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MYANMAR POLITICS: Rohingya Villagers Blockaded Amid Tensions in Myanmar’s Rakhine: Residents

MYANMAR POLITICS: Rohingya Villagers Blockaded Amid Tensions in Myanmar’s Rakhine: Residents

Police said Rakhine Buddhist villagers were restricting the amount of food the Rohingya could buy, but denied their movement around the village and access to work had been blocked.

“I think they are just afraid and aren’t going out,” said Myanmar police headquarters spokesman Colonel Myo Thu Soe.

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INDIA POLITICS: 40,000 Rohingya Muslims Now Face Deportation

INDIA POLITICS: 40,000 Rohingya Muslims Now Face Deportation

“These things are being discussed at [the] diplomatic level with both Bangladesh and Myanmar,” Interior Ministry spokesman K.S. Dhatwalia said. “More clarity will emerge at an appropriate time.” No better conditions would be awaiting the Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar and Bangladesh.

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INDIA POLITICS: India Must Prevent China From Grabbing Bhutan

INDIA POLITICS: India Must Prevent China From Grabbing Bhutan

The recent standoff between India and China over the Doka La area is one of the many tactical attempts by China at a strategic containment of India.

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MYANMAR POLITICS: Aung San Suu Kyi NLD Wins Nearly Half of By-Elections

MYANMAR POLITICS: Aung San Suu Kyi NLD Wins Nearly Half of By-Elections

Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD) won nine out of 19 seats in the national and regional parliaments, according to the Union Election Commission, following a period in which she has struggled to match sky-high expectations.

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MYANMAR POLITICS: Elections Take Center Stage

MYANMAR POLITICS: Elections Take Center Stage

Myanmar goes to the polls on Saturday for the first time since Aung San Suu Kyi’s party swept to power a year ago, in an early indication of views on her leadership amid increased fighting with armed ethnic groups and slower economic growth.

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MYANMAR POLITICS: Rohingya Rebel Leader Challenges Aung San Suu Kyi, Vows to Fight On

MYANMAR POLITICS: Rohingya Rebel Leader Challenges Aung San Suu Kyi, Vows to Fight On

“No one will be above the law,” said Aung San Suu Kyi’s spokesman Zaw Htay. “If they attack us violently, we will respond the same way.”

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CHINA POLITICS: Refugees Surge into China As Myanmar Ethnic Border Conflict Escalates

CHINA POLITICS: Refugees Surge into China As Myanmar Ethnic Border Conflict Escalates

“Every day, more people come,” said Li Yinzhong, an aid manager in the camp, gesturing at the mostly Han Chinese refugees from Myanmar’s Kokang region.

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BANGLADESH POLITICS: Calls to Curb Rohingya Influx Takes Center Stage

BANGLADESH POLITICS: Calls to Curb Rohingya Influx Takes Center Stage

Nearly 70,000 Rohingya have fled from Myanmar’s Rakhine State to Bangladesh to escape a crackdown launched after nine policemen were killed in attacks on border posts on Oct. 9 that Myanmar blamed on Rohingya militants.

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BANGLADESH POLITICS: Bangladesh, Myanmar Security Forces Unite to Stop Rohingya Muslim Militants Crossing Their Shared Border

BANGLADESH POLITICS: Bangladesh, Myanmar Security Forces Unite to Stop Rohingya Muslim Militants Crossing Their Shared Border

69,000 Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh to escape violence in Buddhist majority Myanmar since October, straining relations between the two neighbors who both see the stateless Muslim minority as the other nation’s problem.

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MYANMAR POLITICS: Human Rights Watch to Myanmar: Punish Army for Rape

MYANMAR POLITICS: Human Rights Watch to Myanmar: Punish Army for Rape

Human Rights Watch called for Myanmar to punish army and police commanders if they allowed troops to rape and sexually assault women and girls of the Rohingya Muslim minority.

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MYANMAR POLITICS: Aung San Suu Kyi Vows to Investigate Crimes Against Rohingya

MYANMAR POLITICS: Aung San Suu Kyi Vows to Investigate Crimes Against Rohingya

United Nations human rights official said Myanmar’s leader Aung San Suu Kyi promised to investigate U.N. allegations of atrocities against Rohingya Muslims.

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MALAYSIA POLITICS: Najib Razak Sends Aid for Muslim Rohingyas in Myanmar

MALAYSIA POLITICS: Najib Razak Sends Aid for Muslim Rohingyas in Myanmar

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak sent a ship carrying tonnes of food and emergency supplies to Myanmar’s Rohingya Muslims, saying their suffering would not be ignored.

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MYANMAR POLITICS: Ko Ni Dies By Assassin Bullets

MYANMAR POLITICS: Ko Ni Dies By Assassin Bullets

Police arrested a lone gunman, but a motive was unknown in the killing of 65-year-old Ko Ni, a prominent member of Myanmar’s Muslim minority.

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MYANMAR POLITICS: Aung San Suu Kyi Accuses International Community Of Stoking Resentment Between Buddhists, Muslims

MYANMAR POLITICS: Aung San Suu Kyi Accuses International Community Of Stoking Resentment Between Buddhists, Muslims

Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi says, “It doesn’t help if everybody is just concentrating on the negative side of the situation.”

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MYANMAR POLITICS: Government Faces New Crisis As Ethnic Armies Attack Military

MYANMAR POLITICS: Government Faces New Crisis As Ethnic Armies Attack Military

Myanmar’s government faced crisis after ethnic armed groups attacked security forces, dealing major blow to Aung San Suu Kyi’s goal of reaching peace with ethnic minorities.

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MYANMAR: Obama Says US Ready To Lift Myanmar Sanctions After Aung San Suu Kyi’s Visit

MYANMAR: Obama Says US Ready To Lift Myanmar Sanctions After Aung San Suu Kyi’s Visit

Aung San Suu Kyi’s trip capped a decades-long journey from political prisoner to national leader after her party won a sweeping electoral victory last year.

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MYANMAR: Over 600 People Removed From Official Blacklist

MYANMAR: Over 600 People Removed From Official Blacklist

“According to the 100-day project, we are going to reduce the numbers on the blacklist,” Thein Swe, minister of labor, immigration and population said.

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MYANMAR: Thein Sein, Armed Ethnic Groups Unite For Peace

President Thein Sein, a former general, made the nationwide ceasefire a key platform for his reformist agenda.

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MYANMAR: Aung San Suu Kyi Vows To Lead Government If National League For Democracy Wins Election

“I’ve made it clear if NLD wins elections and we form a government I’m going to be the leader of that government whether or not I’m the president,” Suu Kyi.

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MYANMAR: Aung San Suu Kyi, Buddhist Monks Take Their Fight To Online Social Media

“I know that there are Facebook accounts using Aung San Suu Kyi photos and NLD flags, saying disrespectful words and insulting the monks,” Wirathu said.

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