Pope to meet top Buddhist monks in Myanmar, address military

By Philip Pullella VATICAN CITY, Oct 10 : Pope Francis will meet Myanmar’s top Buddhist monks, its military generals and civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi in November when he visits that country and Bangladesh, both caught up in a crisis over the Rohingya Muslim minority. According to a full programme of the Nov 6-Dec […]

Rohingya insurgent ceasefire ends in Myanmar with no report of attacks

By Wa Lone YANGON, Oct 10 : Myanmar authorities said there was no sign of attacks by Rohingya Muslim militants on Tuesday as a one-month insurgent ceasefire came to end. The Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army announced the ceasefire from Sept. 10 in order, they said, to facilitate aid deliveries to Rakhine State, where their attacks […]

“I can’t take this any more” – Rohingya Muslims flee Myanmar in new surge

By Tom Allard and Nurul Islam COX’S BAZAR, Bangladesh, Oct 9 : Thousands of Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar fled to Bangladesh on Monday in a new surge of refugees driven by fears of starvation and violence the United Nations has denounced as ethnic cleansing. About 519,000 Rohingya have crossed the border since Aug. 25, when […]

Segregation fans fears of fresh “cleansing” in Myanmar’s Rakhine

By Kyaw Soe Oo MYEBON, Myanmar, Oct 9 : Buddhist villagers in relatively peaceful parts of Myanmar’s Rakhine state are enforcing a system of local apartheid that punishes people trading with minority Muslims, fuelling fears that violence in the far northwest could spread to new areas. Ethnic Rakhines, who form the majority in central parts […]

Rohingya refugee boat capsizes on way to Bangladesh, 12 dead – police

By Tom Allard and Nurul Islam COX’S BAZAR, Bangladesh, Oct 9 : A boat carrying Rohingya Muslim refugees to Bangladesh capsized and at least 12 people, most of them children, drowned, police said on Monday, the latest victims of violence in Myanmar that has forced more than half a million people to flee. The boat […]

At least 12 Rohingya, mainly children, drown in latest boat disaster – police

By Damir Sagolj and Tom Allard COX’S BAZAR, Bangladesh, Oct 9 : At least 12 Rohingya Muslim refugees, mainly children, drowned when their boats capsized on the way to Bangladesh, police said on Monday, the latest victims of violence in Myanmar that has forced more than half a million people from their homes. The boat […]