Myanmar

Hardline Buddhists in Myanmar, Sri Lanka strike anti-Islamist pact

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COLOMBO - A Myanmar monk accused of inciting violence against Muslims and a hardline Buddhist group in Sri Lanka said on Tuesday they would work together to rally other Buddhist groups and defend their faith against militant Islamists.

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Myanmar confirms controversial Rohingya plan at United Nations 30 Sep 2014

YANGON - Myanmar has confirmed to the United Nations it is finalising a plan that will offer minority Rohingya Muslims citizenship if they change their ethnicity to suggest Bangladeshi origin, a move rights groups say could force thousands into detention camps.

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Radical Myanmar monk joins hands with Sri Lankan Buddhists 29 Sep 2014

COLOMBO - A radical monk who heads a movement accused of stirring violence against Muslims in Myanmar has announced a partnership with a hardline Buddhist group in Sri Lanka to defend their religion.

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Ex-BBC DJ Travis given suspended jail term for sex attack 26 Sep 2014

LONDON - Dave Lee Travis, a leading BBC radio DJ in the 1970s and 1980s whose shows once delighted Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi, escaped jail on Friday despite being convicted of a "nasty" indecent assault on a television researcher.

Beauty pageants expose dreams and dangers in modern Myanmar 26 Sep 2014

YANGON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Sparkling in a red, sequined dress, Htet Htet Htun spins around the stage rehearsing a traditional Burmese dance that she hopes will make her stand out from 18 other young hopefuls competing in the first Miss Myanmar World pageant this month.

Myanmar army releases more than 100 child soldiers 25 Sep 2014

YANGON - Myanmar's army released 109 children from its military ranks on Thursday in its single biggest discharge of child soldiers, but boys are still being illegally recruited from poor families, the United Nations said.

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Exclusive - With Suu Kyi blocked, her Myanmar party eyes ex-general for president 24 Sep 2014

YANGON - Aung San Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy (NLD) will go into next year's parliamentary election in Myanmar with no candidate for president, NLD officials said, and one said it might even support a former general from the pro-military ruling party.

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With Suu Kyi blocked, her Myanmar party eyes ex-general for president 23 Sep 2014

YANGON - Aung San Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy (NLD) will go into next year's parliamentary election in Myanmar with no candidate for president and might even support a former general from the pro-military ruling party, NLD officials said.

Myanmar gives citizenship to 209 displaced Muslims, including Rohingya 22 Sep 2014

YANGON - Myanmar gave citizenship on Monday to 209 Muslims displaced by sectarian violence, after the first phase of a project aimed at determining the status of about a million Rohingya whose claims to nationality have been rejected in the past.

Myanmar's Rohingya stuck in refugee limbo in India 15 Sep 2014

NEW DELHI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - When Kohinoor, a stateless Rohingya Muslim, fled her home in Myanmar after a wave of attacks by majority Buddhists, she hoped for a chance to rebuild her life in a new country.

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A patient from Myanmar looks through the window of the Mae Tao clinic in Mae Sot, in northwest Thailand October 13, 2010.  REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

An uncertain fate

Myanmar's long standing political crisis has forced millions of refugees across the border.  Slideshow