Nicolás Maduro

Photo Essay: Tales of the 21st Century – Rohingyas Without a State

The Rohingya tragedy has been unfolding for decades, going back to 1948, when Myanmar gained independence.<p><b>Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh:</b> The world has …

Asia

US Says Identified Target for Sanctions Over Myanmar Crackdown

<b>Washington/Yangon:</b> The US has identified one person it might impose sanctions on over the brutal crackdown in Myanmar against minority Rohingya …

Asia

A record number of journalists worldwide are behind bars for doing their jobs

This last year has been a dangerous one for journalists around the globe — a record 262 men and women are imprisoned because of the nature of the …

Nicolás Maduro

Apple shoppers prefer cheaper models over iPhone X, analyst says

Apple customers seem to be opting for cheaper models of the iPhone, analyst research shows, suggesting that the company failed to cram enough new …

Rupert Murdoch

Rohingya deaths at least 16 times government's official toll, MSF reports

A deeper dive into the day's most notable stories<p><i>Welcome to The National Today, which takes a closer look at what's happening around some of the</i> …

Doctors Without Borders

A Dispatch from Myanmar: What I Learned About Fake News in Southeast Asia

<i>The following is a piece by RJ Vogt excerpted from McSweeney’s Issue 51. In light of the distressing recent arrests of journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw</i> …

Asia

In Myanmar, Echoes of Past Horrors Are Amplified

PANTIN, France — The horrors of Myanmar’s recent ethnic cleansing of the Muslim minority Rohingya summon to memory the harrowing tales I grew up with of the persecution my Indian family faced there decades ago, when it was called Burma, and of their exodus from a land they called home. What they …

Asia

Reuters journalists working on Rohingya stories arrested in Myanmar

<b>(CNN) —</b> Two journalists working on stories about Rohingya in Myanmar for the news agency Reuters have been arrested and detained in the Southeast Asian country's largest city, Yangon.<p>The two reporters, named by the agency as Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, were arrested under the Official Secrets Act, a …

Asia

Rohingya women face 'sweeping and methodical' assault by Myanmar forces; Why India can't afford to turn a blind eye

<b>By Taruni Kumar</b><p>The hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims who have been fleeing from the country of Myanmar because of atrocities and …

Asia

Saudi Arabia Renews Call on US to Rescind Declaring Jerusalem Capital of Israel

Saudi Arabia’s Cabinet on Tuesday commended the international unanimity rejecting the announcement of US President Donald Trump recognizing Jerusalem …

Middle East

Two journalists covering Rohingya crisis in Burma arrested for possessing ‘secret papers’

Reuters journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, who in recent months have covered the military crackdown on the Rohingya Muslim minority in Burma, were recently invited to meet two police officers over dinner in the country's largest city, Rangoon.<p>Their driver dropped them off at Battalion 8's …

World News

Bangladeshis Living Around Rohingya Camps Hope for Quick Repatriation of Refugees

While sympathising with the Rohingya, local populations complained about a rise in prices and the loss of jobs.<p><b>Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh:</b> The …

Refugees

Cover story: Religious extremism poses threat to ASEAN's growth

YANGON/JAKARTA -- With Mt. Agung billowing volcanic ash into the sky above his home in Bali, Khairy Susanto was unsure if he could fly back after …

Asia

Letter from U2 calls for Freedom of City awarded to Aung San Suu Kyi be withdrawn

U2 has called on Dublin City Council to rescind the Freedom of the City it awarded to Myanmar’s leader Aung San Suu Kyi over her response to the …

Asia

Diphtheria in Bangladesh Rohingya camps expected to double every few days

Diphtheria continues to rapidly spread in Bangladesh’s swelling Rohingya refugee camps, with aid groups predicting the number of suspected cases – …

Public Health

UN Security Council Meeting a Chance to Act on Myanmar

(New York) – The United Nations Security Council should take prompt, concerted, and effective international action to respond to Myanmar’s Rohingya …

Rights & Freedoms

Rohingya crisis: Muslim women reveal rape and torture inflicted by Burma military forces

Rohingya women have come forward with stories of sexual assault, beatings and torture at the hands of Burmese security forces.<p>More than 600,000 …

Rohingya

Rohingya atrocities could have amounted to 'genocide'

The violence targeting Myanmar’s Muslim minority “amounts to ethnic cleansing,” a U.K. parliament report has stated.<p>“The violence against the …

Aung San Suu Kyi

Diplomacy And Papacy: How Do The Twain Meet? – Analysis

By<p>This paper analyses the challenges that Pope Francis confronted during his trips to Myanmar from 27 to 30 November 2017 and Bangladesh from 30 …

Asia

India’s Response After Trump’s Jerusalem Move Pursues Ideological Goals Rather Than National Interests

Bandwagoning with the US cannot be a substitute for a working foreign policy in our own region and near abroad.<p>To say that the Indian response to the …

Geopolitics

Rohingya Activist: 'Rohingya Are Not Safe Anywhere'

The U.S. House of Representatives passed a resolution this week condemning "the ethnic cleansing" of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar by that country's military.<p>The move, which is the first step to what could eventually lead to targeted sanctions against the Tatmadaw, the armed forces of Myanmar, came a …

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