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Myanmar military assures U.N of “harsh” action on sexual assault

SITTWE, Myanmar, May 1 (Reuters) – Myanmar’s military has assured the United Nations of “harsh” action against perpetrators of sexual violence, state media reported on Tuesday, as U.N. envoys travelled to Rakhine State where the military conducted a widely criticised crackdown. Nearly 700,000 Rohingya Muslims fled from Rakhine State to …

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Myanmar president grants amnesty to 8,500 prisoners

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Myanmar President Win Myint has granted amnesty to more than 8,500 prisoners, reportedly including at least three dozen political prisoners. The amnesty, announced Monday, coincided with Myanmar’s traditional New Year. It was granted to 8,490 Myanmar citizens and 51 foreigners. A statement from presidential spokesman Zaw …

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Three bombs hit capital of Myanmar’s Rakhine state

Yangon, Feb 24, 2018 (AFP) -Three bombs exploded early Saturday in the capital of Myanmar’s Rakhine state, a cauldron of ethnic tensions roiled by insurgencies and a military crackdown on the Muslim Rohingya, injuring one policeman, officials said. The three blasts at separate locations around Sittwe included one at the …

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Plane crashes with over 120 on board – Myanmar retrieves bodies

SAN HLAN, Myanmar, June 8, (AFP): Hundreds of people gathered on a beach in southern Myanmar on Thursday desperately waiting for news of their loved ones as the first bodies arrived from the wreck of a military plane that crashed with more than 120 people on board. Navy ships and …

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Vatican, Myanmar OK diplomatic ties

VATICAN CITY, May 4, (Agencies): The Vatican and Myanmar established full diplomatic relations on Thursday in the latest step in the former pariah Asian state’s rehabilitation by the international community. The Vatican said it would appoint a papal nuncio to Yangon and that the country would open an embassy at …

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China says 3,000 flee Myanmar after fighting along border

BEIJING, Nov 22 (Reuters) – China is giving shelter to more than 3,000 people who have fled Myanmar after fighting between the government and rebels, and stray shells have fallen inside Chinese territory causing minor damage but no deaths, state media said on Tuesday. Four ethnic armed groups have attacked …

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Myanmar says 34 people killed after they attacked troops

BANGKOK (AP) — Myanmar’s government says 34 people were killed after they attacked government troops in western Rakhine state over the weekend, but villagers belonging to the Muslim Rohingya minority say the victims were unarmed civilians. The government has been conducting counterinsurgency operations since nine police officers were killed in …

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14 dead, scores missing in Myanmar ferry disaster: official

Yangon, Oct 17, 2016 (AFP) -Rescuers have recovered 14 bodies and expect to find scores more after a ferry packed with teachers, students and workers capsized in central Myanmar, local authorities said Monday. A total of 154 people have been rescued since the boat sank early Saturday about 72 kilometres …

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Islamist militants behind ‘attacks’ – ‘New kind of conflict’

SITTWE, Myanmar, Oct 15, (RTRS): Myanmar’s government said on Friday a group inspired by Islamist militants was behind attacks on police border posts in its ethnically riven northwest, as officials said they feared a new insurgency by members of the Rohingya Muslim minority. The sudden escalation of violence in Rakhine …

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5 arrested over mosque burning

Myanmar police have detained five villagers for burning down a mosque last week, an officer said Tuesday, as authorities look to contain religious violence in the Buddhist-majority nation. Anti-Muslim sentiment has fomented across Myanmar in recent years, sporadically erupting into bloodshed and threatening to damage democratic gains in the former …

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