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Rohingya still fear safety in Myanmar, repatriation unlikely

Members of at least 221 Rohingya Muslim families were interviewed Wednesday and Tuesday ahead of the repatriation that was scheduled to start Thursday. Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said her …


UPDATED: Tue., May 7, 2019, 5:54 p.m.

Pressured over press rights, Myanmar frees Reuters reporters

Two Reuters journalists whose reporting on the Myanmar military’s abuses of Rohingya Muslims got them imprisoned and drew the world’s attention to curbs on freedom of the press were freed …


Jayita Sarkar: How World War II shaped the crisis in Myanmar

Declassified records from British archives reveal that the origins of the current plight of the Rohingya people in Myanmar can be traced to their participation in World War II.


Myanmar takes back 1 Rohingya family despite UN concerns

Myanmar has accepted what appears to be the first five among some 700,000 Rohingya Muslim refugees who fled military-led violence against the minority group, even though the U.N. says it …


Myanmar says it’s ready for UN help with Rohingya return

Senior officials in Myanmar announced Wednesday they have begun talks with U.N. agencies to see how they could assist with the repatriation of Rohingya refugees who fled to Bangladesh to …


Rohingya Muslim refugee return to Myanmar likely delayed

The gradual repatriation of more than 680,000 Rohingya Muslim refugees back to Myanmar from Bangladesh, scheduled to begin Tuesday, has been delayed amid widespread fears that they are being forced …


Aid group projects 48,000 births in crowded Rohingya camps

An international aid agency projects that 48,000 babies will be born this year in overcrowded refugee camps for the Rohingya Muslims who have fled to Bangladesh from neighboring Myanmar.


UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 21, 2017, 8:50 p.m.

Shattered skulls and blood: Rohingya report massacre in Myanmar

What had started out as a quiet Sunday in northwestern Myanmar had spiraled into an incomprehensible hell – one of the bloodiest massacres reported in the Southeast Asian nation since …


Pope leaves Bangladesh laughing after diplomatic tightrope

Pope Francis urged Bangladeshi priests and nuns to resist the “terrorism of gossip” that can tear religious communities apart, delivering one of his trademark, zinger-filled spontaneous speeches to the country’s …


Police: At least 12 dead in capsizing of boat of Rohingya

An overcrowded boat carrying Rohingya Muslims fleeing Myanmar capsized in the confluence of a river and the Bay of Bengal and at least 12 people died, police said Monday. Five …


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 28, 2017, 8:56 p.m.

U.N. chief urges Myanmar to halt anti-Rohingya operations

Secretary-General Antonio Guterres urged Myanmar’s authorities on Thursday to immediately end military operations that have sent over 500,000 Rohingya Muslims fleeing to Bangladesh, calling the crisis “the world’s fastest developing …


At least 15 Rohingya fleeing Myanmar die in boat sinking

At least 15 Rohingya Muslims, including 10 children, who were fleeing from recent violence in Myanmar died Thursday when their overcrowded boat capsized in rough weather near shore in the …


U.N. agency: More reports of sexual violence against Rohingya

The head of the U.N.’s migration agency warned Wednesday about increasing reports of sexual violence directed at Rohingya Muslims, who have been fleeing violence in Myanmar in recent weeks.


Witnesses: Many Rohingya still trying to flee Myanmar

The massive exodus of Rohingya Muslims fleeing Myanmar to escape brutal persecution appears to have slowed down, but several recent refugees say at least tens of thousands more are huddled …


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 22, 2017, 7:38 p.m.

Amnesty says fires continue at Rohingya villages in Myanmar

Amnesty International said new satellite images and videos taken as recently as Friday afternoon in Myanmar’s Rakhine state show smoke rising from Rohingya Muslim villages, contradicting Aung San Suu Kyi’s …


‘Historic exodus’ from Myanmar: U.S. gives $32M for Rohingya

The United States will contribute nearly $32 million in humanitarian aid to help Rohingya Muslim refugees, the State Department said Wednesday, in the Trump administration’s first major response to the …


Rohingya Muslims being wiped off Myanmar’s map

For generations, Rohingya Muslims have called Myanmar home. Now, in what appears to be a systematic purge, the minority ethnic group is being wiped off the map.


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 13, 2017, 9:26 p.m.

As Rohingya flee violence, Myanmar’s Suu Kyi skips U.N. meet

With Myanmar drawing condemnation for violence that has driven at least 370,000 Rohingya to flee the country, the government said Wednesday its leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, will skip this …


Desperation spreads in Rohingya camps as resources scarce

With Rohingya refugees still flooding across the border from Myanmar, those packed into camps and makeshift settlements in Bangladesh were becoming desperate Saturday for scant basic resources as hunger and …


Fleeing Rohingya face hunger, little hope in Bangladesh camp

In a corner of a room in a sprawling expanse of squalid shanties and tents, Zahida Begum holds in her arms the tiny boy she gave birth to just hours …


New fires in empty Rohingya village challenge Myanmar claims

Journalists saw new fires burning Thursday in a Myanmar village that had been abandoned by Rohingya Muslims, and pages ripped from Islamic texts that were left on the ground. That …


Aid groups struggle as more Rohingya flood into Bangladesh

Aid agencies were struggling to cope with a nonstop flood of Rohingya refugees into Bangladesh, where some 146,000 have arrived hungry and terrified after fleeing renewed violence in Myanmar – …


Rohingya crisis intensifies as India’s Modi arrives in Myanmar for talks

Nearly 125,000 refugees belonging to the Rohingya minority ethnic group have fled Myanmar for neighboring Bangladesh in just the past week and a half, according to local aid organizations. They …


Boats carrying fleeing Rohingya sink in Bangladesh; 26 dead

Three boats carrying ethnic Rohingya fleeing violence in Myanmar have capsized in Bangladesh and 26 bodies of women and children have been recovered, officials said Thursday.


Not just Rohingya, but also Buddhists, flee Myanmar violence

Violence in Myanmar’s western Rakhine state has driven thousands of ethnic Rohingya Muslims fleeing toward Bangladesh for safety, along with a smaller exodus of ethnic Rakhine Buddhists.


UPDATED: Sun., Aug. 27, 2017, 9:52 p.m.

Ongoing Myanmar clashes leave 96 dead, including six civilians

Myanmar’s government and advocates for the country’s Muslim Rohingya ethnic minority traded charges Sunday of killing civilians, burning down buildings and planting land mines, as clashes that began last week …