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US sanctions Myanmar military commanders over Rohingya abuses

Washington - The US government on Friday hit four Myanmar military commanders and two military units with punitive sanctions, accusing them of "serious human rights abuses" and "ethnic cleansing" in violently expelling minority Rohingya from their homes.

Murders leave Rohingya camps gripped by fear

Cox's Bazar - A spate of bloody killings is fuelling unease in the Rohingya camps on the Bangladesh-Myanmar border, where overstretched police are struggling to protect nearly a million traumatised refugees from violent gangs.

Belongings and belonging: the precious objects gathered by fleeing Rohingya

Cox's Bazar - The Rohingya had no time to consider what to take as Myanmar forces drove the Muslim minority into Bangladesh in a crackdown a year ago likened by the UN to ethnic cleansing.

Catalogue of abuse: seeking justice for the Rohingya

Cox's Bazar - Cross-legged in a windowless, almost pitch-black bamboo shack, the investigator pressed record on a video camera and asked the young Rohingya woman to describe the night the Myanmar soldiers came."They broke down our door.

Myanmar says request for ICC probe in Rohingya crisis 'meritless'

Yangon - Myanmar said Thursday that a request at the International Criminal Court to probe the mass deportation of Rohingya Muslims from the country was "meritless" and should be rejected.

30 years on, Myanmar remembers storied pro-democracy uprising

Students and former activists in Myanmar marked the 30th anniversary of the famed 1988 pro-democracy uprising with a rousing but low-key ceremony, the culmination of three days of events to commemorate the revolt and its brutal suppression.

Bangladesh must improve conditions for Rohingya, scrap island plan: HRW

Bangkok - Bangladesh should dramatically improve living conditions for Rohingya in the world's largest refugee camp and scrap plans to move many to a flood-prone island, Human Rights Watch said Monday.

Myanmar should 'immediately' release Reuters reporters: Pompeo

Fpo - US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo Saturday called on his Myanmar counterpart to release two Reuters journalists accused of breaking a draconian secrecy law during their reporting of a Rohingya massacre.

Fears grow as flooding displaces 130,000 in Myanmar

Bago - Fears that embankments could burst under fresh rains mounted Wednesday in flooded southeastern Myanmar, where more than 130,000 people have been forced from their homes and a dozen people killed.

Myanmar floods kill at least 10, force 54,000 people from homes

Bago - Surging floodwaters have killed at least 10 people and forced tens of thousands from their homes across swathes of Myanmar, a government official said Sunday as more heavy monsoon rain battered the region.

Myanmar floods kill at least five, displace 54,000 people

Bago - Rising floodwaters have killed at least five people and forced tens of thousands from their homes across swathes of Myanmar, a government official told AFP on Sunday, as heavy monsoon rains continue to batter the Mekong region.

Floods force thousands from homes in Myanmar

Papun - Floodwaters have forced thousands from their homes in southeast Myanmar, local police said Friday, as authorities and volunteers scrambled to provide food and aid to the victims.

Reuters reporter arrested in Myanmar says he was 'entrapped'

Yangon - A Reuters journalist charged with breaching a draconian secrecy law told a Myanmar court Tuesday he was entrapped by police while reporting with a colleague on a massacre of Rohingya, and had been abused in custody.

UN Security Council urges Myanmar to ease Rohingyas' safe return

New York - The United Nations Security Council on Monday urged Myanmar to step up efforts for Rohingya refugees to return to the country safely and voluntarily.

Key member resigns from Myanmar advisory panel on Rohingya crisis

Yangon - A key member of an international advisory panel on Myanmar's crisis-hit Rakhine state has resigned, telling AFP on Saturday that the Aung San Suu Kyi-appointed board risks becoming "part of the problem" in a conflict that forced 700,000 Rohingya Muslim...

Rohingya want to return to Myanmar as citizens: UN

New York - Myanmar's Rohingya refugees have told a UN envoy who visited their camp in Bangladesh this week that they will return home if it is safe and if they are granted citizenship rights, a UN statement said Tuesday.

