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Myanmar Sentences Reuters Reporters to 7 Years

They had been reporting on brutal Rohingya crackdown

(Newser) - A Myanmar court sentenced two Reuters journalists to seven years in prison Monday for illegal possession of official documents, a ruling that comes as international criticism mounts over the military's alleged human rights abuses against Rohingya Muslims. Wa Lone, 32, and Kyaw Soe Oo, 28, had pleaded not guilty... More »

'Ghost Ship' Found Drifting Near Myanmar Identified

Freighter was abandoned as it was being towed to a ship-breaking factory

(Newser) - An empty "ghost ship" was found drifting near Myanmar's Yangon region last week, and authorities have now solved the mystery. The rusty freighter was being towed to a ship-breaking factory in Bangladesh, but the tugboat crew got caught in bad weather and abandoned it after several cables securing... More »

UN Investigators Deliver Gravest Accusation Possible

Panel says Myanmar's military leaders should be prosecuted for genocide

(Newser) - The word genocide has been used by critics to describe the Myanmar military's brutal crackdown on Rohingya Muslims, but a team of UN investigators has just brought the allegation to a whole new level. The three-member team says the actions of the nation's army meet the strict legal... More »

She Prays for Death Daily, Doesn't Love the Baby in Her Arms

Rohingya rape survivors share their stories with the AP

(Newser) - First the media reported on the rapes. Now, more than 10 months later, the babies. Writing for the AP , Kristen Gelineau profiles several Rohingya Muslim women who were raped by Buddhist soldiers in Myanmar and became pregnant; one is just 13. It's a fate seemingly just as bad as... More »

There's a New Crisis at Rohingya Camps

A 'child protection crisis' as officials prepare for wave of births

(Newser) - Soldiers committed no rapes during a crackdown on the Rohingya in Myanmar, the country's army chief told a UN Security Council delegation on Monday, per AFP . But such denials will only become harder to sustain with the cries of infants taking over refugee camps in neighboring Bangladesh, where hundreds... More »

Policeman: We Were Told to 'Get' Reuters Reporter

AP sees it as a 'setback' for the prosecution in Myanmar case

(Newser) - "Get Wa Lone." That was the directive a Myanmar police captain was given by his superior, or so he testified Friday. Wa Lone is the Reuters reporter who, along with colleague Kyaw Soe Oo, was arrested Dec. 12 and has been jailed since. Police accused the pair of... More »

They Tracked 19 Elephants, Found Something Macabre

Poaching for elephant skin raises fears populations could get decimated in Myanmar

(Newser) - Poaching elephants for their ivory has already devastated populations, but poaching the animals for their skin could be disastrous, according to a new study detailing the "heartbreaking" practice in Myanmar. Poaching wasn't thought to be a major issue in the country at the outset of the three-year study... More »

Holocaust Museum Takes Stand Against Aung San Suu Kyi

In 'strong rebuke,' it rescinds Elie Wiesel Award

(Newser) - The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum gives out its prestigious Elie Wiesel Award to just one person a year, selecting "an internationally prominent individual whose actions have advanced the Museum's vision of a world where people confront hatred, prevent genocide, and promote human dignity." Now, the second... More »

3 Female Nobel Winners Look Into Plight Blamed on a 4th

The peace laureates will visit Rohingya Muslim women displaced by Aung San Suu Kyi's soldiers

(Newser) - Three female Nobel Peace laureates began a weeklong trip to Bangladesh on Saturday to meet Rohingya Muslim women who were tortured and raped by soldiers in Myanmar before fleeing the country. During their visit, Iran's Shirin Ebadi, Yemen's Tawakkol Karman, and Northern Ireland's Mairead Maguire will assess... More »

Ancient Spiders With Tails to Cause Modern Nightmares

The creature lived 100M years ago in Myanmar

(Newser) - Congratulations to science on discovering an even more terrifying spider. OK, so Chimerarachne yingi isn't quite a spider and lived 100 million years ago. But still. The discovery of the apparent spider ancestor—four individuals of which were found trapped in amber from Myanmar—was revealed in a paper... More »

2 Days Before the Massacre, Soldiers Bought Vats of Acid

The AP reports on what it says was an Aug. 27 massacre of Rohingya, mass graves

(Newser) - The faces of the men half-buried in the mass graves had been burned away by acid or blasted by bullets. Noor Kadir finally recognized his friends only by the colors of their shorts. Kadir and 14 others, all Rohingya Muslims in the Myanmar village of Gu Dar Pyin, had been... More »

US Diplomat: If Suu Kyi Was Closer, 'She Might Have Hit Me'

Bill Richardson resigns from advisory panel after argument with Myanmar leader

(Newser) - Bill Richardson's resume is a long one: He's the former New Mexico governor, US ambassador to the UN, energy secretary under Bill Clinton, and member of the Advisory Board on Rakhine State. That last role is no longer a current one, and that fact is making waves. Richardson... More »

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 »

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