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

Yangon - 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.

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

Yangon - 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.

Dublin councillors revoke Suu Kyi award in protest

London - Dublin councillors on Wednesday voted to revoke an award given to Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi to protest her handling of violence against Rohingya Muslims in her country, Irish media reported.

Life 'stopped in tracks' in Myanmar's Rakhine state: Red Cross

Geneva - Rohingya Muslims remaining in Myanmar's Rakhine state and other communities in the violence-racked region are so terrified of each other that life has basically ground to a halt, the Red Cross said Wednesday.

Two Reuters reporters arrested in Myanmar: govt

Yangon - Two Reuters journalists have been arrested in Myanmar for the possession of "important security documents", the government said on Wednesday.

Diphtheria kills nine in Bangladesh Rohingya camps

Dhaka - Bangladesh Tuesday launched a massive drive to vaccinate Rohingya children against diphtheria after a suspected outbreak killed nine refugees and infected more than 700.

Myanmar's rich and powerful using defamation to silence critics: report

Defamation cases have rocketed since Aung San Suu Kyi's civilian government came to power in Myanmar, a report said Monday, as the rich and powerful intensify their use of draconian laws to muzzle civil society and the media.

Aid groups vow to boycott new Myanmar camps for Rohingya returnees

Yangon - Global aid groups on Saturday warned Myanmar they would boycott any new camps for Rohingya returnees to Rakhine state, saying refugees must be allowed to settle in their original homes.

Rohingya refugee crisis a 'grave security risk' ICG warns

Prolonged displacement of Rohingya refugees in squalid Bangladeshi camps poses a "grave security risk", conflict analysts ICG warned Thursday, raising the spectre of militants recruiting among the displaced and launching cross-border attacks on Myanmar...

China says UN resolutions 'cannot solve' Rohingya crisis

Bejing - China said Wednesday that a UN resolution expressing grave concern over widespread abuses committed against Myanmar's Rohingya Muslim minority "cannot help to ease the tensions and solve the problem".

Myanmar opium crop shrinks by a quarter

Bangkok - The area under opium poppy cultivation in Myanmar has shrunk by a quarter in the last two years, a UN study said Wednesday, as demand for opiates eases and methamphetamine use surges.

Possible 'elements of genocide' in Myanmar: UN rights chief

Geneva - The UN rights chief called Tuesday for a fresh international investigation into Myanmar's abuses against its Rohingya Muslim minority, warning of possible "elements of genocide".

Possible 'elements of genocide' in Myanmar: UN rights chief

Geneva - The UN rights chief called Tuesday for a fresh international investigation into Myanmar's abuses against its Rohingya Muslim minority, warning of possible "elements of genocide" in the violence.

Hospitals fill as Rohingya refugees shiver through winter

Cox's Bazar - Bangladesh doctors warned Tuesday of a sharp escalation in Rohingya children suffering from pneumonia as hundreds of thousands of refugees shiver through winter in overcrowded camps with little protection from the cold.

'Strong resolution' needed on Myanmar at UN meet: Amnesty

Amnesty International is calling for a "strong resolution" over Myanmar's treatment of its Rohingya Muslim minority, as the country enters the spotlight of a rare UN Human Rights Council special session later Tuesday.

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.

Pope Francis wraps up Asia tour after meeting Rohingya

Dhaka - Pope Francis wrapped up a high-stakes Asia tour Saturday after meeting Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh in a highly symbolic gesture of solidarity with the Muslim minority fleeing violence in Myanmar.

Pope Francis wraps up Asia tour after meeting Rohingya

Dhaka - Pope Francis wraps up a high-stakes Asia tour Saturday after meeting Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh in a highly symbolic gesture of solidarity with the Muslim minority fleeing violence in Myanmar.

Pope Francis wraps up Asia tour after meeting Rohingya

Dhaka - Pope Francis wraps up a high-stakes Asia tour Friday after meeting Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh in a highly symbolic gesture of solidarity with the Muslim minority fleeing violence in Myanmar.

Pope refers to 'Rohingya' after meeting refugees

Dhaka - Pope Francis referred to refugees who have fled Myanmar for Bangladesh as "Rohingya" on Friday, using the politically sensitive name for the persecuted minority for the first time on his Asia tour after meeting a group of them in Dhaka.

China, Myanmar hail close ties amid Rohingya outcry

Bejing - Chinese President Xi Jinping and Aung San Suu Kyi touted their nations' close ties on Friday as Myanmar's civilian leader, under fire over the Rohingya refugee crisis, visited Beijing on Friday.

Pope calls refugees 'Rohingya' after emotional meeting in Dhaka

Dhaka - Pope Francis referred to refugees who have fled Myanmar for Bangladesh as "Rohingya" on Friday, using the politically sensitive name for the persecuted minority for the first time on an Asia tour dominated by their plight after meeting some of them in ...

Pope to lead huge mass for Bangladesh Catholics

Dhaka - Pope Francis will lead an open-air mass Friday for around 100,000 Catholics in Bangladesh, which is grappling with a rise in Islamist extremism and a massive influx of Rohingya refugees from neighbouring Myanmar.

Pope urges 'decisive' measures on Rohingya crisis

Dhaka - Pope Francis called Thursday for "decisive" international measures on the Rohingya refugee crisis as he began a visit to Bangladesh, where more than 620,000 of the Muslim minority have sought sanctuary after fleeing violence in Myanmar.

Bangladesh and rickshaw for down-to-earth pope

Dhaka - Pope Francis will forego his trusty popemobile for a cycle rickshaw in Bangladesh, Catholic officials said Thursday, as the famously frugal pontiff began a three-day visit to the poor country.

Pope lands in Bangladesh after contentious Myanmar visit

Dhaka - Pope Francis on Thursday arrived in Bangladesh, where hundreds of thousands of Muslim Rohingya refugees have sought sanctuary after fleeing a crackdown in neighbouring Myanmar, in the second stage of a tour dominated by the plight of the persecuted min...

Pope wraps up contentious Myanmar visit

Pope Francis on Thursday wraps up a visit to Myanmar defined by his decision not to address the Rohingya crisis in public, and flies to Bangladesh, where huge numbers of refugees from the Muslim minority languish in refugee camps.

Pope 'moral authority' undiminished after Myanmar visit: Vatican

The "moral authority" of Pope Francis is undiminished despite his failure to address the Rohingya crisis head-on during a visit to Myanmar, the Vatican said late Wednesday, defending a papal trip framed by the plight of the Muslim minority.

Pope begins landmark mass for Myanmar Catholics

A sea of worshippers crowded into a football field early Wednesday for an open-air mass by Pope Francis, who is making the first ever papal visit to Myanmar, in a trip framed so far by his public sidestepping of the Rohingya crisis.

Pope sidesteps Rohingya crisis during Myanmar address

Nay Pyi Taw - Pope Francis urged respect for rights and justice in a keenly-watched address in Myanmar on Tuesday, but refrained from any mention of the Rohingya or the alleged ethnic cleansing that has driven huge numbers of the Muslim minority from the country.
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Jerdon's Babbler, rediscovered after the bird was thought to be extinct since 1941.
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The Asian Elephant is quickly disappearing from the jungles of Myanmar.
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