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Ten drown as Rohingya boat sinks off Bangladesh, 12,000 more arrive

Chhota Angutia - At least 10 people drowned and dozens more are missing after a boat packed with Rohingya fleeing to Bangladesh sank on Monday, as another 12,000 people joined a half-million-strong exodus sparked by an army crackdown in Myanmar.

Ten drown as Rohingya boat sinks off Bangladesh

Chhota Angutia - At least 10 people drowned and dozens more are missing after a boat packed with Rohingya fleeing to Bangladesh sank on Monday, the latest victims of a half-million-strong exodus sparked by an army crackdown in Myanmar.

Bangladesh steps up security at India border over Rohingya fears

Dhaka - Bangladesh has tightened security along its western border with India amid concern that hundreds of Rohingya Muslim refugees could be pushed into its territory, officials said Sunday.

Myanmar army probing alleged Rakhine atrocities

Yangon - Myanmar's military says it is investigating its operations in violence-wracked Rakhine state, where the United Nations has accused troops of waging an ethnic cleansing campaign against Rohingya Muslims.

Former UN chief Annan says Rohingya must return to Myanmar

New York - Former UN chief Kofi Annan urged the Security Council on Friday to push for the return to Myanmar of hundreds of thousands of Muslim Rohyingas who have been driven out in an army campaign.

Pope to visit Myanmar as anti-Rohingya hatred seethes

Pope Francis will push for peace during his visit to mainly-Buddhist Myanmar, a church official said Thursday, a trip that plunges the pontiff into the centre of a simmering religious conflict which has sparked an exodus of Muslim Rohingya.

Bangladesh bans three charities from giving Rohingya aid

Dhaka - Bangladesh has banned three Islamic charities from working with Rohingya refugees, a lawmaker said Thursday, amid concerns displaced Muslims in camps along its border could be radicalized.

Myanmar's army chief says Rohingya exodus 'exaggerated'

The media has "exaggerated" the number of Rohingya refugees fleeing an army crackdown, Myanmar's commander-in-chief said Thursday, in a brash rebuttal of accusations of ethnic cleansing by his forces.

UN Security Council to hear Kofi Annan brief on Myanmar

New York - The Security Council will on Friday hold an informal meeting on Myanmar to hear former UN chief Kofi Annan provide details of a report on the plight of Rohingya Muslims, diplomats said.

Army in 'systematic' bid to drive Rohingya from Myanmar: UN

Geneva - Myanmar's "systematic" crackdown on the Rohingya has been designed to permanently eliminate the minority Muslim community from their home in Rakhine state, the United Nations said Wednesday.

Hunger and poverty trap Rohingya trying to flee Myanmar

Cox's Bazar - Ahead is a river they can't afford to cross, behind is hunger and hostility. So hundreds of Rohingya encamped on a black sand beach in Myanmar's Maungdaw cling to thinning hopes of safe passage to Bangladesh -- before their food runs out.

Rohingya plucked from river trying to swim to Bangladesh

Cox's Bazar - Bangladeshi coast guards plucked a group of Rohingya refugees from a border river Wednesday as they tried to escape Myanmar by using jerrycans as flotation devices, officials said.

School a rare sanctuary for traumatised Rohingya children

Cox's Bazar - Hollow-eyed and detached, 11-year-old Rohingya refugee Sayed Nul betrays little emotion as he recounts why his family fled Myanmar: "The Rakhine Buddhists burned my house. Killed people with bullets. And raped the women.

Mass migrations of the world

Paris - Unprecedented waves of migration are affecting the world today with record numbers of people escaping war-torn regions, poverty, persecution and natural disasters.

Mass cholera vaccinations begin in Rohingya camps

Chhota Angutia - The United Nations launched one of its biggest ever cholera vaccination drives in the vast refugee camps of southeast Bangladesh Tuesday amid fears of an outbreak among nearly a million Rohingya now living there.

