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UN seeks “massive” aid boost amid Rohingya “emergency within an emergency”

YANGON: Aid agencies have to step up operations “massively” in response to the arrival of Rohingya Muslims in Bangladesh of about 400,000 refugees fleeing violence in Myanmar, and the amount of money needed to help them has risen sharply, a senior U.N. official said on Wednesday. The exodus of Muslim Rohingya to Bangladesh began on Aug. 25 after Rohingya militants attacked about 30 police posts and an army camp. The attacks triggered a sweeping military counter-offensive by security forces in Buddhist-majority Myanmar…

Myanmar’s Suu Kyi to skip UN General Assembly amid Rohingya crisis

YANGON: Myanmar’s national leader Aung San Suu Kyi, facing outrage over ethnic violence that has forced about 370,000 Rohingya Muslims to flee to Bangladesh, will not attend the upcoming U.N. General Assembly session in New York, a party spokesman said on Wednesday. The crisis over the security forces’ fierce response to a series of Rohingya militant attacks is the biggest problem Suu Kyi has faced since becoming Myanmar’s leader last year. Critics have called for Suu Kyi to be stripped of her Nobel peace prize for failing…

Myanmar Muslims on trial in case of 90 ‘illegal’ cows

YANGON: Three Muslim men went on trial in Myanmar Monday for illegally importing nearly 100 cows that have spent the last month under police protection, in a case Islamic leaders say targets their religion. The cows were intended to be ritually slaughtered for the Islamic festival of Eid-ul-Azha last month, an event that has become a flashpoint for Myanmar's Buddhist nationalists. Hardline monks, including firebrand Wirathu from the Ma Ba Tha movement, have railed against the practice and pressured local authorities to ban…