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Myanmar’s anti-Muslim monk returns to ‘preaching’ after ban

YANGON: Myanmar Buddhist monk Wirathu claimed on Saturday his anti-Muslim rhetoric had nothing to do with violence in the western state of Rakhine, as he emerged from a one-year preaching ban. Wirathu is the most prominent of Myanmar’s hard-line nationalist monks, who have emerged as a political force since the country’s transition from full military rule began in 2011. Violence has hit Muslim communities across the Buddhist-majority country, but the nationalists’ sharpest vitriol is reserved for the Rohingya Muslim…

Bangladesh, Myanmar agree to start Rohingya return in two months

YANGON: Bangladesh and Myanmar will start repatriating Rohingya refugees in two months, Dhaka said on Thursday, as global pressure mounts over the crisis that has sent more than half a million people fleeing across the border. Around 620,000 Rohingya have poured into Bangladesh since August to what is now the world's largest refugee camp, running from a Myanmar military crackdown that Washington said this week clearly constitutes "ethnic cleansing". The statement from Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is the strongest…

EU to discuss Rohingya crisis with Myanmar’s Suu Kyi

COX'S BAZAR, BANGLADESH:  The EU's foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said on Sunday she would discuss ways to end the Rohingya crisis with Aung San Suu Kyi when she meets the Myanmar leader in Yangon. Mogherini and foreign ministers from Asia and Europe toured refugee camps along Bangladesh's border with Myanmar and heard harrowing testimony from displaced Rohingya there before their meeting Monday with Suu Kyi. Myanmar's civilian leader has been facing mounting global outrage over an army crackdown that has…

Myanmar Rohingya must return as citizens: UN refugee chief

GENEVA: Myanmar must grant citizenship to the Rohingya to allow hundreds of thousands of people from the Muslim minority to return to Rakhine state from where they were driven by an army campaign, the UN refugee chief said Thursday. "These people cannot remain stateless because this statelessness exposes them to discrimination and abuse, as has been the case in the past," said Filippo Grandi, the UN high commission for refugees. More than 600,000 Rohingya have fled Rakhine since late August during military operations…

Myanmar’s Suu Kyi ‘urges people not to quarrel’ on visit to Rakhine

SITTWE, MYANMAR: Myanmar’s de facto leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, on Thursday urged people “not to quarrel” as she visited Rakhine State for the first time since a military crackdown that drove more than 600,000 Rohingya Muslims to flee the country. Suu Kyi, a Nobel Peace Prize winner, has faced heavy international criticism for not taking a higher profile in responding to what U.N. officials have called “ethnic cleansing” by the army. Myanmar has rejected the accusations of ethnic cleansing, saying its security forces…