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‘Hate Narratives’ From Abroad Drive Myanmar Communities Apart, Suu Kyi Says

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YANGON- “Hate narratives” from abroad have driven communities in Myanmar further apart, the Southeast Asian nation’s leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, said in a social media statement on Thursday. Patience and time are required to restore trust between the communities, Suu Kyi told Christine Schraner Burgener, the United Nations special envoy on Myanmar on Wednesday,…

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First Refugee Family Returns To Myanmar

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YANGON – Myanmar repatriated the first Rohingya family from nearly 700,000 refugees who have fled to Bangladesh, after months of fraught talks with Dhaka and amid the United Nations’ warnings that the country is not ready for their return. Fleeing Rohingya refugees have reported killings, rape and arson on a large scale. The United States…

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Myanmar To Release Jailed Singaporean, Malaysian Journalists

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SINGAPORE – A Singaporean and a Malaysian journalist who were jailed in Myanmar last month for filming with a drone will be released today after charges against them were withdrawn, their lawyer Khin Maung Zaw told The Straits Times. The duo – cameraman Lau Hon Meng from Singapore and reporter Mok Choy Lin from Malaysia…

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Malaysia, Singapore Journalist Probed For Using Drone In Myanmar

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BANGKOK – Two journalists from Malaysia and Singapore are being investigated by Myanmar police for breaching export and import laws after flying a drone over a parliament building in Naypyitaw. Malaysian journalist Mok Choy Lin, 47, and Singapore journalist Lau Hon Meng, 43, (pic) were detained while on assignment for the Turkish state broadcaster, Turkish…

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Myanmar Detains Malaysia, Singapore Journalists On Assignment For Turkish TV

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  YANGON – Myanmar police detained two journalists working for Turkey’s state broadcaster TRT and their interpreter and driver on Friday (Oct 27) for flying a drone near the parliament compound, amid tension between the two countries over the Rohingya crisis. The journalists – Mok Choy Lin from Malaysia and Lau Hon Meng from Singapore…

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Myanmar Says Bodies Of 28 Hindu Villagers Found In Rakhine

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YANGON – Myanmar government forces found on Sunday the bodies of 28 Hindu villagers who authorities suspected were killed by Muslim insurgents last month, at the beginning of a spasm of violence that has sent 430,000 Muslim Rohingya fleeing to Bangladesh. The Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) insurgent group denied killing the Hindus saying it…

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Tribunal Finds Myanmar Guilty Of Genocide

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  KUALA LUMPUR – The Permanent Peoples Tribunal’s (PPT) found the State of Myanmar guilty of the crime of genocide against the Kachin people and other Muslim groups, including the Rohingyas. In a unanimous decision, former President of the International Association of Genocide Scholars, Daniel Feierstein who headed a seven-member panel, ruled the prosecution had…

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Rights Group Urges New Myanmar Sanctions Over Rohingya Crisis

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YANGON – A rights group has called for targeted sanctions and an arms embargo against the Myanmar military in response to an offensive that has sent 410,000 Rohingya Muslims fleeing to Bangladesh to escape what the United Nations has branded ethnic cleansing. The latest spasm of violence in western Myanmar’s Rakhine State began on Aug.…

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Sweden, Britain Seek U.N. Meeting On Situation In Myanmar

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UNITED NATIONS – Sweden and Britain on Monday requested a closed-door United Nations Security Council meeting on the “deteriorating situation” in Myanmar’s Rakhine state, home to the majority-Buddhist nation’s Rohingya Muslims, diplomats said. The meeting would likely be held on Wednesday, diplomats said. “I think it will be a private meeting but with a public…

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Thousands Flee To Border As Myanmar Violence Flares

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COX’S BAZAR, Bangladesh – More than 18,000 Rohingya Muslims, many sick and some with bullet wounds, have fled the worst violence to grip northwest Myanmar in at least five years, while thousands more are stuck at the Bangladesh border or scrambling to reach it. Friday’s series of coordinated attacks by Rohingya insurgents on security forces…

