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Rohingya refugees mark first Eid since Myanmar crackdown

Rohingya refugees mark first Eid since Myanmar crackdownAs Muslims around the world celebrated Eid with feasting and gift-giving, Rohingya refugees in squalid Bangladesh camps marked the festival Saturday with a peaceful demonstration demanding justice and dignified repatriation. For the hundreds of thousands of the Muslim minority who have fled neighbouring Myanmar since an army crackdown last August, this is the first Eid-al-Fitr they have spent in the cramped tent cities. Rahim Uddin, a 35-year-old refugee, told AFP that the holiday, which marks the end of the fasting month of Ramadan, was different this year.



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Myanmar says some Rohingya refugees returned voluntarily

Myanmar says some Rohingya refugees returned voluntarilyMyanmar says dozens of Rohingya Muslims who fled to neighbouring Bangladesh have returned voluntarily and will be sent to a transit centre pending resettlement. Nearly 700,000 Rohingya fled mainly Buddhist Myanmar after a violent army crackdown began last August in the western state of Rakhine, a process that the US and UN have described as ethnic cleansing. Myanmar has said it is ready to take them back and has traded accusations with Bangladesh over who is responsible for the delay in implementing a repatriation deal.



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Indonesian fishermen rescue Rohingya Muslims fleeing Myanmar

Indonesian fishermen rescue Rohingya Muslims fleeing MyanmarBIREUEN, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian fishermen rescued 76 Rohingya Muslims stranded off the coast of Aceh on Friday, authorities said, in the latest attempt by members of the persecuted ethnic group to flee Myanmar by sea.



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Scepticism as Myanmar announces return of first Rohingya family

Scepticism as Myanmar announces return of first Rohingya familyMyanmar’s government said it has repatriated the first family of Rohingya refugees, among the 700,000 who fled a brutal crackdown, but the move was slammed by rights groups as a publicity stunt which ignored warnings over the security of returnees. The stateless Muslim minority has been massing in squalid refugee camps in Bangladesh since the Myanmar army launched a ruthless campaign against the community in northern Rakhine state last August. The United Nations says the operation amounts to ethnic cleansing, but Myanmar has denied the charge, saying its troops targeted Rohingya militants.



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Refugees Fleeing Violence In Myanmar Have A New Worry: Elephants

Refugees Fleeing Violence In Myanmar Have A New Worry: ElephantsKUTUPALONG, Bangladesh ― Around midnight on Jan. 19, a heavy sound jolted



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Several bombs set off around troubled Myanmar state, 1 hurt

Several bombs set off around troubled Myanmar state, 1 hurtBANGKOK (AP) — One of several bombs targeting government offices and other places in Myanmar's troubled Rakhine state exploded Saturday morning, injuring a police officer, authorities said.



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Mass Graves Suggest Systematic Killing Of Rohingya In Myanmar

Mass Graves Suggest Systematic Killing Of Rohingya In MyanmarA new report discloses at least five previously unreported mass graves in Myanmar, adding further evidence of the systematic killing of Rohingya Muslim civilians by the country’s military.



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US criticizes Russia for arming Myanmar amid Rohingya crisis

US criticizes Russia for arming Myanmar amid Rohingya crisisWASHINGTON (AP) — The United States criticized Russia on Wednesday for approving sales of fighter jets to Myanmar's military despite its deadly operations against Rohingya Muslims, warning that Moscow's actions could make the situation worse.



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Talks in Myanmar to 'settle issues' on Rohingya return

Talks in Myanmar to 'settle issues' on Rohingya returnTalks were held Monday to “settle issues” over the repatriation of Rohingya refugees to Myanmar, Bangladeshi officials told AFP, as doubts linger over how many of the 655,000 Muslim minority who fled violence are likely to return. Under diplomatic pressure, Myanmar has vowed to repatriate refugees driven into Bangladesh by an army crackdown last year, if they can verify they belong in western Rakhine state.



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Baby Elephants Fend Off Myanmar Cold Spell With Homemade Blankets

Baby Elephants Fend Off Myanmar Cold Spell With Homemade BlanketsWhen a group of baby elephants needed warmth during a cold front in Southeast Asia last week, they bundled up in donated crochet and knitted blankets.



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