Myanmar Reuters reporter says he was hooded, deprived of sleep

- Two Reuters journalists in Myanmar were hooded and deprived of sleep after they were arrested while investigating a massacre of Rohingya Muslims, one of them told a court on Tuesday in startling testimony.

Reuters journalist takes stand as Myanmar trial begins

One of two Reuters journalists charged in Myanmar with breaking a state secrets law while reporting on the Rohingya crisis protested his innocence Monday on the first day of a trial that has provoked global condemnation.

Reuters reporters to face Myanmar trial for 'breaking' secrecy law

Yangon - Two Reuters reporters accused of breaking Myanmar's draconian secrecy law during their reporting of a Rohingya massacre must face trial, a judge said Monday, in a ruling swiftly decried as a "black day" for press freedom in the country.

Reuters reporters to face Myanmar trial for 'breaking' secrecy law

Two Reuters reporters accused of breaking Myanmar's draconian secrecy law during their reporting of the Rohingya crisis must face trial, a judge ruled Monday, on a charge that carries up to 14 years in jail.

Race to restore Myanmar's film classics for a second screening

Yangon - The restoration of a 1934 black-and-white action movie, famed for high-octane stunts including a hot-air balloon escape and a jungle shootout against teakwood thieves, has energised efforts to salvage more of Myanmar's decaying cinematic heritage.

Myanmar arrests dozens of returning Rohingya: UN

Geneva - Myanmar has detained dozens of Rohingya refugees who have tried to return home, the UN human rights chief said Wednesday, questioning the sincerity of the government's purported repatriation programme.

UN chief hears of 'unimaginable' atrocities as he visits Rohingya camps

Cox's Bazar - UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said he heard "unimaginable" accounts of atrocities during a visit Monday to Bangladesh's refugee camps and called for Myanmar to be held responsible for "crimes" against the Rohingya.

UN chief hears of 'unimaginable' atrocities as he visits Rohingya camps

Cox's Bazar - UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said he heard "unimaginable" accounts of atrocities during a visit Monday to vast camps in Bangladesh that are home to a million Rohingya refugees who fled violence in Myanmar.

Myanmar court urged to drop case against Reuters pair

A lawyer for two Reuters journalists accused of breaching Myanmar's draconian secrecy law on Monday said the pair were simply doing their job by reporting on a massacre of Rohingya Muslims and urged a judge to dismiss the case.

In World Cup's shadow, Rohingya find freedom on pitch

Kuala Lumpur - They may lack the glitz and glamour of the World Cup, but football clubs for stateless Rohingya refugees in Malaysia offer something more -- a 90-minute reprieve from a grinding existence on the fringes of society.

Myanmar not safe for Rohingya returnees: Red Cross chief

Cox's Bazar - The head of the Red Cross on Sunday said it was not safe to return Rohingya refugees to their homes in Myanmar, where he described whole villages abandoned and destroyed.

Chasing dinosaurs in Myanmar's conflict-ridden north

Yingjiang - "Amber hunters" on a quest for a Jurassic Park-style discovery of dinosaur remains sift through mounds of the precious resin in Myanmar -- a lucrative trade that captivates palaeontologists but also fuels a decades-long conflict in the far north.

Myanmar transit camps sit empty as Rohingya fear return

Cox's Bazar - The transit camp in Myanmar's Rakhine state stands ready to welcome back 150 Rohingya refugees from Bangladesh every day.

UN's Guterres to visit Bangladesh on Rohingya crisis

New York - UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres will visit Bangladesh on Sunday with World Bank President Jim Yong Kim to assess needs for dealing with hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees who fled from Myanmar, leading to a humanitarian crisis.
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The Asian Elephant is quickly disappearing from the jungles of Myanmar.
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Myanmar's major agricultural product is rice, which covers about 60% of the country's total cultivated land area
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Bago ci outlined with a red box to show the location where the Jerdon's Babbler was last seen in 1941.
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The tragedy of the Muslim Rohingya boat people continues
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Buddhist monks welcoming Muslims refugee
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