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Myanmar’s Rohingya in the crosshairs as fighting escalates in Rakhine

CORRESPONDENTS Reuters Myanmar’s Muslim-minority Rohingya community is once again under threat of attacks and displacement as fighting between a powerful ethnic army and the country’s ruling junta escalates in the western state of Rakhine, according to UN and aid agencies. Tens of thousands of Rohingya are estimated to have fled for safety towards neighbouring Bangladesh […]

Myanmar rebel group claims control of town, denies targeting Rohingya

Reuters A powerful armed ethnic group in Myanmar said on Sunday it had won control over a town in the western state of Rakhine after weeks of fighting, denying accusations it had targeted members of the Muslim-minority Rohingya during the offensive. Khine Thu Kha, a spokesman for the Arakan Army, said its soldiers had taken […]

Myanmar junta reiterates election plan after ex-Cambodia PM seeks Suu Kyi access

Reuters Myanmar’s military chief discussed plans to hold an election in the country with former Cambodian leader Hun Sen in talks this week, a senior official said, even as the ruling junta faces unprecedented pressure from an expanding armed resistance. The military government has promised repeatedly to return Myanmar to democracy but has given no […]

Thailand urges bigger ASEAN role in resolving Myanmar conflict

Bangkok, Thailand Reuters Thailand called on Friday for the regional bloc ASEAN to take a more proactive role in trying to resolve the crisis in military-ruled Myanmar, after weeks of fighting near its border that halted trade and led to a brief influx of refugees. Myanmar is locked in a civil war between the military […]

Myanmar warlord at centre of battle for key border town

Reuters Armed soldiers loyal to a turncoat warlord patrol the streets of south-eastern Myanmar’s frontier town of Myawaddy, as troops of the ruling junta and rebels jostle for control of the outpost that handles more than $US1 billion in border trade every year. The struggle for Myawaddy has highlighted the role played by Colonel Saw […]

Myanmar rebel group withdraws troops from key town on Thai border

Reuters A Myanmar rebel group has withdrawn its troops from a town along the Thai border following a counter-offensive by soldiers of the ruling junta from whom the resistance fighters had wrested the key trading post this month, an official said on Wednesday. The Karen National Union (KNU) made a “temporary retreat” from the town […]

Fighting flares at Myanmar-Thai border as rebels target stranded junta troops

Reuters Fighting raged at Myanmar’s eastern frontier with Thailand on Saturday, both governments said, forcing 3,000 civilians to flee as rebels fought to flush out Myanmar junta troops holed up for days at a bridge border crossing. Resistance fighters and ethnic minority rebels seized the key trading town of Myawaddy on the Myanmar side of […]