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Myanmar police uncover religious bomb plot

Myanmar police said Wednesday they had arrested three people suspected of planning bomb attacks on mosques, as the country grapples with religious tensions after waves of anti-Muslim violence. The suspects are all Buddhist men from the western state of Rakhine, where two bouts of unrest last year left scores dead and 140,000 displaced, mainly Rohingya Muslims. "They were planning to plant bombs at mosques, after attending training on the border in Karen state," a police official in Yangon told AFP on condition of anonymity, referring to the country's eastern frontier.

Myanmar police uncover plot to bomb mosques

Myanmar police said Wednesday they had arrested three people suspected of planning bomb attacks on mosques, as the country grapples with religious tensions after waves of anti-Muslim violence.

UN calls on Myanmar to keep prisoner release promise

A UN committee on Tuesday called on Myanmar to stick to a promise to release all political prisoners by the end of the year. While welcoming major reforms started by the government as Myanmar emerges from decades of military rule, the UN General Assembly's rights committee expressed concern at new detentions of political activists. An annual resolution on Myanmar was passed by consensus by the 193-nation committee, having been toned down from past years because of changes already ordered by President Thein Sein.

Indonesian 'mastermind' of Myanmar embassy plot on trial

The alleged mastermind of a plot to bomb the Myanmar embassy in Indonesia led a group of Islamic extremists intent on avenging the "massacre" of Rohingya Muslims, a court heard Wednesday. Sigit Indrajid, 23, is the fourth person to go on trial this week over the plan to attack the mission in Jakarta in May and could face the death penalty if found guilty. The plot was a sign of rising anger in Muslim-majority Indonesia at the plight of the persecuted Rohingya in mainly Buddhist Myanmar, many of whom have died in sectarian unrest since last year.

UN fears more Myanmar boat tragedies as Rohingya flee clashes

The UN refugee agency Tuesday urged Myanmar to stem sectarian violence to avoid a repeat of a boat tragedy believed to have killed dozens of Rohingya Muslims fleeing clashes in the country. "As with the recent boat disasters on the Mediterranean, our worry is that similar tragedies with follow, unless actions are taken by concerned countries to address the causes and reduce the risks," spokesman Adrian Edwards told reporters.

Scores missing after boat sinks off Myanmar coast

By Jared Ferrie YANGON (Reuters) - Around 50 members of a Muslim minority in Myanmar are feared drowned after trying to flee Rakhine state in a boat that sank in the early hours of Sunday, according to a community leader and a security official.

Violence against Muslims threatening Myanmar reforms: U.N. envoy

By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Violence against a Muslim minority in Myanmar is feeding a wider anti-Muslim feeling that poses a serious threat to the country's dramatic economic and political reforms as it emerges from half a century of military rule, a U.N. envoy said on Thursday.

Asylum-seeker dies in Japan after doctor at lunch

An asylum-seeker collapsed and died after staff at a Japanese immigration centre failed to call for a medic, allegedly because the doctor was having lunch, a pressure group said Thursday. Anwar Hussin, a member of Myanmar's Rohingya ethnic group, fell ill shortly after he was detained on October 9, according to People's Forum on Burma, a Japan-based NGO headed by a Japanese lawyer. Citing the 57-year-old's cousin, the group said Hussin had been complaining of a headache all morning and fell unconscious as he began eating lunch in his cell.

Asylum-seeker dies in Japan while doctor at lunch

An asylum-seeker collapsed and died after staff at a Japanese immigration centre failed to call for help, allegedly because the doctor was having lunch, a pressure group said Thursday. Anwar Hussin, a member of Myanmar's Rohingya ethnic group, fell ill shortly after he was detained on October 9, according to People's Forum on Burma, a Japan-based NGO headed by a Japanese lawyer. Citing the 57-year-old's cousin, the group said Hussin had been complaining of a headache all morning and fell unconscious as he began eating lunch in his cell.

Muslims in hiding in Myanmar after sectarian strife flares

YANGON (Reuters) - Terrified Muslims hid in their homes in northwest Myanmar on Monday after armed police dispersed a Buddhist mob that torched houses and surrounded a mosque in the latest outbreak of sectarian tension. Clashes between majority Buddhists and Muslims have killed at least 237 people and left more than 150,000 homeless since June 2012. The violence threatens to undermine political and economic reforms launched in the two years since a quasi-civilian government replaced a military junta.
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