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2 Reuters Reporters Charged With Violating 'Secrets Act'

They face 14 years in prison in Myanmar

(Newser) - Prosecutors in Myanmar charged two journalists from the Reuters news agency Wednesday with violating the Official Secrets Act, signaling the case will go forward despite international condemnation. Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo were arrested Dec. 12 after police accused them of violating the colonial-era law by acquiring "important... More »

5 Places You Shouldn't Visit in 2018

Maybe hold off on that Taj Mahal trip till 2019

(Newser) - At the beginning of each calendar year, travel companies and publications often push out lists of places around the world you should try to explore in the coming months. Fodor's takes a different tack with its "No List," detailing the locations it thinks you should avoid in... More »

'Staggering' Numbers From MSF on Rohingya Killings

Aid group's field survey finds at least 6.7K were killed between August and September in Myanmar

(Newser) - Doctors Without Borders' field survey has found at least 6,700 Rohingya Muslims were killed between August and September in a crackdown by Myanmar's security forces, reports the AP . The group, known by its French acronym MSF, said Thursday that it conducted the survey in refugee camps in Bangladesh.... More »

Rohingya See Loved Ones Killed as They're Being Raped

UN calls Myanmar armed forces use of rape a 'calculated tool of terror'

(Newser) - The rape of Rohingya women by Myanmar's security forces has been sweeping and methodical, the AP found in interviews with 29 women and girls now in Bangladesh. These assault survivors from several refugee camps range in age from 13 to 35, come from villages in Myanmar's Rakhine state,... More »

Pope Makes Waves by Not Saying a Word

Does not use term Rohingya in Myanmar speech

(Newser) - The will-he-or-won't-he has been answered: He won't. Pope Francis on Tuesday gave a keynote speech in Myanmar that was free of the word "Rohingya." Catholic leaders in the country had recommended he not use the term ; doing so would be viewed as a sign of support... More »

Pope Francis Advised to Avoid One Word in Myanmar

Cardinal recommends he not say 'Rohingya'

(Newser) - Pope Francis has spoken out about cigarettes , whiners , and a dying baby —and on Monday, some Catholics are watching to see if he avoids one subject entirely. The pope has touched down in Yangon, Myanmar, in what is the first visit any pope has ever made to the country.... More »

US: Situation in Myanmar Is 'Ethnic Cleansing

600K Rohingya Muslims have fled amid reports of rape, torture, executions

(Newser) - More than 600,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled Myanmar since August amid reports of a "wave of rape, murder, and arson, entire villages torched by security forces and Buddhist vigilantes," NPR reports. Refugees say men, women, and children have been killed , and UN investigators describe rape, torture, and... More »

This Bear's Tongue Weighed as Much as a Newborn Human

Thankfully, more than 7 pounds of tissue has since been removed

(Newser) - Cat got your tongue—or maybe a bear? No one would have pointed the finger at one particular Asiatic black bear (also known as a moon bear) holed up in a Myanmar monastery: He had too much of his own tongue to handle, let alone anyone else's. The Guardian ... More »

'Rajuma's Story Stopped Me': Veteran Reporter Can't Shake It

Jeffrey Gettleman of 'New York Times' recalls wrenching interview with Rohingya woman

(Newser) - Last week, reporter Jeffrey Gettleman of the New York Times wrote a harrowing account of how Myanmar soldiers ripped a baby boy from the arms of his Rohingya mother and threw the child into a fire before raping her. Now, in a first-person account, Gettleman writes that his interview with... More »

UN Zaps Hunger Report on Myanmar, Raising Suspicions

'There was a real sense that they had things to hide'

(Newser) - A July report describing near starvation in Myanmar's Rakhine state has been expunged from the UN website—at Myanmar's request. Myanmar was upset with the report's claim that military forces were blocking access to food for the Rohingya even before a government crackdown led 537,000 to... More »

