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Myanmar accused at UN court of genocide against Rohingya

Nov. 11, 2019 11:52 AM EST

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Myanmar was accused Monday of genocide at the U.N.'s highest court for its campaign against the country's Rohingya Muslim minority, as lawyers asked the International Court of Justice to urgently order measures "to stop Myanmar's genocidal conduct immediately." Gambia filed...

Gambia files case at highest UN court accusing Myanmar of genocide in its campaign against the Rohingya minority

Nov. 11, 2019 5:14 AM EST
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Gambia files case at highest UN court accusing Myanmar of genocide in its campaign against the Rohingya minority.

Foreign member of medic team killed in Syria's northeast

Nov. 3, 2019 7:58 PM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Shelling by Turkey-backed opposition fighters killed a Burmese medic and wounded another Iraqi member of the humanitarian team on Sunday in northeastern Syria where fighting between Kurdish fighters and Turkey-backed gunmen continued, the humanitarian group said. David Eubank, a former member...

UN chief urges Myanmar to resolve Rohingya crisis

Nov. 3, 2019 9:03 AM EST

NONTHABURI, Thailand (AP) — U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres expressed concern Sunday over the plight of the 730,000 Muslim Rohingya refugees from Myanmar's Rakhine state, calling on Myanmar's government to take responsibility by dealing with the "root causes" of their flight to Bangladesh and...

Myanmar court gives actors 1-year jail term for satire

Oct. 30, 2019 11:56 AM EDT

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — A court in Myanmar on Wednesday sentenced five members of a traditional theatrical troupe to a year in prison for their gibes about the military. The members of the Peacock Generation thangyat troupe were arrested in April for performances during celebrations of Myanmar's traditional...

Rebels abduct dozens from Myanmar boat, say govt killed some

Oct. 27, 2019 9:17 PM EDT

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — An ethnic guerrilla army in Myanmar said some of the several dozen soldiers, police and civilian officials it abducted from a ferry were killed in a subsequent attack by government helicopters. A statement posted Sunday on the website of the Arakan Army, a rebel group in the western...

2 Burmese condemned for UK deaths seek Thai king's clemency

Oct. 24, 2019 5:08 AM EDT

NONTHABURI, Thailand (AP) — The families of two Myanmar migrant workers sentenced to death for the brutal murders of two British tourists in Thailand in 2014 have appealed to the Thai king to spare their lives. The mothers of Zaw Lin and Wai Phyo, accompanied by other relatives, lawyers and a senior...

UN mission head says risk of genocide recurring in Myanmar

Oct. 22, 2019 8:05 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The head of a U.N. fact-finding mission on Myanmar warned Tuesday that "there is a serious risk of genocide recurring" against the estimated 600,000 members of the Rohingya Muslim minority still living in the country. Marzuki Darusman told the General Assembly's human rights committee...

Bangladesh to start relocating some Rohingya to island soon

Oct. 22, 2019 8:09 AM EDT

COX'S BAZAR, Bangladesh (AP) — Authorities in Bangladesh said Tuesday that they want to start relocating thousands of Rohingya refugees to a Bay of Bengal island soon from crammed camps near the border with Myanmar, from where they fled. Top government administrator in Cox's Bazar, Kamal Hossain, said they...

India, Bangladesh stress safe return of Rohingya refugees

Oct. 5, 2019 10:19 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — The prime ministers of India and Bangladesh have agreed on the need for greater efforts to facilitate the safe return of hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees who have fled violence in Myanmar and taken refuge in Bangladesh, a joint statement said Saturday. The statement, issued...