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Myanmar Worker Stabbed To Death At Kongsi

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  ARAU – A Myanmar worker was found stabbed to death during a quarrel with his countryman at their kongsi at the Sungai Durian vegetable farm in Kurung Anai here last night, according to police. Arau Police chief Supt Nanda Maarof said Myint Naing, 37, was stabbed at about 9.30pm when he declined to move…

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Myanmar Frees Political Prisoners Ahead Of Peace Talks

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YANGON – Myanmar released more than 250 prisoners under a presidential amnesty ahead of a fresh round of peace talks with rebel groups on Wednesday, Turkey’s Anadolu Agency (AA) reported. The office of President Htin Kyaw said in a statement late Tuesday that it had released 259 inmates, including 73 mostly Chinese foreigners as a…

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Myanmar Cops Probe Locally Produced Porn Film

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YANGON – Myanmar police said they have launched a criminal investigation into what producers describe as the first high-definition pornographic movie ever filmed in the socially conservative country. Social media exploded this week when a trailer for the two-hour erotic movie, entitled The Violet of Myanmar, was posted on Facebook by the production company Art…

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Myanmar President Calls For Combating Ethnic Diversity In Pursuing Peace

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YANGON – Myanmar President U Htin Kyaw on Monday urged the country’s more than 100 ethnic nationalities to combine their diversity and turn it into force in the new year in pursuit of national reconciliation and peace, China’s Xinhua news agency reported. U Htin Kyaw made the remarks in his message delivered on the occasion…

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Myanmar To Deploy 8,000 Security Personnel To Guard Water Festival In Yangon

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YANGON – Myanmar authorities will deploy 8,000 security personnel during the upcoming traditional Thingyan water festival in Yangon, Myanmar News Agency reported Thursday. China’s Xinhua news agency reported Myanmar’s water festival will be celebrated on April 13-16, and Myanmar’s new year will fall on April 17. The security personnel will be made up of 5,000…

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Clashes Leave More Than 30 Dead In Myanmar

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HANOI – Clashes on Monday in Laukkai town in Myanmar’s eastern Shan state, left more than 30 dead, Vietnam News Agency (VNA) reported. The Myanmar State Counsellor Office said the incidents occurred after insurgent gunmen in police uniform attacked police and military stations. Another group of gunmen attacked parts of Laukkai town. The office accused…

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Najib Congratulates Volunteers Of ‘Food Flotilla For Myanmar’ Mission

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KUALA LUMPUR – Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak congratulated and thanked all volunteers of the ‘Food Flotilla For Myanmar’ humanitarian mission for all the time, energy and sweat spent in ensuring success of the mission. The prime minister also expressed gratitude for the safe return of the Nautical Aliya vessel, which docked at the Boustead…

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Myanmar Masseuse, Two Children Found Dead

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KUALA LUMPUR – A Myanmar masseuse and two children were found dead, believed to have been murdered, in a room at a house in Jalan Lembah Maju, Pandan Indah, Ampang here last night. Ampang Jaya district police chief ACP Hamzah Alias said the bodies of the three victims were found at 11.50 pm alongside the…

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Aid Ship Organisers Thank ‘Gentleman’ Myanmar

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YANGON: Organisers of the Malaysian-led Rohingya aid ship thanked Myanmar for allowing them to drop off cargo at the port here over the past two days. Datuk Seri Abdul Azeez Abdul Rahim commended Myanmar’s help, calling the government “gentlemen.” “From the time we entered Myanmar waters, they made sure that we were all safe. “This…

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Food Flotilla For Myanmar: Volunteers Positive On Mission

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SELAT MELAKA — Entering the second day of the humanitarian mission, ‘Food Flotilla For Myanmar’, volunteers are confident the mission will be successful despite hiccups encountered. Taking into account the technical glitches at the outset, Thai volunteer, Abdul Azeez Mustafa said it was such challenges which must be encountered in conducting the mission. He said…