Myanmar Leader Stripped of Honor Amid Ethnic Cleansing Claims

De facto leader of Myanmar criticized for downplaying the issue

(Newser) - Oxford recognized Aung San Suu Kyi for her struggle to bring democracy to Myanmar when the city gave her the honorary Freedom of Oxford title in 1997. On Monday night, city councilors decided to withdraw the honor, CNN reports. Suu Kyi, the longtime activist turned de facto leader of Myanmar,... More »

Satellite Images Reveal How Massive Rohingya Exodus Is

One camp in Bangladesh has quadrupled in size in recent weeks

(Newser) - Massive, makeshift refugee camps are sprawling over farms and open land in southern Bangladesh as more than 420,000 Rohingya Muslims flee violent attacks in their predominantly Buddhist homeland of Myanmar. In a matter of weeks, thousands of temporary shelters have been erected in the Bangladesh district of Cox's... More »

Myanmar's Leader Unsure 'Why Exodus Is Happening'

Critics accuse government of ethnic cleansing

(Newser) - With a mass exodus of Rohingya Muslims sparking accusations of ethnic cleansing , Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Tuesday said her country does not fear international scrutiny and invited diplomats to see some areas for themselves, reports the AP . Though an estimated 421,000 Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh... More »

UN's Human Rights Chief Just Went There on Myanmar

'Seems like a textbook example of ethnic cleansing'

(Newser) - The top human rights official for the UN has dropped a damning charge on Myanmar: "ethnic cleansing." Addressing the agency's Human Rights Council, Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein said that Myanmar will not allow investigators to fully assess what's happening to the Muslim Rohingya community, "... More »

Nobel Winner Blasts 'Misinformation' About Rohingya Situation

Aung San Suu Kyi says people in Rakhine are being protected

(Newser) - Harsh criticism against Myanmar's de-facto leader in light of a violent campaign against a Muslim minority is unfounded, says Aung San Suu Kyi. In a statement released by her office Wednesday, the Nobel Peace Prize laureate blamed "terrorists" for "a huge iceberg of misinformation" about violence targeting... More »

'Almost Genocidal': Hundreds Dead in Myanmar Clashes

UN agencies barred from providing aid

(Newser) - The United Nations is warning about a possible humanitarian crisis after increased violence against a Muslim ethnic minority in Myanmar. With the government claiming the Rohingya people are migrants from Bangladesh with no citizenship rights, security forces in the country have killed hundreds and destroyed their villages, reports the New ... More »

Bodies Found After Plane Vanishes With 120 Aboard

Myanmar plane was carrying military families

(Newser) - A navy ship found bodies and aircraft parts in the seas off Myanmar while searching Thursday morning for a military transport plane carrying 120 people, a spokesman says. The Chinese-made Y-8 turboprop aircraft disappeared Wednesday afternoon about a half-hour after leaving Myeik, also known as Mergui, for Yangon on a... More »

Major Dino Discovery Made in Amber Meant for Jewelry

Scientists have found a feathery dinosaur tail

(Newser) - Researchers were perusing an amber market in Myanmar when they stumbled across a truly extraordinary specimen, National Geographic reports. Trapped inside a golden piece of amber—already partially shaped to be sold as jewelry—was a fully feathered section of a dinosaur's tail. According to the Los Angeles Times... More »

Burma Jails Tourist for Unplugging Speaker

It just happened to be blasting a Buddhist sermon

(Newser) - A Burma court sentenced a Dutch citizen to three months in prison Thursday for interfering with a religious observance in a most unusual way: He unplugged an amplifier blasting a late-night Buddhist sermon near his hotel in Mandalay. Klaas Haytema, 30, in handcuffs, wept with his girlfriend before he left... More »

One Rule Blocks Suu Kyi From Presidency in Burma

But her party looks headed for a landslide victory

(Newser) - Aung San Suu Kyi's opposition party was confident after Burma's elections Sunday , and that confidence so far seems to have borne out: Her National League for Democracy (NLD) party appears "on course for a landslide victory that could ensure it forms the next government," per Reuters... More »

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