Rohingya boat toll rises to 23 as more bodies found

Cox's Bazar - The bodies of another nine refugees have washed up in Bangladesh after an overloaded boat carrying scores of desperate Rohingya sank in rough seas, police said Tuesday, taking the confirmed death toll to 23.

Rohingya feel like prisoners in giant Bangladesh camp

Cox's Bazar - Hasina Begum's earliest memory is of watching the jungle cut down to expand the camp in Bangladesh that is the only home the 31-year-old Rohingya refugee has ever known.

Reunion hopes shattered, a Rohingya weeps for his family

Chhota Angutia - Weeping and groaning, Alif Jukhar dug into the earth of the grave with his bare hands. Alif, a long-time Rohingya refugee in Bangladesh, had hoped -- for the first time in three decades -- to be reunited with his family.

At least 14 dead as Rohingya refugee boat sinks off Bangladesh

Cox's Bazar - At least 14 Rohingya refugees, most of them children, drowned and scores more were missing Monday after their overloaded boat capsized, the latest tragedy to strike those fleeing violence in Myanmar.

Two dead, scores missing as boat packed with Rohingya sinks

Cox's Bazar - A boat packed with Rohingya refugees fleeing violence in Myanmar's Rakhine state capsized late Sunday night near the coast of Bangladesh, leaving at least two people dead and scores missing, officials said.

Bangladesh police hunt man who married Rohingya refugee

Cox's Bazar - Bangladesh police were Sunday searching for a man who defied a ban and married a Rohingya refugee, hundreds of thousands of whom have fled across the border to escape violence in Myanmar.

Bangladesh's mega refugee camp plan 'dangerous': UN official

Cox's Bazar - A top UN official said Saturday Bangladesh's plan to build the world's biggest refugee camp for 800,000-plus Rohingya Muslims was dangerous because overcrowding could heighten the risks of deadly diseases spreading quickly.

Rohingya militants say ceasefire to end on October 9

Yangon - Rohingya militants whose attacks triggered an army crackdown in Myanmar's Rakhine state unleashing a huge wave of refugees said Saturday their one-month ceasefire would end in two days, but added they were open to a peace deal if the government offered...

EU chief urges Myanmar to take back Rohingya refugees

New Delhi - EU President Donald Tusk on Friday urged Myanmar to adhere to its international rights obligations and allow Rohingya refugees to return after weeks of violence that have forced more than half a million to flee to Bangladesh.

Lack of access to Myanmar's Rakhine state 'unacceptable': UN

Geneva - The lack of humanitarian access granted by Myanmar's government to Rakhine state, where more than half a million Rohingya Muslims have fled violence, is "unacceptable", the UN said Friday.

All Rohingya to be shifted to mega refugee camp: Bangladesh

Cox's Bazar - Bangladesh on Thursday announced it would build one of the world's biggest refugee camps to house all the 800,000-plus Rohingya Muslims who have sought asylum from violence in Myanmar.

Bangladesh allocates land for giant Rohingya camp

Dhaka - Bangladesh will expand a massive settlement under construction in its southernmost district to house 900,000 Rohingya Muslims, a minister said Thursday, putting it on track to rival the world's largest refugee camps.

Bangladesh scuttles boats, jails captains to curb Rohingya influx

Cox's Bazar - Bangladesh has destroyed at least 30 wooden fishing boats to deter local captains from smuggling Rohingya refugees and illegal drugs across the border from strife-torn Myanmar, officials said Thursday.

Rohingya started new Rakhine fires: Myanmar army chief office

Rohingya militants have set fire to houses in Rakhine state in recent days to intensify the exodus of the Muslim minority, the office of Myanmar's commander-in-chief said Thursday, in an apparent rebuke to fresh accusations of arson by the army.

Rohingya fleeing Myanmar say army redoubling push to clear villages

Chhota Angutia - Rohingya refugees arriving in Bangladesh amid a fresh exodus from strife-torn Myanmar have described whole villages being emptied and thousands marching to the border as security forces redouble efforts to drive remaining Muslims from their homes.
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