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Five Myanmar Nationals Killed In Fight Between Counttrymen

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KUALA LUMPUR – Five Myanmar nationals were killed and two others injured in a fight last night between two groups of the countrymen at the Sri Serdang Industrial Park in Selangor, police said today. Serdang Police acting chief Supt Lee Wai Leong said the incident happened at 10.25pm when one group was attacked by another…

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Five Myanmar Nationals Killed In Fight Between Countrymen

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KUALA LUMPUR – Five Myanmar nationals were killed and two others injured in a fight last night between two groups of the countrymen at the Sri Serdang Industrial Park in Selangor, police said today. Serdang Police acting chief Supt Lee Wai Leong said the incident happened at 10.25pm when one group was attacked by another…

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Food Flotilla Headed For Myanmar

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PETALING JAYA: A “food flotilla” will depart from Malaysia for the Rakhine state in Myanmar next month. The flotilla is expected to deliver almost 1,000 tonnes of rice, medical aid and other essential supplies to the state that fronts the Bay of Bengal. The flotilla is expected to leave Port Klang on Jan 10 and…

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‘Thousands May Have Fled To China’ Due To fighting

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As many as 15,000 people have fled across Myanmar’s border into China in the past month as fighting between the army and armed ethnic groups intensifies, the UN says. Aid access to people affected by conflict in the northern states of Kachin and Shan “is getting worse, not better”, Pierre Peron, a spokesman for the…

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Rohingya Insurgency A ‘Game-Changer’ For Myanmar

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Yangon (AFP) – A new Rohingya insurgency in Myanmar’s Rakhine is a “game-changer” for the troubled state, the ICG said Thursday, warning the army’s crackdown risks setting off a spiral of violence and radicalisation among the Muslim minority. Troops have taken control of the north of the state since October 9 when armed men carried…

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‘It’s Like Freedom’: Myanmar Heavy Metal Crashes Into The Open

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Yangon (AFP) – Moshing and sweating, the crowd of headbangers scream their angst into the sultry Yangon night, a rare glimpse of a defiant musical subculture now crashing into the open — though sex, drugs and religion remain off the song sheet. Half a century of repressive military rule virtually silenced Myanmar’s heavy metal scene…

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Myanmar Bans Workers From Going To Malaysia As Rohingya Crisis Grows

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YANGON: Myanmar has banned workers from going to Muslim-majority Malaysia as relations sour between the neighbours over a military crackdown on the Buddhist country’s Rohingya minority. The move came after Malaysian Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak lashed out at Myanmar’s de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi for allowing “genocide” on her watch, during…

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Body Of Myanmar Man Found At Temple

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BUKIT MERTAJAM – The body of a Myanmar man with slash wounds was found at a temple in Jalan Pengkalan, Bukit Tengah, here, today. The body of Kan Thuo, 37, was found covered in blood by a local man passing through the area at 8am. Seberang Perai Tengah police chief, ACP Nik Ros Azhan Nik…

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Myanmar: Attacks Kill Nine Policemen

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HANOI – Nine policemen of Myanmar were killed during coordinated attacks on the country’s guard posts along the border with Bangladesh, Sunday. Vietnam News Agency (VNA) reports that Myanmar authorities said the attacks occurred at around 1.30am (local time) at three posts near Maungdaw, the state of Rakhine. The attacks took the lives of nine…

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Myanmar Military Launches Attack Against Ethnic Splinter Group

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  YANGON – The Myanmar military has launched operations against a splinter group of the Klo Htoo Baw Karen Organization (KKO) in two regions in southeastern Kayin state since last weekend. China’s Xinhua News Agency reports that the operation has triggered 13 skirmishes between the two sides until Thursday, official media reported Saturday. The operations…

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