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Reporters charged with defamation remanded on bail in Thailand

By Amy Sawitta Lefevre PHUKET, Thailand (Reuters) - Two journalists were remanded on bail in Thailand on Thursday on charges of criminal defamation and other offences in connection with a story they published on the trafficking of Muslim minority Rohingya people from Myanmar. Alan Morison, an Australian, and Thai national Chutima Sidasathian published a story last July for the Phuketwan news website about Rohingya boat people who had fled Myanmar and were mostly trying to get to Malaysia.

Rights group says Muslims massacred in Myanmar amid official denials

By Jared Ferrie YANGON (Reuters) - Security forces in western Myanmar massacred at least 40 Rohingya Muslims last week in a new outburst of violence since the end of military rule in 2011, a human rights group said on Thursday, despite official denials.

Indonesia jails extremist over Myanmar embassy plot

An Indonesian court jailed an Islamic extremist for seven and a half years Monday over an "evil" plot to bomb the Myanmar embassy to avenge the killing of Rohingya Muslims. Achmad Taufiq is one of several men to have gone on trial over the May plot, which came amid anger in Muslim-majority Indonesia at persecution of the stateless Rohingya in mainly Buddhist Myanmar. Police foiled the plan the night before it was due to take place when they arrested Taufiq in Jakarta carrying a backpack full of homemade bombs while riding a motorbike with another militant.

Indonesian mastermind of Myanmar embassy bomb plot confesses

An Indonesian on trial for a foiled plot to bomb the Myanmar embassy confessed to being the mastermind Thursday, saying he was "still at war" with anyone oppressing Muslims. Sigit Indrajid, 23, testified that he led a group of Islamic extremists that networked over Facebook in a plan to attack Myanmar's mission in Jakarta in May. The group wanted to avenge the harsh treatment of Muslim-minority Rohingya in Myanmar -- an issue that has resonated widely in Indonesia, the world's biggest Muslim-majority nation.

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.

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.

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.

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.

'Elders' urge end to impunity for Myanmar unrest

Former world leaders led by ex-US president Jimmy Carter appealed Thursday for an end to impunity over a wave of anti-Muslim attacks in Myanmar. The call came at the end of a three-day visit to the formerly military-ruled country by the group -- known as "The Elders" -- for talks with reformist President Thein Sein, religious leaders and civil society groups. "The Elders call for an end to impunity for the perpetrators of violence against the Muslim community and for the meaningful realisation of the right to freedom of religion," they said in a statement.

Fresh religious unrest breaks out in Myanmar

About 1,000 anti-Muslim rioters burned shops and homes in a fresh outbreak of communal unrest in Myanmar, officials said Sunday, as the former army-ruled nation grapples with spreading religious violence. Police fired warning shots on three occasions as a mob tried to set property ablaze and attacked fire engines that were attempting to put out fires in a village at Kanbalu, in the central region of Sagaing, according to a statement on the Ministry of Information website.
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